Steve Rizzo Funny Wellness Speaker

Steve Rizzo

Emcee, Humor, Motivation

Steve Rizzo's Bio

Did You Know . . .

That Steve Rizzo, PhB was a National Headline Comedian with opening acts like Drew Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, and Dennis Miller to name a few?

That Steve appeared on many network and cable TV shows and was voted a “Showtime Comedy All-Star”?

That he walked away from a flourishing stand-up career?

Why? To pursue his true Purpose and Passion.

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. Years of negativity had led Steve 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.”

After high school Steve would go on to surprise everyone, including himself, by excelling with honors at the university and post-graduate levels.  Eventually, Steve 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’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. 

Of course, the surprises don’t stop there. What is the next step for a comedian in the prime of his career? For Steve, it was to trade the two drink minimums and standing ovations for maximum fulfillment and well, more standing ovations. After walking away from a promising career as a headline comedian to become a professional speaker, Steve offers a unique and insightful perspective on the journey that brought him to where he stands today.

Steve’s quest to remove the boundaries that were keeping him from the life he truly desired has brought his work full circle and he now understands that all of his past experiences were necessary to prepare him for his true calling: To help people learn to be happy and successful no matter what their current circumstances are. “If they laugh while they learn,” says Steve, “then that’s just a bonus.”

Steve 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 include showing others his blueprint for realizing their dreams and achieving personal excellence and professional satisfaction.

As Steve’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.”

  • Bestselling author of The Writer’s Digest Award winning Book “Becoming A Humor Being”
  • Special appearances include: Showtime Special, Evening at the Improv, The Comedy Channel, and Fox TV-Comic Strip Live
  • A consultant on MSNBC and Oprah and Friends Radio network
  • Creator and Executive Producer of his own PBS Special
  • Speakers Hall of Fame Inductee
  • Educational background: B.A. in English and Education, with Honors

M.A. in Theater Arts

Steve Rizzo's Video

Steve Rizzo's Speech Topics

These programs can be customized according to your groups theme and needs.

Steve can also combine two or more of his programs if desired. All it takes from you is a conference call with the key players and a review of any pertinent material you send. Whatever you decide, you can be certain that it will be an Unforgettable Event filled with Inspiration, Motivation, and of course Laughter.

GET YOUR "SHIFT" TOGETHER: Start each day with an Unstoppable Attitude to Succeed

Steve Rizzo engages the audience with laughter as he challenges each attendee to SHIFT their focus and way of thinking to discover greater enthusiasm, increased productivity, and new levels of success, regardless of their circumstances.

When SHIFT happens your life changes!
In this motivational business program, based on his book, Get Your SHIFT Together, Steve reveals secrets of Success, Life Balance, Change & Stress management through…

  • Shifting your focus and way of thinking to get the results you want
  • How to train yourself be resilient and motivated throughout the day; everyday
  • Enjoying yourself during the process of achieving your goals
  • Starting each day with an unstoppable Attitude to succeed
  • Why humor is “The Instant Mind Shift” and how to use it to nip negative thoughts in the bud before emotional havoc sets in.
  • Creating lifelong habits for success and happiness in business and in life.

Harness the power of SHIFTING to acquire an unstoppable Attitude to succeed every day AND enjoy the entire process. “Attitude Adjuster”, Steve Rizzo’s Secrets for Success were in part created from the lessons he learned through personal experiences with many comedy greats, celebrities and everyday heroes. Audiences learn:

  • What 3 Success Qualities catapulted Eddie Murphy to Super Stardom? “This is what everyone needs to master if they want to achieve the Ultimate Success in business and in life.”
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  • Why was Rodney Dangerfield so unhappy when he achieved so much? “If you’re not enjoying yourself on your journey towards your goal, you’re ripping yourself off.”
  • How was Christopher Reeve, who was paralyzed from the neck down, able to accomplish so much in the last 9 years of life with the odds against him? “It’s all about Attitude! It’s always been about Attitude! And it always will be about Attitude!”
  • How did Steve’s brother Michael (100% disabled as a result of the Vietnam War) embrace this major change and become the Ultimate Success Story? “My brother is living proof that when you challenge yourself to SHIFT your focus and way of thinking you can turn any challenge into an opportunity!

