What’s Up with Kay Dodd?
Valentine’s whisked by along with the first two months of the year already on the books. We think of Valentine’s as a time to celebrate LOVE…typically only as a time to spend with our spouse or significant other; however, for Kay Dodd, she spent her last two Valentine’s with the Queen of Clean, Chonda Pierce.
In 2015, Kay was blessed with the opportunity to attend a retreat for Christian women in comedy led by Chonda, which later resulted in Kay being picked up on Chonda’s tour. And in 2016, Chonda included Kay Dodd as one of her top picks for her comedy pilot on The Dove Channel titled Stand-Up for Families….both events took place on Valentine’s weekend.
After taping the Dove show, Kay headlined a fundraiser show in Mobile for Mission of Hope… a 45 year old sober-living ministry whose mission is to bring hope to alcoholics and addicts, both male and female, by providing treatment and living quarters through a one-year program. The show was held in a huge church with a massive stage. Kay brought the house down with her brand of testimonial comedy with the residents in attendance which immediately connected them with Kay’s comedy and her story.
On her way home, Kay was blessed with the opportunity to visit both the homes for women to collect hugs, tears, and lunch with the ladies. The director asked Kay to share more of her own story for the ladies. Kay “took the stage” in a room of about 30; however, this time the stage was miniscule in comparison but the platform Kay stepped onto was massive. Through the leading of the Holy Spirit, for the next 45 minutes, Kay shared her journey from child abuse, alcoholism, domestic violence, and her return to stand-up comedy in the Christian arena all the way to walking up the steps of Chonda’s tour bus.
With tears streaming, God spoke to and through Kay in those moments that she lovingly refers to now as being “high atop a one-inch stage”. Kay said, “God clearly spoke to me in those minutes and in the hours to come on my drive home that stand-up comedy for Kay Dodd was going to MEAN something. I knew then that comedy for me was going to have purpose and meaning and that it would help people in more ways than just laughter.“
After closing out 2016, with a fundraiser show for a feeding ministry in Nairobi, Kay will kick-off the last month of the first quarter producing a show to benefit a local sober-living home for women called My Father’s House in Hiram, GA. As God was working on Kay last February, He was also at work in Marsha, the Director of My Father’s House, that it was time for her to start fundraising to buy the home that houses eight women for a one-year Christ-centered recovery program. Kay and Marsha met a week later and March 4th will be the 2nd Clean Comedy Night that Kay Dodd has produced to benefit My Father’s House. (Clean Comedy Night, where FUNNY is spelled C.L.E.A.N.)
Comedy DOES indeed mean something more for Kay Dodd than just laughter… more than funny ON purpose…it’s funny WITH purpose. You can find more information at www.kaydodd.com.