- The Funniest Man in America
- America’s Clean Comedian
For over two decades, the unforgettable caricature of veteran comic James Gregory has stood grinning: his blue shirt untucked, his arms outstretched, a carefree welcome to a down-home, hilarious storytelling experience. The trademark caricature is the essence of James Gregory´s comedy: whimsical reflections on life from the front porch.
Gregory tours 45 weeks a year, entertaining sold-out crowds in theaters, colleges, corporate events and comedy clubs from Atlanta to Chicago, Seattle to New York. “The most successful comedian America has never heard of,” James Gregory entertains over 10 million people annually, including the Coca Cola Company, Kimberly Clark Corporation, Hewlett Packard Corporation, and the American Red Cross.
His grass-roots following of tens of millions of loyal fans hear him weekly on radio shows like Rick & Bubba (24 markets, 800,000 listeners), John Boy & Billy (over 100 markets, 3 million listeners), Steve & DC (23 markets in 15 states) and Bob & Tom (145 stations, 4.5 million listeners). Without the momentum of a pop media machine, he has become a world-class, successful comedian.
James Gregory was born into a poor family in the rural town of Lithonia, Georgia. At age 11, he worked 37 hours a week at the local grocery to help support his family. “There was never a backup for me,” he says. “I knew that everything I wanted in life I´d have to pay for myself. Anything you want costs something. I had to earn it on my own.”
Gregory began earning a living as a salesman, but his real persuasiveness was as a storyteller. A hilarious storyteller. “It was an accident that I ended up in comedy at all,” he admits. “I never had the desire, or else I would have started earlier.” In 1982, his friends convinced him to do an open mic night at the Punchline, an Atlanta comedy club, and he was an instant hit.
“I don´t do small town humor,” he is known to say to those who try to pigeonhole his appeal. His is a front porch humor: he tells the stories we all know, wherever we´re from. He makes fun of crazy family members and covered-dishes at funerals.
Ignoring the eggshells of the politically correct, Gregory pokes fun at everyone from health fanatics to animal rights activists, and his fans flock to hear him in droves. His success, like his comedy, has been initiated by the values he grew up with.
Twenty something years later, it is this unique humor that packs the crowds into his sold-out shows. The absence of vulgarity sets James Gregory apart, and his stories are a carefully-crafted art. “I have lived long enough to know people, know life,” James Gregory reflects. “My comedy is based on my experience. I want to make the whole country laugh.”
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James Gregory put on an amazing show. He gave a show that genuinely appealed to everyone in the audience. There is not another act that could have completed our event and brought the success we achieved like James Gregory.
To say the very least, your comedy routine was fantastic! I cannot remember enjoying any comedian more than the enjoyment and laughter you created.
I made a terrible mistake...I showed one of your videos during lunch and thought several directors might actually die from choking on their food or from being hit by food flying through the air. It was a quick and unanimous decision to invite you to bring the keynote address to our annual banquet
It was a great evening filled with laughter and smiles. My COO said it was the best money we spent at the conference!