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Etta May
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About Etta May

ETTA MAY'S BIO What’s the best way to describe Etta May? “Minnie Pearl with a migraine.” To put it simply, when Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. She reflects “You know you’re getting fat when you sit in the bathtub and the water in the toilet rises!” Born and raised in Bald Knob, Arkansas, Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers, who referred to their baby sister as “the human sacrifice.” In fact, Etta May’s parents - her father, a potpourri farmer, and her mother, bedridden by constant childbearing, - did not realize Etta May was a girl until she required a training bra.

Etta May met her husband, Delbert, an aspiring truck driver, at a friend’s kegger. From across the yard their eyes locked in a love look. Nine months later, 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.”

Through the years, Etta May had a string of dead end jobs. She faithfully drove a school bus for over 10 years. She says she learned how to handle unruly kids by Armor All-ing the seats, and touching the brakes, all the way home. One night, while volunteering as a BINGO caller, she recalls, “the ball sucker got stuck, and I was forced to entertain a room full of angry Catholics. It was then I realized I could make people laugh.” Etta May, will take you on a redneck ride through the Deep South.

Etta May 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”. Selling out theatres all over the country. Think 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.

It’s the hilarious new one-woman show from the princess of polyester, the goddess of trailer parks everywhere. Ripped directly from the life story of one of America’s funniest women, it’s a night of gut-busting, seam-splitting laughter!

The star of the sell-out tour “Southern Fried Chicks” is a regular on CMT and winner of the prestigious Female Comic of the Year award. She’s a seasoned performer with national appeal. Etta May’s huge fan base makes her a favorite of XM & Sirius radio’s comedy channels plus the syndicated Bob & Tom show.
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News & Reviews
Etta May's White Trash Diary is in one word “Perfect.” It’s funny, heartfelt and entertaining, from start to finish! It’s the type of show every theatre manager dreams of booking. It does it all. I watched new faces walk through the doors (which every venue needs these days); my season ticket holders raved about it; sponsorship increased; plus Etta May is a professional sweetheart to work with. If you’ve ever seen Etta May before, you haven’t seen her like this. White Trash Diary is a unique, original, one-woman show that everybody can relate to on so many levels. The closest thing I can compare it to would be “Defending The Caveman,” but even that falls short of this show’s depth. Parents and grandparents love it because they see themselves. Teenagers love it because it reminds them of their parents. The PG-13 rating was spot on. We did 5 sold out shows. We had to add a Sunday matinee because the tickets went so fast. My only problem…I wish there were more shows out there like this one.

Jim McDaniel
Executive Manager Midway Theatre

Awards & Specials:
Female Comic Of The Year (The American Comedy Awards)
Showtime: Aspen Comedy Festival (Hosted by: Jerry Seinfeld)sted by: Jerry Seinfeld)
15th Anniversary Of The Comedy Store (Hosted by: David Letterman)
Greats Of Country Comedy (Hosted by: Jeff Foxworthy)
Southern Fried Chicks (Special on CMT)

TV & Sitcoms:
Oprah Winfrey Show (Hosted by: Oprah Winfrey)
CBS Sunday Morning (Hosted by: Charles OsGood)
20 Greatest Redneck Moments I & II (CMT)
40 Sexiest Music Videos (CMT)
20 Greatest Motorsports (CMT)
Insiders (CMT)
Comedy Stage (CMT)
Comedy Club (CMT)
Hanging With Mr. Cooper (ABC)
Stand-Up Spotlight (VH-1)
My Two Dad’s (CBS)
Jeff Foxworthy (CBS)
Davis Rules (CBS)

XM Radio (Comedy Channels)
Bob & Tom (Nationally Syndicated Radio)
Rick & Bubba (Nationally Syndicated Radio)
Ask Etta (USA & Canada Syndicated Radio)

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