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Tennessee Legislature Issues Clean Comedy Day Proclamation, Cites Comedy Barn Theater’s® 20 Years of Clean Family Comedy

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., April 28, 2015 – To commemorate the landmark 20th anniversary of The Comedy Barn Theater®, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., The Tennessee Legislature has declared April 28, 2015, Clean Comedy Day in the Volunteer State, encouraging all Tennesseans to join them in recognizing the importance of clean family comedy. The proclamation was sponsored by Senators Overbey and Southerland as well as Representatives Swann and Ramsey and was signed by Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell.

The proclamation cites that The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, owned by local businessmen David Fee and Jim Hedrick, was one of the first entrepreneurial clean comedy Pigeon Forge entertainment companies launched 20 years ago on April 28, 1995; and over the last 20 years the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group has subsequently launched and produced many different shows in various family themes and genres beginning with The Comedy Barn® . . . and all fit for family members of all ages.

“We are the most successful, and most attended clean comedy theater in the world,” said Comedy Barn Theater® co-owner and company chief executive officer, David Fee. “We attribute the success of the entire Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group to a long-term strategy of operating the longest running clean comedy theater in the world.  Times have changed but people always need a laugh and we are still the funniest show in town.   Our concept was groundbreaking in an era when successful comedy was not intended for a family audience.  I knew we had a winner with clean family comedy when I would see children outside of The Comedy Barn Theater pouting to their parents because they could not get into our show because we were sold out.”

The show can still be seen nightly at The Comedy Barn Theater® at 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Comedy Barn® Theater has many special events planned throughout the year including the World’s Largest Shaving Cream Pie Fight scheduled for June 16th in front of The Comedy Barn Theater® in an attempt to break the Guinness World Record. The pie fight is open to the public and details are posted on The Comedy Barn web site http://comedybarn.com/piefight.

Entertainers Fee and Hedrick had plenty of reasons to be nervous when they debuted “The Comedy Barn Show” at The Comedy Barn Theater® on April 28, 1995, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., 20 years ago.  Opening a “clean” family-friendly comedy theater, which meant there were no swear words, or anything derogatory in the act, was against the comedy club nightclub mainstream performances of the time.  “Would anyone come to a clean comedy family show where no alcohol was served?” they wondered.

The show was an initial success with overflow crowds.  In 1996, Fee and Hedrick had the original 200 seat Comedy Barn Theater®, (which was formerly the Archie Campbell Hee Haw Theater), torn down and constructed an iconic locator, the current barn shaped 800-seat Comedy Barn Theater® on the same land along the Parkway. The renovations led to lots of challenges though, when a contractor took all their money and left them with just a hole in the ground and some steel beams.  Thanks to help from Fee’s parents and the local Citizen’s National Bank, the new Comedy Barn Theater® was completed on Dec. 19, 1996, and has been a mainstay of clean comedy for the past two decades. The theater’s annual attendance over the past 20 years is approaching 5 million patrons and it has truly stood the test of time and become a landmark icon in Pigeon Forge.

“The pundits love to say clean comedy cannot be successful in today’s world, but 5 million customers proved them wrong,” said Fee proudly.  “Clean Comedy Wins!  20 years later the Comedy Barn Theater® is still going strong and attracting new audiences.”

Fee, a former magician, and Hedrick, a former juggler, were performers in the show for several seasons.  Today, The Comedy Barn Theater® is open year-round and features a fast-paced variety show that includes award winning jugglers, ventriloquists, comedians, trained animal acts, music, magic, audience participation skits and much more. The Comedy Barn Theater® is one of the most established, recognizable clean comedy theaters in the world providing high-level comedic entertainment.

For the many visitors who travel to Pigeon Forge, The Comedy Barn Theater® has created a dynamic and fun show that appeals equally to both young and old audiences. Comedy Barn Theater’s® co-owner Jim Hedrick, states, “We are convinced that The Comedy Barn Theater’s® success, and our large number of return customers, is due to the peace of mind that families who attend our shows have, knowing that they will laugh, be thoroughly entertained, and never have to worry about anything inappropriate happening on our stage. Every show is different because the audience participation skits are always hilariously unpredictable.

