INTERNATIONAL INSPIRATIONAL HUMORIST, STAND-UP COMEDIAN & AUTHOR
17 Years of Experience in Making People Laugh, Cry and Think!
Professional speaker and entertainer that appeals to audiences of all ages: from Fortune 500 companies to universities, government agencies, churches and schools, with demonstrated ability to make people laugh, cry and think. Author of NO LIMITS (published 2008); and Achieving NO LIMITS-Embracing Change (published in 2012).
Nothing heals like the power of a true story. Speaking with personal authority from inside an event, Al Foxx pierces the veil of darkness; and on the other side of that veil, he brings the light of hope, filled with possibilities for his audiences and readers. Al shares the pursuit of his dreams and aspirations after a devastating motorcycle crash in 1980 (age 17) left him with brain damage and left side paralysis. Yearning for a normal life, these disabilities challenged Al. Although he was told he would never walk without a cane, talk understandably or drive legally, he drives to his local gigs, he limps onto stages throughout the United States and in Canada, and has spoken to hundreds of audiences.
“We’re all born with a book of blank pages. We don’t get to choose if our book is a leather bound, gold embossed hardback or a cheaply glued paperback, but we do get to choose what the pages say. At any given moment, we have the POWER to say NO! This is NOT how the story will END. We can choose to write a happy ending.” ~Al Foxx
- Starting his speaking career at Seattle’s Comedy Underground in 1995, Al focused on learning the craft of stand-up comedy, reciting a succession of his humorous stories, short bits and one-liners. In time, Al started opening for many top comedians such as Tommy Chong (of Cheech and Chong), Jake Johannsen (appearances on Tonight Show, Letterman, HBO), Caroline Rhea (Hollywood Squares, Sabrina the Teenage Witch), Wendy Lieberman (National Female Comedian of the Year), Lewis Black (Comedy Central, The Daily Show) and Will Durst (America’s premier political comedian, opening for presidential candidates and governors). During his focus on standup comedy, Al traveled to local comedy clubs, nightclubs, college campuses and theatres, throughout the Pacific Northwest
- Al’s routine highlights the advantages of being brain damaged, focusing on his everyday challenges, with a “lighten-up” point-of-view. With a determination to be “normal” and a strong desire to fit back into a world he had been locked- out of, Al uses humorous insights to connect with his audiences. Competing with other feature acts, Al won the Giggles Laff-Off Comedy Contest in 2000.
- After achieving the Giggles Laff-Off award, Al was invited to tell his stories, including his jokes, for many business and non-profit organizations. Focusing on the winning-at-life formulas learned from his years with rehab psychotherapists, and other rehabilitation training, Al is able to share these valuable lessons with other people facing challenges. Motorcycle crashes come in all shapes and sizes; divorce, bankruptcy, loss of a loved one, loss of a job, scary medical concerns, to name a few. In sharing these lessons, Al realized his humorous story-telling presentations were helping people; and helping people made Al feel good.
- Al has traveled all over the United States providing his inspirational and humorous keynotes as far north as Alaska and south as New Mexico; as far east as Massachusetts and west as California. He has also given paid speaking presentations in Canada and is working to share his message abroad. Al provides specific and customized presentations about being a winner, with the skills and the attitude to embrace change. By ACCEPTING the book you have been given, BELIEVING you can write a happy ending and CARING for others, you can design the life you want. Al’s message includes his most powerful tool of focusing on what you have; not what you don’t have.
- Disability Topics--Al specializes in disability topics such as: 1) disability employment, 2) disability-related social isolation and social development, 3) disability protocols for people with and without disabilities, 4) coping and resiliency skills needed for embracing change and 4) the importance and power of a right attitude for success and happiness.
- Other Topics--Al provides tailor-made presentations that are applauded in Fortune 500 companies, business and sales groups, conventions, business seminars, retreats, award ceremonies, high school graduations, school assemblies and churches. His topic expertise is in overcoming adversity, diversity awareness, goal development and what really matters in becoming a winner in life.
Author of “Achieving NO LIMITS, Embracing Change”
- Al’s Books: NO LIMITS (published 2008); and Achieving NO LIMITS-Embracing Change (published in 2012). The book is about an 18-year old teen (Al Foxx) whose idyllic life is unexpectedly ripped apart by a motorcycle crash. The work of accepting the aftermath of that crash is at the book’s core. That work included learning the skills and attitudes necessary to embrace changes and be a winner. The book is authentically laid out, in the voice of a victor, facing the challenges of reinventing his life. Al’s amazing sense of humor and good spirit are felt throughout the book as he moves through his experiences accepting that many doors of opportunity had shut, but different doors are now open.
1) Focus on what you have, not what you don't have.
2) Goal Setting: Regular and systematic practices of goal setting will bring you success and satisfaction.
3) Accept the book you've been given, Believe you can write a happy ending and Care about others.
4) Self-Esteem Bucket: What you say about other affects your self esteem bucket. If you say negative things, it pokes holes in your bucket and theirs.
5) Lighten Up: Don't take yourself so seriously. Only then can you really care about others because it's not all about YOU.
6) Mentoring: By mentoring others, you learn solution-based techniques, combining empathy with creativity.
“Al Foxx had me in tears--both because I was so inspired by him, his story and the way he tells it--and because he is hilarious! Al reminded me of something that is very powerful: you can't judge a book by its cover because when you do, you miss out on the PURE GOLD within. Al is pure gold--and has a heart and courage to match. I whole-heartedly recommend Al as a powerful speaker, motivator, and inspired man who lights a fire under your "But..." and melts your heart at the same time! Bravo!” April 13, 2012
~Kris Prochaska, MA, LMHC, Your Guide to Confident Communication, Heart & Soul Speaking, www.speakfreelynow.com
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Boys & Girls Club
Brain Injury Association of America
Brain Injury Association of Colorado
Brain Injury Association of Washington
Central Washington University
Chattanooga Employment Consortium (TN)
City of Kirkland Police Department
City of Duvall Police Department
City of Renton, “Renton River Days”
Delta Rehabilitation Center
Department of Defense, Seattle
Department of Veteran Affairs, WA
Epic Opportunities, Winnipeg, Canada
Fairbanks Resource Agency, (AK)
John Deere Corporation
Guilford College, Greensboro, NC
Lexus of Bellevue, WA
Midland Empire Resources, Independent Living
Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Poulsbo, WA
NEW Alliance Counseling Services, Colville, WA
North Region EMS & Trauma Care Council
Pullman Transit Corporation, WA
SAGE-(Retired Christian Business Men)
Seattle Central Community College
Seattle Medical & Rehabilitation Center
Seattle Prep School
Springfield College, New York
St. Clair County (MI) Community Mental Health
State of WA, Department of Labor
TACID, Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Community College, WA
Texas A & M University, College Station, TX
Toyota of Kirkland, WA
University of Washington, Seattle
VA Sound Health Care System, Seattle
Washington State Dairy Women