It's Brett Leake!

Welcome!

Motivational Humor/Standup and Speeches

Brett Leake Videos

Promotional Materials/Years in Review

Laughing Matters with Brett Leake

Thanks!

Book Brett

Recent site updates/Upcoming shows and presentations

Funny Motivational Health Care Keynote Speech: “At Least I’ve Got My Health”

Scoot!

A comedian as motivational healthcare keynote speaker?

When they stopped laughing at the Texas Safety Association here’s what attendees left on the evaluation:

“Best Keynote I’ve heard.”

“The first speaker was excellent. His comedy was excellent and his personal experience gave me a better perspective on change.”

Objectives:

At Least I’ve Got My Health will
• Set a positive tone to your convention. More than talking about fun, it’s fun itself...
• Make attendees feel good about themselves and what they are capable of.
• Fit well with information-based presentations. Standup comedy and storytelling require an audience’s active participation. Attendees will leave the session energized and aware.
• Make ’em laugh “more than they have in years...”

Description:

When Brett set out to become a comedian, a reporter asked how long a man with muscular dystrophy could stand the rigors of a traveling standup comedy career. Brett predicted about seven years. That was 29 years ago.

This is the story of a man with a progressive neuromuscular disease overcoming the limitations of his disease - even adding an additional 23 years to his career so far - through the healing power of humor. With intelligence and understated wit, Brett’s comic routine demonstrates the humor-health connection through jokes and stories about the value of humor and managing change.

At Least I’ve Got My Health tells of the soft landing achieved by this now sitdown standup comic and of the mental and emotional reward humor has provided in seeing the little and big things in life as laughing matters.

Brett pulls from this story to add an in-home care focus to a healthcare keynote

Brett uses this experience (Seeing is Creating) for events with a traumatic brain injury focus.

Videos:

Video: Adding laughter to life

Humor helps us help

Video: The Canard and the Caregiver

A note about the video The Canard and the Caregiver. This video includes a humorous description of an event that occurred during our family's experience with in-home care. While the subject matter is intimate, the language is clean and the tone respectful. Enjoy!

Funny Healthcare Keynote Client List:

Governmental human resources

Federal: US Department of Defense; US Department of Labor, USDA, US Treasury Department, Census Bureau; Indian Health Service; FDIC; NASA Langley Research Center

State: Virginia Workman’s Compensation; Virginia Department of Blind and Visually Impaired

Health

Sydney (Australia) Children’s Hospital; Rural Health Association: National, Oklahoma, South Carolina; Michigan Association of Community Mental Health Boards (MACMHB);; Virginia Association of Hospices; Wyoming Department of Health/Aging Division; Kentucky Speech- Language Hearing Association; Kentucky Chapter, United States Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA); Miami Children’s Hospital, Martha Jefferson Hospital; Texas Safety Association; The C.R Wood Cancer Center; American Physical Therapy Association, World Congress; The HUMOR Project

National non-profits

Muscular Dystrophy Association; FSH Society; National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America; The Myositis Association; Easter Seals

Universities:

George Mason University; Mary Washington University; University of Louisville; George Washington University

Industry:

American Pharmacy Services Corporation; Missouri Pharmacy Association; Federal Pharmacist Association: Virginia Chapter

Letters recommending At Least I’ve Got My Health for:


...a workshop presentation
"

Over the years, our highly-rated conference has had many stellar world class speakers. Brett has been one of the most outstanding. He earned several standing ovations to accompany his high ratings by hundreds of participants (4.97 on a 5.0 scale). People absolutely loved Brett, his message, as well as his way of presenting his message...Here, is a small sampling of the applause that Brett generated on this year’s evaluations.
• ‘Brett Leake’s was the most outstanding presentation I’ve EVER heard - both humorously and inspirationally. Get him back as a keynote speaker.’
• ‘I was filled by the inspiration, joy, and life lessons exemplified by Brett Leake.’
• ‘Brett Leake touched a part of me as never before. I laughed so hard I ached, but I cried leaving the room like a spiritual experience — he is remarkable.’

On a personal level, Brett is also a joy: he possesses a welcoming warmth, wit, and wisdom.”

