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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

For tickets click here

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, 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

the door.

In other words, Chad Prather has reached his lifelong goal of bringing people together through laughter rather than pull them further apart. He just might be exactly what we all need these days.


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