No, he doesn't look like the guy on the beer bottle. For the record, this Sam Adams is the Denver, Colorado-based stand-up comedian who made a name for himself in the world of comedy by winning at the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival.
Smooth. Clever. Clean. Colorful. Funny. Those words are used often to describe Sam Adams, who was 41 years old in 2001 when he went on stage for the first time at an open mic comedy show. Today he performs as a headliner, featured act, guest speaker and master of ceremonies at comedy clubs, concerts, private parties and corporate events. He has shared stages with touring comedians and music recording artists – an eclectic, genre-jumping list of nationally-known performers ranging from comedians Frank Caliendo and Mike Epps to music's David Sanborn, Al Jarreau, Rick Springfield, The Guess Who, Starship and The Lettermen.
During the summer of 2003, Sam Adams entered a radio station's comedy contest held at Denver's famed Comedy Works. He advanced to the finals – and received a favorable review from the Denver Business Journal for "bringing down the house with a string of well-delivered lines that were notable for their lack of profanity, scatological or sexual references.'' (Sam was pleased by the review – especially after learning the definition of scatological!). Later that year he took third place (in a field of 100 comics) at the Comedy Works annual New Talent competition.
In June 2009 Sam Adams competed at the Great American Comedy Festival held in Johnny Carson's hometown – Norfolk, Nebraska. He unknowingly entered the festival's “amateur” competition and won first place. When one of the 24 hand-selected comedians unexpectedly dropped out of the “pro” competition, Sam was added to the field. He finished second in a contest judged by comedy legends David Brenner and Bill Dana.
Off the record, Sam Adams is a Cleveland, Ohio native with more than 20 years of experience as a sports journalist, with national television appearances on ESPN, Fox Sports Net and NFL Network. In 2003 he received the 'Print Journalist of the Year' award from the Colorado Association of Black Journalists. He has covered numerous high-profile championship sporting events – including the 2000 Summer Olympics (Sydney, Australia), the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals, the 2002 Winter Olympics (Salt Lake City, Utah), two NCAA men's basketball Final Fours, the 2007 World Series and four Super Bowls.
(To see more about Sam Adams, including an updated schedule of appearances, go to the Web site www.likethebeer.com)