Financial adversity brought Karen Smith and Hanna Banana together.
On New Year’s Day, Hanna Banana and company entertained 150 members of the Lodi Boys Club. “We painted up the director and bopped him on the head with confetti-filled eggs,” she says “the kids went crazy.”
Smith also portrays several of Comedienne Carol Burnett’s characters.
The Smiths’ offspring – David, 10; Lisa, 5; and Jeremy, 4 – join the act when needed.
Smith’s husband is now a driver with United Parcel Service, but she is having too much fun to give up Hanna Banana. In fact, she now has a trademark on the appealing little character for possible future commercial use.
Terri Ross sums up how she, Powers and Smith, feel about their careers: “We’re dealing in memories. We’re giving people something they won’t ever give forget.”