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Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk to Benefit Safe Harbor

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Aug. 15, 2017 – The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be sponsoring their fifth annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017. All of the net proceeds will benefit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center of the Smokies that provides comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate services to victims of child abuse (in the 4th Judicial District that includes Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties). The Comedy Barn raised approximately $8,600 for Safe Harbor last year, with $22,600 raised since the race began.

The race is a single loop course that will begin and end at The Comedy Barn Theater®. The race will start at 8 a.m. The scenic route goes through the Island and returns down the Riverwalk Greenway. Entry forms can be picked up from The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register online. Individuals can also register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. with limited t-shirt availability, so early registration is encouraged. For more information call 865-428-5222 or 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken.

The registration cost is $25.00 for adults and $20 for children 17 and under who register before Sept. 1. For those who register after Sept. 1 the cost will be $30.00 for adults and $25.00 for children. Packet pick-up will be at The Comedy Barn Theater®, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, from 12 noon to 6 p.m., or they can be picked up the morning of the race. All pre-registered participants will receive an event t-shirt if signed up by Aug. 28 and a bib (only runners are chipped to measure racer’s time). The t-shirts are sapphire blue, heavy weight cotton short sleeve shirts. To be guaranteed a race shirt, registration must be completed by 9:00 a.m., Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Awards: Top M/F Overall, Master, Grandmaster, and Veteran Finisher. Awards three deep to M/F finishers in all age groups 1-10, 11-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+. There is also a $100 cash prize for the 100th finisher.

If people would just like to make an entry fee donation and not physically participate in the race, they may check the virtual category and The Comedy Barn® race team will mail them a t-shirt, or they may make a tax-deductible donation directly to Safe Harbor by clicking donate on the registration page.

“It is exciting every year,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn Theater®. “We are all about children at The Comedy Barn. We want to give back to the community. Nothing is more worthy than child causes. We love promoting fun and health. I am proud of The Comedy Barn for things like this.

“I encourage everyone to come out for the race,” Cummins said. “We will have winners in all age divisions. All runner, walkers and the public are welcome.”

There will be a silent auction with items from local retailers and attractions at the race. There will be large prizes that will include lodging and ticket packages from Fee/Hedrick Shows, including tickets to The Comedy Barn® show. There will also be door prizes and refreshments after the race. This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com. Winners in each age division will receive medals and tickets to The Comedy Barn®.

The Comedy Barn® is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals.

For more information call 1-800-29 LAUGH or see The Comedy Barn® web site‎ at http://www.comedybarn.com/kickinchicken. The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show™;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief™ starring Darren Romeo;” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show” starring Charlie Bob Smith. ###

 

“Amazing Animals”™ Pet Show returns for second season at Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., June 7, 2017 —The Comedy Barn® Theater’s all new original “Amazing Animals” ™ matinee show in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is back for a second summer season.  “Amazing Animals” ™ features trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all performing together in a pet show at The Comedy Barn® Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.  The show runs through Saturday, Aug. 12.

“Animals are the most amazing creatures and our ‘Amazing Animals’ Pet Show features animal antics, zany comedy and a cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn® Theater.  “We have a wonderful mix of music, comedy, mayhem and animals.”

“Come experience our ‘Amazing Animals’ show,” said Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater.  “We are very pleased to add to the cast this year the remarkable ventriloquist talent of Kyle Scribner. Kyle has some amazing animal puppets which come to life, and they will make you laugh until you cry.”

Hedrick said, “We have also added two new trained pigs to the cast this year that will leave you dazed and amazed.  You will love the showdown between the “Hatdawgs and the McCaws.”

Anthony, Alena King and their trained “comedy critters” perform in the “Amazing Animals” ™ pet show. They have performed at The Comedy Barn® Theater for the last four years.  They have appeared on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star,”  “The Tonight Show,” and at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country. They have also performed in theaters in Branson, Mo., in “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., as well as in the Royal Hanneford Circus.

“Tony and Alena King are bringing back their amazing animal act to The ‘Amazing Animal’ Pet Show,” Fee said.  “Tony and Alena are phenomenally talented animal trainers and performers, and it is incredible what their animals can do.  Tony and Alena have a unique, family friendly act that combines their extraordinary pets with magic, acrobatics and audience participation. They have rescued most of these animals from shelters all over the country, and now they are Pigeon Forge stars.

