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Michael Colyar
June 22, 2013
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Michael Colyar was always headed for Hollywood. From the time he was a little boy, when he would run away from home, he would always head west because that’s where Hollywood was. He didn’t realize it was 3000 miles west, however, and by the time he got to the west side of Chicago, his big brother would find him and bring him home. Colyar is best known for his performances on Venice Beach,  California, where for nine years he entertained the crowds, bringing together people from all parts of the world with his thought-provoking humor. Colyar left a positive imprint in the hearts and minds of his audience and was dubbed The King of Venice Beach where every Saturday and Sunday he would perform five one-hour shows each day. Colyar’s informative and highly entertaining brand of comedy guarantees positive response. As the original host of BET Live From LA, his point blank delivery and razor-sharp insight connected to the guests that joined him on the sofa, as well as more than 55 million viewers coast to coast. Colyar is known to bring the same high energy, perfect delivery and dynamic stage presence to every show, whether the audience is a local comedy club in Los Angeles, an elementary school where he jokes with 5th graders, or Hosting The Big Black Comedy Show for an audience of over 6,000. Colyar gained notable attention after winning the $100,000 Grand Prize Comedy championship on Star Search, the nationally televised talent competition, and donating $50,000 to homeless charities in the Los Angeles area. In December of 2000, the city of Venice, CA, honored Colyar by placing his shoe prints, hand prints, and money grabber in cement for the new Venice boardwalk. In August 2010, Colyar’s first CD Michael Colyar’s Greatest Hits & The Great Unknowns was released nationally and on iTunes. Colyar is also a motivational speaker and was encouraged by motivational speaker Les Brown to get it together and take his story on the road. He began by telling his incredible story of struggle and triumph to his audiences around the world as he wrote the book Michael Goes Motivational. Colyar played Bishop Love Jones in the stage production Je Carious Johnson’s Marriage Material.

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