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 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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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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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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Performance Schedule

1/18/2019Sugarcreek, OHWomen's Conference
12/3/2018Ocean City, MDAnnual Convention
11/3/2018Sikeston, MOWomen's Conference
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
8/12/2017Columbus, OHAnnual Convention
6/13/2017Brookings, SDAg Women's Day Program

Reviews

61 Reviews: Association, Chamber, Christian, Corporate, Non-Profit, Social, Theater, Agriculture, Christmas Party, Construction, Finance, Fundraiser, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Seniors, Women, Most Recent

St. Francis Community

 Speakers and Entertainers in Tiffin, OH

"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 (Tiffin, OH) 4/20/2018

North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation

"Leslie did an excellent job. Our group loved her. Thank you!"

Women’s Program Team Leader, Women's Conference (Raleigh, NC) 3/16/2018

The Village Church at Shell Point

"I wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed Leslie's time with us. In one word it was PERFECT! We had a sell-out crowd and could have sold many more tickets if we had the space. It was an amazing event with almost 200 women just having a super fun time. Leslie was all and even more than you advertised her to be. She was easy to work with, lots of fun and just a delightful person in every way. We laughed the entire hour she spoke. Her content was so relatable to us women. She is truly one of the funniest entertainers I have heard. I think the main thing that our ladies enjoyed about Leslie was how she so naturally and comfortably related to us, her audience. Our women enjoyed participating with her and especially when she did the 12 days of Christmas. Leslie even drew the TV man we had on hand into her act. He could not stop laughing. It was all so much fun and I don't know when I have laughed so much and so hard. Thank you for sending her our way! Our ladies here at Shell Point are still talking about Leslie and her time with us and will do so far into the future! She was more than we expected, amazing and wonderful and we loved having her."

Women's Connections Chair, Christmas Outreach (Fort Myers, FL) 12/13/2017

Radiant Church Assembly of God

 Speakers and Entertainers in Surprise, AZ

"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 (Surprise, AZ) 9/15/2017

Dearwester Grain Services, Inc.

"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 (Golden, IL) 8/31/2017

Brookings County Farm Service Agency

"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 (Brookings, SD) 6/13/2017

Family Worship Center

"Leslie Norris Townsend is a down-to-earth and consummate professional. She gave a humorous and hope-filled Mother's Day presentation that filled the room with love and laughter."

Pastor, Women's Luncheon (Kokomo, IN) 5/13/2017

First Baptist Church

 Speakers and Entertainers in Greensburg, IN

"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 (Greensburg, IN) 5/7/2017

The Salvation Army

"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 (Minneapolis, MN) 5/5/2017

American Heart Association, Inc.

 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

Giles County Chamber

 Speakers and Entertainers in Pulaski, TN

"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 (Pulaski, TN) 4/25/2017

Farm Credit Services of North Dakota

"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 (Minot, ND) 4/6/2017

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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