People who like to laugh are encouraged to go to "Comedy Night with James Gregory" Friday at 7 p.m. at The Bottling Plant Event Center in Opelika.

Doors will open at 6 p.m.

This will mark Gregory’s third trip to Opelika.

Gregory, who carries the nickname “The Funniest Man in America,” said he enjoys performing in Alabama.

“Alabama is like a second home to me,” Gregory said.

Event Center Owner Lisa Ditchkoff said people can expect an evening of laughs.

“People laugh hysterically,” Ditchkoff said. “He is so funny. We’re anticipating a fun evening.”

Ditchkoff said each of his previous shows at the center had over 300 people.

People can purchase tickets in advance for $25 or on the day of the event for $30.

Online sales will end Wednesday at 5 p.m.

Groups can reserve tables of four or 10 for $150 and $350, respectively.

Gregory, who was born in a rural area about 25 miles east of Atlanta, has worked for the U.S. Postal Service, the Department of Defense and spent 10 years as a salesman before he decided to pursue stand-up comedy, according to his bio on his website.

For over two decades, Gregory has been touring across the country with his show that focuses on his reflections on life from the front porch.

“I just enjoy my job,” Gregory said.

Gregory prides himself on not having any vulgarity at his show.

“This is a completely family-friendly show,” Gregory said. “Any age group can come and enjoy the show. There are very few comedy show tours in the country that’s suitable for all ages.”

Gregory said live stand-up comedy offers a different experience than seeing it on television.

“When I’m on stage, that show is going to be like an hour and a half to an hour and 40 minutes,” Gregory said. It’s always fun on television, but it’s better in person. We’re going to have a lot of good laughs, and when people leave, they will leave feeling that they’re glad they came to the show.”

During the show, the bar will be open and some concession food will be available for sale.

Gregory explained what he hopes people will get from the show.

“I just hope that they will just enjoy the evening,” Gregory said. “I hope that they will forget their troubles and just have fun for a couple of hours. That’s the purpose of comedy. It’s an escape from everyday bad news in the world.”

Gregory offered some advice to those interested in pursuing stand-up comedy.

“If you have a desire to do it, there’s only one way you can do it,” Gregory said. “You have to find the nearest comedy club. Just go and give it a try.”

To purchase tickets for the show, go to the Event Center’s website at http://www.bottlingplanteventcenter.com.

Groups that need to reserve a table for the show can call the center at 334-705-5466.

People who would like to get more information about Gregory or watch his performances can go to his website at www.funniestman.com.

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