Back by popular demand – Etta May

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 31, 2013

Comedienne Etta May – the one-woman comedy show star – is white trash, and makes no apologies.

Instead, she’s developed a whole show around it and is inviting the community to come hear about it firsthand Tuesday at the second performance of the Covington Arts Council season.

“Basically, if you sit through this show, it’s going to make you feel a whole lot better about your life,” May said. “I don’t care how bad your life is, and you may not be a Rockefeller, but at least you can say you’re not Etta May.”

May described the show, which will be held at 7 p.m. in the LBWCC Dixon Center, as a “great girls night out.”

“Men are welcome, of course, but the women are really going to relate to what I’m saying,” she said. “I’ve been married for 26 years, and before that, I had a lot of stuff happen to me. I dealt with an alcoholic father. I was bullied in junior high. It makes for great stuff on stage.”

May said the show goes in depth about “the shuns of marriage.”

“The first half is like a seminar for women,” she said. “It talks about humiliation, aggravation, and revelation – all of which are relevant if you’re even ready to get married.

“We all know that living with a man is totally different than dating,” she said. “A real man will think, ‘What the hell have I done?’ By the same token, girls do too. Putting a ring on a woman’s finger is like pulling a ripcord on an inflatable raft. Trying to get all that stuff back together in is near impossible.

“That’s what I’ll be talking about,” she said. “The show is fun. It’s really fun. You can kickback, high five each other, go, ‘Oh my God, this woman has been looking through my bedroom window.”

CAC Directo Paula Harr said May’s show is something that shouldn’t be missed.

“She knows what she’s doing,” Harr said before outlining some of May’s accomplishments, which include being chosen as American Comedy Awards’ “Stand-Up Comic of the Year,” and appearances on Oprah, Comic Strip Live, MTV, and as a guest commentator on “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Etta May headlines the most successful all female “Southern Fried Chicks Tour,” and co-produced and starred on “Southern Fried Chicks” for CMT.

Harr said May has appeared on stage locally before, and viewers will not be disappointed.

Tickets are $15 in advance; $18 at the door and $10 for students. After Tuesday’s show, two remain in the CAC season – the Glenn Miller Orchestra on Jan. 21 and The Alley Cats, a doo-wop group, on April 21.