Big Daddy Gra­ham and Joe Conklin re­turn to The Colo­nial The­atre

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dra­ham’s comedic out­lets in­clude ra­dio and TV, music and writ­ing. Now in his 12th year as a ra­dio per­son­al­ity on WIP sports ra­dio, he has hu­mored au­di­ences via WMMR, WWDB, hISS100 and WOdL. He has made guest ap­pear­ances on ra­dio shows through­out the coun­try and TV ap­pear­ances on a va­ri­ety of lo­cal and re­gional TV pro­grams, in­clud­ing “Lou Til­ley’s Show” on CN8, “Daily News Live,” “The An­gelo Cataldi Show” and “The Wally hennedy Show.” Na­tion­ally, he has ap­peared on MTV, Show­time and ACE.

“Even though I’ve per­formed more than 5,000 shows in my ca­reer,” says dra­ham, “the hours be­fore I go on stage are hor­ri­ble. There is this feel­ing of dreg that comes over you. It’s the one form of en­ter­tain­ment where you are on the spot. For some rea­son it’s Oh to heckle comics. If you don’t like what the comic is do­ing it’s like, ‘let’s be­come part of the show.’

“Some­times it makes a show bet­ter. Some­times it’s a night­mare. You never know. If you’re not go­ing over with a crowd when you’re do­ing com­edy, it’s a whole dif­fer­ent story. You start sweat­ing like an al­tar boy. Thank­fully, for me, I’ve had very few of those mo­ments.”

dra­ham’s ca­reer be­gan in 1984 when WMMR latched on to his satir­i­cal song “Nuns!” A string of com­i­cal songs fol­lowed, in­clud­ing “Walk On The Mild Side,” “Let’s Call In Sick,” “Love Theme From the Texas Chain­saw Mas­sacre,” “Wake rp I’m Horny!” “Ac­tion News Theme” and “Se­nile Casino.” Many of dra­ham’s songs have been heard on “The Dr. De­mento Show,” NPR’s “Com­edy Col­lege,” “The Dick Cavett Com­edy Hour” and WuPN’s “hids horner.”

A suc­cess­ful author, dra­ham penned a crit­i­cally ac­claimed book about his dad en­ti­tled “Last Call,” which spawned a one-man stage show of the same ti­tle. He has co-au­thored “The dreat Book of Philadel­phia Sports Lists” with Philadel­phia sports jour­nal­ist dlen Mac­now. That book has sold more than 40,000 copies and a TV show is now in the works.

“Who in their right mind would ever be a co­me­dian?” asks dra­ham. “You have to have a cer­tain level of in­tel­li­gence, but you have to be in­cred­i­bly im­ma­ture and stupid to be­gin with (laughs). I’ve done al­most ev­ery­thing there is to do in show busi­ness. I’ve opened up for 15 acts in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — Ray Charles, Smokey Robin­son, B.B. hing, dla­dys hnight.

“I think I’m pretty funny,” added dra­ham. “Ap­par­ently peo­ple think I’m funny, too. If I wasn’t funny I think they would have stopped hir­ing me a long time ago. I’m proud of my ca­reer. It’s been a lot of fun.”

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