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Vicki Lawrence will return to stage in The Villages

Emmy Award-winning comedienne Vicki Lawrence will return in February to the stage in The Villages.

Lawrence, known for her years on the “Carol Burnett Show” will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4 at The Sharon L. Morse Performing Arts Center. This show is in support of Cornerstone Hospice.

Lawrence performed at the Sharon in 2018.

Lawrence is one of the most beloved television personalities of her generation. Plucked out of total obscurity as a high school senior, she went on to become part of the now- legendary cast of the “Carol Burnett Show.”

Vicki Lawrence as Mama and Carol Burnett as Eunice.

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 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, who still enjoy her in reruns twice daily throughout most of the country and the world.

No stranger to television, Lawrence perfected her hosting skills on her own daytime talk show, “Vicki!,” from 1992 to 1994. She received critical acclaim when she was the only talk show host since Oprah to be nominated for a Daytime Emmy in her freshman year.

The unprecedented ratings for the “Carol Burnett Showstopper Special,” which delighted more than 50 million viewers, convinced Lawrence that the time is 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.

Vicki Lawrence on stage in 2018 at The Sharon.

Lawrence will take the stage first.

“My show is not a retrospective,” she explains. “The show is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life.” The multi-talented entertainer is mostly known for her acting and comedic talents, but she also earned a gold record for the 1973 hit, “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia.”

Vicki Lawrence brought “Mama” to life in 2018 at The Sharon.

“I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. 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,” she said. “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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