Rich Praytor—clean comedian, motivational speaker and best-selling author—has people of all ages laughing and experiencing what God has for them. In his testimony, he tells of asking God to “give me a creativity that would be funny to both Christians and non-Christians. I don't want to alienate anyone. If you're a believer, I want you to be encouraged in your walk. If you're not, then I want you to know that there is hope in Jesus Christ. And I want to make you laugh hysterically."
After graduating college at the University of Texas at El Paso, Rich moved to Los Angeles to learn the craft of stand-up comedy. He spent several years in the comedy clubs learning what was funny and what was not, but he remained true to his faith by staying “clean” in every situation.
Rich performs nationally at conferences, churches and concerts and is a frequent guest on various radio and television networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, TBN, PAX and The Gameshow Network. His Comedy You Can Believe In routine has won numerous awards, including the American Gospel Music Award for Best Comedian of the Year. In 2004, Rich released Road Rage and River Dancing, a comedy DVD that is a top-seller at his shows. He also has a CD entitled This Little Piggy Went to SuperCuts. He also wrote a humorous devotional book, A Stand-Up Comic Sits Down with Jesus. His latest project, Prank 3:16, a unique television show that teaches the truths about the Bible, illustrates biblical truths through elaborate practical jokes.
"My faith in Christ began at 16 years old while I was overseas in Germany with my family. Being in a military family, we moved around quite a bit.
“When I was in college, I was asked to help out with the high school ministry at the church I attended. I realized then that God had given me a heart for His people and vision of what He wanted them to be like.
“I quickly found that using comedy would grab their attention long enough to teach them about the truth of Jesus Christ. Soon after, I made the decision to move to California so I could learn about the craft of stand-up comedy.
“I love performing because not only do I get a chance to make people laugh, but also to tell them that there is hope. You can have joy if you know where to find it. God is willing to take care of you, all you have to do is ask.”
"Rich did an outstanding job! This is our second time to have him with us, and he delivered big time! He has the character, charisma and competency to stand in front on any group...make them laugh, minister life in Jesus name, and be real. We love Rich." - Rev. Jeff Anderson, Lead Pastor, Assembly of God
"Rich is funny, seriously funny. I recommend him to any church or organization." - Brady Boyd, Senior Pastor, New Life Church
"Rich was great! He was very funny, accommodating, and everyone had a great time! We have received very positive feedback. Overall, a great night of fun entertainment!" - Jim Kutrubes, United Methodist Church