Comedian & Motivational Speaker by Michael Pritchard
Jul 12, 2024 12:15 PM
Michael Pritchard
Comedian & Motivational Speaker by Michael Pritchard

Michael Pritchard 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 sensational standup comedy billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg playing venues at Caesar’s, the Comedy Store, Universal Amphitheater and opening for such names as Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, Kenny Rogers, Mike Mc Donald and Boz Scaggs. 

But Michael rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults.

Drawing from his counseling background, Michael Pritchard began using humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.

His broad audience base - from corporate employees, healthcare workers, and government and state officials - have honored him with countless standing ovations and numerous awards including: 

  • President’s Volunteer Action Award, Commendation

  • Office of the Attorney General, Paul Harris Fellowship

  • Rotary International, Toastmaster’s International Speaker, Outstanding Performance

  • Federal Executive Board, Josephine Duveneck Humanitarian Award

  • the Key to the City of San Francisco.

As a result of his work, Michael Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show”, CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt, “Time” magazine and “People” magazine.