He began his career on both the comedy stage and as a juvenile counselor in San Francisco’s Youth Guidance Center. In 1980, Michael Pritchard won first place in the San Francisco International Stand Up Comedy Competition as well as winning the prestigious California Probation Officer of the Year.
Michael’s offers from Hollywood rolled in including
a guest appearance on an
Emmy Award winning
episode of “Taxi.” His
comedybilled him with
Robin Williams, Jerry
and Whoopi Goldberg
playingvenues as Caesar’s,
the Comedy Store, Universal
Ampitheater and opening for such names as
Diana Ross, the Grateful Dead, Kenny Rogers, Mike
Mc Donald and Boz Scaggs.
But Michael rejected offers from Hollywood to focus on using his comic talents for inspiring youth and adults.
Drawing from his counseling background, Michael Pritchard began using humor to inspire, teach communication skills, anger management, diversity, conflict resolution and overcoming burnout and stress.
His broad audience base - from corporate employees, healthcare workers, and government and state officials - have honored him with countless standing ovations and numerous awards including:
President’s Volunteer Action Award, Commendation
Office of the Attorney General, Paul Harris Fellowship
Rotary International, Toastmaster’s International Speaker, Outstanding Performance
Federal Executive Board, Josephine Duveneck Humanitarian Awad
the Key to the City of San Francisco.
As a result of his work, Michael Pritchard has been featured on CNN, NBC’s “The Today Show”, “The Tonight Show”, CBS “Sunday Morning” with Charles Kuralt, “Time” magazine and “People” magazine.
His seven educational series for PBS and distribution has been seen by millions and focuses on youth guidance in the areas of violence prevention. “The Power of Choice,” “You Can Choose”, and “Big Changes, Big Choices.”
Forming Heartland Media, he continued with “Red Ribbon Week” and “PeaceTalks” teaching students to make positive choices. “SOS: Saving Our Schools from Hate and Violence,” featured in both Time magazine and on CNN, was filmed after the tragic Columbine disaster. His series “Lifesteps” builds the social and emotional intelligence in youth and has already received the Parents Choice Award.
For his work in promoting nonviolence with youth, Dr. Michael Pritchard was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Hartwick University and winning, 2001 Lewis Hine’s Award for Service to Children & Youth Certificate of Appreciation, and the 2002 Marin Community Foundations Beryl Buck Fund Award for achievement in Promoting Nonviolence.
As an extension of Heartland Media, he established Heartland Media Foundation building character and emotional intelligence, violence prevention, inciting motivation and leadership in both youth and adults to improve schools and communities. The foundation provides youth guidance programs, including video, print curriculum, and live presentations by Michael Pritchard to aid in schools and communities where the funding is limited.
Michael in a scene from the film documentary "Happy"
MICHAEL APPEARED ON THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JOHNNY CARSON
MICHAEL & HIS DEAR FRIEND
VIEW DOZENS OF MICHAEL'S VIDEOS ABOUT PARENTING ADVICE AT KIDSINTHEHOUSE.COM
Edutopia – George Lucas’s Educational Foundation – the mission of GLEF has been to use media's many forms to document, disseminate, and advocate for the innovative teaching and learning practices. Michael Pritchard is a presence on the Edutopia site. His videos are featured in the Social Emotional Learning arena. In addition, Michael Pritchard has done countless voice work for Edutopia and the Star Wars series.
Ronald McDonald House – The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Michael Pritchard has done yearly fundraising for the organization by hosting their annual event. This event has been attended and co-hosted by Randy Cross of the SF Forty Niners as well as McDonald’s franchise owners and operators. In addition, Michael Pritchard has made many trips to the Ronald McDonald House bringing his healing humor to the children and families.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters helps children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth. Michael Pritchard has been involved with fund raising for many Big Brothers Big Sister events across the country.
SF Giants Community Fund uses baseball as a forum to encourage youngsters and families to live healthy, productive lives. Michael Pritchard is actively involved with the SF Giants Community Fund and is a member of the board of directors. He represents the SF Jr. Giants at ball games and fundraising events.
Michael Pritchard has help raise millions of dollars by donating his time and talent to events and various charitable organizations including:
Boys and Girls Club
Ronald McDonald House
Jewish Family Services
SF Giants Community Fund
American Heart Association
Women’s Wellness Forum
CASA Court Appointed Special Advocates
Bread & Roses
Recreation Center for the Handicapped
Texan’s War on Drugs
Vietnam Vets of America
Guide Dogs for the Blind