Seamlessly book live entertainment using efficiency-driven Special Guest App.


When it comes to hiring live entertainment, we know efficiency is key. Imagine having more time to manage and market your business without worrying about the tedious logistics of finding, hiring, and paying talent. Special Guest App helps ease the entire booking process, from start to finish.


Access your talent and booking schedule within seconds. Check who is performing, for how long, and the terms & compensation of the performance.  No more worrying about communication issues, paper checks, or payment mix-ups. Your live talent will love the hassle-free payment process and ease of booking.


Looking for an acoustic duo to play during happy hour, or maybe a house DJ to keep the party going on Friday night? Special Guest App allows you to browse all categories of talent and find exactly what you need. Our experienced Talent Team can help guide you in the right direction, all while working within your monthly entertainment budget.

How to Host with Special Guest

Step 1

Provide a few brief details to one of our Special Guest team members.

Step 2

We’ll set up your hosting account for you!

Step 3

Now you’re ready to search, book, manage, and pay talent in one easy-to-access place!

“The Special Guest App is so simple and easy to use, while also making my life as a comedian so much easier. It’s easy to set up, easy to get booked and easy to get paid! Best of all, unlike other services, it’s 100% free for performers!”

Sergio Marzitelli, Standup Comedian

“Special Guest is a great company that helps serious entertainers book great gigs.  The staff is very professional and is always their to answer my questions. A 5 star company.”

The Anthony Crawford Band


Why book through Special Guest?

Two words, efficiency and transparency.  Special Guest understands the importance of streamlining the entire process of securing and paying live performers. Being able to see and manage all of your bookings through the app will help save time and prevent the headaches and friction that often arise from the payment process.

Will using Special Guest change how I do my taxes?

You will love how much easier keeping track of booking expenses will be. Special Guest takes care of issuing all 1099 forms to your talent, saving you time and money.

What is the payment process like?

Our payment processor, Braintree, is a branch of PayPal, and is completely secure. Some of the largest retailers in the world use Braintree.

“Special guest is a one stop shop that’s convenient for both the venue and the artist”

Mozambique & Skyloft Management Team

How Did Special Guest Get Its Start?

Special Guest App was co-founded by actor/comedian Damon Wayans, Jr. & serial entrepreneur Kristopher Jones, and appeared on the first season of Apple’s Hit TV Show Planet of the Apps. The duo later closed $1.5M in venture capital led by Lightspeed Venture Partners and Precursor Ventures with participation from notable celebrity entertainers, including Kevin Hart (Jumanji; Night School; Central Intelligence), Marlon Wayans (Naked; Marlon on NBC), Jake Johnson (New Girl), Damon Wayans, Sr, (In Living Color; 'Lethal Weapon', Major Payne), and Lamorne Morris (New Girl). Strategic investors / advisors including Jack Chou (Head of Product, Affirm), Jimmy Lim (Head Product Team, AirBnB), and Eric Sherman (Multi-Emmy Award Winner and CEO, Bang Zoom! Studios), among others.

Kristopher B Jones

Damon Wayans Jr.

Host Your Dream Event With Special Guest