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.
"Wow, what an experience! She wasn't just funny, but entertaining as well and made our event a huge success! We really appreciate her personal attention to us and her desire for a great show. Just outstanding and we would highly recommend her for anyone looking for good clean fun!"
- President, Burlington, MA 2021
"Leslie Norris Townsend was a great hit and made the evening close with all laughing along with applause! Leslie gave a fantastic performance for our Ag Appreciation Event. This was our 44th year and she offered downhome humor with personality plus! We loved her!!! She customize her topics to cover the group in attendance. Fabulous evening!!"
- Executive Director, Ogallala, NE 2020
"Leslie Norris Townsend was a ball of fun for our Annual Ag Banquet. She engaged the crowd and kept the energy and laughter rolling in the room the entire evening! Thanks!"
- Agriculture Committee Chair, Great Falls, MT 2020
"On behalf of the Kansas Soybean Association and the Kansas Soybean Commission we would like to thank Leslie for participating in the 2020 Kansas Soybean Expo! The attendees enjoyed her refreshing lighthearted keynote address! Everyone loved the participants on stage. Thank you Leslie for being a part of the 2020 Soybean Expo!"
- President, Topeka, KS 2020
"Leslie Norris Townsend was fantastic! So funny and appropriate for our church women's event. Highly recommend her to anyone. Our ladies loved her and had a great time!"
- Women’s Ministry Team Leader, Shawnee, KS
"Leslie Norris Townsend made our client appreciation event a hit! She kept the audience laughing and engaged. We’ve received nothing but positive feedback from our attendees, and we would definitely recommended her services!"
- Office Manager, Tiffin, OH
"Really enjoyed Leslie Norris Townsend! We laughed so hard that we cried!! She perfect for our ladies event!! Would highly recommend her to others"
- Committee Member, Beaver Dam, WI
"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, Morton, MN
"Leslie Norris Townsend was professional, easy to work with, and most of all hilarious! She brought tons of energy and fun to our girls night out at Grace Community Chapel."
- Volunteer, St. Peters, MO
"Leslie Norris Townsend put on an Amazing Show! She is extremely talented & heart-warming! As she switched from singing, comedy & Improv she captivated her audience. She put her heart & soul into her performance and the audience reciprocated! We haven’t laughed that hard in a long time! She was nothing short of Fabulous! A Must See!"
- Program Committee, Warren, IN
"Leslie Norris Townsend was a professional, she was on time, a great self promoter, she pushed laugher from the stage, and she can sing. Overall she was very funny. She received a standing ovation at the end of the show and had the Women's Conference engaged in the performance. What more can you ask of a comedian?"
- First Lady, Elgin, SC
"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, Anderson, IN
Leslie Norris Townsend has recently performed in: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, 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.