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September 20, 2017

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Vicki Lawrence continues long run with alter ego Mama at Suncoast this weekend



Actress Vicki Lawrence and her alter ego, Mama.

For the 12th consecutive year, comedy actress Vicki Lawrence returns here this weekend with her solo two-woman show “Vicki Lawrence & Mama.”

Vicki told me: “Over the years, the show has evolved. I keep her really topical and cutting edge, so we have things like Miley Cyrus and Dennis Rodman we need to talk about. At Mama’s age, twerking is a recipe for a hip replacement, but that old lady is sure on the cutting edge.”

Vicki, who will be at Suncoast, began the touring show after the first Carol Burnett reunion aired in 2001. She explained the show’s longtime success: “Mama is honest and candidly says the things that the audience wishes they had the guts to say out loud. In a sense, it’s a nostalgic trip because people long for that different time in television when she had iconic status as a wonderful TV character.

“To me, she’s almost more relevant than ever from it because the world just keeps getting crazier. Here you’ve got this sort of straight-laced Middle American woman who sees things in a comical way and says everything that we’re all thinking.

“I think we have gone nuts. Every family has a Mama or a crazy Aunt. Nobody is ever offended by her. She’s kind of an Archie Bunker. We never fess up to be him so we’re not offended, but we all know one.

“For the first time, I’m starting to agree with her as I get older. No nonsense and down to Earth. She’s sort of my chance to say all the things you think but never get to say. That’s what is so much fun about playing her. It’s my chance to sort of be Chris Rock and say exactly what’s on my mind. Vicki could never say it, but Mama can.

“I’d like to worry that America is going downhill, but Mama says it’s too late. It’s already gone, and she’s discouraged by it right now. If the Kardashians can make a gazillion dollars doing what they like on television, then you have to ask what is the meaning of it all. You have to be sick before you can become cyclical and bring back the good old days.”

Vicki is at Suncoast with Mama on Saturday and Sunday.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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