For years you, our loyal audience members, have been pleading with Arts Council volunteers to include a comedian on our schedule. This year we are again not bringing you a “comedian”—we are bringing you award winning humorist, Jeanne Robertson, one of the funniest people on the planet!
Jeanne was named Miss North Carolina in 1963, and competed in the Miss America Pageant where she was named Miss Congeniality. A graduate of Auburn University, Jeanne taught physical education and coached basketball for nine years before going into professional speaking on a full-time basis in 1976. Although her reign as Miss North Carolina was the catalyst for her speaking career, Jeanne achieved national attention after several clips from her talks became viral videos in 2009.
She served as President of the National Speakers Association and is a recipient of that organization’s most prestigious honor, “The Cavett Award,” given for long-term contributions to the speaking profession. She was the first woman to receive this honor. She also has been honored with Toastmasters International’s “Golden Gavel Award,” presented annually to one individual for achievement in communications and leadership.
Jeanne does not tell jokes. She creates her own material from her life experiences, and mischievously weaves stories rife with digressions, hilarious commentary and one-line zingers. If you do not act quickly enough to get a ticket, you may console yourself by the fact that she has produced seven DVD and CD humor programs and can be heard daily on Sirius XM satellite radio’s family comedy channels. Watch a preview