Get ready, Eastern North Carolina, for James Gregory, “The Funniest Man in America.”
The show opens the 2014 season at The Morehead Center for Performing Arts & Events, 1311 Arendell St, Morehead City. It’s set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7.
Tickets are $25 each and are available online at www.themoreheadcenter.com or by phone at 726-1501 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
For more than two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best, according to his biography.
The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.
Mr. Gregory is constantly touring. He’s on the road about three days a week, 46 weeks a year.
He continues to entertain sold-out crowds in theaters and comedy clubs and remains in demand for corporate events.
He has been the featured entertainer for more than 200 corporations, including the Coca Cola Co., Kimberly Clark Corp., Hewlett Packard and Kroger.
He has also been the featured speaker for events sponsored by various civic and church groups.
Mr. Gregory is heard weekly on syndicated radio shows such as Rick and Bubba, John Boy and Billy and Bob and Tom.
Combined, these shows are broadcast to people in more than 220 cities nationwide. As a result, he now has a grass-roots following that numbers in the millions.
Mr. Gregory was born in a rural area about 25 miles east of Atlanta, Ga.
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, he 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.
He does not “tip-toe” 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 observations.
The absence of vulgarity sets him apart and his stories are carefully crafted art.
“I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” he reflected.
“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,” he added.