The Mercury (Pottstown, PA)

Big Daddy Graham and Joe Conklin return to The Colonial Theatre


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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