What’s the best way to describe Etta May? “Minnie Pearl with a migraine.” When Etta May takes the stage, she is the reigning Queen of Southern Sass. She reflects “You know you’re getting fat when you sit in the bathtub and the water in the toilet rises!”

Born and raised in Bald Knob, Arkansas, Etta May grew up alongside nine older brothers. Her father was a potpourri farmer, and her mother, bedridden by constant childbearing.

Etta May won the prestigious American Comedy Awards: “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” and has appeared on Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV, CBS Sunday Morning and is a regular on CMT.

Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour”. In addition to television, Etta May is a regular on the syndicated Bob & Tom radio show and a regular on XM and Sirius Radio’s comedy channels.

Career Highlights

Awards & Specials:

  • Female Comic Of The Year (The American Comedy Awards)
  • Showtime: Aspen Comedy Festival (Hosted by: Jerry Seinfeld)
  • 15th Anniversary Of The Comedy Store (Hosted by: David Letterman)
  • Greats Of Country Comedy (Hosted by: Jeff Foxworthy)
  • Southern Fried Chicks (Special on CMT)

Movies, TV & Sitcoms:

  • A League Of Their Own (Film Directed by: Penny Marshall)
  • Oprah Winfrey Show (Hosted by: Oprah Winfrey)
  • CBS Sunday Morning (Hosted by: Charles OsGood)
  • 20 Greatest Redneck Moments I & II (CMT)
  • 40 Sexiest Music Videos (CMT)
  • 20 Greatest Motorsports (CMT)
  • Insiders (CMT)
  • Comedy Stage (CMT)
  • Comedy Club (CMT)
  • Hanging With Mr. Cooper (ABC)
  • Stand-Up Spotlight (VH-1)
  • My Two Dad’s (CBS)
  • Jeff Foxworthy (CBS)
  • Davis Rules (CBS)


  • XM Radio (Comedy Channels)
  • Bob & Tom (Nationally Syndicated Radio)
  • Rick & Bubba (Nationally Syndicated Radio)
  • Ask Etta (USA & Canada Syndicated Radio)
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