In 1998, Leigh Kessler moved to LA to start his stand-up comedy career. Like any comic, his earliest gigs were performing 3 to 7 minute sets at open mics and coffeehouses across the city, for any audience at any time, in the pursuit of becoming a professional stand-up comedian.
Five years later, he had become a headline act at comedy clubs, casinos, colleges, resorts and on cruise ships for Norwegian, Costa/Carnival, and Royal Caribbean. Talent in Motion Magazine called him "one of the few comedians that can make anyone laugh out loud" and "soon to be Television's Newest Star".
He was also one of the most recognized comedians on the VH1 network, regularly appearing on hit shows like "The Greatest", and the network's top rated show "Best Week Ever", and CNN Headline News where he was a comedy panelist on "Showbiz Tonight". Other credits include Sportsnet New York, MSG Network, Discovery Channel and Sirius Radio.
Over the past decade, Leigh has overseen and informed corporate, policy and campaign research and branding strategies for clients including Microsoft, McKinsey and Co. Johnson & Johnson, Duke Energy, GE, Monsanto, Friends of the Global Fund, Democracy Corps, NARAL, Kraft, TUMS, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Broadway, and the NYC Department of Health. During that time, he has lead enterprise CRM technology marketing and branding for Motionsoft Gym Management Software and CharityEngine Nonprofit Management Technology including 7 times recognition on INC. 5000 list of America’s Fastest Growing Private companies and 2 times Deloitte Fast 500.
He is a frequent speaker & presenter on technology, fundraising, data strategy and audience development.