Thursday, April 1, 2010
Harland Williams has a knack for playing memorable, out of the ordinary characters in films. He was the urine chugging cop in Dumb & Dumber, a prison bitch pot-head in Half Baked, a deranged hitchhiker in There’s Something About Mary and a cross dressing college student in Sorority Boys. What you may not know about Williams is that he’s also a hilarious stand-up comedian with an onstage persona that's every bit as bizarre as his movie roles. With an uniqe delivery, goofy facial expressions and whacked-out sense of humor, Harland has become a star on television, stage and screen but you can also find Harland's handy work in bookstores, but not in the aisle you may be thinking. He's the author and illustrator of a number of children's books including Likety Split and The Kid With Too Many Pets.
When former school bus driver turned standup comedian Etta May enters a room, you know you're in for a treat. It might be her 250lb frame, horned rimmed glasses, polyester pants and trademark floral blouse that give you the giggles at first, but it'll be her off the wall stories about her failed truck driver husband Delbert and three mischievous children that you'll walk away from the club howling about. Etta first discovered she was destined to perform comedy in front of large groups of people when she was forced to entertain a rowdy bingo crowd after the "ball sucker" got stuck. Since then she's appeared on Oprah, MTV and has been a regular on CMT as part of the Southern Fried Chicks Comedy Tour.