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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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Todd Caldwell wins again in the fourth annual Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run

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Kickin-Chicken-2016-Winner-1PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 3, 2016—Runner Todd Caldwell of Sevierville, Tenn., won the fourth annual Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, finishing the course in first place as the male open winner in (18:01.71). Caldwell was the winner of the first-ever Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run in 2013 and came in second place in 2014 and in first place in 2015. Caldwell is a local favorite and fellow runners call him “the beast.” The overall second place winner was Chris Ham (19:30.13), and the overall third place winner was Jesse Rollins of Sevierville, (20:00.19). This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com.

Michelle Childs of Knoxville, Tenn., was the female open winner (21:00.79), Jamie MacHon of Shawnee was the female master winner (24:44.90), and Chris Hamor of Walhalla, S.C., was the male master winner (19:30.13). Atress McBee of Oak Ridge, Tenn., was the female grandmaster winner (29:11.43) and Terry Quillen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was the male grandmaster winner (20:19.01). Diane Babcock of Brooksville, Fla., was the female veteran winner (48:31.68) and James Brown of Maryville, Tenn., was the male veteran winner (22:16.88). A total of 148 people finished the race sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater ® to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation serving the 4th Judicial District, consisting of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties. The corporation is dedicated to serving children who are victims of severe neglect, and physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention.

Kickin-Chicken-2Officials of The Comedy Barn Theater® were very pleased with the fourth annual event, and have announced that the Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held next year on Labor Day weekend.

Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor Chlld Advocacy Center said, “Our main goal is to get kids on a path to recovery. I want to thank everyone at The Comedy Barn Theater from theater co-owners Jim Hedrick and David Fee to all of the staff and especially Comedy Barn performers Clyde Foley Cummins and Danny Devaney. I also want to thank everyone for all of the community support. We hope to see you next year.”

Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater said, “Thank you to all of the participants for helping to support the annual Comedy Barn Theater Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk. We are blessed to be able to give back to the community of Pigeon Forge and all of Sevier County. Once again our charity of choice is Safe Harbor and all of the proceeds from the race will go to support them.”

“We got serious to raise money for this charity,” said Danny Devaney, performer at the Comedy Barn. “Safe Harbor helps kids who need it more than anything. They are in dire need of funding. I don’t know how they do it. This run exceeded our expectations. We raised a lot of money in the silent auction on top of what we raised in the race, which will be tallied by the middle of the week. We are happy that so many people participated in The Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken event and that we are able to help Safe Harbor. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

Clyde Foley Cummins race director and Comedy Barn performer said, “This was a great event. We do it to represent a wonderful charity in East Tennessee – Safe Harbor. They are completely funded by donations. We love to give back to the community and we are proud to be associated with them.”

Other winners for the day’s events included Parker Febo of Summitt, in the female ages 1 t0 10 category (27:39.35), Alex Fine of Newport, Tenn., in the male ages 1 to 10 category (29:14.12), Maddie Hamor of Walhalla, S.C., in the female ages 11 to 14 category (27:52.18) and Matthew Sinclair of Carthage, Tenn., in the male ages 11 to 14 category (23:07.20), Jenna Jordan of Sevierville in the female 15 to 19 category (27:24.96). Sara Sullivan of Sevierville was the female ages 20 to 24 winner (32:27.10) and Filipe Goncalves of Pigeon Forge was the male ages 20 to 24 winner (28:59.89). Mary Griffin Fry of Atlanta, Ga., was the female ages 25 to 29 winner (25:30.16) and Drew Taylor of Sevierville was the male ages 25 to 29 winner (35:16.55).

Amanda Matson of Cleveland, Tenn., was the female ages 30 to 34 winner (25:555.06), Ryan Funkhouser of Maryville, Tenn., was the male ages 30 to 34 winner (21:54.34), Laura Schmutzer of Franklin was the female ages 35 to 39 winner (25:30.36), and Mike Taylor of Madisonville, Tenn., was the male ages 35 to 39 winner (21:49:07). Kimberly Childress of Manchester, Tenn., was the female ages 40 to 44 winner (27:33.93), Jesse Rollins of Sevierville, Tenn., was the male ages 40 to 44 winner (20:00.19), Maria Alana of Sevierville was the female 45 to 49 winner (26:22.02), Michael Childress of Manchester, Tenn., was the male 45 to 49 winner (23:56.60), Suzanne Parker of Maryville, Tenn., was the female 50 to 54 winner (30:58.91), Mark D’Alessandro of Knoxville was the male ages 50 to 54 winner (20:24.17), Betsy Griffey of Strawberry Plains, Tenn., was the female ages 55 to 59 winner (36:49.84), Clyde Cummins of Kodak, Tenn., was the male ages 55 to 59 winner (26:23.18), Constance Carden of Kodak, Tenn., was the female 60 to 64 winner (50:56.34), Rick Walker of Clinton, Tenn., was the male 60 to 64 winner (25:53.32), Cynthia Jeffers of Seymour, Tenn., was the female 65 to 69 winner (53:46.72), Roger Ours of Cleveland, Tenn., was the male ages 65 to 69 winner (24:49.92), Judy Steadman of Pittman Center was the female 70 to 74 winner (56:17.23), Jerry Tipton of Knoxville, Tenn., was the male ages 70 to 74 winner (27:33.97), Larry Acuff of Knoxville was the male 75 to 79 winner (32:47.04).

The Comedy Barn Theater®, 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 (52844) or see The Comedy Barn® or see The Comedy Barn® web site at http://www.comedybarn.com/.

The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry,” “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo, “The Smith Morning Variety Show,” Happy Days Diner and Chef’s Catering.+++

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

The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be sponsoring their fourth annual Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun and Fun Walk on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2016.  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 (4th Judicial District that includes Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties).

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 Aug. 22.  For those who register after Aug. 22 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. 2, 2016, 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 heavy weight cotton short sleeve.  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.

“We are all about children at The Comedy Barn,” said Clyde Foley Cummins, race director and performer at The Comedy Barn Theater®.  “We want to give back to the community.  Nothing is more worthy than child causes.  We love promoting fun and health.”

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;” “The Smith Morning Variety Show” starring Charlie Bob Smith; Happy Days Diner, and Chef’s Catering. ###