Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson

Why book Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson?

Corporate or church events. Call on Sherre Bishop the professional, yet hilarious speaker, or her alter ego, America's beloved Big Mama "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson." This buxom church lady character evokes memories of everybody's Big Mama. Her inspirations are Tyler Perry's, Ricky Smiley's Bernice Jenkins and legends like Minnie Pearl, Moms Mabley, Carol Burnett and aunts in the South.

This former news reporter also presents workshops and performance lectures. Need a speaker with a hearty dose of laughter and inspiration for events? Book the alter-ego Willie Ruth, Sherre or both!

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Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson is a Nashville treasure!

"Sherre Bishop (AKA Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson) was the featured reader (and volunteer) for the Metropolitan Nashville Education Association's 2012 Read Across America Celebration at the Parthenon in Nashville, TN. As Sistah Johnson, she captivated a delighted audience of hundreds of inner-city elementary students with her medicine of humor. Along with her performance, she taught a valuable lesson on the importance of reading, dreaming and setting high expectations. Sherre is a Nashville treasure who will bring a smile and an out right belly laugh to any audience lucky enough to experience her performance."

Stephen Henry, President
Metropolitan Nashville Education Association

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Reviewer: Stephen H.
Organization: Metropolitan Nashville Education Association
Event: Other in Nashville, TN
Event Date: Mar 2, 2012
Hired As: Christian Comedian

Response from Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson:

Thank you so much for your kind and generous words. I enjoy what I do.

ABSOLUTELY TOO MUCH FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!

If you want to laugh, non-shop, call Sista Willie Ruth! She did a one hour performance for us recently and we laughed the entire hour and our cheeks hurt at the end it was so fun! I can't tell you how funny Willie Ruth is. You won't regret booking her for your event. She is a TOTAL blast! We are going to have her back again she was so entertaining.

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Reviewer: Jeannie S.
Organization: AshBy Wedding & Event Planning
Event: Retreat in Franklin, KY
Event Date: Feb 28, 2014
Hired As: Comedian

AN OUTSTANDING CLASS-ACT PERFORMING ARTS MINISTRY

Sherre Bishop is an exceptional artist. Her performance of Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson "From the Motherland to Promiseland" at our Black History program was superbly insightful. It was spiritually exhilarating, boldly inspirational, and enlightening. It raised the consciousness of our youth and their inquisitive nature of how a people of color used song and encoded language to catapult a quest for freedom. My God! We laughed, cried, and edified every expression of her dramatization. It was so powerful, our hearts were penetrated and our minds were forever reminded of where we had come from, providing a greater longing for an even better tomorrow. Her work is a magnificent God-movement ministry! THIS IS A MUST SEE PERFORMING ARTS MINISTRY!!

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Reviewer: Pamela G.
Organization: Southside Community Church
Event: Church Service in Nashville, TN
Event Date: Feb 23, 2014
Hired As: Christian Comedian

SHE IS REALLY WORTH SEEING

SISTER WILLE RUTH IS THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN IVE EVER SAW AFTER THE SERVICE WENT HOME AND WATCH HER VIDEO AGAIN AND AGAIN,IF YOU HAVENT BOOKED HER YOUR SURE MISSING OUT ON SOMETHING WONDERFUL,GOD BLESSYOU HURRY AND BOOK HER NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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Reviewer: ELSIECOOK
Event: Anniversary Party in Chillicothe, OH
Event Date: Jul 2, 2012

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Love Love Love Sistah Willie Ruth. Saw some of her videos and met her at our family reuion

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Reviewer: Beverly B.
Event: Reunion in Nashville, TN
Event Date: May 29, 2011

Great Christian Comedian and Giving Person

Can truthfully say that you need to see Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson. She is great and will have you rolling on the floor!!! You can also relate to what she is saying. Get in a hurry and see her ASAP.

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Reviewer: Barbara W.
Organization: Ebenezer Church
Event: Awards Night in Nashville, TN
Event Date: Jun 26, 2011
Hired As: Christian Comedian

Sistah Willie Ruth is a Riot!

Sistah Willie Ruth has come numerous of times to our church for anniversaries, youth conferences, women conferences and everytime to RAVE reviews! Her humor will leave you in stitches, as you sit there and enjoy it, you will say to yourself, "How does she come up with this humor." Great ACT! You will not be disappointed!

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Reviewer: Elder G. V. C.
Organization: Historic First Community Church
Event: Religious Celebration in Nashville, TN
Event Date: Feb 4, 2011
Hired As: Christian Comedian

Response from Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson:

Thank you Elder Clay. I would tell anyone, if you are ever in Nashville, Tenn and you want to visit an friendly church with an anointed pastor who does not offer "just church" but a Holy Ghost time with people on fire for God, stop by the Historic First Community Church 1815 Knowles Street. Thanks for having me!

You crack me up, Sistah!!

Girl, you had me rollin'!!! I love your character and you are consistently hilarious!! I also love the conversations you have with others and just the language you use. If you are anywhere around me, I will come see you again and again!! I love ya, Sistah!!

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Reviewer: Debbie K.
Event: Seminar in Nashville, AR
Event Date: Jun 12, 2012

Response from Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson:

Thanks Debbie. That means a lot coming from a fellow comedienne. Bless you!

