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Magician Romeo To Appear In New Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Jan. 31, 2017) — The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group is proud to present the return of “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” in the ALL NEW Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo Theater, 2135 Parkway in Pigeon Forge (across the street from “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™”).  Co-owners David Fee and Jim Hedrick, of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, will premiere the new 525 seat-theater on Friday, March 3.

Romeo, an internationally acclaimed magician, has been the star of Fee/Hedrick’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” show for the past two years in a matinee show at The Smoky Mountain Opry™ Theater.  Romeo will now star in his own show in a magical evening time slot at the new theater.

This full, two-hour “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” production will feature stunning illusions, mind-boggling special effects, parody celebrity impersonations, hilarious comedy, vocal performance and a huge tribute to the magicians who inspired him the most:  Siegfried and Roy and Harry Blackstone Jr.  It is a high-energy, fast-faced production.

“As a former magician myself, I have loved magic all of my life,” said David Fee, co-owner of the new theater. “Darren Romeo is one of the best magicians I have ever seen. He is extremely special and unique.  His show mixes amazing magic with music, and it is mesmerizing! We are very proud of Darren and of the success of his show in Pigeon Forge and it became obvious to us that he needed his own theater.”

“We expect to invest over $500,000 dollars in theater upgrades to complete the theater with all of the bells and whistles for a truly magical experience,” Fee said. “Two large video screens will complement the show, as well as the glamour of mood-setting lights, engaging music, new elaborate sets, fantastic costumes and state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems.” Fee says the show will leave the entire family spellbound.

Romeo, the first and only protégé of Master Magicians Siegfried and Roy, will appear Monday through Saturday, March through October, at The Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.  Romeo’s “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” is known for his combination of live singing with the art of magic and illusion for a one-of-a-kind magical performance.

Before coming to Pigeon Forge, Romeo previously performed in his own show as “Siegfried & Roy presents: Darren Romeo” at the Mirage in Las Vegas and all over the world.  He has also performed in Las Vegas at Caesar’s Palace, at the Flamingo Hilton and at the world-famous Magic Castle in Hollywood.

Magician Romeo said, “Magic is my passion, and I will be able to present the biggest and best versions of my show to date in the new Magic Beyond Belief Darren Romeo Theater.”

One of the most awarded magicians in the history of magic, Romeo has garnered an extensive list of accolades including:

“Show of the Year” (2 years in a row) from the Branson Critic Association,

Magician of the Year” from the Magic Castle, The Academy of Magical Arts, Inc., the prestigious Merlin Award for “Entertainer of the Year” from the International Magician’s Society and the Milbourne Christopher Award for “Notable Contributions to the Art of Magic” from The Society of American Magicians (SAM).

In addition to all of the large illusions people would expect to see on stage from Siegfried and Roy’s protégé, Romeo will perform close-up magic and sleight of hand tricks in the new show as well.

Romeo will carry on Harry Blackstone Jr.’s legacy by performing his famous “Floating Light Bulb” Illusion.  He is the only magician in the world granted permission from the Blackstone family to perform this tribute.

The New York Daily News called Romeo’s show “Irresistible” and the Las Vegas Review Journal said it was “the most unique and compelling show to hit the strip in many years.” Entertainment Today said his show was “Extraordinary. Fantastic!”

“We want to provide clean wholesome entertainment for families who will return to see our shows again and again,” Fee said. “Our new theater is Beyond Belief!  Get your tickets now before they all . .  . DISAPPEAR!”

“Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” will be performed at 8:15 p.m. on Monday through Saturday.  Tickets for the show will be $29.95, plus tax per person and children 11 and under are only $9.95 plus tax per person. There will be a combo deal when guests buy tickets to “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud™” they will be able to purchase tickets to “Magic Beyond Belief™ Darren Romeo” for $19.95 plus tax per person. For more information visit pigeonforgemagic.com.

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,™” and “The Smith Morning Variety Show.”

