Chairman of Just for Laughs Festival, Best Selling Author, C2 Regular
Andy Nulman is an acclaimed, thought-provoking, and risk-taking public speaker, who has motivated and entertained Fortune 500 companies the likes of GM, Eveready/Energizer, 3M and Wal-Mart. Young in spirit, extreme in opinion and jewelry, Andy has been creating and leading major disruption forces for four decades.
Currently, he’s Co-Founder and CEO of Play The Future Inc., a forward-thinking digital platform/brand marketing tool that converts the big data points and events of major brands into consumer engagement and entertainment—a natural progression for a tech entrepreneur who believes life’s a game.
From July 2010 until September 2015, for the second time, Andy took on the position of President of Montreal’s Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival, the world’s first and largest comedy event. This was Andy’s encore performance at JFL. From 1985 until 1999, he transformed the event from a two-day show to a month-long cultural happening, attracting over 2 million visitors per year to see talent acts like: Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Jim Carrey, John Cleese, Kevin Hart, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Ray Romano, and Adam Sandler.
He’s also Created/Executive Produced over 150 Festival TV shows, in a variety of languages, all over the world.
During the decade, between Just For Laughs stints, Andy was President and CMO of Airborne Technology Ventures, a company celebrated as a pioneer in the mobile media and marketing industry. In 1999, Andy co-founded Airborne (then Airborne Entertainment) with Garner Bornstein, and provided the company with the insight and creativity necessary to successfully strengthen brands like Family Guy, Disney, Maxim, the NHL, and the NFL through the creation of innovative mobile content and applications. Airborne was sold for over $100 million to Cybird of Japan in 2005 and was honoured the following year as North America’s 4th-Fastest Growing Tech Company in Deloitte’s Fast 500 ranking.
Over and above his speaking, Andy has written three books: “How To Do The Impossible”, “I Almost Killed George Burns”, and his most recent “Pow! Right between The Eyes! Profiting From The Element of Surprise”.
Married with two grown children and two rambunctious dogs, his major disappointment is that he has only one life to live…but he’s working on a solution.