‘Mouth of Mayberry’ to perform Saturday


First Posted: 3/18/2015

Voice of the Blue Ridge with Travis Frye and Blue Mountain will feature guest comedian John Floyd “The Mouth of Mayberry” at the Historic Earle Theatre on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Floyd opened for James Gregory during Mayberry Days in 2014 and will return to perform for the Surry Arts Council this weekend. His performance is a change from the usual musical guests at Voice of the Blue Ridge and will be the first time a comedian has performed at this show.

This also will be the first time Floyd has performed at Voice of the Blue Ridge, which features special guests each performance, usually ranging from bluegrass to old-time to gospel groups. Host band Travis Frye and Blue Mountain will open the show with bluegrass music followed by Floyd.

Floyd first did stand-up comedy in a school talent show when he was 8 years old and he has been making people laugh ever since. Along the way he has worked with almost every comedian from Milton Berle, Soupy Sales and Tommy Chong to Dave Chappelle, Jamie Foxx and Chris Rock. He has also shared the stage with such music acts as Michael Bolton, Chubby Checker, Frankie Valli, Styx and Martina McBride. The numerous companies he has entertained include IBM, Aetna, First Union Bank, The United Way, Hardee’s, Rose’s Department Stores and Met Life.

Floyd was a semi-finalist in the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival and appeared on CBS-TV’s “Central Park West.” He was also a finalist and voted audience favorite in the Clean Comedy Challenge and was runner up in the Clean Guys Unbeepable Contest. The author of the book “I’m the South,” he has appeared in scores of comedy clubs in more than 40 states and is a regular performer for Carnival Cruise Lines where his ship received the highest comedy rating in their fleet in both 2007 and 2009.

Sometimes known as “The Mouth of Mayberry,” his southern charm and ability to find humor in almost anything will provide laughs for everyone.

Admission to the performance is $7 or a 2015 SAC Season Pass and can be purchased the night of the performance. For more information visit www.surryarts.org or call 336-786-7998.

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