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Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show Debuts at Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (May 2016)  – Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs, a serval cat, a Burmese python, a kinkajou and a mini-donkey all perform together? The answer is at the new and original Amazing Animals Exotic Animal and Pet Show at The Comedy Barn Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn,, produced by The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Anthony and Alena King, their trained “amazing animals,” animal trainer “Professor Bumblemoore,” (Corkey Miller, Action Animals, USA) and her trained exotic pets perform in a hilarious new pet variety show at The Comedy Barn Theater at 2 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. The show opened May 21.

The two-hour show includes zany comedy, animal antics and family fun for all ages. Ten high-diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, move in a zig zag pattern, complete a high step routine, perform an Olympic pole balance, walk upside down, do super jumps, and even do a high diving stunt. In addition, pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Hamm compete with the audience in piggy games.

“We have a whole cast of fuzzy, furry, feathered and four-legged friends,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “We have exotic and domestic animals, a wonderful mix of live music and plenty of mayhem. Charlie the donkey astounds the audience with his mathematic skills, and we have wonderful waltzing dogs. We have dogs who roll over, do hurdle jumps and barrel rolls, hind leg stands, and some dogs even jump rope.”

“There are beautiful exotic birds,” Fee said. “The birds 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 achieve many other unusual feats.”

The Kings have performed on Animal Planet’s Pet Star, The Tonight Show, at theme parks, festivals, fairs, pet expos, conventions and corporate events across the country, in Branson, Mo., theaters, and with The Comedy Pet Variety Show in Lakeland, Fla., as well as with the Royal Hannelford Circus.

“The Kings have been performing at the Comedy Barn and their act has been so requested that we have opened up a matinee format where they can perform with all of their animals in one show,” said Fee. “A couple of their animals will also be in our regular Comedy Barn Show every night.”

Miller has accumulated over three decades of experience working with exotic animals. She has traveled all over the United States and Canada. She has worked with Oprah Winfrey, Brendan Fraser, Sidney Poitier, Jack Hanna, Steve Irwin, Jim Fowler, Bill Murray, Robert DeNiro, Maya Angelou, John Cusack, Hulk Hogan and Dolly Parton, just to name a few. She’s been seen on The Today Show and Late Night with David Letterman several times. Her animals have been seen in hundreds of major motion pictures, thousands of commercials and print ads.

All of Miller’s shows feature rescue animals that have found their “furever” home with her. Miller is a champion for the humane treatment of all animals and is a huge advocate for teaching children how to care for their pets properly.

Also featured in the matinee show is magician/comedian Greg Franklin as goofy Farmer Klemm. A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Franklin has performed professionally since he was 16 when he landed a part in the Paul Osborne Merlin Rainbow Mystery Cavern Show just down the road at the site of what is now lost Treasure Miniature Golf in Pigeon Forge.

Since then, he starred in his own magic show produced by Dallas-based Osborne at amusement parks all over America. He has owned his own magic store near Orlando, created a villainous professional wrestling character named “The fabulous Mister Franklin” and was appearing at The Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley before coming to The Comedy Barn Theater.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our new show is amazing animals; however, we have some pretty spectacular clogging, singing and magic, 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 Theater has two shows nightly throughout the year as well as some scheduled matinees for groups throughout the season. Tickets for the new Amazing Animals matinee show are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11.  Guests may purchase tickets to either the Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud or The Smoky Mountain Opry at regular price and get a combo deal of $19.95 plus tax to add one, two, three, four or five additional Fee/Hedrick Shows including The Amazing Animals Show. In the combination package children are FREE per each paid adult ticket. Toll Free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  For more information, visit http://comedybarn.com/pigeon-forge-show/amazing-animals-exotic-pet-show.

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 CONTACT:  Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

Charlie Bob Smith To Star in New Morning Show at Smoky Mountain Opry Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (March 2016) – Charlie Bob Smith of the Smith Family from Pigeon Forge, winner of The Mountain Press Readers’ Choice Award seven times and “Entertainer of the Year” in 2009, will perform in a brand new show called “The Smith Morning Variety Show” at The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater in Pigeon Forge starting March 22.

Appearing with Smith will be a multi-talented cast of singers, dancers and musicians.  This is the first time Smith has performed with the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, which is home to the popular Pigeon Forge shows: “The Comedy Barn,” “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Feud,” “Magic Beyond Belief,” starring Darren Romeo, and “The Smoky Mountain Opry.”

