The Comedy Barn®Theater held special Christmas show for special needs children

Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Jan. 3, 2019— The Comedy Barn®Theater recently held a free special show for autistic children.  The show gave children with special needs a chance to enjoy the show with reduced noise and limited stimulation to create a quieter atmosphere for the theater goers. The show was coordinated with the Smoky Mountain Autism Success Hub (SMASH). SMASH invited children from Sevier County who participate in SMASH to the special Comedy Barn®show, as well as special needs children in Greeneville, Johnson City, and Kingsport who currently live in group homes. 

Betty Bell of SMASH said, “It is the best turnout for an event we have ever had. The children enjoyed getting their pictures with Santa. They made ornaments and did several other crafts.  We gave them candy and toys.  The children absolutely loved the Comedy Barn show. They look forward to it every year.” In addition to the show, the children received free popcorn and soft drinks.

Comedy Barn®employees who volunteered their time for the Comedy Barn®show included:  Comedic juggler Danny Devaney, a former Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus clown; Niels Duinker, an international comedic juggler from Holland, who is a seven time Guinness World Record holder in juggling; Greg Franklin, a magician/comedian who plays the country magician “Farmer Clem” and previously worked at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley, N.C.; Kyle Scribner, comedic ventriloquist, who was the former sheriff in the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud”™show; and Anthony King and Alena Quilanova and their trained animal act, who previously worked at “The Comedy Pet Variety Show” in Lakeland, Fla., and have appeared on “Jay Leno” and “Animal Planet.” 

The lead singer of the “Comedy Barn®Christmas” show, Kendal McKay Manning (formerly of The Smoky Mountain Opry™) donated her time as well. Musicians who volunteered their time for the party included Ron Jeffery, guitar player and singer, and a former member of the original Archie Campbell “Heehaw” band, lead guitar/singer Charlie King, Clyde Foley Cummins on guitar and keyboards and drummer David Raines.  Cloggers were Ashley Neesen and Madison Seidel.  Steve Curry also participated as a well-known character in a red suit.  Justin Manning worked lights and sound, and there was a lot of help from the concession stand and box office staff as well.

Now in its twenty fourth 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. 

From the Comedy Barn®Canines to the Comedy Barn®Cloggers and all the jokesters in-between, the entire family will laugh like never before at this show! Come see what everyone is laughing about. Rates are $34.95, plus tax for ages 11 and up, children 3-11 are $9.95 plus tax, and children under 3 are free.

For more information go to: www.comedybarn.comor call 1-800-29-LAUGH or (865) 428-5222. For more information on SMASH go to their Facebook page or call Lisa Roberts at Celebration Chalet at (865) 366-3084 or email her at