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SHE'S BAACK COMEDIAN JANET WILLIAMS

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FRANCY AND FRIENDS

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Relationships have long been fodder for comedians, and it has been no different for Janet "The Tennessee Tramp" Williams. In fact, it was her marriage that pushed her into going on stage in the first place, she says."After six years of being married ... I figured I could either spend $200 an hour on therapy or I could get paid $200 to talk about it," she said of her decision to become a comedian 16 years ago.Since first going onstage at The Comedy Catch, she has traveled the country and played nearly every club on the circuit. Last year she put 63,000 miles on her car and flew to many other shows while doing more than 42 weeks on the road.Recently, she got a call from NBC and was told she did not get the job on Betty White's "These Old Rockers.""First of all, I didn't know I was up for the part," she said. "They said I was too young. I'm 63. I asked them to call back and tell me I was too thin and then my life would be complete."A while back, fellow comedian Karen Mills described the difference between her work and Williams'.

"I can be funny," Mills said. "I can write a funny joke.

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