Here are Nels’ answers to Frequently Asked Questions.
Who is your target audience?
Anyone within throwing distance. I’ve delighted groups of all kinds and sizes, from 20 to 20,000 people. I provide shows for all ages, assemblies for youth, and keynotes for adults (or people who resemble adults).
How far will you travel?
The sky is the limit… though I prefer to work on the ground. I’ve worked everywhere from Australia to Bermuda and Canada to Mexico. I can even do a visual comedy variety act for international audiences.
How long are your productions?
Typically, shows are 30-60 minutes, assemblies are 45 minutes, and keynotes/training events are 60-90 minutes. Working with others, I also present everything from two-hour variety shows to full-day seminars (with extra espresso).
What are your fees?
Reasonable. Some of my contemporaries ask $10,000 or more. I’m usually less. Specifics depend on the event, location, and scale of the production.
What’s the difference between small-, mid-, and full-scale productions?
Small-scale productions generally fit in a carry-on case, and are good for small or informal events. Mid-scale productions include bigger acts, edge-of-your-seat stunts, and more audience participation. Full-scale productions can incorporate oversized props, sound/lights/effects suitable to the event, and even multiple presenters.
What are your technical requirements?
Tech needs vary depending on the event. For example, padded walls make me feel at home but are not required. Generally, I can work in almost any clean, well lit space. Suggestions for bigger events and productions can be found here.
Do you juggle dangerous things?
Sometimes I juggle torches, knives, and whatnot in appropriate settings and following NFPA and NAFAA guidelines for fire safety. (If the Buffalo Bisons and Buffalo Sabres trust me, you can too.)
Are you always silly?
Yes. Except for when I’m not. Properly applied, a little silliness promotes joy, health, peace, and more. For some of my thoughts on this, see “Let There Be Laughter”.