Charlie Bob Smith

Charlie Bob Smith

Smith is a former owner and performer of The Smith Family Theater.  A long-time local and fan favorite, Smith will star in his new morning show at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The Smith Family has entertained visitors to the Smokies for more than two decades.

“It is exciting to be bringing a new spectacular musical revue and comedy show to Pigeon Forge,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.  “The Smith Family has always been one of the best loved family shows in the Great Smoky Mountains area. Visitors from across the country love Charlie Bob and come back to this area year after year to see him perform. I am proud Charlie Bob has joined our company and will be headlining our morning show.  He brings a unique mix of country, pop, and gospel hits to the stage as well as his world-class impersonations.”

Charlie Bob Smith said, “I am excited to begin a new chapter in my career that is new and fun. I will perform the audience favorites I have always done – the impersonations of famous stars with some new looks and freshness in a spectacular venue at the Smoky Mountain Opry Theater.”  Some of Smith’s world-class impersonations include Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson, George Jones, Ray Charles and more than 30 others.

He remembers doing impressions of his grandparents when he was a child. The impressions of other performers came about through just trying things out in his living room or backstage.

For ticket information on the new “Smith Morning Variety Show,” call (865) 428-SHOW (7469). Adult tickets are $29.95, plus tax. Children 11 and under are $9.95, plus tax.  Groups of 15 or more qualify for group rates, available by calling 1-866-492-6972. The Smoky Mountain Opry Theater is located at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information about the show, visit http://www.SmithMorningVarietyShow.com or call 1-800-768-1170.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, produces this show. The company produces eight other entertainment shows in Pigeon Forge as well owning Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and a website http://www.SeePigeonForge.com that helps visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom,

(865) 414-6887 or (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

 

‘Christmas at The Smoky Mountain Opry’ Theater opens as ‘Year of the Elves!’

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (November 2015) – From Santa and his magical elves to the area’s largest living Nativity, “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., is opening its spectacular Christmas show on Nov. 2.

Filled with the music of the holiday season, the multi-million dollar “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show features award winning aerialists and ice skaters and Santa’s giant workshop, where toys come to life. The Christmas show includes lots of live animals such as majestic camels, horses, donkeys and a rare white lion.SMOpry Christmas#1

“’Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’ has been expanded to be an even bigger and better Christmas celebration than previous years,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. “Our Christmas show brings to the stage a talented cast of musicians, singers, dancers and comedians performing in the largest, most spectacular Christmas show in the Smokies. We have traditional and new Christmas music, as well as a section of the show devoted to a country Christmas. We have the beauty of the true meaning of Christmas – a huge living Nativity scene that tells a story and celebrates the birth of Christ. This dramatic representation of the major events related to the birth of Christ includes animals, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and, of course, little baby Jesus.

“This is a magical and fantastic Christmas show,” Fee said. “There is something for the entire family. We have the best performers in the whole area including incredible aerialists and funny acts such as Slim Chance, a hilarious comedic juggler, who was named Branson comedian of the year, two years in a row. This is our ‘Year of the Elves,’ and Santa’s elves are prominent in this year’s show. They are busy working overtime and feeling the stress of the deadlines of Christmas. This enormous production also has unique special effects such as flying musicians and angels, snow falling softly in the theater and an electrifying laser light show.”

Fee said that the staff, producers, directors and entertainers have put into the show all of the things that remind people of Christmas such as jingle bells, dazzling lights and being at home with your family.

“We knew we wanted to create a family tradition that people would want to come back to year after year,” Fee said.  “We want to help people create Christmas memories. We are bringing back audience favorites from last year, and we have many new surprises to make the show even better this year. For example, we have created a very special Christmas moment for veterans. We have beautiful new costumes, amazing choreography, incredible special effects and lavish sets.

“We have an ice rink on stage that appears and disappears,” Fee said.  “We have former ‘Disney on Ice’ ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Samantha Delgado, who will be bringing their pinpoint precision, graceful elegance and gravity-defying lifts to our stage. We also have Santa Claus, of course. We are extremely proud of ‘Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry’. This show is amazing and exhilarating!”

