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 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
"Leslie Norris Townsend was absolutely awesome!! Her comedy fit our event perfectly & she couldn't have been better! Thank you so much for having her come & do the entertaining. We had multiple compliments on her performance & enjoyed her tremendously! Thanks again!"
- Owner, Ladies Night Out Fundraiser in Greenville, OH
"Leslie Norris Townsend was very funny! She really connected with our audience and gave them a night full of belly laughs! Her professionalism in working out the logistics and time constraints for our event was so very appreciated. A true gem!"
- Executive Director, Stand Up for Kids Fundraiser in Anderson, IN
"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 in Grand Rapids, MI
"Leslie Norris Townsend was great. She had about 25 minutes to talk and was very entertaining for the audience. I have received positive feedback from my guests."
- Corporate Market Director, Go Red For Women Luncheon in San Angelo, TX
"Leslie Norris Townsend absolutely exceeded our expectations. From beginning to end she entertained the crowd. Beyond the laughter there was a very heartfelt message of hope. She encouraged the audience to "enjoy the adventure" that is life because you never know where it will take you. Leslie brought our event to life."
- Program Development, Breast Cancer Fundraiser in Lexington, KY
"We had such an amazing event and people are still talking about how funny Leslie Norris Townsend was. She was just as much fun off stage as on and we loved every minute. I would not hesitate to put her in front of any audience. They are sure to laugh and leave happy. So glad we were able to have her for our event!"
- Event Chair, Breast Cancer Fundraiser in Tuscaloosa, AL
"We were very pleased with Leslie Norris Townsend. She was extremely well received and very funny. Everyone thought she was very entertaining and we really enjoyed having her. She was a delight. I plan to recommend her to our counterparts throughout the state."
- Corporate Market Director, Go Red For Women Luncheon in Abilene, TX
"Leslie Norris Townsend was absolutely awesome!! Her comedy fit our event perfectly & she couldn't have been better! We had multiple compliments on her performance & enjoyed her tremendously! Thanks again!"
- Event Planner, Ladies Night Out in Greenville, OH
|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.