Two comedians to perform at the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes, Saturday, March 8
If you are looking for a reason to visit the Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes, this weekend's performance by Cledus T. Judd and Vic Clevenger just might be the ticket.
The two comedians will be performing two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the casino's Big Easy Lounge.
Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. More information can be found at www.mardigrascasinowv.com and 800-224-9683.
Warner Brothers Records recording artist, Judd is the comedian and music video parodist who moved to the Tri-State a couple of years ago to become a morning radio host. His Cledus T. Party show can be heard every weekday from 6 to 9 a.m. on WTCR-FM, 103.3.
Judd has found success in the country music world by producing parodies of hit country songs. He has sold more than two million records and made 25 videos over the years, many of which appear on the CMT Pure channel. Although he enjoys having a little fun with various artists and their songs, he rarely runs into anyone who has a problem with being the butt of a joke or two.
"I've been real lucky on that one," said Judd. "I've never really had anybody pitch a fit. Garth Brooks, a long time ago, asked me not to do one because a song that I was doing was up for a Grammy. I said, 'Garth, you've sold more records than the Beatles. I don't think I can keep you from winning a Grammy. But, if I can, I'm not making near enough money in this business.' So, he let me do it and he still won the Grammy anyway. That's been the only time I've ever had anybody say anything. It's been a great career; to still have a record deal with Warner Brothers, still putting videos out and I'm still doing some touring. It's a big deal to me."
At the beginning of his career, Judd had to find his own unique niche in show business. He wanted to be a comedian, but he also wanted to be involved with music somehow.
"I guess there is something in the back of our minds that always says (you can't make it) in the early days," said Judd. "Having to struggle and fight and beg and fight. But, I don't think I ever felt like giving up or quitting. I always figured I could con my way into some kind of success. Sure enough, sitting here 25 videos deep, I feel like I made it. That is what I felt like I was good at. I'm not a great singer or anything like that, so I wanted to be a comic and to do musical comedy. That is just the kind of route that the Good Lord took me on. And, it really paid off. There hasn't been anyone to do it at that level before me or since me. There is Ray Stevens and people like that, but he didn't do parodies like I do. Ray was more into making original (comedic songs). Hopefully I've got the knack for it and people enjoy it and I'm happy to do it."
Before moving to the Tri-State to be with his daughter, Judd toured extensively as a comedian and emceed for many of the top country music acts in the nation.
"For three years in a row, I was out with Brooks and Dunn," said Judd. "That first year, with me and Toby Keith, Keith Urban and Montgomery Gentry, was by far the most memorable tour. I say it was 'memorable,' but I woke up one day in Virginia Beach and I called Toby and said, 'Lose my phone number, because I can't live like this no more.' I didn't remember the first half of the tour. It was just a big ole party out there, so it was a lot of fun. It was one of those tours that I'll never forget, and one that I can barely remember at the same time. Every day, when we woke up, somebody would have to tell us where we were at. We didn't know half of the time. It was a lot of fun."
Things have settled down a bit now for Judd, as he concentrates on his radio show and spending time with his family. But he still enjoys getting out now and then and he is looking forward to performing this weekend. And, he always has an idea for a new video in mind.
"It's different now," said Judd. "It's a good place to be in, where you can do it and enjoy it, and you're livelihood doesn't have to depend on it. I love radio with a passion, and I still want to tour, but I'm not going to go to Dubuque, Iowa, for one show. I'll go to Wheeling, West Virginia, but I'm not going to Iowa. I'd rather stay around the house and be with my kid."
If you go
WHAT: "The No Twerking Show with Cledus and Clevenger," a night of comedy by national act comedians Cledus T. Judd and Vic Clevenger
WHERE: Mardi Gras Casino and Resort in Cross Lanes in the casino's Big Easy Lounge.
WHEN: 8 and 10 p.m. Saturday, March 8
HOW MUCH: Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
GET TIX: More information can be found at www.mardigrascasinowv.com and 800-224-9683.
ON THE WEB: Go online at http://www.cledustjudd.net to see some of Judd's latest videos.
ON THE RADIO: Listen to Judd every weekday morning on The Cledus T. Party show from 6 to 9 a.m. on WTCR-FM, 103.3
OTHER COMEDY SHOWS: Marshall Student Activities welcomes comedian Craig Robinson ("The Office") live at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for non-students. For questions, email CAB@marshall.edu and go online at www.marshall.edu/GETINVOLVED for more info.
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