Michael Cerbelli's The Hot List

Cerbelli Creative is a New York-based event production company that operates in the corporate, social, entertainment and wedding sectors of the industry. Its primary goal is producing extraordinary events.

With The Hot List, Michael Cerbelli identifies fresh trends in the ever-changing meetings and events marketplace and showcases acts and innovations for enhanced experiential marketing.

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We've all seen holographic presentations beamed on stage for performances. Now you can integrate them in your virtual events to really blow attendees' minds.

The Dram Good Laddies virtual tour of Scotland is packed with castles, kilts, lochs, laughs, mountains and malts! It’s the ultimate virtual experience that combines customized broadcast production and live interaction.

EideCom is a virtual events platform that delivers a highly produced, cutting-edge service for meeting and event planners who are offering virtual and hybrid events. Read more.

StageStory is a custom performance scripted and designed to showcase an organization’s mission, passions and impact. See how you can tell your brand’s story at your next event, in-person or virtual.

From virtual moments of delight to full-blown (socially distanced) dance parties, Luster brings people together wherever they are through its Virtual Mosaics, whether that be virtually from around the globe or closer to home and even in person. Read more.

Groups participating in the Virtual Floral Design Experience learn the fundamentals of floral care and design, along with step-by-step instructions for cutting, arranging and styling arrangements in various vase sizes and styles. Read more. 

The Cup Bearer is a bartending and mixology catering company that breathes the same life it provides for live events into the virtual experience. Whether onsite or virtual, each cocktail is diligently crafted from scratch, as guests are drawn into a playful performance. Read more.

THE CHOCOLATE GENIUS: Virtual Chocolate Experiences are formatted to be custom-tailored to video conferences or streaming events, with chocolate-making demonstrations, contests and delicious rewards and recipes. Read more.

Bryan Chan’s The Zoom Room engages corporate teams with a virtual environment that is entertaining for both introverts and extroverts. Read more.

Get your team feeling energized and cooking like a celebrity chef in under 60 minutes by enlisting the virtual cooking skills of chef Ryan DePersio. Read more.

Harrison Greenbaum is a nationally touring stand-up comedian who has been featured on major television shows like America’s Got Talent, Last Comic Standing and Conan. See how he can weave his magic and comedy for your virtual event.

As an alternative or augmentation to face-to-face events, Scott Bloom can bring his television hosting experience to any of your live digital events, including internal webcasts, live streaming and prerecorded videos. Read more.

As early as February, Digital Deception began to see their clients move events online, as worries about COVID-19-related travel bans began to take effect. Read how their act was changed for the digital medium.

Live event entertainment promoter Michael Cerbelli is ramping up his company to operate in today’s virtual world, and The Passing Zone may be just the perfect example of how it’s done. Read more. 

Pizza spinner Scott Volpe from Fiamme Pizza in Tucson, Arizona, will astound your event attendees with his pie-throwing magic, and then get their mouths watering with a slice of his authentic pizza. Read more. 

A cappella group DCappella launched the Disney’s flagship a cappella experience in 2018 with a TV debut on American Idol, when the group performed classics from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King and Aladdin. Learn how to book them for your event.

100 Course Meal is an immersive experience for up to 200 guests that is sure to leave meeting and event attendees surprised and satisfied. Read more.

Cubicall Custom Phone Booths are a sponsorable option that allows your audience a place to rest their feet, charge their phone and enjoy privacy for a phone call or focused work. Read more.

LETHRBAR® LIVE is an immersive event activation that engages and delights guests through the memorable experience of hand-stamping a monogram or favorite word onto a leather keepsake, right in front of their eyes at an event. Learn more.


Michael Cerbelli kicks of The Hot List 2020 with floats you can customize for your pool-side events. Read more about this product plus more about what’s #mcapproved going into 2020.

StageStory, led by documentary filmmaker Brett Culp, is a totally customized audience experience that blends live performance and filmmaking to deliver your inspiring stories like never before, creating a cinematic multimedia experience that will deliver your message in an impactful and memorable way. Read more.

Lyric boasts a roster of dynamic talents from around the globe. Their precise harmonies and innovative choreography will elate and enrapture any audience, while a diverse songbook of ingeniously crafted mashups will have every audience member singing along. Read more.

FOCUS3D combines the musical skills of a DJ and drummer with the latest 3D mapping technology at a fraction of the cost of 3D mapping. They will transform your event from just a DJ to a live sight and sound spectacular that everyone must stop and watch. Read more.


Pioneering a signature sound that can only be described as “Cinematic Pop,” the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies all composed by the group’s producer, Stephen Nelson. Find out how you can book them for your meetings and events.

The Skating Aratas perform death-defying roller-skating stunts for special events that will leave attendees at opening general sessions amazed. Read more.

Body Marbling is a hydro-painting process in which drops of paint are added to a fluid surface, allowing individuals to dip their arms or body to transfer the marbled images onto their skin.

Jumping over nine feet in the air on next-generation pogo sticks while throwing down flips and incredible tricks, the Xpogo Stunt Team athletes create crowds in an instant and keep them engaged until the final bounce. Read more to see how they can add energy to your next event.

That old onsite photo booth has become so passé. Been, there. Done that. The Instagram gods are no longer pleased. Next up? How about getting your attendees’ mugs seared on a pancake onsite?!

