Idiot on the Prairie to perform at Relay
By Suzanne Werre
McLean County’s own "Idiot on the Prairie" will be returning to the stage next Friday, June 13, to entertain the crowd attending the Relay For Life activities in Underwood, performing two sets starting at 7:30 and 9:30 pm at Comet Field.
Diane Eslinger, a farm wife, mom, nurse and cancer survivor who lives with husband, Allan, on a farm between Underwood and Coleharbor, first took to the stage with her comedy routine last spring, performing at the Underwood’s Got Talent Show. She took home first place and started on what could be a new career.
"Friends that know me say I’ve been priming for this my whole life," she smiled. "They always say I can tell stories, and I can make people laugh."
Eslinger recently performed her first paid gig since last spring’s win, performing to a dinner crowd at the Harbor Bar in Coleharbor, where audience members were actually turned away because there was no room for them.
"I was shocked," said Eslinger. "I thought a few of my friends were going to come, and they had standing-room-only, and people that couldn’t get in and had to leave, which really caught me off guard."