Sam Adams has been called a Renaissance Man, which is a befitting label. Sam is a prize-winning comedian, a motivational public speaker, an award-winning sports journalist, a television commercial actor, a Master of Ceremonies … and a wedding officiant.
Talented. Versatile. Accomplished.
During the summer of 2018, the “True Color” video clip from Sam’s Dry Bar Comedy special (titled ‘Incoherently True’) went viral, with more than 10 million Facebook views in less than 72 hours. Since, the video clip has amassed more than 31 million Facebook views. In 2015 Sam was awarded GigMasters.com’s coveted “Rising Star” designation for being the site’s top-booked comedian.
Sam’s comically energetic act is 100 percent profanity-free and built on humor-filled observations about his every-day encounters. Sam is a headline performer and featured speaker at corporate events across the United States, and has shared stages with national-touring comedians and music recording artists — a genre-jumping list of nationally-known performers ranging from comedians Craig Ferguson, Frank Caliendo, Kevin Nealon, Josh Blue and David Alan Grier to music’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Heart and seven-time Grammy Award winner Al Jarreau.
In 2009 Sam entered the Great American Comedy Festival, held annually in Johnny Carson’s childhood hometown of Norfolk, Nebraska. He left the festival as its most unique winner still to this date. Entered initially as a contestant in the amateur division, Sam won that competition, then was asked by festival officials to compete with the professionals after one of the entrants fell ill.
Competing as an amateur among the field of polished comedians with bookings as national comedy club headliners (many of them with late-night television talk shows appearances and cable TV specials included on their resumes) Sam took second place. It was an impetus for him to pursue a professional career in stand-up comedy.
Sam’s keynote presentation is titled ‘Going Up: Taking Steps To Elevate Your Levels Of Success.’ The keynote offers intriguing references from his personal and professional odysseys. Sam’s stories and tips, insightful and humorous, are taken from his numerous encounters with an A-List of stars ranging from professional sports Hall of Famers to world-renown award-winning entertainers. Going Up challenges Sam’s audiences to ‘elevate their game’ by climbing a sequence of steps which lead to achieving goals and finding gratification from reaching new levels of business and personal success.
In 2019 Sam was honored by the prestigious Denver Press Club with an induction to its Hall of Fame. He received the Print Journalist of the Year award from his peers in 2003. Sam has more than 20 years of experience as a newspaper sports journalist, having worked for The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and The Charlotte Observer. Sam is credited with television appearances on ESPN, Fox Sports Net and NFL Network, and has been featured as a sports commentator on Denver’s CBS and NBC affiliates. He has covered championship sporting events at all levels — most notable four Super Bowls and two Olympiads.
Sam has authored one book. ‘If You Don’t Believe Me: Lessons Learned from Listening To The Greats’ was released in April, 2013. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway wrote the following tribute to Sam for the book:
“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.”