"A Funny Woman," a program profiling Peg Lynch, who was one of the pioneers of radio and television comedy in the 1940s and 1950s, will be presented Friday at Rochester Community & Technical College, and Saturday in Mantorville.
The program features performing artist Astrid King, Lynch's daughter, who presents skits, anecdotes, stories and film clips from her mother's career.
Lynch was born in Nebraska, but was reared in Kasson by her mother's family after her father died. At age 14 Lynch got her start in radio at KROC in Rochester. She also had an after-school job as a receptionist at Mayo Clinic, where her mother was a nurse. She attended what was then Rochester Junior College and the University of Minnesota, and after working at small radio stations, eventually headed to New York.
In 1944, she went on the air with the show "Ethel and Albert," co-starring Lynch and Richard Widmark. The show, minus Widmark, later transitioned to television, making Lynch an early star of TV sitcoms. For the next few decades, she appeared in and wrote for several comedy shows. Lynch died in 2015 at the age of 98.
Friday's performance is at 7 p.m. in Charles Hill Theatre on the campus of Rochester Community & Technical College. Tickets are $10 for the general public, $5 for students. Proceeds will go to the RCTC theater department.
Saturday's performance is at 7 p.m. at the Mantorville Opera House, 5 W. Fifth St., Mantorville. Tickets are $20. The event is a fundraiser for the Dodge County Historial Society and the Mantorville Theatre Company.