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Chonda Pierce

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“Chonda Pierce: Stand-Up for Families.” The show is a family- friendly comedy series designed to encourage entire fam- ilies to watch television together. Pierce got her start working at Opryland Theme Park in Nashville where she per- formed as “Grand Ole Opry” star Minnie Pearl. Pierce recalls being a terrible danc- er and being told by her boss to “find a new talent.” In order to keep her job, she memorized three pages of jokes and went on to impersonate Minnie Pearl for six years. After deciding to pursue com- edy full time, she recorded “Second Row, Piano Side,” a collection drawing materi- al from her childhood growing up as the daughter of a preacher in South Carolina. Pierce’s material resonated with people from all walks of life, and she credits her southern upbringing both for her warped sense of humor and her solid roots. From there, Pierce turned her gift of sto- rytelling into a successful comedic ca- reer, selling more comedy DVD’s than any other female comedian. In addition to her 10 successful DVDs to date, she has also authored eight books and ap- pears at venues big and small throughout the United States. Pierce received five Daytime Emmy nominations for her work co-hosting talk show “Aspiring Women” on the Total Living Network and her first television special, “This Ain’t Prettyville!” on the CMT Network. Pierce is a frequent guest on the famed Grand Ole Opry and has served as host of the Inspirational Country Mu- sic Awards and Christian Music Hall of Fame Awards and also co-hosted the GMA Dove Awards in 2012. She has also appeared on "Entertainment Tonight," “The View,” “Fox News Channel,” “Wanda Sykes,” “Hallmark Home and Family” and her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio. In 2006, she helped found Branches Re- covery Center in Murfreesboro, TN, which offers counseling and treatment to those with depression, anxiety, addiction, re- gardless of their ability to pay. She has also raised millions of dollars for inter- national relief organizations Compassion

Cheatham County Connection Pierce moved from the Myrtle Beach, SC area to Cheatham County with her family when she was 15. She is a champion of the county and in recent years has per- formed free shows at Cheatham County Central High School for the annual Steak Dinner and Auction. Funds raised are used to enhance the educational experi- ence of all CCCHS students. Pierce is also a talented singer, songwrit- er and musician. Her music can be found on Amazon, iHeart Radio and other on- line music portals. The (RIAA) Recording Industry Associa- tion of America has named Pierce the most awarded female comic in history. She recently starred in an upcoming ma- jor motion picture filmed in Cheatham County.

Emmy®-nominated and best-selling co- median Chonda Pierce , or “the country comic” as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her win- ning combination of fierce wit and south- ern charm. A stand-up comedian, televi- sion hostess, author and actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. In October 2015, Pierce took her hu- mor to the big screen with her first film “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” based on her personal struggle to over- come depression. “Laughing In The Dark” opened October 27, 2015 to 858 screens. Chonda’s next documentary movie, “Chonda Pierce: Enough” chronicled Chonda’s continuing story of struggle, survival and faith. The film is an uplifting and inspirational answer to the internal and emotional struggles faced by many women. “Enough” opened April 25, 2017 to 1,510 screens. In 2016, Chonda’s stand-up comedy se- ries debuted on the Dove Channel, called

Chonda Pierce at the Ryman Auditorium Photos courtesy of Chonda Pierce www.Chonda.org

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