Laughter, the best medicine

Laughter, the best medicine

Native American comedienne spreads positive message
Chalepah
A beaming Adrianne Chalepah makes her way to the stage for a 2011 show at Farmington’s Totah Theater.
Chalepah GAVE the invocation for Michelle Obama at a campaign event at Fort Lewis College in October. She’s turned her awkward, star-struck exchange with the First Lady, as well as their height difference, into a comedy sketch at subsequent shows. “She was towering over me,” Chalepah remembers. “I gave this little half-pat hug, and she came in with a full-fledged big squeeze, the kind your mom gives. I wasn’t prepared for it and lost my train of thought. When you get the chance to meet a famous person, you want to say something intelligent. Of course I blew it. The only thing that came to mind was how pretty she looked. We exchanged some more words and fortunately I recovered a little. But I walked away afterward and shook my head, like ‘really?’”

Laughter, the best medicine

Chalepah
A beaming Adrianne Chalepah makes her way to the stage for a 2011 show at Farmington’s Totah Theater.
Chalepah GAVE the invocation for Michelle Obama at a campaign event at Fort Lewis College in October. She’s turned her awkward, star-struck exchange with the First Lady, as well as their height difference, into a comedy sketch at subsequent shows. “She was towering over me,” Chalepah remembers. “I gave this little half-pat hug, and she came in with a full-fledged big squeeze, the kind your mom gives. I wasn’t prepared for it and lost my train of thought. When you get the chance to meet a famous person, you want to say something intelligent. Of course I blew it. The only thing that came to mind was how pretty she looked. We exchanged some more words and fortunately I recovered a little. But I walked away afterward and shook my head, like ‘really?’”
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