Comedian and motivational speaker Michael Wigge serves corporations, associations, and colleges with humorous keynotes on leadership, change management, sales success, and motivation. The German native (Germans can be funny, really!) used to work as an MTV comedy reporter in the early 2000s. He faced comedy challenges when meeting Hollywood celebrities, like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Katy Perry. (More here in the video trailer.) Wigge used his comedic talent when he was invited on The Tonight Show and on the Today show, presenting one of his challenge books entitled How to Travel the World for Free.
His other comedic challenges were broadcast in the international media and as books in several countries. They’re titled:
How to Barter for Paradise (Trade Up Around the World)
50 States of Wigge
Germany by Scooter in 80 Days
Exploring Europe Blindfolded
The award-winning motivational speaker & comedian turns his keynotes partly into stand-up comedy, including many ironic aspects of his German nationality. The comedian/motivational speaker encourages crowds to leave their comfort zones, peak perform, lead with humor, and self-motivate in a highly entertaining fashion. Germans can be fun!
When Wigge met Angeline Jolie as an MTV Europe reporter for a movie premiere in 2004, his challenge of the day was to drag her into a one minute constant handshake. Check out the result in this video. Angelina called Wigge, ‘a strange but fantastic man.’
In 2012, Wigge met Katy Perry on The Tonight Show. They flirted, and Katy Perry called Wigge ‘a cheap date.’
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Michael as Comedian Motivational Speaker:
Background as MTV comedian
One of the most entertaining speakers in Colorado
Famous testimonials on Wigge (L.A. Times called him ‘The Ultimate Budget Traveler’)
Portfolio of six motivational challenge adventures – top entertainment
TV show and media experiences on The Tonight Show, Today show, and his own PBS travel show in 2013
Hilarious, self-ironic German comedy as part of motivational keynotes
Top reviews by clients, corporations, and other comedians
Direct booking without speaking bureaus
The comedian/motivational speaker has a highly encouraging motivational style with crowd interactions, background images, and videos of his career. Fun examples of his outrageous career:
He traveled around the world for free by offering services like pillow fighting or ‘the human sofa.’
He traded a bitten apple, eventually leading to a house in Hawaii (Trade Up Around the World).
He traveled six European cities blindfolded. Watching him stumble and fall in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris is hilarious.
Wigge visited Nick Nolte unannounced in his hotel room in Cannes, Frances. Nick Nolte was wearing his pyjamas.
He challenged Angelina Jolie with the longest handshake in music television history.
The motivational speaker entered the Queen’s Buckingham Palace in 2002 dressed up as King Henry the 8th.
He took on a donkey ride challenge across the UK as part of his TV career.
‘Comedian & motivational speaker Michael Wigge seems to be the dark side of Germany!’ Antonio Banderas, MTV Awards in Berlin (joking around to reporters)
Comedian and Motivational Speaker on Stage
Details of the Comedian & Motivational Speaker
Comedic Motivational Challenge Background
Early on, Wigge turned his work for MTV Germany into a comedic challenge style. He was facing daily challenges to entertain the MTV audience, like entering a tomato fight competition in Spain dressed up in a white suit. The question of that day: Will Wigge make it across the tomato competition and manage to keep his white suit clean? Check out the video in German.
Another earlier challenge series on MTV with Michael Wigge was the so-called worst bingo. In this series of sequences, Wigge met Hollywood celebrities and faced them in his interview with questions full of inappropriate words he had just received before the interview. The motivational speaker and comedian had to insert ten of these words into his interview questions. These turned the A-list interviews into confusing and fun bits and pieces. Check out Wigge’s worst bingo interview with Will Smith.
His later challenges were created as full docu-series shows for German TV networks and PBS in the US. These challenges cover comedic and motivational goal setting, like traveling blindfolded, traveling by razor scooter, traveling for free, and much more. The motivational speaker used comedic elements (like pillow fighting, hidden camera elements, costumes, and self-irony) to achieve set goals.
Comedian & Motivational Speaker
His keynote style is characterized by his self-irony. Booking the fun keynote speaker means booking a highly encouraging speaker, who offers irony regarding his own background. Wigge makes fun of himself being a motivational speaker, comedian, and German native all at the same time. How does that mixture work together?
The audience gets a unique mixture of motivation, encouragement, interaction, and humor. Feel free to reach out to Michael’s office to get a free quote on his motivational and comedic keynotes!
Motivational Comic Around the World
The comedic keynote speaker is based in Denver, Colorado but serves the entire US, Canada, and German-speaking countries in Europe. His most popular keynote in the United States is entitled ‘Fun Leadership 3-2-1.’ The keynote speaker talks about leadership experiences he had during his amazing adventure challenges. The audience gets connected to his leadership experiences through day-to-day leadership examples of corporate America.
Wigge’s most popular keynote in Germany is entitled ‘Fun Challenge-4-Change 3-2-1.’ This change management keynote encourages audiences to embrace change, overcome obstacles like fear, and leave their comfort zones. Wigge has spoken to more than 300 audiences with a total of 80,000 listeners in the US, Canada, Switzerland, and Austria. He uses his vast cultural experiences (having traveled to 90 countries and lived in three) and encourages audiences to learn from the differences.
His change management keynote is based on his experiences as a resident of the United States. He helps German and Swiss leaders learn from the flexibility of the US, their fearlessness toward new technologies, and their open mindset for change. His German background is used as part of his US keynotes. What can US leaders learn from a German CEO? Wigge talks about planning strategies, schedules, quality measures, leadership styles, and more German quality aspects he has used in his career as a coach and speaker.
Wigge would like to add a final word on his outstanding services to corporate America and around the world:
We’re all improving every day of our lives. Personal and professional development is one of the highest values I’ve seen for a successful and fulfilling (business) life. I try to forward many aspects of my own personal experiences to the audiences. Change management, leadership style, intercultural understanding, goal setting, burnout prevention by setting boundaries, mindfulness, improved time management and organization, and so much more! These soft skills and motivational aspects are highly important for everyone’s improvement, but I’ve learned that humor is the essential key to fulfil these aspects sustainably. Let’s turn your next meeting into an unforgettable fun and educational event!