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Crested Butte, Colorado

Emcee. DJ. Keynote. Comic. Courtless Jester.

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DJ "Akoni" Poponi

Owner DJ, emcee, keynote and officiant Anthony "Akoni" Poponi has over a decade of event planning experience and will help your event go smoooooothly and make it stress free for you! His humor, flair for the original and unique personality will have your crowd laughing, connecting, smiling and dancing all night!

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Stress is killing us. Literally. Work = stress. Life = stress. Kids = stress. Money = stress and long term stress = death! Ack! Laughter can help! Dr. Loretta Breuning's book "Habits of a Happy Brain", "The Science of Positivity" and "Meet Your Happy Chemicals" have had a huge impact on my life and I love sharing the message.

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Make It Fun!

Why host another boring (insert here): workshops, conference networking events, company icebreakers, reunions, bachelor/ette parties, weddings, divorces (why not), birthdays, anniversaries, retirements, funerals (why not?), house-plant died?

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Testimonials & Praise!

Anthony is both a great MC and wedding officiant for any bride and groom looking for a fun and upbeat day. As a wedding planner, Anthony allowed me to focus on the larger picture while he focused on the event flow and entertaining the crowd. I had the pleasure of working with Anthony during a circus themed wedding where he embraced the atmosphere and role. It would be my pleasure to work with Anthony again. ~ Ciera Freson, Lucky Penny Event Planning

BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!! (And best emcee for the job!) Anthony demonstrated professionalism, attention to detail, and hilarity throughout our entire event. We had a vintage circus themed wedding, which was pretty casual and light-hearted, and he was perfect for the job. His witty banter kept our guests entertained throughout the ceremony and reception. Thoughtfully, Anthony kept his humor kid friendly, as we had several friends and family members with youngsters. We couldn’t have imagined a better experience – I highly recommend Anthony as an officiant, an emcee, and a host. ~ Garrison and Joan G.

Anthony was a great host for our fundraiser at the Republik. His ability to keep the evening on time while promoting the opportunities for our organization to raise money was commendable. We exceeded our fundraising goals and Anthony was definitely one of the reasons we were so successful. ~Kahi Piccaro, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii

Anthony has always been a joy to have in my life. He's my favorite son, the best dancer, really good at high-fives and can poach an egg. Ladies, he's a catch! Love you always my little booger but. ~ Anthony's Mom P.S. Anthony - don't ever put this anywhere public I wouldn't want your sister and brother to find out.

As owner of an event planning company finding a good emcee is very important to us and we are so glad we found Anthony. He has now down several events for us and our clients have always been very impressed with his services. He is extremely knowledgeable, professional, helpful, and fun! He takes time to really get to know the details of the event, he prepares his talking points well in advance, and he knows how to work the crowd. ~ Amanda Corby Noguchi, Owner & Creative Director, Under My Umbrella Inc.

Musings and Amusings: Original Material

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Workshop: There is no fea...

but there is puking…..
Literally the letters for the word “FEAR” are not in the words “Public …

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Keynote: I Love My Medioc...

Failure teaches lessons, so does mediocrity.
I love mediocrity. Yep, I said it.  I love mediocrity. …

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Instantly Connect with An...

Yes, anyone!  I’ve now said “anyone” three times, now. Maybe four.
First, a question: if you …

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Triumph and Tragedy: Hock...

Marrying truth with fiction…
The ice rink of Gunnison, Colorado is home to many a triumph …

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Running from Tony: Embrac...

Growth through embracing discomfort…
I’ve had a wonderful winter back in the Gunnison Valley after 3+ …