Funny Motivational Speaker and Clean Comedian based near Richmond, Virginia and Washington, DC
2017 Comedy update:
An engaging amount of work this year provided several experiences where I saw change and progress aligned.
As much as at any time I felt excited for the work being done at educational events: a few associations, several schools, and one event for faculty and students together.
These events included keynotes for ...
-- Virginia Council of Administrators of Special Education
-- Virginia Association for Pupil Transportation
Opening day of the school year convocations at ...
-- Buckingham County (VA)
-- City of Hopewell (VA)
-- School for the Deaf and Blind (VA)
And in-services for ...
-- Prince William County (VA)
-- Isle of Wight County (VA)
Before I forget, I'm still hitting the road.
While the events above played out in my home state of Virginia, please know I'm still traveling. I was master of ceremonies for a conference in New Orleans, presented for a client appreciation event in Florida, and worked a corporate show in Savannah.
And a word on the one man show and nightclub work
I performed my one man show in a community theater early in 2017 and I did an abridged version of it for students at the University of Virginia.
I'm performing my standup set regionally and over the holidays will take it to Florida where I will wrap up 2017 at a favorite place with good friends in Sarasota at McCurdy's Comedy Theatre.
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Now back to the top: A moment at an event I wish all could see.
Prince William County in Washington, DC's suburban exurban ecotone is one of Virginia's largest and fastest growing counties. It's school division serves over 80,000 students and in late August I presented to 950 bus drivers.
My 'educational comedian' show focuses on the thinking skills we learn in school and how when applied to the ordinary events of a daily life -- in the case of bus drivers, the early morning bus pickup, the dutiful routes, the bus inspections -- can pry loose from the routine light moments that lift us above the mundane. It was hard that morning to put into words the emotion I felt as an audience of El Salvadorans, Indians, Pakistani, Vietnamese, Bolivians -- Prince William is the state's first minority majority county -- listened to humor about growing up, the English language, parents and laughed together.
As the chair raised me up to my feet I found it among other things uplifting ...
...nearly as much as looking out at a room of faces any one of which would have seemed strange among the ones I grew up knowing and to understand these too belonged to beings so convinced collective education is a tool to impact the trajectory of one's life as to put themselves behind the wheel morning and night to drive that message home.
Change and progress as one.
Keep on rolling!
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-- Thank you to WCVE and to John Felton for inviting me to be part of the Virginia Currents 25th anniversary celebration. I enjoyed my visit with Patty Nevadomski and her talented fun team.
Motivational Comedy as a Funny Education Speech
Event: A 2015/16 opening school district convocation for all hands on deck: administrators, staff, teachers, bus drivers.
-- Requested theme: The Power of Yes. Our school district has no cookie cutter kids – each student will require creative solutions.
-- Superintendent’s post show feedback: Perfect
Motivational Comedy as a Funny Graduation speech
Event: A 2015/16 graduation keynote at a vocational rehabilitation center in eastern Kentucky for people with physical and developmental disabilities.
Theme: Developing Your Invisible Ability: Habits cultivated pursuing a vocational degree are transferable skills for the jobs your vocational degree might lead you.
Post show feedback from vocational trainer:
Thank you for setting such a good example of how things can work out in a person’s career even though it may be a different path than what they originally planned. I agree with your point that the skills the students learn during training will carry over into whatever type of occupation they may end up doing.
Motivational Comedy as a Funny Healthcare Speech
Event: 2015/16 annual meeting for country’s largest health insurance provider.
Theme: Humor’s place in wellness: humor helps us cope, recover and grow.
Post show feedback from Health care program vice president to event’s meeting planner: Brett was truly side splitting and his serious message was taken to heart by all the participants. I can’t tell you how many folks personally mentioned to me how exceptional Brett was.
Please contact me if I can help energize your next gathering.
I hope to see you on the road.
Da capo: My closing message to the school district convocation mentioned above:
You are the solution to the homo sapiens conundrum: homo sapiens, the reasoning beings, can amass information at a rate that challenges our emotional intelligence to manage it.
A student learns today that he or she is among 7 billion inhabitants on the only planet we know of that supports multi-cellular life in a dynamic universe that is expanding at an accelerating rate and find that demoralizing asking questions like “What difference do I make?” and “Do I matter?” with “I don’t” and “No”.
But because there stands you modeling the being they can become ‘homo sapiens curans’, the reasoning being who is caring, they can perceive that same vast creation with awe and reverence proclaiming… “I say I love this”, “I say thank you, “I say yes.”
A media link
Here’s a link to a review in the Madison Eagle (Madison, Virginia) of a show I performed for the Madison County Chamber of Commerce in November 2014.
From the article...
Following dinner, keynote speaker and comedian Brett Leake entertained the audience, speaking on the importance of humor, appreciating and recognizing the little things in life and utilizing humor to make situations better before not after the fact, all while eliciting tons of laughs.
I add that these were English tons: I promise an American ton; I deliver an English ton.
I thank Kane Kashouty for the nice article and Tracey Gardner for inviting me to be part of the fun night.
2014 shows included ....
Funny Healthcare Keynote Speaker
-- VIAQUEST Columbus, Ohio
-- Maryland Patient Safety Center National Harbor, Maryland
-- vaACCSES Virginia Association of Community Rehabilitation Programs
Funny Educational Keynote Speaker
-- St Michael’s Catholic Academy Speaker Series Kickoff Speaker Grades 9-12 Austin, Texas
-- Mecklenburg County (Virginia) Schools Opening Day Convocation Speaker
-- SD25 School District 25 Opening Day Convocation Arlington Heights, Illinois
-- Herff Jones National Sales Meeting Collegiate Division Hollywood, Florida
Motivational Comedy Keynote and Humor Workshops At these two conferences I provided both a keynote of 45 minutes and a workshop of 45 minutes.
-- APSE Kentucky: Association for Person Centered Employment Lexington, KY
-- AST: Association of Surgical Technologists Denver, CO
Corporate Comedian: I presented corporate comedy sets for these clients
-- Mason and Barry Charleston, West Virginia
-- Chamber of Commerce
....... Association of Chamber Executives (Virginia)
........Madison Chamber of Commerce Madison County Virginia
........Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce Fredericksburg, Virginia
-- Superior Battery London, Kentucky
-- Richmond Dental Association
-- UVIMCO University of Virginia Investment Management Company
-- NCMH: National Center for Housing Management Chicago, Illinois
Theater shows: I was fortunate to play these three theaters
-- Gateway Theater Waynesboro, VA
-- Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts Vienna, VA
-- Paramount Theater Charlottesville, VA (Will be fortunate on December 31, 2014)
And I did standup sets at these comedy clubs
-- Richmond FunnyBone Richmond, Virginia
-- Cozzy’s Comedy Club Newport News, Virginia
-- McCurdy’s Comedy Theater Sarasota, Florida
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-- To Wendy and her colleagues at Visa Inc. for inviting me to present at the newly minted Dow Component's celebration of Disability Employment Awareness Month. Here's some feedback: “Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Brett and the presentation today. I had every intention of being inspired - but I was too busy laughing. He was just great!”
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