As a survivor of a drunk driving crash that killed his mother and almost himself as an infant, Michael uses humor to inspire audiences. With over 20 years experience speaking at high schools, colleges, military bases and a court, Michael share his powerful inspirational story for any audience. Despite breaking nearly every bone in his body in the car crash, he went on to become a collegiate swimmer, stand-up comedian, college educator and author. He bonds with his audience with humor and weaves an emotional story that will make your audience laugh, but also think about how they view life. If you want something diverse and special, then look no further than Michael Gershe.
Price Range: Contact for rates
Gig Length: 45 - 75 minutes
What to Expect
They should expect a professional program that will meet their needs. Michael has been speaking/performing since 1994 and his programs will contain humor, audience interaction and a powerful message. Michael will work with you so all your expectations are met. The audience will laugh and be inspired by his message.
Hello, I’m Michael Gershe. I was born in New York and at the ripe age of 5, moved to sunny Miami, FL where I grew up. Along with my brother Jeff, I was a competitive swimmer, which no one expected since nearly all my bones were broken in the drunk driving crash. I was bitten by the entertainment bug after my grandfather took me to the magic store and soon I was performing magic in front of family members and a lot of kids turning 6 in South Florida.
Being blessed with a sense of humor, I was more of a “comedian magician” influenced by Abbott and Costello, Harry Anderson, Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld. I eventually left the magic behind and started to perform stand-up comedy, while in graduate school, even working with Harry Anderson in Cleveland a few years later. Combining comedy with my presentations is a great way to not only bond with the audience, but also so they know it will be a much different program than they expected.
I attended Ashland University in Ohio on a swimming scholarship where I earned a Communications/Radio TV degree. Being a campus leader in many student organizations led me to pursue my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron where I served as the Leadership Adviser. I have worked in Higher Education my entire adult life and know first- hand the trials, tribulations and success of students. I am also the Senior Adviser for the College of Applied Engineering at Kent State University.
I’ve had the amazing opportunity to attend The Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, be a judge for the Miss Southeast Ohio and Miss Ohio pageants and become an author for the Grief Diary series, contributing to “Through the Eyes of Men” and “Hit by Drunk/Drugged Driver.” My role models include Tigger, Spider-man, James Bond and the rock band KISS whom I’ve seen over 50 times.
In 2015, I founded The Magic of Life Foundation which will assist in my mission in making our communities safer, helping children impacted by impaired driving and reward students who are making the right choices in life.
I strive to be a son my mother would be proud of and by sharing my extraordinary life, I am able to inspire others to understand just how precious our lives are along with making our communities safer. I’ve been fortunate to share my story with so many audiences which include keynoting conferences, professional associations, schools, colleges, military bases and courts.
Thank you for dedicating your time in learning more about me and I look forward to bringing my story to you soon!
Additional Booking Notes
House lighting is fine, will need a microphone, mic stand, projector/screen.
Set list includes 5-10 mins of clean stand up comedy, depending on the program an icebreaker/audience participation, and the program.
Influences & Inspiration
My role models are Tigger, Spider-man, James Bond, Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley. My comedy influences are Abbott and Costello, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Jerry Seinfeld.
Microphone, mic stand, projector/screen
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