Have you heard that Harrison Brookie will emcee this year’s all-day TEDxGreenville conference on April 10th? If you attended the 2014 event, you’ll certainly remember him. A whompin’ eighty-five percent of last year’s audience responding to the post-event survey rated him ‘brilliant.’ Whoa!
“Harrison blew everyone away last year,” said Curator Lisa Marie Corley. “He really connected with the audience, presenters, and event team, and helped us all feel like family. It was a no-brainer to invite him back to host HeadVROOM.”
The emcee choice was announced last night at a preview party in which 9 of the 19 HeadVROOM speakers and performers were featured. Held at Zen Greenville and presented by the TEDxGreenvilleSalon team, Harrison hosted this event as well.
“I had such an incredible time last year at TEDxGreenville,” he said. “The content on stage and professionalism backstage made my job as host incredibly easy. Getting to meet the presenters early on and see their process was a special treat. To see passion turn to precision was just amazing. The second time around is only going to be better!”
Harrison is familiar to many as the ring leader of Alchemy Comedy Theater — a Greenville group that produces weekly improv, sketch, and standup comedy shows… runs a training center for those interested in honing comedic skills… organizes and hosts the annual New South Comedy Festival… and conducts corporate events and workshops.
Harrison grew up in Greenville, and in 2004 began performing short-form, long-form, and sketch comedy with Clemson University’s Mock Turtle Soup. There he helped create and later ran Clemson’s first satirical newspaper, The Almond. In 2008, he moved to North Carolina and joined the DSI Comedy Theater as a resident instructor and cast member of ComedySportz, the Harold team, and Mister Diplomat. He has been a festival instructor for the Boston Comedy Arts Festival and the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival. He completed the iO training center in Chicago and is a lover of improv books.
By day, Harrison is a part-time high school teacher. He and his wife Traci have two young children, Mae and Oliver.