“They say driving a car is more dangerous than flying, but that’s the way I want to go, a car wreck. Where I’m from, it’s kind of like a tradition. We don’t have heart …
“They say driving a car is more dangerous than flying, but that’s the way I want to go, a car wreck. Where I’m from, it’s kind of like a tradition. We don’t have heart attacks in our family. We just cross the median – usually on the weekend, just out drinking or trying to outrun the repo man.
“At least if you die in a car wreck, they can always retrieve the body. Being Baptist, we need that. You give us something to embalm and some of that tater salad, we can have a funeral. Ashes and urns ain’t for us. We’re going to throw dirt on somebody. If you knew a Baptist who talked about cremation, that’s not a full-blood Baptist. He probably married outside his faith. If you hear a Baptist talking about burning something, it’s going to be biscuits or leaves. It’s not going to be Uncle Larry.”
ORANGE PARK – James Gregory loves to tell stories. He also loves to make people laugh. And on special nights, he does both at the same time.
Although Gregory calls himself “The Funniest Man in America,” he readily admits he’s not a joke teller. He tells stories that are interwoven with a little exaggeration, a lot of homespun humor, plenty of thought-provoking recollections of simpler times and the much-needed return of common sense.
Gregory will bring his North Georgia drawl and his light-hearted standup to the Trasher-Horne Center on April 9. A hall that’s been relatively empty for more than a year by the COVID-19 pandemic will be alive again with laughter, Gregory said.
“The people of Orange Park are going to have the funniest night of their life,” he said. “That’s what I think.”
Gregory doesn’t rely on clever one-liners or patented punchlines. His stories are naturally funny because they expose the humor of every day life. And while he’s clearly not politically correct, he avoids the easy laughs that come with politics.
"I try to do a show that relates to the average person. One reason I’ve been in business as long as I have is there’s all types of comedy, there’s all types of entertainment. It’s good there’s different types and different styles,” Gregory said during a recent telephone interview.
“I do the kind of show that’s family entertainment. It’s family oriented. If somebody wants to come to the show and they want to bring their 14-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son, they can bring the kids. Whether you’re 8 years old, 18 or 80, you can enjoy the show. When they leave, I want them to feel good about the experience. I want it to be enjoyable that they can brag about it. And hopefully, they’ll want to come back and do it again. These are being who are buying the show.