Patrick Combs

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Patrick Combs
Patrick Combs in 2010
Patrick Combs in 2010
Born (1966-07-05) July 5, 1966 (age 52)
Bend, Oregon
OccupationAuthor, Speaker, Coach
NationalityMexican American
Notable works(book) Man 1 Bank 0

Patrick Combs (born July 5, 1966) is an American author, business coach, occasional media personality and inspirational speaker.[1][2][3][4][5][6] He is the author of Major in Success and Man 1 Bank 0 [7] which was adapted into a one-man live stage show that has toured the United States and Europe.[8][9] Combs has performed Man 1 Bank 0 to sold out audiences in Ireland and on Broadway.[10][11][12][13]

Combs is an active speaker on the national college circuit, a keynote speaker for a variety of global corporations and a speaker at seminars, public and private events.[14][15][16] [17][18]

As an occasional media personality, reporter, commentator and model, Combs has appeared on television programs, talk shows and network specials,[19] as well as the cover of the Harlequin Romance novel The Valentine Gift.[20] Combs also made headlines when at age 21 he delivered a stranger’s baby on a sidewalk in San Francisco without any previous medical training[21][22][23]

Early life and education[edit]

Combs was raised in Bend, Oregon by a single mother with his older brother Mike Combs.[24][25] His mother was a nurse until she lost her job after a back injury. The family lived in poverty in a trailer on a single income with support in part by a local church. Combs would take odd jobs to help, including picking strawberries and running daily a paper route.[26] He attended Lewis & Clark College starting in 1984, and graduated San Francisco State University in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts.


In 1992 Combs began writing his first book which became his national bestseller, Major in Success.[27] The book, which was published by Ten Speed Press and is distributed by Random House,[28] is currently being distributed in its fifth edition.[29]

As a companion to his live one-man stage show, Man 1 Bank 0, in 2010 Combs wrote a novelization of it.


Combs addresses audience in Dallas, 2016

Combs has made speeches and hosted seminars across the United States and abroad regarding a variety of motivational topics.[30][31][32][33]


Combs' one-man show, Man 1 Bank 0 has played sold-out runs at HBO's 2004 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival held in Aspen, at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston (where it garnered "Critic's Choice"), in Winnipeg, and at the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles. The show won "Best of Fest" at the San Francisco Fringe where it was awarded "Best Solo Comedy," and was an official selection of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival and an official selection of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.[34] The show sold out in New York during its off-Broadway run at the Lambs Theatre in summer 2015.[35][36] In 2012 he debuted his one-man show entitled Foolhardy at the Orlando Fringe[37]

Media personality[edit]

Combs has appeared on several national and international television programs, series and specials, including Hard Copy and Real TV.[38] He has also appeared on such talk shows as The View, Donahue, ABC's World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Montel Williams and The Late Show.[39][40]

Published work[edit]

  • Major in Success, Ten Speed Press, 1994
  • Gearing Up (Inside & Out) for a Great Life: A Smart Guide for High School, Light Matrix Books, 2003
  • Man 1 Bank 0, Art Helix, October 18, 2011


  1. ^ "The Crowd: Philanthropists have their day in the sun".
  2. ^ "Performer Dines Out on Fake-Check Tale for 10 Years".
  3. ^ "Shortcuts: Patrick Combs on realising your dreams, living your passion".
  4. ^ "Author Profile".
  5. ^ "Professional advantage: Nationally known speaker kicks off College of Business Administration's new professional development program".
  6. ^ "Drew Carey May Be Saying 'Come On Down,' But Patrick Combs Will Teach You How to Live Your Life to the Fullest and Make Your Dreams Take Off".
  7. ^ "Man 1 Bank 0: What Happened When a Bank Cashed a Check for $95K That It Shouldn't Have".
  8. ^ "PBank Credits $95,093.35 Junk Mail Check To Man's Account, Has To Beg For It Back".
  9. ^ "Patrick Combs: the man who successfully cashed a junk mail cheque".
  10. ^ "BWW Reviews: Patrick Combs' MAN 1 BANK 0 is Fascinating and Funny". broadwayworld.comt.
  11. ^ "Banking on a lucky streak".
  12. ^ "ABOUT MAN 1, BANK 0".
  13. ^ "Performer Dines Out on Fake-Check Tale for 10 Years".
  14. ^ "Payments Symposium Agenda".
  15. ^ "Patrick Combs Lecture - Fall 2014".
  16. ^ "Students learn to 'Major in Success'".
  17. ^ "WHEN THERE'S A WILL THERE'S A WAY - American Inspirational Speaker PATRICK COMBS".
  18. ^ "Inspirational speaker Patrick Combs comes to West Chester to talk about 'Majoring in Success'".
  19. ^ "2009-2010 Programs".
  20. ^ "Harlequin Superromance".
  21. ^ "Student Delivers Baby on Sidewalk".
  22. ^ "Money for nothing? Patrick Combs".
  23. ^ "TV Tip Helps a Stork in a Hurry".
  24. ^ "Patrick Combs".
  25. ^ "Charity Spotlight: Locals Honored at Olive Crest "Power of One" Luncheon".
  26. ^ "Playing With Money / How a $95,093.35 junk mail check changed Patrick's life".
  27. ^ "Students learn to 'Major in Success'".
  28. ^ "Major in Success, 5th Ed".
  29. ^ "Major in Success, 5th Ed: Make College Easier, Fire up Your Dreams, and Get a Great Job".
  30. ^ "Speakers Shine at Sage Talks".
  31. ^ "Orange County – The Power of One".
  32. ^ "Patrick Combs".
  33. ^ "Patrick Combs".
  34. ^ "Man 1 Bank 0 Plays Lamb's Theatre through July 30".
  35. ^ "Fake Check Story Ending".
  36. ^ "Man 1, Bank 0".
  37. ^ "Orlando Fringe review: 'Foolhardy'".
  38. ^ "Cash a Novelty Check and You Get In Big Trouble — and Spawn a Solo Show, Man 1, Bank 0; NYC Debut Plays to July 30".
  39. ^ "Live Your Peace Interviews Patrick Combs".
  40. ^ "Man 1 Bank 0".