From STAFF REPORTS
GREENEVILLE – Using home spun comedy, common sense wisdom, old-fashioned values, and politically incorrect humor, James Gregory pokes fun at crazy relatives, modern sensitive parents and out-of-control environmentalists. With a grass roots following now numbering in the millions, you do not want to miss this zany guy’s rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch. James makes his return to Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 7:30 PM.
James Gregory grew up watching stand-up comedy on programs like Jack Benny, Milton Berle and the Ed Sullivan Show. After some nudging from his friends, he started doing open mic stand-up in Atlanta and things just took off.
Today he performs his down-home stories of food, funerals and funny relatives to sold-out theatres, casinos and corporate events working 48 weeks of the year. He’s also a regular guest on national radio shows, like The Bob & Tom Show, Rick and Bubba and The Big Show with John Boy and Billy.
Early in his career he earned the moniker, “Funniest Man in America,” but he’s quick to tell you, “At that time there were only 13 states.”
His jokes are squeaky clean as, he says, “My mother wouldn’t let me tell them if they weren’t.” It’s the kind of show you could feel comfortable bringing your date or your grandmother.
What’s really unique about Gregory is his appeal to people of all ages, races, creeds and colors. It’s not unusual to see three generations rolling in the aisles. He comes off as that funny uncle that everyone gathers around at family reunions, because he has the best stories and so reminds people of their own families.
Gregory’s success, like his comedy, is the direct result of the values he grew up with. And now, twenty something years later, it is this unique brand of humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows.
The absence of vulgarity sets James apart and his stories are carefully crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” Gregory reflects. “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.”
Laugh until you cry with James Gregory at Niswonger Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 3rd at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for orchestra and mezzanine level seating and $15 for balcony seats.
Tickets are on sale now for all performances for the entire 2018-2019 season and may be purchased online at NPACgreeneville.com, in person at the NPAC box office, or by calling 423-638-1679.
NPAC offers online seat selection with no processing or delivery fees. There is an additional $1.50 ticketing fee per ticket regardless of purchase method. The box office hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The 1150 seat performing arts center is located adjacent to the campus of Greeneville High School. For venue information, and to purchase tickets, please visit www.npacgreeneville.com.