Monday, October 18, 2010

N.C. Native Jon Reep To Open Eighth Palladian Series Last Comic Standing Winner, Star of Dodge “Hemi” Commercials

The Clayton Center’s eighth Palladian Series opens on Saturday, Oct. 23, with a performance by comedian Jon Reep, the Hickory, N.C., native and season five winner of the popular NBC reality series Last Comic Standing.

Reep began his career in the mid-1990s as a student at North Carolina State University, performing at Charlie Goodnight’s Comedy Club in Raleigh. After graduating from NCSU in 1997, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. His acting credits include the pot smoking farmer “Raymus” from the movie Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay, and the dim-witted cop “Gerald Bob” from the ABC sitcom Rodney. But Reep is probably best known from the popular Dodge Truck ad campaign as the “Hemi guy” – the redheaded hillbilly in the Dodge Ram commercials who leans out of a beat-up car and utters the now famous line, “That thing gotta Hemi?”

Reep’s high-energy stand-up act is a testament to his small-town Southern upbringing in Hickory, N.C. A master storyteller, he weaves tales of growing up in Hickory with hilarious anecdotes about family and friends. He also muses about his life as a “Metro Jethro” living the big city in Los Angeles. A Metro Jethro is a Southern boy who takes the good parts of small town life and adapts them to big city living. However, things we find endearing in the Deep South don't always jive with big city sensibilities, providing the basis for his wildly funny and entertaining comedy.

Over the past decade, Reep has performed at the prestigious Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and he was invited back to perform in the “Best of the Fest” as well as in a gala show with the legendary John Cleese of Monty Python fame. Reep also has appeared on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend and the special Comedy Central Presents, as well as TBS’s Pit Stop Comedy, NBC’s Late Friday, and CMT’s Comedy Stage and Comedy Club.

Heidi Stump, executive director of The Clayton Center, said, “Jon Reep is a wonderful performer to kick off the 2010-11 season. His brand of humor is something we all can relate to. Our audience is very excited to see his show live.”

The 8 p.m. performance is presented by Music City Artists. Tickets are $25. Season tickets to each of the six shows in the Palladian Series also are available. Season ticket packages are $135.

Tickets may be purchased by phone at 919-553-1737, at The Clayton Center Box Office, 111 E. Second Street in downtown Clayton, from 10 a.m. until noon and from 1 until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at

The second show in The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series is the Saturday, Nov. 6, performance by The Blind Boys of Alabama, with John Dee Holeman. Tickets are $27.50.

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