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.
"Leslie Norris Townsend has a high energy performance that connects with her audience very well. She interacts with them and draws them into her performance. Even though a snowstorm was starting outside, people opted to stay for Leslie’s presentation and they expressed their appreciation for her enthusiasm and her message of maintaining hope in the face of agricultural economic troubles. Bottom line: we loved her!!!"
- Vice President, Annual Meeting in Morton, MN
"Leslie gave a fantastic comedy performance for our fundraiser for the St. Francis Spirituality Center. Everyone enjoyed her 'down home' humor and personality!"
- Director of Event Planning Office, Comedy Night Fundraiser in Tiffin, OH
"We were so blessed to have Leslie Norris Townsend be a part of our event! So many women walked away saying that they had a Fabulous evening! They absolutely LOVED her! Thank you again Leslie for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and spend a few days with us. It was my pleasure to get to know her!"
- Lead Pastor, Girls Night Out in Surprise, AZ
"Leslie Norris Townsend had us rolling out of our seats!! One of the highlights of the show was the 12 Days of Christmas! She had audience participation and it was awesome! The audience really resonated with the 12 ladies who were chosen to participate in this skit. One lady told me that she hadn't laughed that hard in a very long time. Another lady told me she needed that because she was having a tough time and she needed to laugh. This was a huge success and the ladies of our church enjoyed it tremendously! Thank you, Leslie!"
- Women's Ministry Director, Women's Tea in Greensburg, IN
"If I have one word to describe Leslie Townsend it would be "Connection" She connects to any type of crowd. She works her trade well. As a comedian she makes you laugh and feels your empty heart with joy. But the "connection" that makes you feel like you're not alone in the world in daily struggles of life and how she brings it all back to laughter and joy is what makes her a good guest for any event. If you want your guests to feel connected, appreciated, entertained, and leave with a soul full of joy, she is your comedian for your special event."
- Major, Women's Retreat in Minneapolis, MN
"Wow! Our audience of women LOVED Leslie Norris Townsend! It always nice to laugh at the things we women go through in life. Leslie provided very uplifting material perfect for all ages. I would recommend her to anyone!"
- Chief Executive Officer, Women's Luncheon in Pulaski, TN
"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 in Little Rock, AR
"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 in Indianapolis, IN
"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 in Van Wert, OH
"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 in Parkersburg, WV
"We were really happy with Leslie Norris Townsend. She is not only funny but an amazing human being. We loved having her. All four of our shows were rated 96-99/100 and the feedback from the audience was superb! We had people requesting to bring her back next year. Some even said that they hadn't enjoy themselves so much in years. There are other departments within our system that hold charity events throughout the year and are considering Leslie after seeing her in action. Working with Larry Weaver Entertainment and Leslie was a pleasure."
- Regional Marketing Manager, Laugh Your Heart Out in Daytona Beach, FL
"Thank you to Leslie Norris Townsend for a funny and enthusiastic presentation that ended our three-day Farm Women's Symposium. The ladies loved it!! Many laughed until they had tears in their eyes. So many could relate to the stories she told because we had been there and done that! She was the perfect ending for our program - just the way we like to send everyone home - with smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts as they head home to face all the craziness of life on the farm! Thanks again."
- Event Planner, Annual Meeting in Midland, MI
|1/17/2020||Great Falls, MT||Agriculture Appreciation Banquet|
|7/20/2019||Seneca, KS||Customer Appreciation Event|
|5/9/2019||Shawnee, KS||Women's Event|
|5/2/2019||Tiffin, OH||Client Appreciation Event|
|4/25/2019||Beaver Dam, WI||Focus on Women|
|4/23/2019||Greenville, MS||Annual Meeting|
|2/16/2019||Elkhart Lake, WI||Women's Retreat|
|2/11/2019||Morton, MN||Annual Meeting|
|2/2/2019||Altoona, IA||Young Farmer Conference|
|1/25/2019||St. Peters, MO||Girls Night Out|
|1/18/2019||Sugarcreek, OH||Women's Conference|
|12/15/2018||Richmond, IN||Company Christmas Party|
|12/6/2018||Piqua, OH||Christmas Party|
|12/3/2018||Ocean City, MD||Annual Convention|
|11/3/2018||Sikeston, MO||Women's Conference|
|10/19/2018||Warren, IN||Girls Night Out|
|10/13/2018||Elgin, SC||Women's Conference|
|9/8/2018||Anderson, IN||Stand Up for Kids Fundraiser|
Leslie Norris Townsend has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, just to name a few.