The HUMOR Project
Joel Goodman Director
Margie Ingram, Conference Coordinator

...and, in a return visit one year later, as a Keynote
"

It is now nine months since we wrote our first letter about Brett Leake.” (see above)

“Following the urgings of our 2001 conference participants, we selected Brett to be our featured kickoff keynote speaker at our 17th annual international conference in April 2002. After receiving a 4.97 evaluation (on a 5.0 scale) at last years’ conference, I did not think it would be possible to surpass that. In fact, the many hundreds of evaluations at the 2002 conference gave Brett a rating of 4.99!!! This the highest rating a keynote speaker has received in 17 years... including presenters at our conference like Victor Borge, Steve Allen, Sid Caesar, Bob Newhart, Mark Russell, The Smothers Brothers, etc...”

Joel Goodman
Director, The HUMOR Project


...Awards banquets

“...Everyone was delighted by what you said - not just your comedy but your insights into life.”

Ford Motor Credit
Andy Robbins

...Leadership retreats

“He makes you feel like you can do anything”

Jim Hodges
Allied Mortgage


...Hospital and rural health associations
"

Thanks for enabling a group that deals with life, death, and too many seemingly insurmountable challenges to relax, laugh, ponder some of life’s contradictions, and come away looking for humor in their everyday lives.”

Don Dalton
Vice President, Public Relations
North Carolina Hospital Association

“Your humor is thought provoking and left us smiling the rest of the afternoon...we would recommend your unique motivational comedy to any group looking for an afternoon pick me up or a reason to laugh out loud, especially those organizations with a health focus.”

Graham L. Adams, PhD
Director
South Carolina State Office of Rural Health

...Youth Leadership Forums

For more information on the mission of the Youth Leadership Forum, click here

“From an adult perspective, numerous people commented to me on how you achieved the perfect mix of humor and motivational message...my hunch is the students will remember you as a funny man who already has achieved many of his goals, who has not allowed his disability to stop him from a pursuing a challenging career and who has made many adaptations in his life as his disability has progressed. Our goal is to present out students with various role models and you are one of the best. When I attended the YLF training several years ago, I left with the vision of the perfect Mentor’s Luncheon speaker, i.e., one who could combine humor with a motivational message. You fulfilled my vision.”

Catherine A. Raggio
Chairperson
Maryland Youth Leadership Forum

...College parents’ weekend

“Thanks so much for your wonderful show during our Family Weekend. The student planning board that ran the event was worried about finding a comedian who would be suitable for parents, college-aged students, and younger brothers and sisters. After the show, they were so pleased because your humor was fun, clean, and everyone could relate to it. In fact, I have contacted some of my colleagues at other universities to let them know about your show.”

Kristine Daum
Director of Activities and Leadership
Randolph Macon Woman's College

...and for diversity

“Your performance was lively and inspirational. Thank you for showing our students that a disability is not a hindrance.”

Laura J. Hodges
Director, Disability Services
Barry University

“You are very funny and very friendly. The students enjoy working with someone who takes such a genuine interest in them. It is great to work with a professional who is not only a wonderful performer but also treats our students with respect, and represents a role model.”

Tim Danube
Assistant Director of the Nebraskan Student Union
Advisor Student Activities Council
University of Nebraska at Kearney

...and, ability-based conferences and organizations
" You are truly a person who lives the philosophy of independent living and are a positive role model to all Virginians with disabilities...”
Stephen L. Johnson, President
Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living

“Your participation in our closing luncheon really ended the conference on a high note...you have made many new fans.”

Curtis L. Decker
Executive Director
NAPAS, National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems

“.... Your message of embracing and leading change was pitch perfect.

Steven Derks
President and CEO
Muscular Dystrophy Association

“I love your act”

James Williams
President
Easter Seals


...And, finally, footnote speaker.

“It had been a long busy week for all of our attendees and you helped them forget how tired they were. Everyone left the event laughing, smiling, and very inspired.”

Mary Frazell
Special Events Coordinator
American Physical Therapy Association
WCPT Congress

“Of the 28 speakers/presenters, respondents rated 14 as outstanding. You were rated outstanding by 19 respondents. This was four times the number of the next highest-rated speaker.”

Tom Scheurich, President-elect
Maryland Rehabilitation Association

“The average presentation rating (at the Humour Summit - Sydney, Australia) was 81% and the content average was 94%... the rating of your presentation was 89% and content 97%. Well done, Brett, a really good rating.”

Mike and Colin
Customer Care Solutions
fun@work Humour Summit
Sydney, Australia

Book Brett


Brett Leake!
 1-866-FUNY-GUY (1-866-386-9489)
 Book/E-Mail Brett
The website is designed and maintained by Meki.