Special Guest

Wilkes Barre,  PA 
United States
  • Booth: 245

We make it dead simple for venues to book live entertainment

Special Guest was founded to make it dead simple to book live entertainment at bars, restaurants, clubs, and events. Special Guest is a full-service talent booking management solution that leverages in-house technology and highly professional talent buyers to help venues drive more food and beverage revenue, while enhancing the guest experience. Special Guest simplifies the process of booking live entertainment so venues save time and money booking local artists, touring musicians, and headliners. Special Guest was founded by actor / comedian Damon Wayans, Jr and entrepreneur Kris Jones. Learn more at https://specialguestapp.com/

Brands: Investors include Lightspeed Venture Partners and celebrities Kevin Hart, Marlon Wayans, Damon Wayans, Jake Johnson, and Lamorne Morris. Special Guest has appeared on the Ellen Show and Apple TV.

 Press Releases

  • PRESS RELEASE: Los Angeles, CA - For Immediate Release

    Special Guest recently announced that its cofounder Damon Wayans, Jr appeared on "the Ellen Show" to promote his hit TV Show "Happy Together" and discuss his highly successful talent booking platform.

    During the interview Ellen asked Damon about his talent booking app "Special Guest." Ellen DeGeneres noted that Special Guest is a brilliant idea that helps connect talent to bars, restaurants clubs, and event planners around the country. Damon noted that he and entrepreneur Kris Jones founded Special Guest to make it easier for talented people to get discovered and booked. However, as part of the process of launching and scaling the Special Guest platform the two realized the traditional talent booking industry was terribly inefficent.

    Here is a link to the Special Guest App "Ellen Show" Interview Featuring Ellen and Damon - https://youtu.be/rQW03d9clL0

    Damon and Kris launched "Venue Connect" as a solution to help venues of all types (bars, restaurants, clubs, wedding and event venues) streamline the process of discovering and booking live entertainers. Features of the platform include streamlining the process of communicating with talent, putting a legal agreement in place, collecting information about how the performance impacts the venues bottom line (food and beverage), reviewing ratings and reviews, and payment. The product is helping venues throughout the country and feedback has been overwhlemingly positive.

    Connor Scalleat, General Manager of Scalleat Hospitality Group noted, "Scalleat Hospitality Group is a 65 year old holding company of several restaurants and hotels. Prior to Special Guest we never hired live entertainment because we felt the process was too much work. We started with our flagship property called the Powerhouse Eatery and launched what we called Powerhouse LIVE. Special Guest took care of everything for us from identifying appropriate talent that fit our customer demographics to communicating with talent, reaching a legal agreeement around cancellation, etc., and payment. It was so brilliant that we then launched Special Guest at our sister venue called Avalon and most recently we acquired a new restaurant called the Canning House where we actually invested in a Special Guest Stage where we will host live entertainment weekly. The guest response has been incredible and we are seeing clear growth in F&B across the board."

    Special Guest will be exhibiting at the 2019 Nightclub and Bar Show in Las Vegas on March 25 - 27. Founder Kris Jones, who was a 2017 NCB Keynote Speaker, will be present along with cofounder Damon Wayans, Jr. and company Head of Growth Brandon Breitenbach.

    Get more information at https://specialguestapp.com/ or call 877-81-TALENT 

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