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Pam Stone: Five Year Nominee of The American Comedy Awards

Five Year Nominee of The American Comedy Awards

Funny, fresh and versatile, Pam Stone stands head and shoulders above other comediennes. At six feet tall, the blonde haired actress, writer, comedienne can state that - literally. Height notwithstanding, however, her talents stand on their own in her recurring role on ABC's hit series "Coach." As women's basketball coach,' Judy Watkins,' Pam conveys a tough competitiveness, softened by an underlying femininity, in her ongoing feud with Craig T. Nelson's' Coach Hayden.

She has been nominated five years running in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and in 1992 as Best Female Stand-up Comic at the American Comedy Awards. Although honored by the consistent acknowledgment of her peers, she quips, "I'd like to win the thing once." Whether she wins this year or not, Pam has come a long way from her days as an amateur in the comedy clubs of her native Atlanta.

Although raised in the South, Pam's parents were both British which would explain her lack of a Southern accent and her pragmatic view of the regional stereotypes. She recalls, "It's not like we'd sit down to a leg of lamb and a side of grits. In fact, I didn't even know what grits were. I thought it was something that built up on the tile behind the shower curtain and, when I was told that it was something that Southerners love to eat, I wasn't too surprised. Heck, these are the same people who consider frosted pork rinds a delicacy."

Her early interests were in a performing art of a very different kind. A skilled equestrian, she trained in jumping and dressage and dreamed of competing in the Olympics. The realization that few can make a lucrative career out of riding forced her to consider other options and Pam moved onto study Journalism at Kennesaw College in Georgia. The plan was to get a "regular job" and make enough money to support herself while continuing to compete as an equestrian. It was not to be.

While working her way through college, she landed the job that effectively changed her life. Waitressing at Atlanta's Punch Line Comedy Room, her sharp observations and quick with were noted by coworkers who challenged her to get up on stage on amateur night. She was a smash and before long she was appearing in amateur clubs around Atlanta. Hooked, Pam's popularity grew and she eventually left college to move to Los Angeles to pursue her comedy career.

Making her mark early in the renowned comedy clubs of L.A., Pam has since worked steadily, even as her style has changed and evolved. Inspired by the elite comic community of Los Angeles, Pam was encouraged to develop her humor from the self-deprecating jokes of the tall skinny girl who felt like a "geek" in high school, to more contemporary material reflecting her personal observations.

Today, her comedy remains a sophisticated blend of insights and satire; delivering punch lines with a twist. "Men and women have always had problems relating. As children, men were told: 'Be a man. Don't cry!' and women were told: 'Let it out! Cry - you'll feel better!' And that's why, as adults, women become very emotional and men become...snipers!"

Her ability to present situations that we can all relate to which she "cartoons out of proportion" has made her a favorite of critics and audiences. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including "The Tonight Show Starring Jay Leno, "Entertainment Tonight," "Joan River's Show," "Comic Strip Live: Prime Time, "Sunday Comics," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "The Home Show" and the NBC special "Bob Hope and Other Young Comedians." The response to her appearance on "Showtime's Comedy All-Stars" was so positive that it lead to a Showtime Special in 1991 spotlighting Pam and Thea Vidall entitled "A Pair of Jokers.

When she is not performing or writing, Pam still loves to ride and as she puts it, "I spend 100% of my free daylight hours in a barn. Nothing romantic - just mucking out stalls." The story of how she came to own her thoroughbred Percheron mix horse, Moose, is the stuff of tearjerker movies. Abused and emaciated, he was rescued from the slaughterhouse and put up for sale. If not sold, his fate was sealed, but Pam saw his potential and bought him for a few hundred dollars. Setting out to train him with love and rust, she turned him into a proud equestrian champion who competes and wins.

Today, Pam continues to headline at venues across the country and hopes her stint on "Coach" will open the door to other acting projects. With her kind of talent and forgive the expression, Pam, "grit," it looks like she not only knows how to train a winner, but how to be one.