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 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
"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
"Leslie did an excellent job. Our group loved her. Thank you!"
- Women’s Program Team Leader, Women's Conference in Raleigh, NC
"Leslie was a very energetic, positive speaker. We enjoyed her energy and enthusiasm. Her opening song was unexpected from our crowd and I'm not sure how well that went over. From there, her stand up section took a while for our crowd to warm up. It's a tough farmer crowd to win over but that didn't stop her. Once she got the crowd involved with her 12 Days of Christmas bit, the crowd really opened up and started rolling. Overall, we were very pleased to have Leslie at our Customer Appreciation event."
- Sales/Event Co-Coordinator, Cattle Customer Appreciation in Golden, IL
"We were very pleased with Leslie Norris Townsend's performance - lots of laughter and kept it very light hearted. Positive comments from many of our attendees."
- Farm Loan Specialist, Ag Women's Day Program in Brookings, SD
"We had a quiet group that night but Leslie did a nice job of trying to relate to an ag audience. Clean and fun humor."
- Marketing Director, Annual Meeting in Minot, ND
"We have received nothing but excellent feedback about Leslie’s performance. She did a great job of selecting material that engaged our audience of farmers, and had a great knack at picking out “volunteers” that would be entertaining to the audience as well. One attendee called the next day to let us know how much he enjoyed the show wanted everyone involved to know “that it was refreshing to be able to laugh - and laugh hard - at something that wasn’t raunchy.” I know several in attendance are considering hiring her for entertainment at their organization’s future meetings. All of the business cards she had at the door disappeared. Thank you again for making our first customer dinner a successful one."
- Commodity Manager, Customer Appreciation Dinner in Portland, IN
|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|
|4/20/2018||Tiffin, OH||Comedy Night Fundraiser|
|3/22/2018||Tampa, FL||Ladies Night Out|
|3/16/2018||Raleigh, NC||Women's Conference|
|3/13/2018||Columbus, WI||Agribusiness Dinner|
Leslie Norris Townsend has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia, Wisconsin, just to name a few.