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Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson

Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson

9 reviews

About Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson

Tough decision! SPEAKER (Sherre Bishop) or COMEDIENNE (Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson)?

SPEAKER - Sherre is a speaker and respected WOW coach who connects with audiences using content, relatable stories, and side-splitting humor. She brings the WOW to her keynotes and trainings. Need a speaker or coach to bring WOW when you speak? Sherre is available for corporate events world-wide.

COMEDY - Sherre's alter ego is the America's beloved Big Mama "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson." This comedienne, a costumed church lady character, evokes memories of everybody's Big Mama. You will be still laughing long after the event is over. Book Sherre or her alter-ego. Save money, book BOTH for your event!



Verified Review

Willie Ruth is Humble yet Hilarious

By Nancy D. on December 15, 2015

We hired Sistah WIllie Ruth for a Company Christmas party. Although it was quite packed with activities and children, she did a wonderful job of entertaining all the ages. She was funny and brought an awesome message of Christ. She was easy to work with and very professional. I would recommend her to any one looking for good clean fun!! Love this lady!

Hired as: Comedian

Response from Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson:

Thank you kindly. Your attention to detail and timely follow-up, made this a fun experience.


By Jeannie S. on March 12, 2014

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.

Hired as: Comedian


By Pamela G. on March 11, 2014

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!!

Hired as: Christian Comedian

"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

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.


By Elsiecook on July 27, 2012



By Beverly B. on July 27, 2012

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

Great Christian Comedian and Giving Person

By Barbara W. on July 27, 2012

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.

Hired as: Christian Comedian

Sistah Willie Ruth is a Riot!

By Elder G. V. C. on July 26, 2012

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!

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!!

By Debbie K. on July 26, 2012

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!!

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


Corporate event? Set the momentum with an icebreaker that is "outside the box," fun, clean, and memorable! Choose from the wacky, clean Big Mama, "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," or the professional, yet humorous, speaker, Sherre Bishop (read more in full bio) 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 comedienne. Sherre travels the country sharing what she calls the medicine and ministry of laughter.

Besides Christian comedy, Sherre is also a dynamic presenter also known as the "Let Go Coach," teaching principles for getting control of your life by letting go. She helps non-profits learn to tell their stories to build partnerships, with a presentation on "How to Tell Your Story with Power+." She also keynotes women's programs, teaches on how to speak to news media and offers an award-winning historical performance lecture. She is a triple-decker cheesecake and best value for your next event budget!

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.


Sherre is a respected aunt. Remember that go-to relative you could count on to give you the guidance and support you needed? The only difference between this relatable pro is that she's not related. When not on stage speaking, she is partnering with professionals as a freelance consultant, teaching corporate groups and individuals how to use WOW stories to drive their messages. As a speaker, Sherre shares sessions on how to deliver speeches and presentations, speak to media and "How to Tell Your Story with Power Plus."

If you want creative, UNIQUE and UNFORGETTABLE, meet "Sistah Willie Ruth Johnson," a squeaky, clean, big Mama character comedienne among comedians. Based in Nashville, Tennessee she travels the US. America's beloved big mama is a favorite for event planners that want rave reviews. (Travels EVERYWHERE, just check her availability). She puts her tailored spin on every event!

Need a creative fundraising show for your church or organization? This one-woman show is one-stop shopping. No rehearsals, we bring the one-woman show with us! "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 28 states and the International Convention of Minister's Wives in Las Vegas.
Sherre also offers a performance lecture and an original, award-winning historical monologue that has taken her across the country. This is a great option for someone on a tight budget who wants a speaker-presenter and a separate comedy set for a conference event, icebreaker, or workshop. Sherre loves to travel the country sharing the medicine and ministry of laughter.

Past Booked Events

Dec 01, 2016–Dec 03, 2016 Women's Retreat
Nov 13, 2016 Comedy guest -opener for musical concert
Nov 12, 2016 Speaker - icebreaker
Nov 11, 2016 Comedy -pastors banquet
Nov 05, 2016 Banquet Entertainment-Comedy
Nov 04, 2016 Reunion entertainment-comedy
Nov 04, 2016 Storytellers presentation
Dec 11, 2015 Holiday Party (Christmas)
Sep 19, 2015 Religious Celebration

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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