Fee co-produces the show with David Horton, creative director/consultant for Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group. Joel Bruce is the production manager, Sandy Inbody is the director, Brandy Bailey is the choreographer, Asia Milburn is the costume designer and Marshall Whaley is the lighting/special effects designer.

Fee said, “Whether you are just starting your family tradition of coming to Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry or continuing this tradition from years past, our hope is that you and your family will feel the wonder that only this season brings, and we are honored to be a part of your Christmas celebration.”

“Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” Theater is performed this season in the afternoon matinee slot at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday and in the evening at 8 p.m. every night of the week. Tickets for the Christmas show are $49.95, plus tax each, and children 11 and under are $19.95 plus tax each. Group rates are available for groups of 15 or more for the Christmas show. The show will run until Jan. 3, 2016.

The theater is at traffic light 0 at 2046 Parkway in Pigeon Forge. For more information, call the theater’s box office 865-428-7469 or 1-800-768-1170 or visit http://www.SmokyMtnOpry.com. “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” will have a special New Year’s Eve Show on Dec. 31.

In the Dec. 2014 edition of “Southern Living” magazine, the Smoky Mountain Opry was named the “Don’t Miss Variety Show” of Pigeon Forge. It was also awarded the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for having a 5-star average rating on that site, making the “Smoky Mountain Opry” show one of the top-performing 10 percent of businesses worldwide on Trip Advisor.

Cast members for this year’s “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” show include specialty acts: ice skaters Marco Del Zotto and Amie Delgado; aerialists, Leann Farley and Simmone Gruzdev; and comedic juggler, David Hirschi, as Slim Chance. Vocalists include Marissa Haye, vocal captain, and Anthony Bailey, TC Barnette, Kendal Manning, Hollie Tkacik, and Hugh Warren. The understudies are Anthony Bucciero and Maria Albani-Cook. Singer/dancers include Scott Johnson and Liz Sambol. Dancers include  Adam Gullidge, dance captain, and Rocky Bowyer, Summer Collins, Casey DiPersio, Travis Layman and Amanda Russell. Understudies are Brandy and Beetle Bailey. Chorus members include Cedric Paige and Amy Jo Wagner. Band members, led by band director, Johnny Hodges include Mark Holbrook, Vince Ilagan, Dave Jackson, Chris Patterson, Daniel Reeves, Greg Stout, Jarod Wilson and Kaleb Wright.

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group, one of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, is now in its 20th anniversary season. The company also owns and produces other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area including  “The Comedy Barn”, The “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show,”  “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo (which will reopen in March). Fee/Hedrick offers a combination show deal for only $14.95 plus tax for adult tickets to “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” when guests buy a ticket to the “Hatfield and McCoy Christmas Disaster Dinner and Show” nfor $54.95 plus tax. With this combo deal, children are free to the “Christmas at the Smoky Mountain Opry” (one child per paying adult). The company also owns Happy Days Diner restaurant, Chef’s Catering and a website, seepigeonforge.com, that assists visitors in planning their entire Smoky Mountain experience online.

Contact:

Deborah Fee Newsom

Director of Public Relations and Merchandising

(865) 414-6887 (cell), (865) 774-8877

Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

‘Comedy Critters Pet Show’ Returns for Second Season of Furry Fun at Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (June 2015) 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., where The “Comedy Critters Pet Show” has returned for a second summer season of furry fun.  The show just opened in the matinee slot at 2 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and will continue until Aug. 8.

The two-hour show includes zany comedy, animal antics and family fun.  The main act is Anthony and Alena King and their trained “Comedy Critters” performing in a pet variety act.

Comedy Critters Pet Show Charlie Communicating_Donkey-5They have performed on Animal Planet’s “Pet Star, ” on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, 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.

Ten high diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zigzag, do a high-step routine, an Olympic pole balance, an upside down walk, super jumps, and they even do a high diving stunt. In addition, pig stars Boris Bacon and Jessie Hamm compete with the audience in piggy games.

“The Comedy Barn Theater is the most successful and most attended clean comedy theater in the world,” said David Fee, president and chief executive officer of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “We have fun, amazing animals. Charlie the donkey astounds the audience with his mathematical skills, and we have wonderful waltzing dogs. There is also 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.”

