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On today's show, Zach caught up with Emmy -nominated and best-selling comedian Chonda Pierce backstage at a recent Extraordinary Women's Conference.
Chonda 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, bringing laughter to audiences around the country. 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. Yet she remarkably makes her way through the adversity, heart-wrenching loss and her own depression with the gift of humor!
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.
From there, Pierce turned her gift of storytelling into a successful comedic career, selling more comic albums than any other female comedian. In addition to her 10 successful albums to date, she has also authored eight books, and appears at venues big and small throughout the United States making audiences laugh with her ability to find the positivity in any situation.
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 CMT (Country Music Television).
In addition to her accolades, Pierce has appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “The View,” “Fox News Channel,” “Wanda Sykes,” and her comedy is regularly featured on XM and Sirius satellite radio. Variety raved about her ability to draw audiences for an encore performance for “Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark.”
Today, as the RIAA’s best-selling female comedian, Pierce continues to bring the laughs with her unique blend of music and comedy.
Also, on our "House Call" segment of the show, Rachael Flick will answer a question from one of you.
Rachael is a licensed counselor. Tragically, she lost her husband of ten years on February 5, 2018. Deputy Sheriff Micah Flick was killed in the line of duty while attempting to arrest a car thief. On the day of Micah’s funeral, Rachael stood before thousands of uniformed police, and a globally streamed audience, to call a broken nation to a return to honor. Filled with the power of God, Rachael spoke into the highly charged cultural conflict that has resulted in the intentional murder of law enforcement.
Now, a young widow with two young children, Rachael is walking through her own journey of grief while challenging others to persevere and overcome their own circumstances. Rachael speaks and writes poignantly about the internal transformation necessary to restore a divided nation. As she has clung to the promise of God’s faithfulness, Rachael has discovered wisdom and authority found only in suffering. Rachael has the ability to wrap captivating language and infuse hope around challenging systemic issues through her vulnerable style of storytelling. Rachael continues to watch the redemption of God through her story in her therapeutic counseling practice as she works with those suffering from trauma and PTSD.
You can find out more about Rachael at rachaelflick.com