Pittsburg audiences will get two shows for the price of one when Vicki Lawrence rolls into town on Aug. 10.

Pittsburg audiences will get two shows for the price of one when Vicki Lawrence rolls into town on Aug. 10.
She will perform her “Two Woman Show” at 7 p.m. in Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium.
Tickets are available now by calling the auditorium box office at 231-7827 or online at www.MemorialAuditorium.org.
The first part of the show will feature Lawrence, Emmy Award-winning actress, comedienne and singer, who co-starred on “The Carol Burnett Show” from 1967 to 1978.
The second half will showcase her alter ego, the sharp-tongued matriarch Thelma Harper, whom Lawrence portrayed on the TV series “Mama’s Family” from 1983 to 1990. Mama is currently running for president, and has a book out, “Mama for President,” to prove it.
“I and my writing partner, Monty Aidem, have been laughing about the idea of Mama running for president for the past two years,” Lawrence said in a recent telephone interview. “Only in America does the presidential race stretch out so long. By the time November gets here, we’ll all be so disgusted that we go into the booth, close our eyes and make an X anywhere.”
Or voters might just right in Mama’s name.
“So that means I might have a chance,” Lawrence said.
As written by Lawrence and Aidem, Mama has some common sense notions about how to run the country — including how to solve the problem of illegal aliens sneaking across our borders.
“Build senior citizen housing all along the American side,” Mama suggests. “No one sees more than a nosy old lady peeking through her window blinds.”
She also promises that if she has a dog at the White House she’ll have it spayed or neutered to control its sex drive.
“That’s something that might have been a good idea for some of our previous presidents,” Mama says.
Mama may well comment on the latest political happenings during her part of the show.
“I realized that her show will always be evolving,” Lawrence said. “Mama really is very sharp and has all her faculties, and I want her to be on top of everything.”
She added that she didn’t want to do her entire show as Mama.
“I knew that I had to be myself for part of the evening, for my own sanity,” Lawrence said.
She’s has plenty of interesting stories to tell, such as how she and legendary comedienne Carol Burnett met.
“I was a senior in high school and entered a Carol Burnett look-alike contest,” Lawrence said. “My father told me I needed to write her a fan letter, so I did, and told her everyone always said I looked like her. She got the letter, and two days later I got calls from her husband and her executive producer, and she attended the contest.”
Lawrence was cast on Burnett’s show as her younger sister.
“I started ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ and UCLA at the same time,” she said.
Lawrence hadn’t planned on a show biz career at all.
“That wasn’t how I’d planned my life,” she said. “I was going to go into dental hygiene, and then marry a wealthy dentist. But Carol says this was meant to happen and would have happened, one way or another.”
She said that Burnett is a loving and nurturing person.
“She’s one of the few people in show business that, when you meet them, you’re not disappointed,” Lawrence said.
She said she will also talk about “how I met my husband and how I became a natural redhead” during her part of the show.
Her relationship with Mama is a little complicated, something like the way actor William Shatner feels about his most famous creation, Capt. James T. Kirk.
“Sometimes I feel like I could fall off the edge of the world and nobody would miss me, but they’d miss Mama,” Lawrence said. “You can say that I’m jealous of her, because she gets the best lines and she has all the fun.”