“Clean comedy can really bring people together and let them have a good time,” he said. “Parents, children and even grandparents all enjoy our show because it is refreshingly wholesome.”

For additional information on The Comedy Barn Theater® and/or 20th Anniversary Activities, Tickets and/or Contests, people can go to http://www.comedybarn.com/, Comedy Barn Facebook Page or call the ticket office at 1-800-29-Laugh or (865) 428-5222.

Guests can search for a You Tube video on the Internet called “Dad at the Comedy Barn” that showcases Eric Lambert, one of the comedians at the Comedy Barn that has received over 25 million hits.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4Y4keqTV6w

Fee and Hedrick are no longer nervous about their clean comedy venture.  They now proudly own a company dedicated to clean family fun.  The legislature’s proclamation cited the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group’s provision of jobs, services and benefits afforded the County of Sevier in Tennessee.  It also recognized that The Fee/Hedrick Company has contributed to the economic foundation of the community and to the betterment of a year-round stable workforce in the face of the previous local seasonal-employment model and therefore played a distinct, critical role in addressing the employment needs of Sevier County while serving as a destination for tourists regionally and internationally.

20 years later, Fee and Hedrick are still juggling, only now they are juggling three theaters, ten shows, a catering company, a restaurant and a vacation website company, instead of just juggling onstage at The Comedy Barn Theater®, where it all began.  Venues include:  “The Comedy Barn,” http://www.comedybarn.com/, The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” http://www.hatfieldmccoydinnerfeud.com/,“The Smoky Mountain Opry,” http://www.smokymtnopry.com/, “Magic Beyond Belief,” http://www.pigeonforgemagic.com/ starring Darren Romeo, “The Blackwoods Morning Show,”

http://www.smokymtnopry.com/shows/blackwoods-morning-variety-show, The Comedy Critters Pet Show, http://www.comedybarn.com/pigeon-forge-show/comedy-critters-pet-show, four Christmas shows, Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering,

http://www.pigeonforgecatering.com/ and SeePigeon Forge.com http://www.seepigeonforge.com/.

Dodson and Hatcher win second annual 5K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken Run

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 1, 2014 — Runners Isaiah Dodson, 17, of Jefferson City, and Haley Hatcher, 20, of Sevierville won the second-ever 5K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken Run on Saturday. Dodson finished the course as the male open winner in 17:36 and Hatcher finished the course as the female open winner in 21:32.  Jessica Lambert, 40, of Sevierville was the female master winner in 25:51 and Todd Caldwell, 42, also of Sevierville was the male master winner in 18:12.  Caldwell was the winner last year of the first ever 5-K Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken run.

Other winners this year were female grandmaster winner, Atress McBee, 52, who finished in 28:08 and male grandmaster winner, Mike Cannon, 54, of Beaverton, Al., who finished in 21:12.  Female Veteran Winner, Barb Liehgeber, 62, of Sevierville finished in 37:26 and male veteran winner James Brown, 60, of Maryville finished in 23:18.   A total of 184 people participated in the race, 145 of which were runners.  The race was sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater® to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.  The 100th finisher across the line was Kennedy Fleming, 19, of Sevierville in 37:35. Fleming received $100 cash.

Officials of The Comedy Barn Theater® were well pleased with the event, and have announced that the 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run will be held annually.  David Fee, president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater® said, “Our second 5K run exceeded our expectations.  We are glad so many people participated and we were able to help so many people. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

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

Winners in each of 16 age divisions received medals and first places winners received tickets to The Comedy Barn Theater®.  The top male and female winners got tickets to Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Comedy Barn®, The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show and The Smoky Mountain Opry.  They also received an accommodations package from SeePigeonForge.com.

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 Variety Show;” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.


Comedy Barn 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run to benefit Children’s Charities

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Aug. 28, 2014 – The Comedy Barn Theater® in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., will be sponsoring the second annual Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun/Fun Walk on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014. All of the net proceeds will benefit The Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center that provides comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

The race will be a single loop race that will begin and end at The Comedy Barn Theater®. The race will start at 8 a.m. The route goes through the Island and returns down the Riverwalk Greenway. Forms can be picked up from The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register online. They can register the morning of the race beginning at 6:30 a.m. 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. Packet pickup will be at The Comedy Barn Theater®, Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m or they can be picked up the morning of the race. 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+ (overall winners not eligible).

