Michael Pritchard, Comedian and Youth Motivator Uses Comedy
February 16, 2016
Hosted by Joyce Bender
Joyce welcomes nationally acclaimed youth motivator, comedian and keynote speaker, Michael Pritchard to the show. Pritchard began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco's Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, he won first place in the San Francisco International Stand-Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year. Offers from Hollywood rolled in including a guest appearance on an Emmy Award winning episode of "Taxi." Pritchard’s sensational standup comedy billed him with Robin Williams, Jerry Seinfeld, Dana Carvey and Whoopi Goldberg, playing venues as Caesar's, the Comedy Store, Universal Amphitheater. But he rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults. Pritchard began using humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution, and overcoming bullying. Pritchard will discuss his career in depth.
Tuesday at 11 AM Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica Variety Channel
Competitive employment and empowerment for people with disabilities is the emphasis of this show. Broadcast live and captioned in real-time for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing, we discuss how people with disabilities can secure career opportunities, and how employers, organizations and individuals can support employment and empowerment of people with disabilities.
Joyce A. Bender is the CEO and president of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Bender Consulting recruits and hires individuals with disabilities, across the United States and Canada for competitive career opportunities in the public and private sectors. In 1985, Joyce survived a life-threatening accident caused by a misdiagnosis of epilepsy. Due to her personal experience living with both epilepsy and a hearing disability, she founded Bender Consulting Services, Inc. in 1995.
Joyce is the past-chair of both the board of the American Association of People with Disabilities and the national Epilepsy Foundation. She has received awards from both the Bush and Clinton administrations.