The Queen of Clean Comedy and the Recording Industry Association of America’s most decorated female comic, Chonda Pierce talks to us about her new movie ‘Roll With It.’ The feature-length comedy weaves an inspiring (and hilarious) story of strength, survival, family values, and faith. It’ll be in select theaters May 9, 11, and 13th.
For Pierce, Roll With It is the latest project in a career whose highlights include platinum-certified comedy albums, regular performances at the Grand Ole Opry, and five Daytime Emmy nominations. She isn’t just the film’s lead actress. She’s one of its main creators, too, writing the original script with her late husband and serving as executive producer with her longtime manager, Andrew Tenenbaum. Christian music legend Michael W. Smith, country hitmaker Jake Owen, Shari Rigby and others make cameo appearances, but the real star of Roll With It is Chonda Pierce, who empowers her viewers to share the same roll-with-it resilience as her character, Bonnie Taylor.
“When David, my late husband, and I thought through this script and its themes,” Pierce says, “I wanted to share the challenges I’ve had as a woman, a single mom, a woman ‘of a certain age’ in the workforce competing with a new generation of job market competition, changing technology, and… the dreaded dating pool. I wanted the story to be relatable because I feel like my audiences — thousands of women I’ve performed for over the last 25+ years — all struggle with the same things. I want them all to watch this and feel seen and heard, and to know it’s all going to be okay. You will survive.”
Pierce, who performs more than 80 comedy shows annually and has sold more than 3.5 million concert tickets throughout her career, will be touring America on both sides of the film’s theatrical release. Fans can catch a show by “the country comic” (Billboard Magazine) in the following markets:
4/20/23: Bedford First Assembly of God – Bedford, IN
4/21/23: First Baptist Church of Glen Este – Batavia, OH
4/22/23: Lima Baptist Temple – Lima, OH
4/23/23: Smoky Mountain Center for Performing Arts – Franklin, NC
4/27/23: Krider Performing Arts Center – Paris, TN
4/29/23: Horner Hall – Hot Springs, AR
4/30/23: Clearbranch Methodist Church – Trussville, AL
5/18/23: The Sheid – Mountain Home, AR
5/19/23: Faith Church – Florence, AL
5/20/23: Unity Baptist Church – Newnan, GA
5/21/23: Parkway Church on the Mountain – Roanoke, VA
To see Chonda Pierce, please visit her website for live event tickets. To see her on the big screen, click here for tickets to your local Fathom Events showing of Roll With It: https://www.fathomevents.com/events/Roll-With-It