The Formula For TV Host Greatness with Comedian Michael Burger
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There's a formula for how Johnny Carson, David Letterman, and Oprah became great TV Hosts! Michael Burger is an American comedian, speaker, author, and television host with all the charisma of a classic host. He began his career performing live comedy on cruise ships, where he built the momentum and confidence to embark on TV. Michael’s lightning-fast wit attracted a plethora of television producers, which led to him hosting shows like ABC's Mike & Maty, Iron Chef USA, and the iconic game show Match Game. All the while, Michael managed to launch a career as a successful real estate entrepreneur and author—writing three business books in the process. Michael also provides conference attendees with helpful tools to become better communicators, remain relevant, and succeed in an ever-changing business world.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Michael says that he’s loved the sound of laughter since he was a child, which is why he became known as the class clown.
  • The difference between being an actor and being a TV host; when you act, what will happen is already written, and when you are a host, you have to talk and let the conversation carry the flow.
  • Every great comedy is built on a structure so that one can improvise within that structure.
  • To be a great host, you have to show interest in someone else.
  • When they filmed Match Game, they did 135 episodes in a couple of months!
  • In most talk shows, Michael says that the guest is usually interviewed in advance to perfect that eight-minute interview.
  • Michael says his influences are Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, and Jonathan Winters.

To learn more about Michael, visit his website, and follow him on Facebook.

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