Script Writer

Kirk Hanley

Over my career I’ve worked with thousands of scripts, both as a performer and as a writer. As a result, I’ve learned what makes a script work. I’d like to use that expertise to help make your next video, audio, or live event script the very best it can be. 


About Me

I began my career as an engineer at General Motors and then, deciding I needed a change, made the bold career move to become an engineer at Ford Motor Company. From there it was an easy and natural transition into a career as a comedy performer, writer, and improviser.

For over fifteen years, I was part of the world famous comedy theatre, The Second City, working as a performer, writer, improviser, producer, director, teacher, and workshop facilitator. I co-wrote and performed in six sketch comedy revues on the Second City Detroit Mainstage, as well as three national touring plays for Second City Theatricals.

For five years I was the Head Writer for Second City Works in Chicago. I wrote and performed humorous short video content, as well as created and presented live entertainment and workshops for corporate clients.

Over my career, I’ve also performed in children’s theatre, outreach programs for teens, industrial stage shows, improvisational comedy revues, television and radio commercials, and corporate training films. And I’ve written one-act plays for dinner theatre, been a contributing writer for The Onion News Network, and self-published two books.

In more recent years, I’ve freelanced as a content writer. I’ve written 500+ video scripts, blogs, case studies, and white papers for a wide variety of clients in industries such as manufacturing, construction, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and finance.

Why Choose Me

Easy to work With

Work collaboratively with clients and team members


Organized and detail-oriented


Ability to manage multiple projects, meet deadlines, and work well under tight deadlines


Kirk was able to absorb the minutia of our business and infuse our corporate identity into the scripts that became the basis of many training initiatives. Infusing comedy into a corporate environment is NOT easy. Much easier to just say NO and not bother. But Kirk always (ALWAYS) found the funny path in our material - without being mean or insulting our employees or our customers. In those rare times it wasn't working, Kirk rolled up his sleeves with a can-do attitude and helped shepherd on a totally new path. Always with solutions and always funny - Kirk was both comedy writer and learning consultant. Would love to work with Kirk again someday!
Cody Farley
Director, Farmers Studio, Farmers Insurance
Kirk's wide-ranging creative skills make him an invaluable resource as a creative lead, head writer, and member of any collaborative creative team. In the field of corporate entertainment, where Kirk excels, it is not enough to be a great and hilarious writer, although Kirk is both. The unique tone required to engage and even entertain while delivering a serious message is a skill set built over years of experience. Of the many projects I've produced with numerous writers and contributors, Kirk is one of the best in the business when it comes to delivering quality material, exuding professionalism, and being an overall delight to work with. I can't recommend Kirk highly enough as a creative resource for any type of project.
John Cates
Creative Producer, Cates Collaborative, LLC
Kirk is one of the nicest and most professional writers and engaging personalities that I have worked with in my 25+ years in corporate production. He has a great mind and way of approaching things that provides creative problem solving and ideas. Character, relating to others, professionalism? All outstanding. I would hire him for any project..
Geff Phillips
Account Director, Gail & Rice, Inc.
Kirk is a very skilled writer! We serve very technical and niche clients and Kirk is a natural at taking something very technical and making it more narrative/storytelling - he is a natural storyteller through his writing. He is very timely with deadlines and does extensive research to ensure quality in all circumstances. I would certainly recommend Kirk to anyone who needs a sound writer and to someone in need of narrative storytelling through content.
Matthew McCoy
Director of Business Development, MarketScale

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