Leslie Norris Townsend

Backed by over 20 years of experience, Leslie Norris Townsend is easily one of the funniest, most entertaining comediennes working today. Leslie 30+ television appearances include Comedy Central, A&E's An Evening at the Improv, and sketches seen on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

As a teenager, Leslie lost her mother to cancer and father to alcoholism. Left to raise her younger siblings, she never lost her positive outlook. She went from food stamps to Star Search grand champion finalist, with $100,000 within her grasp. Devastated that she didn't take home the Grand prize, it wasn't until years later that Leslie saw that God had bigger plans. Her dramatic story will motivate and inspire all.

Leslie left behind a promising acting career to create a better life for her children. In the classic fish-out-of-water tale, she moved from Hollywood to rural Ohio to live and work on her family's 100 year old farm. This only added new material to her already hilarious routines.

Besides being a proud mother, Leslie is also a successful businesswoman. She co-owns Townsend Productions, a 15,000 square foot recording facility in Celina, OH. She brings the same skills to business that has served her so well in life: letting go of ego, making the best of any situation, and good, old-fashioned hard work.

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Available Presentations Include:

Christian Humor

Christian comedy for congregations of every size and personality. Leslie offers an interesting and intriguing look at marriage, motherhood and the perfect balancing act desired by women.

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Clean Humor

100% clean stand-up comedy, music and audience participation. Leslie can move audiences from tears to laughter while motivating, mesmerizing and captivating each one.

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From Hollywood to the Farm

Agriculture humor from a decidedly different perspective as Green Acres comes to life! In the classic fish-out-of-water tale, Leslie moves from Hollywood to rural Ohio to live and work on her family's 100-year-old farm.

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Performance Schedule

12/13/2017Fort Myers, FLChristmas Outreach
11/10/2017New Albany, INEvening of Joy
9/15/2017Surprise, AZGirls Night Out
8/12/2017Columbus, OHAnnual Convention
6/13/2017Brookings, SDAg Women's Day Program
5/19/2017Piqua, OHMissions Fundraiser
5/15/2017Washington Court House, OHMother Daughter Dinner
5/13/2017Kokomo, INWomen's Luncheon
5/10/2017Celina, OHEmployee Appreciation Banquet
5/7/2017Greensburg, INWomen's Tea
5/5/2017Minneapolis, MNWomen's Retreat
5/3/2017Odessa, TXGo Red for Women Luncheon
4/25/2017Pulaski, TNWomen's Luncheon
4/6/2017Minot, NDAnnual Meeting
4/4/2017Fairmont, MNSpring Client Days
4/1/2017Little Rock, ARCareer Achievement Award Banquet
3/11/2017Indianapolis, INAnnual Spring Conference
3/3/2017Locust Grove, GAWinter Gala Benefit Dinner
2/11/2017Arvada, COGala Fundraiser
12/9/2016Van Wert, OHCompany Christmas Party

Reviews

49 Reviews: Association, Chamber, Christian, Corporate, Other, Theater, Agriculture, Christmas Party, Construction, Finance, Fundraiser, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Seniors, Women, Most Recent

3M Company

"Leslie Norris Townsend's performance was outstanding. She involved everyone in her performance and kept us laughing. She arrived early and mixed well with my group. I highly recommend her. Thank you for a job well done!"

Human Resource Coordinator, Career Achievement Award Banquet (Little Rock, AR) 4/1/2017

Indiana Farm Bureau Inc.

"Leslie Norris Townsend is a one-of-a-kind entertainer! She brings such a vibrant energy with her that is sure to engage any group or crowd. Her smile lights up a room and her ability to relate with people of all walks of life is a true asset. Leslie made our event great by adding a bit of happiness and laughter into the day. If anyone is looking for someone to bring some fun to their event, I’d definitely recommend Leslie. She is a true gem to work with!"

Women’s Leadership Program Coordinator, Annual Spring Conference (Indianapolis, IN) 3/11/2017

Leland Smith Insurance Services

"Leslie Norris Townsend did a fantastic job. Audience participation, material, promptness, professionalism -- it was all great. Everything went very well from booking to performance. I will highly recommend her."

President, Company Christmas Party (Van Wert, OH) 12/9/2016

Pars Brain and Spine Institute

"Leslie Norris Townsend was absolutely wonderful. She meet all of my expectations and more. The employees and physicians really laughed which is exactly what they needed. One of our CEO’s from local area hospitals participated in one of her activities, he told her he was the Janitor. He text me later that night and told me he had a great time. So thank you and Leslie. It was the perfect party."

CEO, Company Celebration (Parkersburg, WV) 12/1/2016

Holly Springs Cultural Center

"Leslie and Michelle were both fantastic – on time for call, great to communicate with to prep for the show, connected with the audience well. We are 100% satisfied!"

Manager, Holly Springs Cultural Center (Raleigh, NC) 11/11/2016

Mt. Tabor Church of God

 Speakers and Entertainers in Celina, OH

"We had Leslie Norris Townsend join us for our 2nd Annual Women's Retreat at our church. She was so funny and totally able to relate to our ladies about child rearing, being the wife of a farmer and what it means to live life in a small rural community. Everyone loved the audience participation part of her presentation and her Christian outlook on life. She truly has a gift when it comes to making people laugh and we felt truly blessed to have her at our retreat!"

Treasurer, Fall Women's Retreat (Celina, OH) 10/7/2016

Ohio/South Ohio Conference

"Leslie was a joy to have. She exceeded our expectations. Thank you so much for making our event fun and enjoyable. She is an inspiration."

President, Women’s Missionary Society Annual Meeting (Cincinnati, OH) 10/3/2016

Hamilton Hills Baptist Church

"Leslie Norris Townsend did a wonderful job. She has a very bubbly personality and was a lot of fun. Everyone enjoyed her. I've heard nothing but positive commments from our group."

Care Pastor, Senior Adult Ministry Kickoff (Fishers, IN) 6/28/2016

Covenant Village of the Great Lakes

"We were very happy with Leslie Norris Townsend's performance at our event. I have not heard any negatives which is unusual for some of our senior residents. She was very prompt and very easy to communicate with prior to the event. So we were very satisfied and would recommend her to others. Thanks again."

Stewardship Manager, Annual Fundraiser (Grand Rapids, MI) 4/15/2016

First Church of Christ

"Leslie Norris Townsend did a fantastic job. She was funny and just told her story and wove humor throughout. She was very professional and easy to listen to when talking of her life. Thanks for your work and helping in making our event complete and successful."

Senior Minister, Tragedy to Triumph Event (Xenia, OH) 4/9/2016

Toledo Calvary Church

"We were very pleased with Leslie Norris Townsend! She did a great job, and was very personable. The ladies loved her!"

Event Planner, Ladies Night Out (Toledo, OH) 3/18/2016

Harvest Outreach Church

"Leslie Norris Townsend was everything we hoped she would be for our event! She was a delight to have and did an astounding job! She was funny, yet personable. Leslie was well received by the audience and she related her life story with humor and class! She warmed the hearts and encouraged the lives of those attending with a great testimony, that just so happened to tie into the Pastor's morning sermon! She was a trooper with the weather and a hoot listen to. We'd gladly have her back! Thank you for making it possible for us to have clean comedy on a very cold night in January!"

Pastoral Care Pastor, Festival of Tables Outreach (Wahpeton, ND) 1/17/2016

Where does Leslie Norris Townsend perform?

Leslie Norris Townsend has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, just to name a few.

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