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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 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

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


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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.