Let Steve show your group how much power they have over every aspect of their business and lives, regardless of their circumstances!



This highly energetic and entertaining program unlocks the secrets to the power of permanent change and a lasting positive attitude. You can be sure that your group will be feeling fantastic and walking away more productive than ever, not just for a day, but for a lifetime. Learn why Steve is known by so many as the “Attitude Adjuster.”

“What you think is what you get” - Steve Rizzo.

In this program you will gain the secrets of…

  • New ways of thinking that will transform obstacles into opportunities instantly
  • How to bring out the best in yourself and everyone around you
  • Learning the five steps towards your destiny
  • How to laugh off your fears and take control of your emotions
  • The number one way to achieve success and happiness



Sometimes it comes by way of choice and sometimes it is forced upon us by circumstances beyond our control. Either way, it is a part of life that is needed in order for us to grow to our full potential. Steve will show your group how to deal with one of our biggest fears in both the workplace and in our personal lives…CHANGE! Everyone will learn the skills needed to use any change to their advantage, creating greater success on all levels.

“Life is about growing, learning, and becoming. You cannot grow, learn, or become if you cannot embrace the changes in your life.” - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of…

  • Winning ways of thinking that change obstacles into opportunities instantly
  • How to enjoy yourself during the process of change
  • Overcoming the fear associated with change
  • Using your sense of humor as a tool to grow with change
  • Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation



We spend most of our waking hours at our place of employment and much of our leisure time thinking about it. We can let the stress, fast pace, and challenges control our emotions or we can lighten up, have fun, and enjoy the process. It’s always a matter of choice! Acquiring a healthy state of mind is essential in order to produce quality sales, quality customer service, teamwork, and communication. Steve will show your group how to overcome the everyday pressures that can stifle productivity and creativity in the workplace, while enjoying the process.

“Enjoyment is the spark that ignites passion and enthusiasm” - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of …

  • Acquiring the attitude you need to succeed
  • Using the power of choice to your advantage
  • Seeing the brighter alternative to a potentially negative situation
  • Finding the laughter in between and during the tough times
  • How to maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress



Leadership Secrets From Near and Far Prepare to be inspired and motivated in a whole new way in this exciting program based in part on the extensive and incredible media interviews of top CEO’s, industry leaders, and everyday achievers by Steve Rizzo. Steve will tell you inspiring stories of extraordinary leaders and their leadership’s secrets. Laugh along with Steve while you learn how to lead so others will follow you anywhere…

“Everyone has an inner hero that they have glimpsed from time to time, just waiting to break free… Now is the time to tap into your true hero potential” - Steve Rizzo

In this program you will gain the secrets of…

  • Extraordinary Business leaders (Heroes) that inspire, intrigue, and exhilarate
  • Dealing with change and challenges while enjoying the process
  • How to inspire a guaranteed great attitude in yourself and others
  • Hero Thinking for unstoppable results
  • What heroes know that 99% of ordinary people don’t know


Drilling For Optimism Tapping into our most valuable natural resource

In times of economic distress, opportunities don’t disappear; they simply manifest in new and different ways. Optimism is the key to being able to recognize these opportunities when they arise. This program examines the real power of optimism as a currency that creates storm-weathering attitudes and allows the flexibility to identify alternate routes to success, even in this severe economic climate.

Only the optimistic survive, and Steve delivers the tools necessary for tapping into the positive reserves within each of us. Prepare to dig deep, and learn why Steve is known affectionately as the “Attitude Adjuster.”

“When you shift your focus, you change your life.” - Steve Rizzo

Your attendees will experience how to:

  • Create new ways of thinking to transform these challenging times into opportunities
  • Bring out the best in self and others
  • Laugh off fears and take control of emotions
  • Enjoy the rebuilding process
  • Maintain emotional stability and eliminate stress

Steve Rizzo: Get Your Shift Together

Steve Rizzo: Becoming a Humor Being