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Michael Pritchard is a nationally acclaimed keynote speaker praised by the Wall Street Journal, CNN and Time for his ability to use humor to inspire and educate his audiences on communication skills. He is a big guy with a warm heart who as one student described him, “truly walks as he talks.” He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center.
In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year. Michael’s offers from Hollywood rolled in including a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of “Taxi”. His standup comedy billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg playing venues as Caesar’s, the Comedy Store, Universal Amphitheater and opening for such names as Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, Kenny Rogers, Mike McDonald and Boz Scaggs.
But Michael rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults. He is prominently featured in the acclaimed documentary "Happy" as he profoundly communicates to an audience of middle school students the impact of bullying.