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!

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 are 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 from SeePigeonForge.com 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 there will be 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 Variety Show;” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

New Comedy Pet Variety Act Joins Comedy Barn Theater

Animal act: PigPIGEON FORGE, Tenn., April 15, 2014 – Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all perform together? The answer is at The Comedy Barn Theater© in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. Anthony and Alena King and their trained “Comedy Pet Variety Act” have joined the cast of The Comedy Barn©. They have performed on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star, ” on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leo, at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country, in theaters in Branson, Mo., and with “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., as well as with the Royal Hanneford Circus.

“Tony is bringing his amazing animal act to The Comedy Barn Theater,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater©. “Tony is a phenomenal talent and he has a unique family friendly act that combines his extraordinary pets with magic, acrobatics and audience participation. He has 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, pig waltzing and they even roll out the red carpet!
Ten high diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zig zag, do a high step routine, an Olympic pole balance, an upside down walk, super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt.

“Is it a dogs world?” Fee said. “New at the Comedy Barn is an all-new 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. One dog thinks he is a pig and he shows the pigs how to perform.”
Charlie the communicating mini-donkey is another part of King’s amazing animal act. “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.

“Come see birds flying through rings right over your head,” Fee said. Eight parrots have flown into The Comedy Barn©. “The parrots do everything,” Fee said. “They do comedy, skate, ride scooters and bicycles, go through roman rings, perform on the high wire, dance, pull carts, see-saw, do foot juggling, fly through rings and many other feats.”

Animal Act: DonkeyKing is a former accomplished aerialist and high wire walker. In addition to performing animal acts and aerialist work, King is also a drummer, and has done lighting, video and backstage work for many theater shows. His wife is a former aerialist and fire spinner. “We were both entertainers and we met at a flea market,” Tony King said. “Her performing partner had broken her leg and I ended up filling in.

“We are animal lovers,” King said. “We will be performing all of these acts at The Comedy Barn on a rotating basis.” He and his wife and their pets live in the Walden’s Creek area of Pigeon Forge. His wife is originally from Russia and attended circus school in Russia.

Now in its twentieth 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 Comedy Barn© is proud that it has repeatedly been voted “Funniest Show in Town” by its fans 20 seasons in a row. And for 2014, the funniest show has gotten even funnier. This year brings some new cast and band members, new routines, new jokes and new country, gospel and patriotic music. However, one thing that never changes is the laughter that fills the auditorium night after night as people from all over the country come to enjoy this magical, musical extravaganza.

Cast members of the Comedy Barn© include: Danny Devaney, known for playing “Scraps” at the Wonderworks’ “Hoot and Holler” Dinner Show; 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 wining ventriloquist, comedian and man of many voices; and Eric Lambert, a comedian who has appeared on “David Letterman,” “Showtime” and an “Evening at Improve.” Musicians include Steve Curry and Ron Jeffery, members of the original Archie Campbell “Heehaw” band as well as drummer, Buddy Cline; and guitar player, Clyde Foley Cummins.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our show is country comedy; however we have some pretty spectacular magic, juggling and music too. This is a variety show that the whole family can enjoy. We combine laughter with lots of fun and talented performers to delight people of all ages.”

Open year round, The Comedy Barn© has two shows nightly in season as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season. Toll Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222. Rates are $29.95, plus tax, and children 11 and under are $9.95 plus tax. For more information, visit www.comedybarn.com to get coupons and updates of the show. ###


The Comedy Barn Theater® Loses Matriarch

Debbie Bohanan Powers, longtime Comedy Barn performer, dies at 50

Debbie-Bohanan3PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Feb. 25, 2014 — The Comedy Barn Theater® has lost one of its most well-known and beloved performers. Deborah Ann (Debbie) Bohanan Powers, singer, keyboard and guitar player, and member of The Comedy Barn Theater® Band for the past 19 years, died suddenly Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, from multiple blood clots in her lungs while vacationing in Florida. She was the Comedy Barn’s only female member of the band, and also worked as a straight “man” in many hillbilly comedy skits.

