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Chonda Pierce or "the country comic" as Billboard Magazine dubbed her, has been making audiences laugh for more than two decades with her winning combination of fierce wit and southern charm. A stand-up comedian, television hostess, author and now actress, Pierce has channeled her life experiences into positivity. As the RIAA's best-selling female comedian, her hilarious take on life is easily relatable as she publicly opens up to her listeners about times of darkness and depression in her own life, drawing humor and good from every situation.

In October 2015, Pierce took her humor to the big screen with her first film "Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark," based on her personal struggle to overcome depression. The film is a behind-the-scenes journal chronicling Pierce's downward spiral dealing with the devastating loss of her mother, an estranged daughter and the tragedy of her husband's battle with alcoholism and subsequent death, all over the course of three years. Yet she remarkably makes her way through the adversity, heart-wrenching loss and her own depression with the gift of humor! Pierce made the film in hopes it would serve as a vehicle to inspire others who may be hitting points of darkness and depression in their lives.

Pierce got her start working at Opryland Theme Park in Nashville where she performed as "Grand Ole Opry" star Minnie Pearl. Pierce recalls being a terrible dancer and being told by her boss to "find a new talent." In order to keep her job, she memorized three pages of jokes from Grinders Switch, TN and went on to impersonate Minnie Pearl for six years. While Pierce enjoyed singing and dancing, it was at this time that she truly fell in love with her craft. After deciding to pursue comedy full-time, she recorded "Second Row, Piano Side," a collection drawing material 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.

For more information visit: chonda.org


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