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James Gregory, ‘The Funniest Man in America,’returns to the FAC

Posted: August 21, 2013 11:09 a.m.
Updated: August 21, 2013 11:07 a.m.
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Gregory will perform at the FAC August 22 at 7 p.m.

The FAC of Kershaw County is opening its 2013-14 season with one of the South’s favorite comedians -- James Gregory. Known as "The Funniest Man in America," Gregory is slated to return to the FAC on Thursday, Aug. 22 for one performance only in the Wood Auditorium. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale now with two price options.

Limited VIP seats are available for $35 (general seating within the first four rows) and $27 for all other tickets (fourth row and back, general seating.) All seats are first-come, first-served. The doors will open at 6 p.m. and seating will begin at 6:30 p.m. A cash bar will be available.

For more than two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comedian James Gregory has stood grinning: his shirt un-tucked, his arms outstretched -- a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious comedy experience. It’s storytelling at its best. The trademark caricature is the essence of Gregory’s comedy: rib-tickling reflections on life from the front porch.

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. He does not tiptoe through life as if he’s walking on broken glass or eggshells.

That style is evident on stage as well. Gregory 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. The absence of vulgarity sets Gregory 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 experiences. It’s real, it’s funny and the audience loves it. That’s why I’m still in business."

For more information about the performance, visit www.fineartscenter.org. VIP tickets are only available by phone or in person at the FAC box office at 810 Lyttleton St. in Camden, 425-7676. Box office hours are Monday-Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Regular, general admission tickets are available online, by phone or at the FAC box office. For web sales, please visit www.fineartscenter.org.

The FAC is funded in part by the Frederick S. Upton Foundation and the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding provided by the City of Camden, Kershaw County, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina along with donations from businesses and individuals.

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