Steve Rizzo: Comedian, Motivational Humorist. Keynote Speaker and Personal Development Expert

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Steve Rizzo has appeared as a national headline comedian with opening acts such as Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell and Dennis Miller, and has shared the marquee with comic greats including Ellen DeGeneres, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy and Jerry Seinfeld. Steve Rizzo has also appeared on Comedy Central and in his very own Showtime special, earning him honors as a “Showtime Comedy All-Star.”

Then, at the pinnacle of his stand-up career, Steve Rizzo walked away from comedy to pursue his true purpose and passion – to teach people how to be happy and successful no matter what their circumstance. Steve Rizzo has been inducted into the Speakers Hall of Fame and is often called upon as the “go-to” guy on the topic of personal development for many network, cable and other media outlets, including MSNBC and Oprah and Friends.

Steve Rizzo’s immensely popular PBS special revealed why he’s an expert on humor and the power of positive thinking. Steve Rizzo considers himself a PhB – “Professional Humor Being.” As a personal development expert, Steve Rizzo shows people how to choose a healthy attitude both professionally and personally. His audiences learn how to succeed and enjoy their lives in the midst of challenging and changing times. Termed “The Attitude Adjuster,” Steve Rizzo is extremely entertaining and has a powerful message.

Steve Rizzo spent much of his own life learning how to pursue and achieve his own definition of success. Luckily for audiences worldwide, that definition has evolved to showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Steve Rizzo’s friend and fellow comic Drew Carey says, “He used to be a stand-up comic, but now he is a speaker who is inspiring people all over the world.”

More About Speaker, Steve Rizzo . . .
After being told by a guidance counselor that he didn’t have the intelligence for college, and having been saddled with the dubious high school honor of “Least Likely to Succeed,” Steve Rizzo didn’t give himself much of a chance to emerge as anything special, much less a world-class comedian or motivational speaker. Years of negativity had led Steve Rizzo to believe that dreams were the luxury of only a fortunate few. “Looking back,” says Steve, “I can see how and why I sabotaged so many opportunities. My perceived limitations had me very confused. I had a fear of failure and a fear of success. I knew I had talent, but I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t being given a chance. I finally realized that opportunity had been knocking all along…I was just afraid to open the door.”

Steve Rizzo would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels. Eventually Rizzo even taught at his old high school, proving once and for all that guidance counselors are not fortune-tellers. Perhaps the most unexpected aspect of Steve Rizzo’s career was the stellar degree of success he achieved as a performer, sharing the stage with Jerry Seinfeld, Rodney Dangerfield, Eddie Murphy, and Ellen DeGeneres.

The surprises don’t stop there; The next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve Rizzo, it was walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker. Steve Rizzo offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.

Steve Rizzo holds a B.A. in English and Education and an M.A. in Theater Arts.

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