Billed as "the funniest man in America," comedian James Gregory will present an evening of laughter Saturday at The Grand Theatre.
"Years ago, we had James Gregory as part of our entertainment series,” said Terri Cox, program director for The Grand Theatre. "In fact, the first time he came we had two back-to-back sold-out performances. That's one of the only times we've ever had that happen at The Grand. He was so well-received. Then, we have had him again as part of the series. … This time, he is representing himself. He's renting The Grand to do his own show. So we're happy to have him back.
"… He has a lot of fans. His name is very well-known. It's old-Southern comedy — the way things used to be back in mid-century America. It's a lot of things about your common way of life — just sort of making fun of ourselves as Southerners."
Tickets for Gregory's 7:30 p.m. show — $25 for balcony level and $35 for orchestra level — can be purchased in advance by calling 770-386-7343; going online to http://thegrandtheatre.org; or visiting The Grand Theatre ticket office at 7 N. Wall St. in Cartersville through Friday from 8 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 5 p.m.
According to his website, "James was born in a rural area about 25 miles east of Atlanta, Georgia. 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, James has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense and spent almost 10 years as a salesman before discovering the wonderful world of stand-up comedy.
"James does not 'tiptoe' 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.' 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 cellphone in their ear."
Formed in 1910, The Grand Theatre will wrap up its March events with Gregory's appearance. Next month, the historic venue will feature country music singer-songwriter Pam Tillis as part of the Century Bank Entertainment Series 7 p.m. April 21; and ACT I's "Singin' in the Rain" 7 p.m. April 27 and 3 and 7 p.m. April 28.
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