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James Gregory bringing clean comedy to Greeneville

March 3rd, 2014 5:53 pm by Staff Report

James Gregory bringing clean comedy to Greeneville

James Gregory

For over 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.

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

Gregory is constantly touring, on the road about three days a week, 46 weeks a year. He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events. Gregory has been the featured entertainer for over 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard and Kroger. He has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.

Gregory will bring his brand of clean, southern comedy to Greeneville’s Niswonger Performing Arts Center on March 8. Show time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 and $25.

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 over 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grassroots following that numbers in the millions.

Gregory was born in a rural area about 25 miles east of Atlanta, Ga. He 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 has worked for the U.S. Postal Service and the Department of Defense, and spent almost 10 years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of standup comedy.

Gregory 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.

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

Gregory’s 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.

Gregory’s success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, 20 something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets Gregory apart, and his stories are carefully crafted art.

“I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” Gregory 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 tickets or more information, call the NPAC box office at (423) 638-1679 or visit www.npacgreeneville.com.

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