James Gregory, dubbed “The Funniest Man in America,” is set to perform Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Dallas Theater in downtown Dallas.
Tickets range from $22 to $30 and are available by calling (678) 363-0813 or visiting www.dallastheater-civiccenter.com.
Gregory, who resides in Cherokee County, tours nationally and performed in Dallas last fall. He said in a 2015 interview his favorite type of venue is a small one such as the 550-seat Dallas Theater where the audience can easily take in his comedic stories. For the “art of comedy,” he said smaller theaters like Dallas work better because they are “more intimate.”
Gregory is a native of DeKalb County and said he was influenced by “any kind of comedy that made me laugh,” including skits featuring Harvey Korman and Tim Conway on TV’s “The Carol Burnett Show,” and earlier TV performers like Red Skelton.
He grew up to work in a variety of jobs, including salesman. However, he was a fan of live comedy before he was hired as one of the acts on the bill for opening night in 1982 at the now-legendary Punchline comedy club in Sandy Springs.
He said his performances may differ from what some may consider the norm in live comedy because it is “family-friendly” – lacking in cursing and ribald remarks.
Gregory said he had no problem with any fellow comedians’ performances because he believed in the First Amendment of the Constitution, which guarantees the right of freedom of speech and expression without government interference.
“There are different ideas and different kinds of comedy,” he said. “I prefer to do mine without foul language.”
He also recommends seeing comedy performed at a live show rather than on TV. He said he believed comedy can have “a healing power” for most people.
“There’s only one emotion you’re supposed to have at a comedy show,” he said. “It’s hard to be sad and laugh at the same time.”