Victory Stores Presents Rocky LaPorte, featuring Sammy Obeid, and host Michael Pritchard
Friday, August 24 @ 8:00 pm| $20
Doors open 7PM | Show starts at 8PM
$20 Online | $25 Phone & Box Office
Finalist, Last Comic Standing, and winner of the national “Club Comic of the Year” awards in Las Vegas and winner of the Johnnie Walker National Comedy Search. Guest appearance on “The Tonight Show” and did a short-lived “Rocky LaPorte Show.” Films include “The Shaggy Dog” with Tim Allen and “The Godfathers of Comedy.”
Sammy Obeid is a Fremont native and former math teacher. He’s appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” “Last Comic Standing,” and “The Conan O’Brien Show.” Sammy’s released one album, “Get Funny or Die Trying.” His comedy is known for its “analytic style full of wordplay, clever misdirection and ethnic humor riffing on his Middle Eastern roots (he’s Lebanese-American)”. He is perhaps best known for performing 1,000 nights of comedy in a row, a current world record that includes performing on a Thanksgiving and Christmas in Vallejo to keep the record alive.
Michael’s Pritchard is one of the most recognizable figures in the Bay Area not only for his uncanny entertainment talents but for his ability to communicate with children through numerous PBS specials and his work with law enforcement. Michael has appeared in several films and TV programs, including an Emmy-winning episode of “Taxi.”
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 and the Key to the City of San Francisco.
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. His seven educational series for PBS and distribution has been seen by millions and focuses on youth guidance in the areas of violence prevention. “The Power of Choice,” “You Can Choose”, and “Big Changes, Big Choices.” For his work in promoting nonviolence with youth, Michael was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hartwick University and winning, 2001 Lewis Hine’s Award for Service to Children & Youth Certificate of Appreciation, and the 2002 Marin Community Foundations Beryl Buck Fund Award for achievement in Promoting Nonviolence.