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24 May 10 Music City Texas Theater Hosts New Comedy Show

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Three nationally known musical comedians have secretly banded together as a trio to bring you one of the most entertaining comedy experiences since Blue Collar Comedy. James Lee Reeves, Denny Johnston and Richard Bowden have teamed up to form “The Smoldering Embers,” touting the motto, “We Ain’t Done Yet.”

Smoldering Embers

James Lee Reeves, well known for his character “Professor Milo Tremley,” has headlined America’s flagship comedy clubs for over two decades and made many comedy recordings for the nation’s popular morning radio shows. As an actor, James made guest appearances on ‘70’s television shows such as “Kung Fu” and the James Garner series “Nichols.” He has performed at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, plus a couple of Willie’s July 4th picnics in Luckenbach, TX. He has headlined such Las Vegas casinos as The Dunes, The Aladdin, The Golden Nugget, The Rio, The Sands and The Riviera. James was one of the first acts to perform regularly at the Comedy Store in Hollywood along with the likes of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Robin Williams and Billy Crystal. He was among the first to bring funny songs to the Bob & Tom show. During the Gulf War, his song “Kick Ass USA” was a huge hit on Bob & Tom and the #1 most requested song for all of 1991 on the Dr. Demento Show.
Denny Johnston won Showtime’s Big L.A. Laff-Off out of the 109 comedians who signed up. He has appeared on The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman. Denny’s other television credits include Evening At The Improv, Good Morning America, Merv Griffin (11 shows), Comedy Central, Arsenio Hall, A & E Comedy Channel and Make Me Laugh (20 shows). He has also appeared on the Television Specials, “SELL OUT” (a Showtime SPECIAL for Denny), the HBO Special “Chevy Chase and Friends,” and won Showtime’s game show “LAFF-A-THON” (and as he says, most importantly… he painted Kenny Rogers’ house). Denny has opened shows for Michael Bolton, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kenny G., Julio Iglesias, George Jones, Kenny Loggins, Seals & Croft and Creedence Clearwater Revival.
Richard Bowden was the co-founder of the musical comedy duo of Pinkard & Bowden, who recorded 5 albums for Warner Bros. Records throughout the Eighties and Nineties. His comedy songs with Pinkard & Bowden reached the national charts with titles such as “Mama, She’s Lazy” and “She Thinks I Steal Cars.” Live cuts like “Help Me Make It Through The Yard” and “I’ve Got Friends In Crawlspaces” became morning radio hits nationwide and can still be heard on such great nationally syndicated radio shows as the Bob & