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Comedian Etta May describes herself as “Minnie Pearl with a migraine.” The reigning Queen of Southern Sass, perform on cruise ships and at Comedy Clubs throughout the South. I first heard the comedian Edda May when I caught her act on a cruise ship performance. I then saw her full act at a Lexington Kentucky Comedy Club, and honestly I catch her every time she is in town.
Born and raised in Bald Knob, Arkansas, Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers, and that provides fodder for her southern infused comedy. She claims a life of hard knocks that include meeting her husband Delbert, an aspiring truck driver, at a friend’s kegger. Nine months later Etta May says she was blessed with a boy, followed by a girl and two more boys. “That’s where my comedy comes from. I just wait for my husband or kids to do something stupid, and then I write it down.”
Etta May is among the comics that will be part of the new FOX standup comedy show, “Laughs.” The brain-child of comedian and Laughing Derby owner Steve Hofstetter. She has also won the prestigious American Comedy Awards: “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” and has appeared on Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV, and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.”
Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” which sells out theatres all over the country. She says it’s like the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with better hair! Etta May is also a headline comic on CMT’s “CMT Comedy Stage” which is the second highest rated show in CMT history.
The success of the Comedy Stage franchise led to the production of the Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour special as the first comedy concert series for the national cable network. She was also the subject and first female comic ever on the biography show, “Comedy Club.” She joins the elite comedy company of Ron White, Larry the Cable Guy and Jeff Foxworthy, who are also featured in this series.
In addition to television, Etta May is a regular on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and a regular on XM and Sirius Radio’s comedy channels. If you have the chance to catch Etta May live, do it!