John Keister

John KeisterEmmy-Winning Comedian
and Former Host, Almost Live!

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John Keister hosted the award-winning television hit, Almost Live!, which ran for 15 years on Seattle's KING 5 TV, and--now in reruns--is still #1 in its timeslot.

During his many years on Almost Live!, John won 10 local Emmy Awards for his hosting, performing and writing talents. John's work has appeared on the Seattle NBC and CBS affiliates, and nationally on Comedy Central, HBO and FOX.

A true Northwest icon, John now performs totally live for hundreds of corporate and nonprofit organizations each year, providing thigh-slapping, customized comedic performances as well as Masters of Ceremonies and auctioning services. His clients include Microsoft, Boeing, Washington Bankers Assn., the WA Society of Association Executives, Eddie Bauer, AT&T Wireless and Virginia Mason.

He teaches the fundamentals of scriptwriting at the Art Institute Seattle and is the former host of KIRO TV's the John Report with Bob as well as the KING 5 show, The 206.

John is a life-long Washington resident and a graduate of the University of Washington.

Get off your Keister and book John today!

Client Raves

"…A perfect fit!" --Lakeside Industries

"I've been involved in putting on several of these conferences and never before have we gotten such positive feedback from our member delegates!" –Pacific NW License, Tax & Fraud Assn.

"He was spot on! John was a great emcee, a fantastic auctioneer, and a very funny and engaging comedian! Without John, the Renton History Museum's Auction and Dinner would not have been as much fun, nor would we have raised as much money! He made all the difference. We would love to have him back for future events." -- Betty Childers and Barbara Whitehurst, Renton History Museum Fundraising co-chairs

"John did a fantastic job of reminding our physicians that there is humor in healthcare. and that laughter often is the best medicine. We truly appreciated John's enthusiasm and his ability to personalize his routine for our audience—many times citing specific references to Tacoma, our hospitals and medicine in general. Without a doubt, John's energy and humor got our retreat started on a positive, upbeat note." Franciscan Health System, Tacoma, WA

"We had a great response to your program, John. I can't think of a better way to kick off another ponderous legislative session…" --WA Society of Assn. Executives

"I could not begin to dream how successful our fundraiser would turn out to be when we started…Publicity took off when we announced that John Keister would be our keynote speaker. Suddenly we were on the top of page 3 in the newspaper, and featured on TV news. At least a quarter of our attendees were drawn by the chance to hear John live.…Talk about over the top! We raised $55000 toward our cause. John's heart, humorous and passionate, was the difference in our success. I could not recommend him enough." --Heart of Auburn Schools Campaign

"…What a delightful change of pace in a day full of dry and technical material!" --Insurance Accounting & Systems Assn.

"…the comedy routine was delivered on target, and the guests loved it. He has that knack of presenting such a breadth of superb "cuts" on the different communities around Seattle area and their denizens, that everyone is eventually reached--well above the chuckle level." –Harborview Medical Center

Clients include:


The Boeing Company

AT&T Wireless

Eddie Bauer


HomeStreet Bank

Associations / Non Profits

Washington Athletic Club

Washington Bankers Assn

Franciscan Health System

Virginia Mason

Harborview Medical Center

Community Health Centers

Windermere Foundation

WA State Dept of the Treasury

Capella Health

WA Society of Association Executives

Pacific NW License, Tax & Fraud Assn

Insurance Accounting & Systems Assn.

WA State Medical Assn

Administrative Office of the Courts

Washington Mainstream Republicans

And scores more

Travels From: Seattle, WA

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John's newest show, the hilarious "The 206"
John Keister graces the Seattle Weekly cover. Reporter Mike Seely concludes what we've known all along: "John just *is* Seattle.