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Funny man James Gregory returns to Bristol's Paramount

staff report • Feb 23, 2013 at 6:09 AM

For more than two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning, his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience.

His trademark caricature is the essence of Gregory’s comedy — rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

Gregory spends much of his time touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, 46 weeks a year and continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs.

Gregory’s tour will bring him back to Bristol’s Paramount Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 2. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $27.50, or $35 for VIP tickets.

The featured entertainer for more than 200 corporations, including the Coca-Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger, Gregory also speaks at events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

Gregory is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as “Rick and Bubba,” “John Boy and Billy” and “Bob and Tom.” Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in more than 220 cities nationwide. As a result, Gregory now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.

Born in a rural area about 25 miles east of Atlanta, Ga., Gregory got his first job at the age of 12 at a small country grocery store. By the time he was 15, he was working 37 hours a week, as well as going to school. As an adult, Gregory worked for the United States Postal Service and the Department of Defense, and spent almost 10 years as a salesman before discovering the world of stand-up comedy.

Gregory does not “tip-toe” through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or egg shells. Some would even say he is not always “politically correct.” Much of his humor is centered on 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 today’s modern, sensitive parents and what he refers to as out-of-control environmentalists.

“If you want me to be concerned about endangered species,” Gregory has said, “you need to convince me that we’re about out of chickens.”

His show turns the clock back to a time when life was simpler, to what he calls 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 ears.

Gregory takes pride in the absence of vulgarity in his shows and says his success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with.

“I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” he said. “My comedy is based on my life experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business.”

For more information on Gregory, visit www.funniestman.com.

To order tickets to his performance at the Paramount, call (423) 274-8920.

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