Saginaw Art Museum | Township View TownshipView Chonda Pierce Still Laughing, featuring special guest Karyn Williams Review by Mark DeWolf-Ott Chonda Pierce, comedian, singer, and entertainer performed on opening weekend for the Temple Theatre on Friday, Sept. 14. Special guest, Karyn Williams asked the crowd after singing the title track of her new CD Blame It on Hope, “Who has ever been to a Chonda Pierce show before?” By a show of hands in the audience, there were quite a few first-timers seeing Pierce and her Still Laughing Tour. They all appeared to know what kind of night they were in for, a night of girlfriend humor. The crowd consisted of mostly women and, according to Pierce, “a few co-dependent husbands.” Chonda was truly unique. She has been described as a Country Comedian by Billboard Magazine. She is from the south and tells honest stories about her family. She grew up in a home of an abusive preacher father and a mother that denied the abuse. Her older sister died in a car crash and a younger sister died of leukemia. Her daughter left the family, citing neglect because Chonda was on the road so much. Her husband of 31 years died of a stroke after a long battle with alcoholism. Also, Pierce was hospitalized with clinical depression. Even with all that she found a humorous way to talk about her life by telling stories of snagging a hole in her Spanks, needing Depends, and burying her husband in a septic field. She didn’t shy away from any of her history, she laid it all out there, and she was funny. She shared how it is only with God that she makes it through each day. She has received an Emmy nomination and is the most-awarded female comic in history, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RRIA). Her current tour is produced by Awakening Events. On a scale of one to five of “How Do You Like Those Apples” rating, I’d give the show 3.9 apples, because of her frankness and honesty. The Temple Theatre’s 91st season opener Capitol Steps Review by Kristine Gotham It’s irreverent, it’s sarcastic, it’s non-partisan political satire (they offend folks on both sides of the aisle), it’s Capitol Steps. The Temple Theatre opened the 91st season with a show that took all of the current political drama and turned it on its ear. The jokes started during the introduction to the show, as the announcer advised audience members that if evacuation became necessary, to wait for Congress to come to a decision regarding evacuation. before exiting the building. The sentiment of the first song was that impeachment can wait, because President Donald Trump has been good for our 401(K) (sung to the tune of YMCA). Then, the ‘president’ made his first appearance. The performer had it all, the hair, the lips, the hand gestures and of course, the vocabulary, “Fake News.” With each passing comment the ‘president’s’ accomplishments became more and more embellished. At one point, he proclaimed, “That’s what keeps people watching my show, the presidency.” As the show continued, more and more Washington faces showed up. Kelly Ann Conway lamented with other staffers about the president’s need to “Tweet Tweet Tweedily Tweet.” Bernie Sanders made an appearance, and declared that he is an Independent because he “refuses to join a party that would have me as a member,” saying that was a quote from his favorite Marx brother, Karl. Hillary Clinton said it was a mistake to not make a campaign stop in Moscow, while Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Nancy Pelosi remarked that the Democratic Party needed to refocus and be “all about our base.” Before the intermission, the moderator gave a speech in “spoonerisms” that would really lip your flid, I mean flip your lid. You really had to listen to what he was saying to get all the flip-flops, but it was a great laugh in all. The second half of the show had appearances by Betsy DeVos, Vladimir Putin, Melania Trump and a song about the Supreme Court Justices, Keep Em’ Alive. There was nothing serious about this show. It was all about taking the serious and divisive political climate of today, and making it absurd enough to laugh about. It was a refreshing evening before coming back to reality.