“Come see Tony’s mini pigs ham it up at The Comedy Barn,” Fee said.  “These pigs can even check the mail!”  Pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Ham perform comedy, do flag rising, hurdle jumping, mail checking, ball playing, bell ringing and pig waltzing, and they even roll out the red carpet!

Ten high diving domestic housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zig zag, do a high step routine, balance on an Olympic pole, upside-down walk, do super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt.

Fee said, “Also starring in The Amazing Animals show at The Comedy Barn Theater is a Comedy Barn Canine act where the dogs do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, they roll over, they do a hind leg stand and they even jump rope.”

Charlie the communicating mini-donkey is another part of “The Amazing Animals” ™  show.  “Charlie is the only donkey in Pigeon Forge who understands humans,” Fee said.  “The audience can watch him shake his head yes or no to their questions. He can also add, subtract and even guess people’s age.

“This show also has trained birds,” said Fee.  “Come see birds flying through rings right over your head,” Fee said.  “They also do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and many other feats.”

King is a former accomplished aerialist and high wire walker. “We are animal lovers,” King said. His wife, Alena, is originally from Russia and attended circus school in Russia.  She is a former aerialist and fire spinner.

Country magician Greg Franklin, known as “Farmer Clem” in “The Comedy Barn®” show, also appears in the “Amazing Animals” ™ show. He previously worked at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley. There will also be a magical appearance from Lindsay Hamm as she reprises her role as the Pink Panther and stage assistant.  Hamm was a member of last year’s “Amazing Animals” ™ cast and has also previously performed in “Magic Beyond Belief.” ™   The production team includes:  David Fee and Jim Hedrick, executive producers; Clare Lewis, director; Justin Manning and David Rains, sound and lights; and Nora Wasden and Steven Foldenauer, stage technicians.

For more information visit AmazingAnimals.com or call the box office at (865) 428-5222 or 1-800-29-LAUGH. Ticket prices are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3 to 11.  The theater is located at 2775 Parkway in Pigeon Forge.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the southeast, also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including “The Smoky Mountain Opry,™” “The Comedy Barn,” ®  The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,™” “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo,” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”

Former Ringling Brothers’ clowns react to circus closing

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., January 16, 2017 — Two happy Pigeon Forge clowns are “sad clowns on the inside” this week.  Danny Devaney and Billy Baker, former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus clowns and graduates of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, are both saddened with the announcement by Feld Entertainment Inc. that the famous Ringling Bros. Circus will soon close “the Greatest Show on Earth” after 146 years in operation. (Ringling Clown College, trained around 1,400 clowns, operated for almost 30 years and closed in 1997).

Devaney, a performer at The Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge said, “This news makes me sad.  Although it was almost 25 years ago, I spent two years living on a circus train, touring the nation, and performing to a full arena while I was in Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus. If you have spent any time around me, you know that if I am not talking about my kids I’m starting sentences with ‘This one time when I was with the circus.’  It was a wonderful opportunity, and I feel so lucky to have been a part of something so great.”

David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group said, “We are all saddened by Feld Entertainment’s announcement of the upcoming closing of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.  My father took me to the circus every year when I was a child, and the circus holds special memories for me.  I have always particularly loved the clowns.

Billy Baker in Ringling Circus Troup“To make it to Ringling Bros. is a rare achievement and a very prestigious job for a clown.  We are blessed to have two former beloved Ringling clowns with amazing talent currently working in our company as theater performers. These include:  Danny Devaney, who is in our Comedy Barn Theater’s show, and Billy Baker, who is a street performing character for  The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” Fee said.  “Both of them entertain our guests to make memories for a lifetime!  Danny is very funny and has a lot of energy and enthusiasm.  He can balance a plate on his head, juggle ping pong balls in his mouth, walk on stilts, performs magic and most of all he can make people laugh!  At The Comedy Barn Theater, we continue to offer clean family entertainment, and we are still the funniest show in town.

“Billy is one of only 61 clowns in the United States who have been inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame,” Fee said. “He was in the first entertainment troupe at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo., and at age 20 ran away to join the circus – not just any circus, but the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’ Billy is a multi- talented performer and a wonderful clown.  The City of Pigeon Forge has even declared Billy Baker Day twice.  You can see him around town promoting The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud.”

