Get Your Laugh On!


Who needs a laugh? 2021, right!!?!?!


That's exactly why The Chad & Cheese invited the folks at Watercooler Comedy to come on the show for a chat. The organization, headed by Clevelander David Horning, helps corporate teams use humor to overcome stress, adapt to uncertainty, boost creativity and engagement, and have fun doing it.


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INTRO (1m 1s):

Hide your kids! Lock the doors! You're listening to HR’s most dangerous podcast. Chad Sowash and Joel Cheeseman are here to punch the recruiting industry, right where it hurts! Complete with breaking news, brash opinion and loads of snark, buckle up boys and girls, it's time for the Chad and Cheese podcast.


Joel (1m 20s):

Oh yeah. Who's ready to laugh. What's up everybody as always. This is the Chad and Cheese podcast. I'm your cohost Joel Cheeseman joined as always by my fearless companion Chad Sowash. Chad how're you?


Chad (1m 37s):

I can't get fucking Dream Academy out of my head.


Joel (1m 41s):

And, and we are honored to welcome leadership, speaker, comedian, social media icon, YouTube star, David Horning to the show. David welcome.


David (1m 54s):

Social media icon with 250 Twitter followers. That's what I'm talking about.


Chad (1m 59s):

And that's what I'm talking about. That's because you're selective. I appreciate that. There are way too many bots out there. And most of those comedy bots there for shit, dude.


David (2m 9s):

Taking everybody else's jokes, taking the general jokes.


Joel (2m 12s):

Comedy bots.


Chad (2m 13s):

Russian joke taken comedy bots. God damn that's. Yeah. Anyway, so David, let's go give us a little Twitter bio. I mean, we've already said a lot about you already, but give us a little Twitter, Twitter bio.


Joel (2m 26s):

We've raised the bar pretty high.


David (2m 30s):

Now I help leaders adapt to change, manage stress, engage their teams by using humor effectively in the workplace. So I'm a comedian, humor consultant, I do a podcast and I'm a leadership speaker. So I speak on leadership.


Joel (2m 45s):

You haven't been doing this long though, dude. It's been like, it's like 2018. What did you do beforehand? And why did you, or how did you get pushed into this segment? How did you get into this path?


David (2m 57s):

I wallowed in a of lot of bombing and failed attempts at speaking. I got into the speaking industry after doing comedy. I started in comedy in 2012 and then I moved to Ohio cause I was like, Oh, I can help people learn how to laugh rather than just making them laugh.


Joel (3m 16s):

We're in Ohio.


David (3m 17s):

Cleveland.


Chad (3m 17s):

Yeah. They need it in Ohio dude. That fucking place needs comedy more than any place needs comedy.


Joel (3m 24s):

East side or West side?


David (3m 25s):

West side.


Joel (3m 26s):

Oh gee. Yeah. You have until that.


David (3m 30s):

You got that Eastside?


Joel (3m 32s):

Yeah, Eastside University Heights. Yes.


David (3m 35s):

Did you go to Case or?


Joel (3m 36s):

No, I moved there as a young professional. Lived there for 10 years. Still have still have quite the affinity for the mistake on the Lake and still root for the Browns, which has actually paid off this year.


Chad (3m 47s):

He was a young professional. He was bum living out of a cardboard box. Come on.


David (3m 53s):

Oh, that was your place. It's been designated a historical landmark here.


Chad (3m 56s):

There it is there. Good job. Good job.


Joel (3m 58s):

I was living with bone thugs and harmony. All right.


Chad (4m 1s):

So anyway, back to my question, Jesus, how did you get into this? And, and then how did Water Cooler spring up out of this?


David (4m 9s):

Yeah, so I, so when I first started speaking, I did a lot just like, Oh, happiness. You know, you can make your team's happy and you can be happy and that's such a broad, just so I had a lot of roadblocks there and I did characters when I first started, which was as awkward and miserable as it sounds.


Chad (4m 26s):

Sock puppets?


David (4m 27s):

No I I didn't quite get that far.


Chad (4m 29s):

Damn.


David (4m 30s):

Didn't quite get that far. But like for example, I had a bit where I was as detective, that like in the message was personal accountability. And I would also, his name was detective Dick Ransom and he always traced like every, every case that he was tasked, he would trace the evidence back to himself and he would like turn in his gun and his badge and then I closed the bit by saying we've all got a little Dick inside of us.


Chad (4m 57s):

Yeah. Dick Ransom. Yeah. No, that goes well with a corporate crew.


Joel (5m 3s):

Yeah. And how'd you get into HR, were you a Dilbert fan? How did that come about?


David (5m 8s):

So I, I requested to speak at a couple Sherm chapters. And then I realized the lack of humor in the workplace, especially in HR. So I decided, Oh, there's a need here. And I can take what I'm good at, which is not characters, but actually, you know, making insights and observations and kind of making connections with that, between that, and more ideal workplace behaviors, which include using humor and a water-cooler Carl comedy started because of that. Because if, if you know, I can come in with comedians and turn your workplace into a comedy club and create an experience for your team and have where they're laughing together, you know, that's an instant trust building exercise.


David (5m 50s):