The Edible Selfie Booth from MakeLab brings to your event a laser cutting and engraving machine typically found only in architecture and design studios, and uses it to laser-caramelize attendee photos onto macarons and cookies.

In the Bahamas I was tasked with finding the coolest way to take a photo. I have been doing this program for about eight years with this client, so they have seen it all. However, one photo booth opportunity in particular stood out to me … so much that I had to share it with you all!

Providing a defining moment near the end of an event through special effects is key to a spectacular crescendo that will leave stakeholders and attendees breathless. Learn how Future Affairs Productions can create these jaw-dropping moments safely while cutting through the red tape of approvals.

The Tattoo Printer is a modern, high-tech substitute for your standard tattoo station. It's a huge time-saver and also a great branding opportunity. Find out why The Tattoo Printer is #mcapproved.

Meeting planners can save entertainment budget money by combining acts for their event performances. Whether for VIPs, high-end galas, incentive travel programs, awards dinners or corporate groups, pairing up solo acts such as Michael Bublé tribute artist Scott Keo with a professional house band will lessen the impact on your budget.

URequest Live is a band that plays only the songs your attendees request via brandable touchscreen “jukeboxes” or with their smartphones. The band plays the audience’s requests in order of popularity, ensuring the most requested songs are always being played next.

Rubik’s Cube artist Giovanni Contardi has racked up 350,000+ followers on his Instagram page by creating pixel portraits of celebrities using hundreds of cubes. He can be hired to produce custom artwork for meetings and events, such as a 1980s-themed reception or something more modern.

Raised on the great popular music of the last century, the Jordan Kahn Orchestra delivers a dance-floor-filling musical performance that transports attendees on a journey across all genres. The band can seemingly transition from dinner music to high-energy dance tunes.

HI-LITES are visual effects glasses that enable brands and artists to offer augmented reality without the wires or costs. They transform any point of light viewed through the lenses into custom shapes.

Meet Swedish Jam Factory, a multi-genre and multi-instrumentalist tap dancing duo comprised of Thomas Bergstig and Isaac Middleton. These guys will get your attendees up and grooving with their unconventional, excitement-filled performance.

AFISHAL is a true pioneer in the world of electronic music. A relentless drive to innovate, a natural talent for drumming and AFISHAL’s passion for music culminated in the birth of his style of “Visual DJing.”

In an age when most of the attendees at your event have high-quality cameras in their pockets, you either have to create photo-worthy backdrops that entice social sharing … or you can try something compelling and new. I’ve only had one even photo opportunity featured on the Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ 2019, and I think this is absolutely one of my favorites in years. Meet the Hypno Eye!

When I look deep into it, I wonder how artists are inspired with every stroke, line, sketch or color. With that in mind, let me introduce you to an amazing events artist, Jeremy Sutton, iPad Painter—a Smithsonian-featured iPad artist.

Rick Smith Jr. is a master card thrower, entertainer, mentalist and illusionist. A true “jack of all trades” performer, Rick Smith Jr. has amazed audiences around the world with his trademark card throwing and stage shows with feats of mentalism. At the most basic level, he throws cards amazingly fast.

Gastro Garage deconstructs classic dishes for groups from small to large and reconstructs them into delectable signature “Gastro Tanks.”

Visual Comet products turn events into experiences. I love new ways to present experiences to my clients and the LED Video Tunnel and LED Video Bar are two MC Approved ideas that were showcased at the 18th Annual: Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™: 2019 debut in San Diego.

Harrison Greenbaum has been called "the hardest-working man in comedy" by TimeOut New York and New York Daily News and he performs in more than 600 shows a year. He's been featured on America's Got Talent and Last Comic Standing. He also performs at corporate events.

Grand Finale Entertainment LLC has developed a high-tech fireworks entertainment solution for event planners to add the magic and majesty of fireworks to their most important parties and celebrations—ViViD: The Fireworks Show in a Box. Grand Finale offers a digital show-creator tool that generates a beautiful fireworks-show-in-a-box that's smartphone controlled.

When I first saw Sugar Cubes by Symmetry Labs, I saw more than a pretty light show. I saw backdrops that turned into art installations, lights that turned into dance and amazed looks. “Woah, that is cool!” was the typical exclamation I overheard from event participants.

This summer I spent a week in the Mediterranean with 1,700 of my “closest friends” cruising some amazing ports. At the beginning of this trip, a blank wall and 30,000 wine corks—all stained in different shades of reds and whites—became one of the most incredible custom-made step and repeats I've seen. Meet Scott James Gundersen, the mastermind behind our impressive work of art.

About two-years ago I was introduced to AllSeated. I fell in love with it in 20 minutes after playing with its intuitive operating system. AllSeated is one of the fastest growing networks for the event industry. With designed and scaled floor plans in the system—tens of thousands are currently available—and a reach of over 500,000 users, AllSeated provides cloud-based tools to run an event.

For my second favorite find choice in partnership with Meetings Today, I decided to dive into the Michael Cerbelli’s: The Hot List™ vault and introduce you to a great musical act to consider for your live event. Every time I have produced this act they get rave reviews and standing ovations. Four handsome men, all from Australia. No, it’s not a “Chippendale’s Type Show From Vegas”... it’s ARIA.



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