Here comes 'Mama'


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Vicki Lawrence and her alter ego, "Mama," perform at Mayo Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $29-$59.

"My show will not be a retrospective," she explains. "The show is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life."

Lawrence, who currently stars in the Fox comedy series, The Cool Kids, is also a multi-talented entertainer who earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia."

"I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. We're creating new material with a more modern and cutting edge. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected. There's really nothing she can't do," she says. "I hope people will be pleasantly surprised by a side of Vicki they may never have seen.I know they will be looking forward to Mama, and for her part, that crazy old gal will be up to the challenge."

The Emmy Award winning comedienne is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, Vicki went on to become part of the now-legendary cast of the "Carol Burnett Show." "I went to the Harvard School of Comedy in front of America," says Ms. Lawrence of her Burnett Show training.

In the seventh season, and hundreds of hilarious sketches later, at the ripe, old age of 24, Vicki created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama" as she is better known to her fans. After the Burnett Show, Vicki went on to star in "Mama's Family," which consistently topped the ratings for its entire six-year run of original shows.

"Mama" has attained almost a cult status among her legions of loyal television viewers, who still enjoy her in reruns twice daily throughout most of the country and the world.



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