James Gregory, The Funniest Man in America,  
Brings Non-Stop Laughs to Macon

October 9, 2009

Media Contact:
Billie Rampley
(478) 301-2933

MACON – James Gregory, known as the “Funniest Man in America,” is bringing his famous homespun comedy straight to downtown Macon.  Gregory will be performing at The Grand Opera House, a performing arts center of Mercer University, on Oct. 16 at 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $28 and group discounts are available for 10 or more. Tickets can be purchased through Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or online at www.TheGrandMacon.com.

James Gregory, dubbed “the funniest man in America,” has been performing home-spun comedy to sold-out crowds for over 25 years. Delivering common-sense wisdom, old-fashioned values and politically incorrect humor, Gregory is known for inspiring fanatic devotion, whether it’s the first or 15th time you’ve seen him.

The James Gregory show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler; to a better time, before the death of common sense; a time when people sat on the front porch and actually talked to each other without a cell phone in their ear.  

Refusing the vulgar and profane, Gregory instead relies on a wry sense of the absurd, a southern accent and universal story-telling, often drawn from his own life, to create an evening of non-stop laughter. The ridiculous, the common, and sometimes even the simplest events all become hilarious in the hands of this master storyteller and world-class comedian.

James does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. That style is evident on stage as well. He is not politically correct. Much of his humor is centered on brilliant observations of crazy relatives and people obsessed with the slightest change in weather conditions - now referred to as global warming. He delights in poking fun at modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. Gregory has been quoted as saying, “If you want me to be concerned about endangered species, you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.”

And nobody loves his performances more than Gregory himself. “Getting to be on stage in that kind of an ambience is a thrill unlike any other I’ve known,” beams Gregory. “The audience and I, we leave our troubles behind. For two hours, things are funny again.  The moment I walk through that curtain, all my aches and pains disappear. Sometimes I enjoy it so much, I feel like I should have bought a ticket.” When asked how he got the title, “Funniest Man in America,” Gregory flashes that down-home smile that has endeared audiences for generations and says, “You have to keep in mind, I’ve been doing this so long, when I started there were only 13 states.”

For more information about the 2009-2010 season, patrons can call Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit www.TheGrandMacon.com. Subscriptions and tickets may also be purchased in person at the Mercer Ticket Sales box office located at 400 Poplar St. in downtown Macon.

The Grand Opera House:
A performing arts center of Mercer University, The Grand Opera House is a historic 1,000-seat theatre located at 651 Mulberry St. in downtown Macon, Ga. The Grand brings the very best in live, professional performing arts and entertainment to Central Georgia. In addition to its popular Broadway Series of nationally-touring productions and its GrandKids Arts Education Series for elementary, middle and high school students, The Grand hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. It is also home to the Macon Symphony Orchestra, the Central Georgia Opera Guild and The Nutcracker of Middle Georgia. For a complete schedule of upcoming performances, contact Mercer Ticket Sales at (478) 301-5470 or visit www.TheGrandMacon.com.

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