One of the
many great things about stand up comedy is the widely varied circumstances
that lead people to jump on stage for the first time to tell jokes
to entertain. The where, when, and how is often as intriguing as
the comedy itself. For many it comes later in life after leading
successful careers as teachers, lawyers, or corporate executives.
What is more rarely seen is for a mother of three, living in rural
Appalachia, who grew up on a farm within a truly extended family
to find her way to the stage of stand up. Leanne’s journey
into comedy is far from the standard profile but so intertwined
into her act and success that it would be hard to imagine her starting
any other way.
As a stay
at home mother of three, Leanne was looking for a way to get some
grown up time without interfering with her children or her husband’s
career. She turned to selling jewelry at in home parties. Word of
her wonderful sense of humor and intoxicating southern charm spread
like wildfire and she was staying booked months in advance. She
was so popular that local civic organizations would ask her to host
and emcee various events. From here she was asked to entertain several
local corporate events and a professional comedy career was born.
A move to
Texas with her husband’s career opened many new opportunities
for Leanne. While in San Antonio she was asked to appear in the
Las Vegas Comedy Festival and appeared on ABC’s The View in
a hilarious housewife segment.
style of comedy combines her southern charm and hilarious story
telling about her own life into an act that keeps them coming back
for more. People are always accusing her of spying on them because
she seems to be living the same life that they do. The fact that
everyone can relate to her comedy has made her a hit even among
the strangest of audiences.
to Knoxville, Leanne appeared as a finalist on Nick at Nite’s
Funniest Mom and toured three years with the Southern Fried Chicks.
She has appeared in comedy clubs, performing arts centers, and theatres
all over the United States. She is currently under contract with
Warner Brothers and ABC to develop a sitcom based on her comedy.