What do theater clowns do?  Devaney said, “I use audience participation, and The Comedy Barn Theater is an interactive show that is guaranteed to make people laugh. People are funny.  I love getting random people on stage. I ask myself, ‘What situation can I put myself in, invite a guest to become a part of and then how do we get out of this impromptu routine to get back on track?

Devaney performed his first show when he was 12-years-old. His mother owned and operated a dancing school in Rahway, N. J., and he did magic, tumbling and juggling for dance students who were his own age.  One day one of the mothers of the dancers approached him and asked if he would come over to their house and perform at a birthday party.  He accepted and performed the same routine he did at the studio when he was just showing off to the dancers.  He was paid $25.00 for his first show and then another mother offered him $50.00 if he would do the same show with clown make-up on for her child’s birthday party.  Soon Devaney was performing at four to five parties a week.

Danny DeVaney, Former Ringling Bros. Circus Eventually Devaney attended Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and graduated from there in 1989.  He then toured as a clown with Ringling Bros. for two years.  “It was an awesome experience,” Devaney said.  “I got everything out of it I needed.  I reached my childhood dream of performing with The Ringling Bros. Circus.”

He went on to perform as a clown at Circus Circus Casino in Tunica, Miss., (currently the Gold Strike Resort and Casino), when it first opened, and he stayed there for four years.  It was at Circus Circus that he met his comedy partner, Tony Brent, who he worked with for 12 years.  After Circus Circus, they worked together at MGM, Epcot and Disney World.  They did the pre-show Fantasmic nightly extravaganza show, did a few Disney cruises and were street performers on the streets of the Disney theme parks until they eventually were given a show inside Epcot theme park with full creative control.  From there the two went on to star in the “Outta Control Dinner Show” at WonderWorks in Orlando.  Devaney was at WonderWorks for five years in Florida and then worked for five years at the Wonderworks in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. He later joined Lumberjacks Dinner Feud and was there until 2012 until he joined Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

Fee/Hedrick’s other theater clown, Billy Baker, graduated as valedictorian of his class at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College.  He performed with Ringling Bros. for seven seasons and was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 2001.  He was a regular member of the “Hee Haw” cast the last year it was on the air.  Baker said beating out 300 people for the part and appearing on “Hee Haw” “was a real kick in the pants.”

Baker began his career as part of the first entertainment troupe at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo, spent 7 years with Ringling Bros. and was also a featured entertainer at Dollywood for 11 years.  Baker has performed in the area for over 25 years and is a Smoky Mountain Comedy Legend. Baker is best known in the local area for his character of “Elwood Smooch.” He has been a comedic performer at “The Comedy Barn®,” “Kick’n Country” and many other shows in town.  He is the former owner and performer of the down-home family variety show “Ole Smoky Hoedown” in Pigeon Forge.

Baker said, “I discovered long ago, when you run off and join the circus, the adventure, thrills, fun and lessons learned still remain long after the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey train traveled down the tracks without you.  It’s a soulful joy, sweet as cotton candy and deep with memories and sounds of midnight train whistles, triple time brass bands, the smell of the greasepaint and the roar of the crowds.  Time changes everything, and we are all just passing through, but this clown’s life owes a debt of gratitude to those five brothers from Baraboo, Phineas T and Mr. Bailey for making it possible for me to live the dream.  Thank you to all the voices and friends who still gather round, when the real world spins out of control.  So sad, but so happy I was a part of the magic of The Greatest Show on Earth.”

Baker has lots of circus stories to share, but this is one of his favorites: “We were in Waco, Texas,” Baker said.  “There was a drive-in movie theater right next to the arena. After the show one night it was car load night:  pack as many people in a car as you could and it was only $3.00 for the entire car load.  Well, we couldn’t let an opportunity like that go by.  So, we packed 22 people in a Gremlin and went to the drive-in.  The look on the face of the guy who took the money was priceless.”

At Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group in Pigeon Forge the shows will go on with their two happy but also sad clowns. But come May 21, 2017, after almost 150 years of clown antics including the great Ringling clowns, Bob Bell, aka “Bozo,” Emmett Kelly, Lou Jacobs and Otto Griebling, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus will retire its clown car for good.

