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Well-known humorist Jeanne Robertson brings laughter to Wingate University

3/20/2013
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Humorist Jeanne Robertson
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Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer
k.williams@wingate.edu 704-233-8320

Wingate, N.C. –Whether regaling audiences with her experiences as a 6’2? Miss Congeniality winner in the Miss America Pageant or tales of life with her husband, “Left Brain,” humorist Jeanne Robertson delivers family-friendly comedy with class. Wingate University’s Batte Center presents this matinee performance on Sunday, April 7 at 4 p.m. in Austin Auditorium on campus.

Robertson grew up in Graham, N.C., where she played basketball. In 1963 she was named Miss North Carolina and went on to the Miss America Pageant where she quickly honed her own uniquely hilarious storytelling style. Combining her instinct for an outrageous story with her signature southern drawl, she continues to keep theaters roaring with laughter.

With YouTube clips that have had more than 5 million hits, Robertson has been awarded every top honor in her profession including the top award in professional speaking "The Cavett Award." A member of the Speakers Hall of Fame and recipient of Toastmasters International's Golden Gavel award, she was named North Carolinian of the Year in 2001 by the N.C. Press Association.

Robertson has produced six humor DVDs and CDs and written three books on humor - Humor: The Magic of Genie, Mayberry Humor Across the USA and Don’t Let the Funny Stuff Get Away. These books are filled with reality-based stories, which illustrate her humor philosophy. She can be heard on SiriusXM Satellite Radio's Family Comedy and Blue Collar Comedy channels.

Tickets are $25 and $32 and can be purchased online at battecenter.org or by calling the Batte Center Box Office at 704-233-8300 or Carolina Tix at 704-372-1000. To learn more about Jeanne Robertson, visit www.battecenter.org.

The Batte Center
Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyer-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short five minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just 2 blocks off of Highway 74 and only 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 6th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves nearly 2,700 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 35 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy, physical therapy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

To view current news, video and story ideas, visit www.youtube.com/wingateuniversity.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 22 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past six years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.