There are even exotic birds. “The birds 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,” said Fee.

“The Kings joined the Comedy Barn a year ago, and their act was so requested that we opened up a matinee format where they can perform with all of their animals in one show,” said Fee. “A couple of their animals are also in our regular Comedy Barn Show every night.”

King 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.

In addition the new “Comedy Critters Pet Show” features award winning comedian, ventriloquist and man of many voices, Stephen Knowles, who performs a ventriloquism act with animal puppets including a monkey, a little red horse, a baby bird and a pelican.

He has performed at The Comedy Barn Theater for the past 18 years. He has appeared on national television programs, at resort casinos and hotels, on cruise ships and at Fortune 500 corporation events. His pelican routine won an international ventriloquism competition in 1994.

Ventriloquism is an ancient art form, Knowles said.  “I use ventriloquism for everything from soft puppets to audience volunteers,” he said. Knowles has a passion for entertaining.

He became interested in ventriloquism after he got a dummy as a Christmas present – one of the things he had circled in the back of a Sears’s catalogue many years ago. At that time, he found he had a knack for ventriloquism, and he found he liked being an entertainer. “Now, I have a vocation that is a vacation,” Knowles said. “I love every minute of it.”

Also featured in the matinee show is magician/comedian Greg Franklin as goofy Farmer Klemm. A native of Kannapolis, N.C., Franklin has been performing professionally since he was 16 when he landed a part in the Paul Osborne Merlin Rainbow Mystery Cavern Show just down the road at the site of what is now lost Treasure Miniature Golf.

Since then, he starred in his own magic show produced by Dallas-based Osborne at amusement parks all over America. He owned his own magic store near Orlando, created a villainous professional wrestling character named “The fabulous Mister Franklin” and was appearing at the Carolina Nights Dinner Theater in Maggie Valley before coming here. He performs two different animal-themed comedy/magic routines in the matinee show.

Another performer in the show is Wes Herrick, who formerly played Duffy and Granny at The Comedy Barn Theater and most recently played Pa McCoy at “The Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show”.  Also in the show is Bill Young, who is also a “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show” street character. Assisting all of the performers are Carrie Arp and Lindsay Hamm.

Fee said, “Our goal is to offer clean, family entertainment at a reasonable price. The main focus of our new show is comedy critters; however we have some pretty spectacular magic and ventriloquism, 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.”

Now in its 20th season and open year round, The Comedy Barn Theater has two regular shows nightly as well as the new “Comedy Barn Critters Pet Show” matinee show. Tickets for the new matinee show are $29.95 plus tax for adults and $9.95 plus tax for children ages 3-11. There is a combo price of $14.95 plus tax for people who also purchase tickets to the regular Comedy Barn Show. Toll free 1-800-29 LAUGH or (865) 428-5222.  For more information, visit www.comedybarn.com .

The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

One of the largest show production companies in the Southeast, The Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group also owns and produces five other major shows in the Smoky Mountain area: “The Comedy Barn Show,” “The  Smoky Mountain Opry,” The “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show,” “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show” featuring the Blackwoods and a new show, “Magic Beyond Belief™” starring Darren Romeo. The company also owns Happy Days restaurant and Chef’s Catering.

 

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CONTACT:

Deborah Fee Newsom

(865) 774-8877 or (865) 414-6887 (cell)

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

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 2015) – To commemorate the landmark 20th anniversary of The Comedy Barn Theater, in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the Tennessee Legislature 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.

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.”

Clean Comedy WinsThe show can still be seen nightly at the Comedy Barn Theater at 2775 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, near 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 16t 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.” 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 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! Twenty 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, yhe 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 go to http://www.comedybarn.com/, the 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.

Twenty 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/.

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New Comedy Pet Variety Act Joins Comedy Barn Theater

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (April 15, 2014) – Where do trained pigs, parrots, housecats, dogs and a mini-donkey all perform together?

The answer is 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!

trained cats at Comedy Barn-3Ten high-diving housecats all perform in a comedy routine. They jump through hoops, zigzag, do a high-step routine, an Olympic pole balance, an upside down walk, super jumps and even 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 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. roller skating bird-8

“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.”

