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Derrick Michael Tennant made the most of a tragedy in his life by creating an opportunity for a career. As a promising athlete, Derrick was progressing in his dream for a career in sports when one evening he laid down but did not wake up for three days.


He had undergone what doctors would later term random bleeding from point x for an unknown reason.  Paralyzed and in a coma, Derrick underwent brain surgery from which he became unable to move his left side. It would take years of therapy to re-learn the basics like walking, talking and simple daily tasks. Derrick is still unable to use his left arm and he walks with a limp, but he has learned a lot through this process.


Derrick credits one thing for his ability to make it through this process not only alive, but also learning and growing:  LOVE.  Receiving love from his family, his friends, and his God combined with learning to better demonstrate love in the midst of difficulty were essential to Derricks survival and vitality.


After brain surgery, years of rehab and life in a wheelchair; he ultimately got on his feet again. Despite the very limited use of his left side, Derrick loves life and “looks on the RIGHT side” of things. He communicates the importance of shifting obstacles in life, work or business into opportunities.

He worked hard to overcome physical challenges and now works just as hard to help others overcome trials through his comedy, magic and inspirational speaking. Derrick formed BLEEPFREE Comedy where you can catch respectably clean shows in clubs across the country.


He also landed a role in the upcoming Jeff Foxworthy movie “Crackerjack”. He plays a one armed softball player named Lefty. “Don’t get excited”, Derrick says. “I’m just a featured extra. I think that’s like getting an F+”.

From SUBWAY, AFLAC, CHICK-FIL-A, SOUTHERN COMPANY to MEDIACOM and the ATLANTIS in the Bahamas Derrick brings the funny even in a tie! When it comes to Corporate entertainment it’s important to find an act than can both makes you laugh, and effectively communicates a powerful message.


Having overcome a lot in his life, Derrick is just that act. Bringing his message of turning “Obstacles Into Opportunities”. Derrick inspires, motivates and energizes his audience and keeps them smiling all along.

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  • Sunnie H.
    10/28/2022 at 1:39 pm

    Derrick was incredible. Not only did he tailor his talk to our company, but he had our audience riveted, laughing, and engaged the entire time while still managing to impart a lasting, meaningful message. I’ve gotten feedback from several audience members that this was the best company event they have ever attended. In addition, he is extremely easy to do business with. We would be honored to have him or Julie back at another ADAPPT event in the future.”

    Sunnie H. | Atlanta, GA

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  • Deborah E.
    06/17/2022 at 8:15 am

    Derrick Tennant was awesome, there are not enough words to describe the overwhelming positive effect Derrick had on our company. Derrick was hired as a motivational speaker/comedian. Not only did he inspire us, he keep up laughing beyond belief. Derrick will definitely be coming back to our company for future events. If there was a full time position at out company for a motivational speaker and comedian in one – he has the job. A week later employees are still raving…”

    Deborah E. | Alpharetta, GA

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  • Janet V. D
    01/22/2022 at 1:39 pm

    Great show. Fun family-friendly humor and inspiration
    Derrick Tennant puts on a great show filled with humor and laced with inspiring commentary. His humor is family-friendly, his magic tricks mind-blowing, and his back story that becomes clear as he marches onto the stage is awe-inspiring. Add in his brilliant sister, Julie, and you have a show that cannot be topped.

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    Value for money

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