With a performance pricetag of $10,500 plus travel expenses, you might think local corporate entertainer Jason Hewlett is laughing all the way to the bank. But companies don’t just hire him for 55 minutes of impersonations, stand-up comedy and musical parodies. Entities including Nu Skin, Little Giant Ladder and BYU are paying for his years of music lessons, his top-drawer sound technicians, his study of pop culture and his century-wide knowledge of musical legends — including their intonations, width of smile and percent of white eyeballs showing.
Utah Valley Magazine spent an afternoon and evening with Jason as he performed for local tech giant AtTask at the Utah Valley Convention Center on Dec. 12. From arriving at the curb at 4:30 p.m. to walking out of the convention center at 10:18 p.m., we saw this father of four utilize every muscle of his mouth — and his brain — to make merry with 750 IT specialists — “and they tend to laugh only on the inside,” Jason retorts.
Now this is funny business.
“Before heading to Provo to perform for AtTask, I got my haircut, ran errands, bought gift cards for clients, practiced the piano for half an hour and firmed up a gig for 2016.”
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