DALLAS, TX, August 1, 2018 – Kim Coles, an award winning actress, comedian, best selling author (Open Your G.I.F.T.S.) and speaker, best known for her roles on Fox TV’s In Living Color and Living Single, will travel to Dallas September 13 for a one night only, one woman show as a part of the inaugural traveling series “The Power of Laughter Heals the Soul”, presented by Williamson Media Group and Soul Reborn.
Coles will light up the stage at The Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ Clarence Muse Café Theatre with high energy skits, entertaining comedy, and an intimate discussion of her bouts with depression, weight loss (as publicized on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club), weight gain, and shopping habits that left her in financial despair. Through this discussion of her most personal struggles, and now triumph return to the top — Coles will inspire audience members to press on, keep their head up, and realize that despite failure, they can rise again.
“I am thrilled to bring Kim Coles to Dallas because she truly stirred my soul during a recent encounter,” Williamson Media Group Co-Founder Cheryl Polote-Williamson said. “Kim has an infectious smile, a jolly laugh, and a big, yet humble personality. Kim is exactly what some people need in order to heal some hurts, restore some hope, and muster up the courage to share a journey that they cannot possibly take on alone.
CEOMOM had an opportunity to chat with Kim about how she maintains a diverse and longstanding career and why transparency is important to her comedy.
You have been in the entertainment industry for over 30 years as an author, actress and comedian. To what do you attribute such a diverse and long standing career?
I saw the landscape early on and the performers that I enjoyed when I was a kid were versatile. You look at Carol Burnett who was funny, who could be dramatic, she was beautiful, and she could sing and dance. I grew up in an era where entertainers did lots of things. I can’t sing and dance, but I can use my gifts and talents in many other ways. For example, I love sitcom and I would love another sitcom but in case I don’t get hired, I have several other streams of income that can keep me going.
I went to an audition when I first arrived in LA after In Living Color ended, and I saw a bunch of actresses, and there was desperation in their eyes and I was like, “That is what not to do right there. Don’t have that look in your eyes that you need something.” Would I like another sitcom? Yes. Would I like another TV show? I sure hope I get at least 3 or 4 more before I’m done. In the meantime, I’m coming to Dallas to do my one woman show. I’m going to Pittsburgh to speak, and I’m going to sell my books with my products and services to help other people. I am not sitting around waiting.
For your Dallas show, The Power of Laughter Heals the Soul you will get personal discussing your bouts with depression and shopping. Why is it important to you to integrate your personal struggles into your comedy?
I can’t hold it in anymore. I had to stop pretending that everything was okay. It doesn’t mean that you have to tell all of your business all the time. I found my way of sharing my stories in a way that other people can relate. I realized that by sharing my truth, my transparent truth, I was releasing myself from having to hold on and pretend to be something that I wasn’t, pretend that I wasn’t broke and broken. In the interim I freed other people. I gave people permission to feel okay with their situations. I realized that by sharing my story people see themselves in me and it gives them permission to be alright with being imperfectly perfect.
Click here to get Kim’s latest book, Open Your G.I.F.T.S.
“The Power of Laughter Heals the Soul” with Kim Coles debuts on September 13th at 7:30 p.m. at TBAAL’s Clarence Muse Café Theatre (1309 Canton St., Dallas) for one night only. General Admission is $50 and VIP Table Packages are available beginning at $200 (excluding the cost of the ticket per seat). All proceeds from ticket sales go to benefit Soul Reborn, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization for under-served women providing lectures, classes, summits and conferences on leadership, entrepreneurship, money management, etiquette, storytelling, and philanthropy. Click here to purchase your tickets.