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 15 - 60 minutes
  • Fee: Contact for rates
  • Languages: English
  • Unions: Non-union

Overview

Corporate retreat? If you want to raise eyebrows with that "outside the box" appeal, you have come to the right place! Choose from the wacky, clean Big Mama, "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," or the professional, yet humorous, presentation of Sherre Bishop (read more in speaker category) as her self. Can't decide? Choose both! Either way, attendes will be chuckling about it long after the event is over.

MORE ABOUT CHARACTER: If you want clean, Christian comedy tailored to your event, Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson is your best pick. "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," is the alter-ego of Sherre Miller Bishop, a cancer survivor and a news reporter-public relations practitioner-turned gospel comedienne. She travels the country and is on fire for God sharing the medicine and ministry of laughter.

Besides Christian comedy, Sherre is also a dynamic presenter with a signature workshop related to women's issues and "How to Tell Your Story with Power Plus. She also keynotes women's day programs and offers an award-winning historical performance lecture.

Additional Booking Notes

Standard stage lighting is sufficient for most performances. Rider information, detailed technical information and artist's needs will be included in a contract for firm bookings.

Past Booked Events

02/24/13 "Motherland" Campbellsville, KY
02/15/13 King and Queen Gala, Nashville, TN
02/10/13 New Hopewell Church, Tanner, AL
01/21/13 Inauguration Celebration, Nashville, TN
12/30/12 Connie Dennell's Birthday Bash, Nashville, TN
12/15/12 Christmas Clay Celebration, Nashville, TN
12/14/12 Willing Hearts-Bethel, Murfreesboro, TN
11/17/12 Nashville, TN
10/13/12 Sister's Network Cancer Survivors -Comedy, Nashville, TN
10/06/12 Shirley Caeser & Friends Gospel Fest, ATL, GA
09/07/12 Comedy Night Bass Street, Nashville, TN
08/11/12 Friendship MB Church Comedy Night, Nashville, TN
08/10/12 Osteen Fam Reunion, Murfreesboro, TN
08/05/12 Askew Celebration
08/04/12 Anti-Bullying Youth Fest-Springfield, TN
08/04/12 Dorsey Family Reunion, Nashville TN
08/03/12 Choctaw Reunion, Murfreesboro, TN
07/28/12 Jackson Homecoming Reunion
07/27/12 Sabbath Keepers Conference, Nashville, Tennessee
07/21/12 Roasting 92Q's Connie Dennell, Nashville, TN
07/01/12 Private event, Boston, MA
06/30/12 Private event, Murfreesboro, TN
06/24/12 Zion Baptist Church, Chillicothe, Ohio

Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson

COMEDIENNE - SINGER - PROFESSIONAL SPEAKER -- DRAMATIST - PERFORMANCE LECTURER- PRESENTER
"Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," is a character comedienne among comedians in Nashville, Tennessee. Event planners who like to think outside the box, will invite the church lady back time and time again. (Travels EVERYWHERE, just check her availability).

She's a Big Mama character comedienne and the alter-ego of Sherre Miller Bishop, a cancer survivor and a news reporter-public relations practitioner-turned gospel comedienne. As a comedienne she brings side-splitting laughter, she sings, and even outside of her "act," Sherre Bishop is a dynamic speaker. Besides Christian comedy, Sherre is also a dynamic presenter with topics related to women's issues and offers a signature workshop on "How to Tell Your Story with Power Plus. She also keynotes women's day programs and offers a performance lecture. This is a great option for someone on a tight budget who wants a speaker-presenter and comedy for a conference event. She travels the country and is on fire for God sharing the medicine and ministry of laughter.

Don't blink yet, she is also an actor who has been featured in many independent films. Sherre's original award-winning one-woman show, "From the Motherland to the Promised Land, was a winning entry featured in the Los Angeles Women's Theatre Festival. She has also presented 'Motherland in over 26 states and the International Convention of Minister's Wives in Las Vegas.

Set List

Sistah Willie Ruth's Southern-fried comedy set comes to life with her whimsical facial gestures and wacky physicalities. Some of her popular sets include: Don't Pray for Blessing You've Already Got, SlainT in the Spirit, Tacos on Post, Rules for life in 20th Century A.D., Real Checkups, Nail Shop Fire, Scar Face and an all-time favorite, Play Crazy. Sistah Willie Ruth is also a cheesecake, she not only brings laughter, she also sings. Many of her sets are closed with a song. Two of the most requested are: her testimonial song, the classic hymn, "Tis So Sweet." She also often sings her original song, a whimsical message bearing piece entitled, "Don't Try to Hide Behind Your Weave."

Influences & Inspiration

America's beloved Big Mama, character comedienne, Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson, is a clear runner-up for character comedians like Tyler Perry's Madeah, Martin Lawrence's Big Momma, Ricky Smiley's Bernice Jenkins and Steve Harvey's Sister Odell and Larry the Cable Guy. Some reviewers say she reminds them of legends like Minnie Pearl, Moms Mabley, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, and Phyllis Diller.

"Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," is is the alter-ego of Sherre Miller Bishop, a cancer survivor and a news reporter-public relations practitioner-turned gospel comedienne. She is on fire for God sharing the ministry of laughter across the country.

Setup Requirements

microphone, audio output access, platform

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