Anyone who has spent any time in corporate America knows that there is nothing more painful than the annual meeting or company awards show that typically offers nothing more entertaining than an endless parade of stale Powerpoint decks.
To combat this business malaise Four Day Weekend, a Dallas/Fort Worth company, has taken the basic improvisational tenet of “yes and” – a philosophy of agreement, collaboration, and enthusiasm for the potential of every moment – and turned it into a workable and profitable business model. “We’re the guys who save the awards banquet,” explains David Wilk, CEO and co-founder of Four Day Weekend. The troupe has been entertaining audiences in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for nearly twenty years. Prominent client companies of Four Day Weekend include Southwest Airlines, Dish Network, FedEx Office, and American Express. Wilk and his colleagues – troupe members David Ahearn, Oliver Tull, Frank Ford, Josh Roberts, Grayson Howe, Anthony Bowling, and musical accompanist Ray Sharp, have grown into one of the most impressive and lucrative comedy-based organizations in the nation. In addition to their corporate work, the organization owns a 212-seat theater, runs a series of successful comedy/improv training classes, and has received many other accolades.
While the Four Day Weekend troupe is dedicated to making the most of their work with corporations and organizations, they still know that the focus is always needs to be in the present moment, whether it’s performing in a commercial, in front of a sold-out house or leading a class of students new to the form. Rather than pack up their bags and move to Hollywood, the group has chosen to remain close to their roots in Texas while pursuing a national reputation. “We have no problem pursuing success, but we’ve been able to do so on our own terms,” says Wilk. “Every moment of work is simply another chance to look at your circumstances, accept them, and then make your mark. Just imagine how productive you can be in that work if you never had to worry about hearing ‘no’ again.”