Drew Tarvin is the world’s first Humor Engineer. He teaches people how to get better results while having more fun.
Drew graduated from The Ohio State University, Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering and a minor in playing videogames. While at Ohio State, Drew also started an improv group, despite never having done any theater and being very much an introvert.
After graduating, Drew worked as global project manager at Procter & Gamble where he managed million-dollar projects for a $350 million business, earning multiple internal awards for his leadership, communication style, and jokes he included at the ends of emails (true story). He also continued performing improv and stand-up comedy until he decided to combine his two lives and proclaimed himself the Corporate Humorist of P&G.
In 2008, Drew moved to New York City to continue to grow in his role as P&G’s corporate humorist, where he led an award-winning effort to bring more humor to the workplace. In 2009, he started Humor That Works, a consultancy on how to use humor to get better results, and in 2012, he left P&G to lead his company full-time.
Since then, Drew has helped more than 250 organizations increase productivity through humor—including P&G, GE, ESPN, Microsoft, the U.S. Navy, PepsiCo, and the International Association of Canine Professional (also a true story)—and has performed in more than 1,000 shows all around the world.
Drew is the best-selling author of Humor That Works: The Missing Skill for Success and Happiness at Work and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Forbes, and frequent Facebook posts by his mother. He has spoken or performed in all 50 states, 30+ countries, and six continents and his TEDx talk has been viewed more than 10 million times.
He loves the color orange and is obsessed with chocolate.