Join us for this very special Comedy Night @ VISION.
Thursday, May 17th - 7:00 pm
$20 - At The Door
Bio's On Our Special Comedians
Etta Mae Mumphries
Nobody tells stories like Etta Mae Mumphries. And nobody has met and influenced so many important people! You may not have heard of Etta Mae, but surely you know of Josephine Baker, Billie Holiday, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Sammy Davis, Jr., and the list goes on and on. Known sometimes as the “Black Forrest Gump,” Miss Etta Mae is a font of biblical wisdom and encourager extraordinaire. Her hilarious words of wisdom will bless your soul and have you in stitches all at the same time.
Miss Etta Mae Mumphries is the “altar” ego of actress and writer Karen Bankhead. Etta Mae is part of the award winning one-woman show, “The V05 Experience,” performed at the HBO Workspace, Los Angeles Women’s Theatre Festival, Comedy Central Showcase, Official Selection of the 2011 United Solo Fest – NYC, 2010 San Francisco Fringe Festival, Ira Aldridge Playwriting competition (2nd place), and other venues. She is topical, rhetorical, and always HYSTERICAL!
Karen grew up in an Air Force family and began her acting career on stage, in theatres in Arizona, New York, Southern and Northern California. She grew up in San Jose, CA and received a BA in Psychology from UCLA.
She has played a variety of delightful roles including the wacky receptionist “Taylor” on the ABC series “New Attitude,” the ultra-nerd “Adrienne” on “Boston Common” and as “Denise Pendergrass,” the feisty line producer on the debut season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” She has studied at Second City, and was a member of the Groundlings Sunday Company, and founder/producer/writer/performer with the groundbreaking improv groups “Hold the Cream” and “Foxy, Fine and Funny.” Stand up venues include the World Famous Comedy Store, Ice House, and the Improv. Karen has toured with her award-winning one-woman comedy/inspirational show, “The V-05 Experience” and is having a ball making appearances in stage shows and hosting events as her “altar” ego, Etta Mae Mumphries.
Scott Wood, a stand-up comedian and impressionist known as Mr. Punchline, keeps audiences rolling in the aisles with a rapid-fire delivery of one-liners (more than eight jokes per minute) and a heart for clean comedy. Scott has been a full-time comedian for nearly twenty years at clubs, colleges, churches and television appearances. He was recently named Stand-Up Comedy champion after winning the Improv Comedy Club’s talent search for funniest comedian. His list of club credits includes The Comedy Store, The Ice House, The Laugh Factory and the Sahara Hotel in Las Vegas.
Scott's many television credits include ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, A&E, Comedy Central, The Family Channel and two national commercial appearances. Scott’s accomplished impression repertoire contains over 300 celebrity and animated voices such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, George W. Bush, John Travolta, The Simpsons and Sylvester Stallone, as well as singers such as Michael Bolton, Frank Sinatra, The Backstreet Boys and many more. Scott's impressions have been heard on KLOS, KABC, and the Rick Dees show.
Scott says in his testimony, “I realized my humor was a gift from God. I got down on my knees and said, 'Lord if You can use my humor, use me,' and He did. Thank God I'm now doing both comedy and ministry—sharing the source of my humor, which is Christ.” Clients remark that audiences “gave us happy comments for months” after his performance, calling him a “full service comedian, presenting his material in a clean, professional, family-oriented and engaging manner.” Scott says he loves to make people laugh—at this rate, Scott Wood had better make plans to make people laugh for a long, long time.
Lamont is a versital clean comedian.From comedy clubs to churches or from prisons to fundraisers. Lamont's quickwit hilarious anticks have earned him a loyal following. He's been featured on TBN's Praise The Lord, (comedy specials) shown in over 80 countries. He's appeared on BET's Comic Veiw and on Martin Lawerence presents (First Ammendment on the Starz Network). His hilarious character (Rev Monty B Sharpton) has performed in churches all over the U.S. His ghetto magic routine (magic on a budget) is a hit for all ages. He is a two time finalist in the ultimate laff down. Lamont’s passion is winning souls through his signature comedy show, “The Gospel Komedy Slam.” “The Slam” has featured nationally known Christian comedians such as Sherrie Shepherd from “The View”, Thor Ramsey from the hit show “Bananas,” Ron Pearson from “The George Lopez Show,” and Michael Jr. a regular on the NBC’s “Tonight Show.”
Karen Robertson is a humorous speaker who motivates, inspires, and touches hearts. She is a cancer survivor, retiredteacher, success coach, standup comedian, author, and clown. She has presented, spoken or performed in cafeterias, hospitals, cruise ships, gymnasiums, civic centers, football stadiums, churches, restaurants, businesses, spas, basketball courts and back yards. She was invited to speak at a horse ranch, but she said, “Neighhhhhh.” Whether doing standup as The New Church Lady, presenting a motivational keynote speech or workshop training, Karen Robertson loves to SAY IT WITH HUMOR!