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(COURTESY PHOTO) Comedian Chonda Pierce will stop in Lawton on March 20 for a night to Focus on the Funny with singer/songwriter Karyn Williams.

Comedian's show will Focus on the Funny

“And by the end of the night, I think we’ve come up with an incredible night for women. I told someone the other day, ‘I’d buy tickets to see this.’”

Comedian Chonda Pierce has had some dark days, but when she stops by Lawton on March 20 she's going to Focus on the Funny.

"I lost my husband and then had a movie that came out about it and all of that. I said, 'When I get back to work, I just want to focus on things that are funny and things that make us laugh,'" Pierce said. "But then also, what I have always done since the beginning of my career is try to have a lot of fun and be funny and then pass by something that's serious that we girls need to remember and talk about. I basically want to remind the audience to focus on what is good."

Pierce is fresh off debuting her first documentary, "Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark," in October, which is loosely based on her book "Laughing in the Dark: A Comedian's Journey Through Depression." Film crews started following her four years ago, and at the time it was supposed to focus on her career after being named the Recording Industry Association of America's best-selling female comedian in history. But the story took a turn with the passing of her husband, which followed the loss of Pierce's mother and two sisters.

"It became a documentary about surviving rather than about my career," Pierce said. "To tell you the truth, I like that better. I think anytime we can use our own pain to shine a light on the pathway that someone's coming right up behind us, that's important. If you don't do that, then your pain is just so wasted. And how sad is that?"

But at her show in Lawton, Pierce won't dwell on the hard times; she's going to focus on her resurrection period.

"I think I'm at a new place in my life," Pierce said. "I'm two years past the death of my husband. He will always be a part of my material, and my mother will always be a part of my life, but I think I'm feeling a new start and that's a good thing.

"Anybody that has been widowed before or anybody that has walked through that road of grief, I think they understand that there comes a time where I have to focus on other things for a little while and let my heart and my head do some healing, and at the same time, that's the very thing we will talk about: How do you allow that healing to come? And sometimes it is the sheer will on focusing what is left and what is right and what is good."

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