“We want everyone to know despite the recent wildfires, Pigeon Forge is open for business although a few shows are shut down due to the season of the year and will reopen March 3,” Fee said.  “The Comedy Barn Theater and The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud are open now and people can check our web sites for available dates and times.”

The company currently owns and produces many shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “The Comedy Barn®,” “The Smoky Mountain Opry™,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Show” and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo.

In November and December, the company presents “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry, ™” “The Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner Feud, ™”, “The Comedy Barn® Christmas Show” and “The Smith Morning Christmas Show.” In addition, the company produces a seasonal “Amazing Animals®” Show in the summer at The Comedy Barn® Theater.

Comedy Barn® Theater giving party for autistic children on Sunday

Who:  The Comedy Barn® Theater

What:  Holding a Christmas party and show for autistic children for the Autism Society of East Tennessee’s Smoky Mountain Friendship Club

When:  Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016 from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m.,

Where:  The Comedy Barn® Theater, 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, TN 37863

 

Details:  If anyone has someone autistic in their family they are invited to come and bring their whole family to The Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., for FREE holiday fun and a Christmas show this Sunday, Dec. 4. The theater will have a coloring area for children, various free games and social activities for the children to enjoy and they can get their picture made with Santa starting at 3:15 p.m. The activities will be operated by teen volunteers from the Sevier County High School DECA Club. The special Comedy Barn® Show for autistic children will begin at 4:00 p.m. The Comedy Barn® cast is donating their time (not getting paid) to put on this special show.

There will be two love buses coming from Knoxville to The Comedy Barn® for the show if anyone from Knoxville needs a ride. Those on the bus can take a tour of the lights in Sevier County as well as coming to The Comedy Barn®.  Those interested will meet at West Park Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. to ride to Sevier County.  People are asked to please contact The Autism Society of East Tennessee at (865) 247-5082 if they wish to come on the bus.  The Autism Society of East Tennessee is a community based organization that improves the lives of all persons impacted by Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Now in its twenty first season, the multi-million dollar Comedy Barn® Theater continues to make audiences roar with its nationally-known, family-friendly comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, jugglers, and musicians.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast.  The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” featuring the Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March).comdy-barn-christmas

FREE COMEDY BARN® CHRISTMAS SHOW TONIGHT FOR THOSE DISPLACED BY FIRES IN SEVIER COUNTY

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Nov. 29, 2016 — What better way to forget the tragic fires of the past 24 hours than to spend time with your loved ones and laugh with them? David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment said, “As we review the situation in Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, we realize how many people are in need, both from the fire and from the tremendous stress of the unknown. For those in our area that need a distraction from their troubles, we hope you’ll come join us at The Comedy Barn® Theater in Pigeon Forge tonight, Tuesday November 29th at 8:15 pm for a FREE SHOW. Making people forget their troubles is what we do best, as laughter is truly the best medicine, so we wish to utilize our resources for the betterment of this community that we love.

“We have contacted the local shelters and the City is providing FREE transportation to our show from the shelters,” Fee said. “Christmas should be the happiest time of year and yet our hearts break for our friends and neighbors in need today. With over 400 employees we understand what has happened to our area. We have employees who have lost their homes and everybody in our company wants to help.”

Cast members of “A Comedy Barn® Christmas” include: Danny Devaney, a former Ringling Brothers circus clown; Perry Edenburn as comedian “Harley Worthit, known for his 29 seasons in Branson at the “Down Home Country” and “Comedy Jamboree” shows;” Greg Franklin, a magician/comedian who plays the country magician “Farmer Clem” and previously worked at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley; Stephen Knowles, an award winning ventriloquist, comedian and man of many voices; Eric Lambert, a comedian who has appeared on “David Letterman,” “Showtime” and an “Evening at Improve”; and Anthony King and his trained animal act who previously worked at “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., and has appeared on “Jay Leno” and “Animal Planet;” and Jill Mason, a singer/musician. Musicians include Ron Jeffery, member of the original Archie Campbell “Heehaw” band as well as drummer, Buddy Cline; band director/utility player, Clyde Foley Cummins and lead guitar/singer Charlie King. Cloggers are: KatiAnne Taylor and Autumn Peacock.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is one of the largest show production companies in the southeast. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including: “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Feud™,” “The Smith Morning Christmas Show” featuring the Charlie Bob Smith and “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March).

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