Sam Adams

For 140 years, the Colorado Press Association has hosted an annual convention, bringing newspaper professionals from around the state together for training, socializing and networking. 

Back by popular demand at this year’s convention is the Friday night social event sponsored by the Colorado Springs Gazette, featuring the second annual lip sync battle and headlined with a show by a professional comedian. 

And not just any comedian, but former Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News sports reporter and columnist Sam Adams will be on hand for the social and to emcee the awards ceremony the following evening.

Adams has been performing comedy since 2001, and as a full-time professional comic since 2009 when the Rocky Mountain News closed. He’s a nationally-known headliner whose comedy is based on everyday encounters and occurrences. 

“It’s simple with me; I like to make people laugh,” Adams said. “If the stresses of the world are creeping up on you, I’m going to take that off your mind for a time. I just like entertaining people and seeing them smile.”

Adams describes his comedy as smooth, clever, energetic, anecdotal and insightful, and his comedy routine doesn’t include profanity or politics. 

Neil Westergaard, who recently retired from the Denver Business Journal, wrote an early favorable review of Adams for “bringing down the house with a string of well-delivered lines that were notable for their lack of profanity, scatological or sexual references."

Adams says he’s looking forward to performing before a room of press professionals, some of which he has worked with in the past. 

“I know my audience, especially that night,” He said. “Being in the newsroom has prepared me for that mic. In the newspaper business, you don’t see the readers. You may hear from some of them, but you don’t always know how they are taking what you wrote. When I am before an audience I see their actions, and I’m always shooting for the laughter.” 

In addition to performing Friday night of the convention, Adams will be emceeing the Awards Ceremony Saturday evening.

“The awards ceremony is important to our members, but it is also long,” said Jerry Raehal, CEO of CPA. “We’re looking forward to Sam coming in helping move the night along with humor and insight.”

Adams authored the book “If You Don't Believe Me: Lessons Learned from Listening to the Greats,” which was released in 2013. 

Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway wrote the following tribute to Sam for the book: “Through the ups and downs of an NFL career, I developed great trust, respect and appreciation for him. Blending an uncanny ability to mix humor with keen insight and knowledge, Sam is a one-of-a-kind storyteller.”

To see Adams in action, register now for the convention at