From the Sunday edition of the Advocate-Messenger:
Etta May, the Queen of Southern Sass, is returning to Pioneer Playhouse to headline the annual Special Comedy Weekend, which marks an end to the 2016 summer season, running only two nights — Friday and Saturday. Once again, Kentucky’s oldest outdoor theater has pulled in the leader of the most successful, all-female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour” in the country, playing to sold out houses around the U.S.
Aside from being a huge-ticket draw, the Playhouse’s managing director, Heather Henson, says there’s more to it with Etta.
“We love having Etta May here at the Playhouse because she was a personal friend of my sister,” Henson says. Her sister, the late Holly Henson, not only ran the Playhouse before she died of cancer, but was a successful stand-up comedian in her own right.
Henson says Etta May’s show was the last thing Holly booked as artistic director of the Playhouse.
Etta May, who describes herself as “Minnie Pearl with a Migraine,” is a nationally known comic who has appeared on Oprah, MTV and CBS Sunday Morning. She regularly headlines CMT’s Comedy Stage, the second highest rated show in CMT history, and was awarded the “Stand Up Comic of the Year” by the American Comedy Awards.
“Holly had met Etta when they were both out on the road as female comics in a very male-dominated world,” Henson says. “They really hit it off.”