LUMBERTON — Comedian James Gregory will bring his signature brand of rural humor and down-home storytelling to the Carolina Civic Center on Feb. 8.
A native of Lithonia, Ga., Gregory began his stand-up comedy career in 1982 after working as a salesperson for more than a decade.
The 67-year-old has since become a fixture on several syndicated radio programs and was dubbed “the funniest man in America” by Alabama’s Huntsville Times newspaper — a nickname he’s adopted as an official slogan.
Gregory’s upcoming performance will mark his third appearance at the Carolina Civic Center, though it is his first to be commissioned by the venue.
“I’ve followed his humor for a number of years on the radio, but more importantly, he has performed here for the past two years as a renter of the facility,” said Richard Sceiford, executive director of the Carolina Civic Center. “When we saw how audiences responded, we decided to add him to our Main Stage series.”
Gregory maintains a hectic tour schedule, spending about three days a week on the road, 46 weeks a year.
According to Sceiford, Gregory’s previous stops in Lumberton have been well-attended, thanks to a style of comedy that many people can relate to.
“It’s all very clean humor; James is a storyteller and people love him because he’s Southern and so many of his stories could only take place in the South. He’s an amazing storyteller, and it’s easy to recognize your relatives or neighbors in his stories,” Sceiford said.
The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the center in downtown Lumberton. Tickets for general seating are $27, while a limited quantity of front row seats are available for $35. Tickets can be purchased in person or by calling the Civic Center at 910-738-4339.