Emmy® -nominated and best-selling comedian 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. Pierce is fresh off an incredible year after debuting her movie “Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark,” to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. The limited engagement documentary-style film was so well received that it was brought back for a very special encore performance and in total was viewed by nearly 100,000 people over the course of just two nights.
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. 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.
“Chonda Pierce: Laughing In The Dark” opened October 27, 2015 at 500 theaters throughout the country for a one-night special event and was so incredibly popular, it returned to nearly 800 theaters for an additional one-night encore showing. The film topped charts and competed with some of the year’s biggest films. The DVD and digital versions debuted on April 5, 2016 and is available nationwide.
“Chonda Pierce Presents: Stand-Up for Families” is a funny and wholesome show that the entire family can enjoy together. The program features Chonda Pierce as a performer as well as the host, plus comedians Bone Hampton, Sandy Joy, Cleto Rodriguez, and Nazareth. The jokes are hilarious and the laughs add up, as the talented group, one by one, hit the stage.
The program is very faith-friendly and family-approved. For example, Chonda shares a funny story about her brother always giving her free advice while growing up, and now that he is a “shrink,” she says, he charges her. She humorously explains her unique name by saying that her father loved Chevy and her mother drove a Honda, so they named her Chonda. Bone Hampton shares a funny story about how he used to think, as a boy, that Samson was “stupid” for continually listening to Delilah, but then he, Bone, met a girl named “Keesha” when he grew older, and he understood Samson a lot more. Sandi Joy jokes about scolding the kids but using her “nice voice” for the pastor on the phone. Cleto Rodriguez jokes about losing weight and the time his baby mistook him for Mommy and wanted to breastfeed, while clamping on to him. Nazareth jokes about the time he worked at Seven Eleven and people who worked there would go to “Heaven Eleven” when they die. This is just a sampling of the type of humor that is featured in this delightful program. Sign-up for the Dove Channel at dovechannel.com