Comedian Jon Reep coming to Sumter

FROM STAFF REPORTS
Posted 3/6/18

Jon Reep, winner of season 5 of NBC's "The Last Comic Standing," is bringing his humor to the Sumter Opera House for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

With Hickory, North Carolina, as his hometown, Reep is known for his …

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Comedian Jon Reep coming to Sumter

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Jon Reep, winner of season 5 of NBC's "The Last Comic Standing," is bringing his humor to the Sumter Opera House for one show only at 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

With Hickory, North Carolina, as his hometown, Reep is known for his Southern charm and wit and has a talent for making normal situations hilarious. His take on pulling various things with a boat across a river has left audiences in stitches.

"If you're on the river and you've got a speed boat, you're royalty! You don't need skis to have a good time on the river. You can pull anything that floats! ... Fiberglass awning? Guess what, it floats! Pull it!"

Reep also has a skit about the time his father mowed over a wasp nest.

"He said, 'Bees live in trees! Everybody knows that.'" Reep's father then uses the lawnmower to cut grass where there is a wasp nest in the ground under a railroad tie.

"He thought he could put the mower over the nest, and all of the bees would be sucked up into the bag, but that's not what happened. In about 5 seconds he had 500 bees all over his face! He was freaking out! His head was a honeycomb, man. He was running one way, and the lawnmower was going down the hill by itself, taking out the neighbor's roses."

Reep graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor's degree in Theater, Mass Communication, and Public and Personal Communication. Upon graduation, he worked with UNC-TV while, at the same time, honing his skills as a stand-up comedian. In 1998, he left UNC-TV to pursue a full-time comedy career.

In 2000, he was invited to perform at the Montreal "Just for Laughs Festival." Shortly thereafter, he moved to Los Angeles to further his career as a stand-up comedian and actor. He has appeared in movies such as "Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay" and "Good Luck Charlie." He also played the dim-witted cop Gerald Bob from the ABC sitcom "Rodney." More recently, he can be seen in "Eastbound and Down" and was host of SPEED TV's "R U Faster than a Redneck."

Tickets for Saturday night's performance are $26 to $30. Ample parking is available at the Sumter Opera House, 21 N. Main St.

For more information, visit www.SumterOperaHouse.com online or call (803) 436-2616.