Jeanne Robertson or Jeanne Swanner Robertson (born September 21, 1943) is an American humorist, professional speaker and a former Miss North Carolina.In 1963, at age 19, she was named Miss North Carolina and went on to be named “Miss Congeniality” in that year’s Miss America competition. Robertson credits her reign as the catalyst for her career.Her anecdotes air regularly on satellite radio comedy channels including XM Radio’s Laugh USA, Sirius Radio’s Blue Collar Comedy, and Laugh Break.
Following her Miss North Carolina reign, Robertson used the scholarship funds to fund her college education. She taught physical education for eight years in her native North Carolina. Although she began her public speaking career with her pageant title, Robertson achieved national attention only after a handful of humorous clips from her talks became viral videos in 2009. Robertson distinguishes between a humorist, which she considers herself, and a comedian, stating, “The humorist weaves the longer stories with a point. We don’t go ‘after’ anybody. I’m telling my life.”
On April 29, 2008, she spoke at the White House for National Volunteer Week to honor the 1,300 volunteers who donate time to work at the White House.