On the stages and the pages, Sam Adams displays his unique talents as an entertainer, public speaker and journalist.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Sam is the only dual prize winner in the history of the Great American Comedy Festival. In 2009 Sam won the festival’s amateur competition. Asked to compete later in the week against the professionals, Sam placed second — giving him an impetus to pursue a professional career in stand-up comedy at age 49.
During the summer of 2018, the “True Color” video clip from Sam’s Dry Bar Comedy special (titled ‘Incoherently True’) went viral, with a remarkable 10 million Facebook views in less than 72 hours. Since, the “True Color” video has amassed more than 35 million social media views worldwide.
Prior to establishing a career in entertainment, Sam spent three decades as an award-winning newspaper sports journalist. His experiences as a reporter and for major daily newspapers in the U.S. began with the Denver Post in 1986, included a stint with the Charlotte Observer (1995-96) and finished with 13 years at the Rocky Mountain News.
In 2003 Sam’s media peers elected him Colorado’s Print Journalist of the Year. In 2019 he was honored by the prestigious Denver Press Club with induction to its Hall of Fame — the first African- American sports journalist to be inducted in the club’s 154-year history. Sam’s coverage for many of the world’s most celebrated sporting events (from Super Bowls to Olympics) helped him gain perspectives for his book titled, ‘If You Don’t Believe Me: Lessons Learned from Listening To The Greats’ (released in April, 2013.)
In the book, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway offers the following tribute to Sam … “Through the ups and downs of an NFL career, I developed great trust, respect and appreciation for him. Blending an uncanny ability to mix humor with keen insight and knowledge, Sam is a one-of-a-kind storyteller.”
As a corporate speaker, Sam offers two vibrant keynote presentations. The first is titled, ‘Going Up: Taking Steps To Elevate Your Levels Of Success’ which offers sound advice for success based on Sam’s career endeavors. The second is titled, ‘Race To A Finish Line’ in which Sam advances his novel perspectives on the topic of race relations.
Both presentations offer insightful, impactful and humorous references from Sam’s careers in journalism and entertainment, and feature riveting anecdotes taken from his personal and professional encounters with well-known sports figures and entertainers.
Comedian. Speaker. Journalist. Storyteller. Sam Adams always delivers quality entertainment for audiences of all ages.