It wasn’t long before Thea Vidale’s self-confidence, sassiness and outrageousness thrust her into spotlight as one of America’s favorite female comedians.
Vidale is perhaps best remembered for her primetime ABC sitcom “Thea” for which she was nominated for a People’s Choice Award as Favorite Female In A New Series. She guest starred on the hit ABC sitcom “Ellen,” in a hilarious episode entitled “Two Mammograms and a Wedding.”
Vidale made her stage debut in 1986 at a local comedy club’s amateur night. Soon after, she found herself starring in Edinburgh, Scotland’s “Fringe Festival,” the prestigious “Just for Laughs Comedy Festival,” and Rodney Dangerlield’s HBO special, “Where’s Rodney.” She has starred in numerous cable specials including “Def Comedy Jam,” “Comedy from the Danger Zone,” “A Pair of Jokers” and “Comedy’s Dirtiest Dozen.
Thea Vidale made her debut on World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in January 2006. She appeared as the mother to wrestler Shelton Benjamin.
Vidale’s success can be attributed to a stand-up act that is anything but mild. Her substantial physical presence can only underscore her raw, confrontational depiction of American culture. Yet audiences from Houston to Europe, and from the Caribbean to Australia are drawn to Vidale because a warmth and honesty pervades her hard-edged material. Thea Vidale, one of comedy’s dirty dozen.