Bohanan Powers, of Sevierville, Tenn., 50, will be remembered by the many who knew her as a talented singer and instrument player, a good cook, and a dedicated, caring, active member of Jones Chapel Baptist Church, where she played the piano and sang in the choir. “The Comedy Barn has lost one of its most talented performers,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Debbie was the eighth employee we hired and was there from the very beginning and was one of the most loved stars at The Comedy Barn. She will be missed.

“During her time at The Comedy Barn Theater Debbie performed in over 10,000 shows,” Fee said. “Fellow performers, employees, family, friends and fans are all mourning her death. She loved music and until the day she died, she was one of our star entertainers. Her beautiful voice was unmistakable. She was very grateful to all of her Comedy Barn fans and we hope that they will now share happy memories of her with us.”

Clare Lewis, general manager of The Comedy Barn said, “Debbie was everybody’s sister and cheerleader at The Comedy Barn and nobody’s birthday ever went unnoticed or a meal not coordinated. Debbie was my friend and there are no words that can express how I feel about not being able to see that person again in that environment. We will miss her greatly.”

“She was a ray of sunshine,” said Eric Lambert, comedian at The Comedy Barn and close friend. “Debbie was a wonderful, strong woman. She was a leader and a wonderful example of a Christian woman. She was busy feeding us all. She was always feeding people. She made sure no one went hungry.
“She was the queen bee, the matriarch of the show,” Lambert said. “She lived her life doing what she loved to do and she loved living on the lake. We were all family at The Comedy Barn Theater from the minute we met. The whole cast jelled so well that we knew this was going to be a long-term thing. We vacationed together and spent time together as a cast. We all loved her dearly. She was a Christian and was proud of her faith and a good example to others in deed and word.

“She was wonderful to have around.” Lambert said. “She would always cheer you up and was very supportive.”

Bohanan Powers grew up in South Knoxville and played piano at the age of 10 for Friendly Baptist Church. She graduated from Doyle High School in Knoxville in 1981.

Debbie-Bohanan1Before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater®, Bohanan was best known for performing with “Bonnie Lou and Buster” Moore (Margaret and Hubert Moore) both on their “Jim Walter Jubilee” television show and at the “Smoky Mountain Hayride” show at the Pigeon Forge Coliseum. She began performing Appalachian, country, bluegrass and gospel music on the show at age 13 and stayed with the show until she left for the Down Home Dixie Review in Gatlinburg in the early 1990s. Over the years she sang at many weddings and funerals and also worked at The Starlite Theater in Pigeon Forge, at The Carolina Opry in Myrtle Beach and in Phil Campbell’s “Hee Haw” show in Pigeon Forge before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater®. She recorded three albums and 12 cassettes including the album “Back Home In Tennessee” by Thunderhead Records.

Jim Hedrick, sr. vice president of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn said, “In 1980 when I first moved to Tennessee I would watch the “Bonnie Lou and Buster” show and she was a guitar picker and a great singer and I said at that point I would like to meet her someday. Years later I had the honor and pleasure to meet her and she came to work for us. She sang like an angel and now she is singing with them. She will be sorely missed.”

Bohanan Power’s hobbies included crocheting blankets and recreational boating. She loved to vacation in Key West, Fla., and spent her winters there.

Her father, Ralph Bohanan, preceded her in death. Survivors include her husband, Gary Lee Powers and his step-father, Charles Cline; her mother, Mae Bohanan; her brother, Eddie Bohanan and his wife, Marylin; her nephews, Adam Bohanan and wife, Tiffani, and Lucas Bohanan; and her great niece and nephew, Peyton and Cole Bohanan. Her mother said she was loved by many aunts, uncles and cousins, all of The Comedy Barn Theater® cast and fellow employees, and anyone who ever met her.

At her family’s request a celebration of her life will be held at The Comedy Barn Theater® on Sunday, March 2. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and the funeral will begin at 6:30 p.m., with Pastor Dan King officiating. In honor of Bohanan Powers, donations to the Jones Chapel Baptist Church for the new fellowship hall are preferred and may be sent to: Jones Chapel Baptist Church, 797 Flat Creek Road, Sevierville, Tenn., 37876.

Atchley Funeral Home, Sevierville, is handling arrangements. An online guest book can be signed at www.atchleyfuneralhome.com

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 as well as fun barnyard animals. +++

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