King 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. 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 include Danny Devaney, a graduate of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College; 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.; Stephen Knowles, an award-winning ventriloquist, comedian and man of many voices; and Eric Lambert, a comedian who has appeared on “David Letterman,” “Showtime” and “An Evening at the Improv.”

Musicians include Steve Curry and Ron Jeffery, members of the original Archie Campbell “Hee Haw” band, as well as drummer Buddy Cline and guitar player Clyde Foley Cummins.

“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,” Fee said.

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.

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Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group

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Deborah@FeeHedrick.com

Comedy Barn: 5K Kickin’ Chicken Run To Benefit Children’s Charities

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (Aug. 6, 2013) – The Comedy Barn Theater will sponsor the first annual Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run/Fun Walk for Children’s Charities on Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.

The net proceeds will benefit Cherish the Child, Smoky Mountain Children’s Home and Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center.

According to its website, “Cherish the Child Foundation, founded in 2004, is a non-profit organization whose sole mission and purpose is to provide financial assistance and increased public awareness for the Smoky Mountain Children’s Home in Sevierville, Tenn.  The Smoky Mountain Children’s Home, founded in 1920, continues to be the largest residential childcare facility in the state of Tennessee.  The children’s home provides therapeutic residential care for abused, dependent, neglected and other at risk youth without regard for race, religion, ethnic origin or economical status.”

Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center provides comprehensive, coordinated and compassionate services to victims of child abuse.

Race registration for the Kickin’ Chicken Run will begin at 6:30 a.m. at the Comedy Barn Theater on the Parkway, and the race will start at 8 a.m. at the Comedy Barn.

The route is through the Pigeon Forge Riverwalk Greenway as well as on the Parkway, and the race finishes back at the Comedy Barn.

The race registration fee is $20 until Aug. 12. Forms can be picked up from The Comedy Barn Theater® or people can register on line. The registration cost after Aug. 12 is $25.  There will be a silent auction at the race and refreshments after the race.

“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.”

Prizes for the race include lodging and ticket packages from SeePigeonForge.com to Fee/Hedrick shows, including tickets to the Comedy Barn show. 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 website‎ 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, “Bob Nelson Comedy Show,” Tony Roma’s Ribs, Steaks, and Seafood, Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.

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Veteran TV comedian Bob Nelson joins Comedy Barn cast

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (July 12, 2012) – Veteran stand-up comedian Bob Nelson, who has appeared on shows hosted by Johnny Carson, David Letterman, Regis Philbin and Merv Griffin, has a new performance home at the Comedy Barn in Pigeon Forge.

Nelson performs at 5 and 8 p.m. nightly except Mondays.

Nelson opened for Rodney Dangerfield for eight years and was featured in two of Dangerfield’s HBO showcases. He is also known for appearances on the “Bananas” comedy television show.

“He is one of the best comedians performing today, has great fans and is a very funny guy,” said David Fee, president and co-owner of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group.

Nelson was a theater major and did summer stock at Nassau Community College on Long Island, N.Y.

“I was always the class clown,” Nelson said. “I was always trying to make people laugh in different ways, and I did very physical Jerry Lewis-type of stuff. It was always in me – a gift from God.

“Right out of high school I was working as an amateur clown with circus acts doing juggling, trapeze and trampoline,” Nelson said. “I almost joined the circus but found I could make more money as an amateur clown.”

Red Skelton was Nelson’s mentor.

“I wanted to be a family comic and not do dirty material, and Red encouraged me at a time when the whole industry was tilted against conservatives. He told me, ‘You are a clown like me.’ He praised me for not cursing.”

Devaney Brings Extra Laughs to Comedy Barn

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (January 2012) – Popular Pigeon Forge comic Danny Devaney has joined the cast of the Comedy Barn Theater.

Devaney formerly was show director and co-producer of the Great Smoky Mountain Lumberjack Feud, which opened in Pigeon Forge last August. Before that, he played “Scraps” in a dinner show produced at WonderWorks.

Devaney graduated from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College in 1989. He then toured as a clown with Ringling Brothers 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 Brothers Circus.”

The Comedy Barn, which is open year-round, has one show every night and two shows every night in season, as well as some scheduled matinees throughout the year.