Humorist, story-teller Carl Hurley will be center stage in Don's Celebrity Theatre at the Riverside Resort, Jan. 9-14. Tickets are $20 for the 7 p.m. shows, call 1-800-227-3849.
Hurley was born in 1941 in a two-room cabin built by his father on a three-acre hillside farm in the Appalachian mountains of Laurel County, Ky. He came from a family of "talkers," and he spent endless hours listening to aunts, uncles and cousins swapping yarns and richly embellished stories. Little did he realize that a career in education would eventually lead to a career in public speaking and entertainment, and garner him the title of "America's Funniest Professor."
For eight years he was a professor at Eastern Kentucky University and coordinator of secondary education programs. Hurley's speaking career began, quite by accident, in 1971, when he decided to "liven up" an otherwise boring school conference by telling a few jokes and stories when it came time to give his report. A man at the conference invited the young professor to speak for his company and hundreds of other invitations followed. In 1982, he resigned his professorship to "wing it" in the world of professional speaking and entertainment.
Today, Hurley's appearances range from standup country comedy to convention speaking, from university lectureships and teacher in-service days, to seminars and workshops for business and industry.
Comedian John Pinette will make people laugh at the Aquarius Resort on Feb. 24. Tickets for his 7 p.m. show are $19.95 and $24.95.
Pinette has been entertaining audiences worldwide in a variety of ways for more than 15 years. He was named Stand-Up Comedian of the Year by the American Comedy Awards in 1999 and has received a Gemini Award nomination for his superb televised performance at The Montreal Comedy Festival in 2000.
When Pinette learned that he could actually earn a living making people laugh, he left behind his life as an accountant and began his comedy career. It wasn't long before he got his big break when he was asked to tour with Frank Sinatra. Since then, he became a regular guest on "The Tonight Show" and "The View."
Pinette has also enjoyed a long acting career in both television and film. "Duets," starring Gwenyth Paltrow, "Dear God" starring Greg Kinnear, and "Junior," starring Arnold Schwarzeneger are just a few of his film credits. He was a series regular on the hit show "Parker Lewis Can't Lose," and starred as the car-jack victim in the final episode of "Seinfeld."
Pinette's first comedy CD, "Show Me The Buffet," was a big success, and his follow-up CD/DVD, "I Say 'Nay Nay'," came out in the Spring 2004.
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