Chad Prather Live on Stage at the Grove Anaheim Friday April 5th 8:00pm
Updated: Apr 12, 2019
Moms night out or maybe a date night? Catch Chad Prather Live on Stage at the Grove. I am so looking forward to this show. I have been a fan of Chad's for a while now and follow him on Facebook. When I heard he was coming to Anaheim this mama got star struck. (Which is so unlike me). I am thrilled he will be in Anaheim on April 5th, I can't wait.
2200 East Katella Avenue Anaheim California, 92806
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As an observer of life, pointing out the humor in modern culture, Chad
Prather has built a loyal following, sold out theaters with his one-man
shows and has been featured on Fox News and CNN, among other major
national outlets. He has appeared internationally from Moscow to the Ivory
Coast. He may also be one of the most important topical humorists of these
turbulent political times, as evidenced by the more than one billion views
and counting that he has received on Facebook.
A humanitarian throwing wicked punchlines. A musician whose songs
trigger laughter and inspire wisdom. A “modern-day Will Rogers.” A self confessed lover of slapstick who reflects on the state of the world from the
driver’s seat of his truck on social media. A proud Texan and patriotic
American whose role models include George Carlin, Robin Williams, and
Bill Hicks. A comedian who only rarely has set foot in comedy clubs and yet
has made millions laugh on social media, on TV and on theater stages.
These are just a few of the attributes that have earned Chad Prather a loyal
following throughout and far beyond American shores.
He is in fact something of a contradiction. Maybe even an enigma at first
glance. But here’s the good news: the closer you get to him, the more you
see that in all his endeavors, his goal is the same.
“Ultimately I want to be a unifier,” he insists. “People want to pigeonhole me
because I wear cowboy boots and a cowboy hat and I talk with a
twang. Half the population believes one way and the other half another way
but I think everyone, regardless of political stance, can relate to the things I
say. I don’t apologize for that, — actually, I believe I can help heal some of
our disagreements. We are, after all, the United States of America. I’m
about building up, not tearing down.”
Prather has felt this way since he could barely walk. He was just 2 years
old when he appeared on local TV in Georgia, reciting Bible stories he had
memorized from an LP, down to the music and sound effects which he
added between spoken lines. A decent student in school, he applied
himself mainly to sports. “To me, athletics was also a stage, a place to
perform,” he points out.
In high school, Prather’s interests expanded to acting and, specifically, to
comedy. “I was always the class clown,” he notes. “I watched these guys —
Carlin, Robin Williams, Bill Cosby, Eddie Murphy, Don Rickles, Steve
Martin, Steven Wright and the smartest comedian that ever existed, Mitch
Hedberg — and wondered if I could ever translate what I did at parties with
my friends into doing what those guys did onstage.”
At first, his fascination with performance led him in a different direction.
While still studying mass communications at the University of Georgia,
Prather began delivering inspirational talks at local churches. After college
he pastored, worked with ministries, and travelled the globe to work with
leaders in third world countries. He spoke anywhere he was invited. The
response was so positive that he built a career as, in his words, “the
motivational speaker who could make everybody laugh.”
After 15 successful years in that world, Prather experienced burnout. He
quit the speaking circuit to work as a salesman for a Fortune 300 company.
Eventually, though, he felt the pull back toward the spotlight, this time to
chase his original dream. He began using social media as a stage. Putting
his video camera phone on the dashboard of his truck, he began to share
his insights without knowing if anyone would watch or listen. He mused on
topics such as popular culture, politics, family life and inspiration, always
with his uniquely humorous slant. People watched by the millions. This
sudden popularity led to a consistently growing fan base that tuned in daily
to catch his latest funny observations on everyday life.
The natural evolution of his growing audience and down-home humor led to
the inevitable when he found himself one night on a stage in College
Station, Texas, making his first appearance as a comedian.
Like many future comedy greats making their debut, Prather bombed. But
rather than quit and go back to sales, he looked carefully at what
happened. What he discovered informed and empowered him to keep
going, mainly by being truer to himself.
“It wasn’t that the material was bad or my stage presence or my nerves,” he
says. “It was just that I was not being me. I wasn’t being true to myself. The
material was not who I am. I wasn’t allowing myself to think or move freely.
So I gave myself permission to improvise, to be a little more physical, to
lead people up to the edge without pushing them over. I really just gave
myself permission to be myself.”
Today, what you see when you watch Prather onstage, in his driver’s-seat
soliloquies or on his new website PoliticalCowboy.com, is exactly who he
is. His candor and approachability, his perfect balance between
controversy and just plain silliness … it’s all him. Like his spiritual
predecessor Will Rogers, he is a storyteller with a knack for speaking truth
and wrapping it in humor.
Bottom line? “I’m a comedian that uses stories, philosophy, politics and
music,” Prather sums up. “I’m George Carlin without the F-bombs. I talk
about things that everybody has dealt with at some level by wrapping truth
in humor. All I want is for people to come and see me, listen, laugh about
life for an hour and a half and leave feeling better than when they came in