James Gre­gory to head­line GEM Theatre stage

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dubbed the Fun­ni­est Man in Amer­ica, will be per­form­ing on the GEM stage on Fri­day, Oct. 16 at 7: 30 pm.

For more than two decades, Gre­gory has been en­ter­tain­ing au­di­ences with his com­edy. James does not tip­toe through life as if he’s walk­ing on bro­ken glass or eggshells. 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- of­con­trol 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.”

Gre­gory’s crit­i­cally ac­claimed One Man Show, “Grease, Gravy & John Wayne’s Momma” was spon­sored by HBO and fea­tured at the U. S. Com­edy Arts Fes­ti­val in Aspen. In ad­di­tion, he is best known for his first al­bum and book, “It Could be a Law, I Don’t Know.” He is fea­tured on more than 200 ra­dio shows dur­ing morn­ing and af­ter­noon drive time through­out the year, ev­ery year.

James’ suc­cess, like his com­edy, is the di­rect re­sult of the val­ues he grew up with. And now, 20 years later, it is this unique brand of hu­mor that packs the crowds into his sold­out 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 ex­pec­ta­tions. It’s real, it’s funny and the au­di­ence loves it. That’s why I’m still in busi­ness.”

Lo­cal co­me­dian Joni Harbin will open for Gre­gory, do­ing a short set be­fore he takes the main stage. Harbin will be star­ring in her own show on Dec. 19 at the GEM Theatre as well.

Tick­ets for the James Gre­gory Show are on sale now for $ 20 and $ 25. Price of tick­ets in­crease $ 5 the night of the show. Box- of­fice hours are Tues­day and Thurs­day from 4 – 6 p.m. For more in­for­ma­tion or to pur­chase tick­ets over the phone, please call the GEM at 706- 625- 3132. Tick­ets can also be pur­chased online at cal­houngem. org.

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