Mike and Ilisa Noble, founders of It Takes Two Entertainment, literally grew up with their business!
Mike was still in college back in 1993 when he realized his passion for performing. Originally a broadcast major, he switched to teaching, but was determined to become a DJ. He called on one of the top DJ firms in the area, hoping for an interview, but they never called back. Undaunted, he took his own Bar Mitzvah money and invested it in equipment and had the owner of the store teach him how to use it. “It was tough getting hired at 19, so I told people I was 25. I’m in my fourties now, and I still tell people I’m 25! Only now they don’t believe me…”
In an effort to woo his then-Bensalem High School ‘gal pal’ Ilisa Roberts, he locked-up her Saturday nights by recruiting her to help him work his parties. “We never had an official title,” she points out. “We just went from ‘friends’ to ‘engaged!’” Married in 1999, the talented duo now resides in Cherry Hill, NJ with their three children, Jake, Paige and Ben.
After college, the two pursued teaching careers, but never stopped entertaining. They collaborated with such local well-knowns as Eddie Bruce, Ron Dubin, Melanie Rice and Cutting Edge Orchestras. Originally known as Funtastic Musical Adventures they’ve recently changed their company name to It Takes Two Entertainment. “We feel our new name better reflects who we are—professional, sophisticated and fun!” says Ilisa.
As trained teachers and summer camp directors at the JCC Camps at Medford, Mike and Ilisa excel at working with children, whether mainstream or special needs. “We get a lot of compliments in terms of how well behaved the kids are at our parties,” explains Ilisa. “Adults really notice that because it allows them to be able to dance and have fun, too.”
Their clients also appreciate how flexible they are and how easy they are to work with. Ilisa brings a wealth of musical knowledge to the table, and Mike is the consummate performer who sets the mood of each party, whether he’s asked to keep it low key or kick things into high gear.
In addition to Weddings, Mitzvahs, Sweet 16s, anniversary and birthday parties, It Takes Two does corporate events, and has played at such venues as:
Citizens Bank Ballpark
The Constitution Center
The Franklin Institute and Planetarium
The Ritz Carlton
The Four Seasons
Penns Landing Seaport
Brian Adler, MSW
Director of Corporate Relations
Katz JCC, Cherry Hill, NJ
“For the past seven summers, we’ve had the privilege of having It Takes 2 Entertainment working with our children at the JCC Camps at Medford. I’ve observed Mike and Ilisa in a variety of instances in which they’ve successfully engaged the children with straight music for dancing, and interactive games—but they’ve also been very instrumental in gaining the attention and interest of our staff!
Both bring a great deal of enthusiasm and professionalism to what they do, and are able to relate to all populations that we serve, including mainstream and special needs. We always look for opportunities to incorporate It Takes Two into our camp activities, and I look forward to the continuation of our harmonious relationship.”
Director of Human Resources
Cherry Hill, NJ
“I was particularly pleased with how well It Takes 2 Entertainment, Mike Noble and Ilisa interacted with our guests. They brought an extensive selection of music and were extremely accommodating in playing requests.”
Cherry Hill, NJ
“All our guests were impressed with It Takes 2 Entertainment's style and music selections. The games you played with the kids ended up amusing many of the adults, too! Thanks again for making it an awesome party for me and my family.
We plan on seeing you again in another year at my next daughter’s Bat Mitzvah.”
Jackie, Bob and Steven
“I can't say enough about the exceptional job that It Takes 2 Entertainment did at Steven’s Bar Mitzvah. Knowing that he and his friends have special needs, everyone was amazed at how wonderful you both were with the kids. I particularly loved how solicitous you were of Steven—how you kept checking in with him regarding whether or not he wanted more games, more giveaways and such.
And your music mix was so outstanding—so on-target—even the adults had fun! Many of my guests loved that you weren't schmaltzy or over the top—or too loud. Mike Noble and Ilisa Noble helped create an affair that was everything I wanted!!!”
Dina and Ron Greenblatt
"I just had to write and let you know what a wonderful job you did for Rosie's Bat Mitzvah. While my guests and I partied all night, you and the crew made sure that everything detail was handled and Rosie's was happy. And you
made it look so easy! Countless people commented on what a great job the DJ was doing and how much fun they had. It made me so happy to see everyone dancing and enjoying themselves to the music that you had helped us choose for the night.
Mike, Ilisa, Tovi, and all the rest, thanks again for being a part of one of the most magical nights of our lives. We appreciate everything that you've done for us! See you at Ben's!"
Michelle and Dan Vesay
North Wales, PA
“We were getting compliments about you before we even started dinner! You really helped make our evening even more special.”
Beth J. Zive
Katz JCC, Cherry Hill, NJ
“Dear It Takes 2 Entertainment:
On Behalf of the Young Adult Division of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, we thank you for your very generous donation of entertainment for our progressive Dinner on February 23, 2008. You did a superb job facilitating the whole evening and everyone enjoyed the lively music!
Without support from business such as yours, the event would not have been possible. We hope that you will consider working with us in the future.”
Cherry Hill, NJ
Renewal of Vows Ceremony
Dear It Takes 2 Entertainment,
Thank you for providing the entertainment for the Renewal of Vows ceremony at Congregation Beth El on February 27, 2008. The 25 couples who participated in this event were very appreciative of your generosity. By playing each couple’s original wedding song, you made everyone feel special on an evening filled with romance. You did a wonderful job mixing slow, fast and fun songs for everyone!
The event would not have been the same without the music and entertainment that you provided.
With great appreciation,
Mt. Laurel, NJ
“When you hire It Takes 2 Entertainment, you’re getting the best of both worlds. Mike and Ilisa are educators and entertainers, and as a result, they were able to keep both the kids and adults dancing the whole time.”
“Mike Noble is a very entertaining DJ and a very funny guy. I had a birthday party for my wife that was attended by over 100 people and they are all still asking me about Mike! They had so much fun! His personality and music selections contributed in a huge way to the success of the evening.”
Ellen Mattleman Kaplan
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
“We were so satisfied with the job done by It Takes 2 Entertainment at our daughter’s Bat Mitzvah that we hired them for our son’s Bar Mitzvah! They were delightful to work with in every way, and put on the kind of event we were hoping for. They were worth every penny and were totally upbeat, friendly and professional. I would be unequivocally enthusiastic about recommending their services.”
Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
“We were very pleased with It Takes 2 ! You kept 40 kids engaged, and provided an array of music that adults could dance to, as well. The staff of It Takes 2 Entertainment was friendly and enthusiastic, and the music was great. We were able to enjoy ourselves at our own affair! Thanks a million!”