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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Christian Humor and Inspiration

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 and Inspiration

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

1/18/2019Sugarcreek, OHWomen's Conference
12/6/2018Piqua, OHChristmas Party
12/3/2018Ocean City, MDAnnual Convention
11/3/2018Sikeston, MOWomen's Conference
10/19/2018Warren, INGirls Night Out
10/13/2018Elgin, SCWomen's Conference
9/8/2018Anderson, INStand Up for Kids Fundraiser
4/20/2018Tiffin, OHComedy Night Fundraiser
3/22/2018Tampa, FLLadies Night Out
3/16/2018Raleigh, NCWomen's Conference
3/13/2018Columbus, WIAgribusiness Dinner
2/14/2018Green Bay, WILadies Day Out
2/8/2018Columbus, OHAnnual Team Conference
2/3/2018McCool Junction, NECustomer Appreciation Event
12/13/2017Fort Myers, FLChristmas Outreach
11/10/2017New Albany, INEvening of Joy
9/30/2017Milwaukee, WIWomen's Leadership Conference
9/15/2017Surprise, AZGirls Night Out
9/9/2017Indianapolis, INSisterhood Women's Conference
8/31/2017Golden, ILCattle Customer Appreciation

Healthcare Reviews

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American Heart Association, Inc.

Healthcare Speakers and Entertainers in Odessa, TX

"Leslie Norris Townsend was very easy to work with and got some great laughs."

Corporate Market Director, Go Red for Women Luncheon (Odessa, TX) 5/3/2017

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

Mercer Health

"I wanted to let you know how pleased our guests were with Leslie Norris Townsend. She was professional and connected well with our audience. The 12 Days of Gifts were quite the hit!"

Community Relations Coordinator, Medical Staff Gala (Coldwater, OH) 1/13/2016

Mount Carmel Haven of Hope

"We had Leslie Norris Townsend as the main event for an October Breast Cancer Awareness event. The audience was breast cancer survivors that participate in our survivorship programming. We were delighted with the outcome. Leslie was great. She really approached the event as laughing in the face of adversity and how laughing through life is therapeutic and freeing. She warmed the crowd immediately upon her entrance with an upbeat song. The group was able to relax and really get into the performance. Leslie hit on common topics and themes that all of us face in life and joked/laughed her way through them allowing us to join her. After the show, one of our survivors came up to thank us for inviting Leslie and allowing the group to have a night off. Everyone gave Leslie praise for connecting with a tough group that has been through a lot. We were very pleased with our experience."

Program Coordinator, Breast Cancer Survivor Celebration (Columbus, OH) 10/20/2015

Ohio Association of Ambulatory Surgery Centers

"Leslie Norris Townsend was awesome. Love her to death!"

Executive Director, Annual Conference (Columbus, OH) 9/23/2015

Florida Hospital

Healthcare Speakers and Entertainers in Daytona Beach, FL

"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 (Daytona Beach, FL) 3/25/2015

Princeton Community Hospital

"Our audience loved Leslie Norris Townsend. She gave a very good performance."

Employee Relations Manager, Employee Recognition Banquet (Princeton, WV) 10/21/2014

Marshall Medical Centers

"This is our second time using Leslie Norris Townsend this year. As before, she did an absolutely OVER THE TOP performance for our group!!!! We appreciate her talent so much and loved having her back to good ol' Alabama!"

Marketing Coordinator, Medical Group Management Association Annual Meeting (Albertville, AL) 8/14/2013

Marshall Medical Centers

"Leslie Norris Townsend did an amazing job, exceeding all of our expectations!! Both Leslie and Larry Weaver Entertainment were an incredible pleasure to work in making preparations for the event date - very organized and accommodating. Leslie's performance at the event - a "Girls' Night Out Comedy Club" sponsored by our local, community-owned hospital - was nothing short of spectacular!! She was able to quickly gauge exactly what material was appropriate and best-suited for our particular group of ladies an"

Marketing Coordinator, Girls' Night Out (Guntersville, AL) 2/28/2013

Effingham Health System

"We very much enjoyed Leslie Norris Townsend's performance. Our CEO was particularly happy with the way our doctors were drawn into the interactive finish. We received lots of compliments."

Special Events Coordinator, Annual Lunch, Laugh & Learn (Springfield, GA) 10/25/2012

Where does Leslie Norris Townsend perform?

Leslie Norris Townsend has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, 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.

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