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Don Reed        

NPR Award Winning Storyteller, Comedian, Former NBC Advertising & Promotion Producer

Don Reed (HBO, NBC, Tonight Show with Jay Leno) Award Winning NPR/WNYC Snap Judgment Storyteller of the Year, NAACP Award Triple Nominee, 2016 TBA: Theater Bay Area Outstanding Solo Production - East 14th. A comedian/producer/writer with 6 acclaimed Off Broadway storytelling solo shows - critically lauded by The New Yorker, New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Weekly, Harlem News and more. NAACP Award Triple Nominee. Series regular on Amazon Prime's ""BARTLETT"" co-financed by and recurring role starring Hamilton creator Lin Manuel Miranda.

Reed began speaking in Intercollegiate Speech & Debate competition, landing at UCLA, eventually becoming the overall National Champion for Speech to Entertain (Informative, Extemporaneous, and Impromptu Speaking events were won as well). Later Mr. Reed entered the NACA collegiate market performing standup and motivational speeches to over 350 universities and colleges. Adopting the work ethic of one of his bosses, Mr. Reed was also the Opening Act/ Warmup Comedian for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for its last 1,000 episodes.

Reed has shared a number of hilarious and heartbreaking stories on NPR/WNYC hit broadcast Snap Judgment - aired in over 380 cities across the country and downloaded over 2 million times a month. He has traveled extensively with their national tour and performed for thousands and in 2016 was honored with Snap Judgment Storyteller of the Year for his groundbreaking story ""I Miss Toni."" It garnered hundreds of thousands of views and has been utilized as a tool from high schools to American University's Fine Arts Masters Writing Program in D.C. --- as a humorous and deeply tragic look at supporting and loving a trans family member. It is this story, his experience as a black man in corporate America, and his keen eye to see variants of inequity for many people that fuels his deep interest in all things diversity & inclusion.

Understanding that it takes a story to sell the storytelling of film, television, and games, Reed delivered creative as a promo producer/executive at NBC for 2years (Will & Grace, SNL, Golden Globes, Friends, Scrubs, Law & Order, The Olympics ) -- and later founded his own advertising & promotion entity - an entertainment copywriting company that services movie trailers, promos and games for many Fortune 500 entertainment companies (work includes creative for Columbia/Sony, ABC, NBC, FOX, Disney+, TBS, FX, MLB, NFL, ""Chappelle's Show"", ""The Simpsons"", ""The Shield"", X-Box, PlayStation, ""Ultimate Spiderman"", ""Shrek, SuperSlam"", ""Call of Duty"" ""Halo"" and many more). Again, it's these years in corporate dynamics that fuel and feed the stories of his EDI presentation.


Speech Topics

Diversity & Inclusion, Motivational, Standup Comedy

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