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Funny Money

De Forest, Wisconsin, United States

De Forest, Wisconsin, United States
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"A great blend of education and entertainment."

James was a huge hit with our students who attended his presentation on Saturday night. His humor was captivating, which made the students focus in on his financial concepts. It was a great blend of education and entertainment. Several students stayed behind to talk with him and ask him questions. I thought it was outstanding. I hope to be able to have him back again. - Shippensburg University

"James is fantastic and is GREAT with students."

Funny Money was great! James is fantastic and not only on stage. He is GREAT with students. He is interested in what they have to say, engages them in conversation and is also supportive and uplifting to them. I would be happy to suggest him to other campuses and to bring him back to our campus again.
- Belmont University

"Funny Money was spectacular."

Funny Money was spectacular. We had some CRAZY dancers. You will have to watch the video to believe it. We always have a great time with James, he is so great with our students. I think they have adopted him as a "Una Lion" :) - University of North Alabama

"We had the most students at an "educational" event since last year"

James was great...and funny in real life too :) I think the students really learned a lot, and we had a great turnout even though most were lured in with the possibility of winning free money!

We probably had the most students at an "educational" event that we've had since the beginning of last year, so that was great!
- Virginia Wesleyan College

"What a great job and wonderful program"

I just wanted to e-mail you letting you know what a great job and wonderful program James put on for our campus. Not only was the program a lot of fun and very educational for our students on our campus, James went above and beyond making sure the program was a success. From his easy personality to work with, and his interactions with the students before the program event started, it showed why the program was such a success. I was very grateful to meet and work with James and I just wanted to e-mail you letting you know what a great job he did. - St. Leo University

"The show was GREAT! James was fabulous."

The show was GREAT! James was fabulous. The students who were in attendance absolutely LOVED it and we felt it was a huge success!
- Embry Riddle Aeronautical University

"This program was truly exceptional."

If any programming board is interested in bringing a truly educational yet entertaining speaker to their University, they should bring Mr. James Cunningham. Mr. Cunningham presented his innovative and educational program entitled "Funny Money" at the University of Alabama. This event was well-received by both students and faculty. Mr. Cunningham presented necessary and helpful information about the importance of managing one's money effectively and eliminating credit card debt, in a compelling and interesting way. I would recommend this program for any University. This was one of my most successful events as Collegiate Life Director for our student programming board at the University. Mr. Cunningham was a pleasure to work with, and his program was truly exceptional. - University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa)

"Thanks for not doing the same thing everyone else is doing."

Here is a long overdue note to let you know how much everyone on our campus enjoyed your "Funny Money" program. I haven't gotten such an overwhelming response from our students in quite some time. As an advisor who sees dozens of educational programs/workshops every year, it was very gratifying to attend one that presents its audience with tangible and applicable strategies for improvement. Thanks, James, for not doing the same thing everyone else is doing. - Valencia Community College

"Your level of professionalism with your craft is second to none."

We would like to thank you again for presenting for us at New Lancer
Days. This is my last year with the Office of First Year Experience
and you have continued to make this weekend a success for us. We
really believe our students enjoyed your presentation and we can see
why you are one of the best. Thank you for watching out for some of
our students and your level of professionalism with your craft is
second to none. We hope you had a safe trip home and we look
forward to working with you in the future!

New Lancer Days Coordinator
Office of First Year Experience - Longwood University

"J. Lee"

My 18 year old son raved about your presentation at Savannah College of Art and Design. Thanks so much for motivating him to act on principles of smart money management. I believe you have influenced him for life. THANK YOU!
- Savannah College Art and Design


2011 – Best Unconventional Project award at World Chambers Competition, Mexico City (International Chambers of Commerce)
2010 – The Funny Money Manual published in Canada (a written companion to North America’s #1 FUN-ancial lecture for students)
2009 – “Hall of Fame” award – Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA)
2009 – National 3-year sponsorship in Canada of Funny Money for High Schools Assembly Program (150 shows annually)
2008 – The Power Within events across Canada (performances with former President Bill Clinton, Suze Orman, Sir Richard Branson, Barbara Walters, Martha Stewart, Anthony Robbins, Quincy Jones, Kenneth Cole, Hilary Swank, Andre Agassi and CSI creator, Anthony Zuiker)
2008 – Comedy Inc. (completion of 5 consecutive seasons on the award-winning Canadian television series)
2007 – York Region Medal of Honor for “significantly improving the lives and futures of students”
2006 – One hour Comedy Now television special (CTV/The Comedy Network)
2006 – Just for Laughs international comedy festival GALA (CBC/The Comedy Network)
2004 - “Lecture of the Year” award - Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA)
2003 - “Lecture of the Year” award - Canadian Organization of Campus



Everyone knows the stereotype of the broke college or university student. You may even be one.

FUNNY MONEY addresses what is a growing problem young people leaving school unprepared for the day-to-day realities of paying the rent, properly using a credit card, or budgeting for the basic necessities. The Funny Money mission is simple; take all of the confusion out of the complex world of finances and empower todays youth with the knowledge they need to make good financial choices.

What is so special about FUNNY MONEY? It combines comedy with solid financial advice. Although financial challenges are nothing to laugh about, Cunningham uses his knowledge and own personal experience as a student to relate economic ideas to college and university students. Designed EXCLUSIVELY FOR STUDENTS, the lecture teaches them everything they need to know about budgeting their money, managing their debt and investing for their futures. In order to explain these financial concepts, Cunningham uses numerous volunteers from the audience and a multimedia presentation. Audience members also have the chance to win cash prizes.

In this age of rising education costs, financial planning has become imperative. The debt incurred from student loans alone can often seem daunting. Worry not: FUNNY MONEY will have even the most fiscally challenged student back on their feet. Cunningham teaches students how to handle these difficult problems through the art of comedy. Even students who are familiar with budgets and debt can learn from Cunninghams discussion of investments and the ways in which ones financial future can be secured.

Anyone who sees FUNNY MONEY will come away filled with both knowledge and laughter.

Since 1998, the program has prepared hundreds of thousand of students across North America for the financial realities of life after graduation.