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'Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show' headed to North Tonawanda

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Thu, Mar 21st 2019 12:30 pm

Dust off your sensible shoes

“Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two Woman Show” will appear at The Riviera Theatre, 67 Webster St., North Tonawanda, at 3 p.m. Sunday April 14. Tickets, priced at $38, $48 and $58. can be purchased online at https://www.rivieratheatre.org or by calling 716-692-2413.

Lawrence’s popularity continues to grow with her inclusion on FOX’s comedy “The Cool Kids.” She plays Margaret, who says growing old doesn’t have to be boring, and has no problem breaking every rule to have fun.

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, Lawrence 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," Lawrence said of her “Carol Burnett Show” training.

In the seventh season, and hundreds of hilarious sketches later – at the ripe, old age of 24 – Lawrence created her most endearing character to date, Thelma Harper, or "Mama," as she is better known to her fans.

After “The Carol Burnett Show,” Lawrence 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.

In 2001, following the unprecedented ratings for the "Carol Burnett Showstopper Special," which delighted more than 50 million viewers, Lawrence decided the time was right to take “Mama” out of the closet, dust off her sensible shoes, and hit the road with her new touring production, “Vicki Lawrence and Mama: A Two-Woman Show.”

Lawrence takes the stage first.

"My show is not a retrospective," she explained. “It is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life."

The multi-talented entertainer also 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,” Lawrence said. “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.

“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."

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