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Comedian brings his schtick to the Farris for benefit

The Greg Warren Comedy Show will be at the Farris Theatre Sunday, July 19, at 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Richmond Education Foundation, the evening is an opportunity for couples to enjoy dinner and a show.
Putting a new twist on this idea, the foundation has created an evening that can include not only a ticket for the show, but also a dinner for just an additional $5. Show tickets are available for $15 for general admission and $20 for general admission with VIP section seating in the front rows of the orchestra center of the theater.
Dinner will be available from 5 to 7 p.m. and includes a rib-eye steak sandwich, sides, drink and dessert. It will be served in the Fellowship/dining hall of the basement of the Richmond United Methodist Church at 212 West Main Street in Richmond. After dinner, it is an easy walk across the street to the theater. Dinner tickets will only be on sale until July 18.
Greg Warren grew up in St. Louis where his father was the high school wrestling coach and this he said provided him with a great deal of material for his act. Greg’s mother made him “wear ridiculous clothes and take clarinet lessons – another source of comedic inspiration,he claims.  From these sources and his other Midwestern experiences, he has created such bits as “Uncle Earl,” “Flute Man,” “One Star Hotel People,” and “One Star Weddings.”  It should be noted that his comedy material is intended for mature audiences only and is rated PG-18.
 Warren was briefly a West Point cadet, and graduated from Mizzou with a degree in journalism and was named an All-American college wrestler.  While he was attending Mizzou, he won a comedy contest and that steered him in a completely new direction.  Since then, he has been seen on BET’s “Coming to the Stage,” CMT’s “Comedy Stage,” “The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.”  He is a favorite on the “Bob and Tom Radio Show” and recently had his own Comedy Central special that aired this past March 2009.  He is currently on tour across the  U.S.
A fulltime comedian for the last eight years, some of his rave reviews include:
“Greg captivates audiences with hilarious social commentary and anecdotes about the conflict inherent in meshing two high school identities:  varsity wrestler and band geek,” Artsopolis, 2008.
“As a personality, Warren is a lovable, self-depracating Average Joe, bewildered but hopeful, mimicking the outrageous accents of those he can’t quite believe he’s forced to interact with.  Even during episodes in which he’s the victim, he delivers dialogue with a devilish grin,” – STL Riverfront Times, 2009
Tickets are available for purchase by calling the Farris Theatre at 816-776-6684, or from any REF board member (Gary Vandiver, Jim Schmidt, Jim Robins, Jonathan Renfro, Chris Minnick, Valerie Miller, April Maulsby and Lisa Berning).
Photo: Comedian Greg Warren, a St. Louis native, brings his brand of humor to benefit the Richmond Education Foundation July 19. (Provided photo)

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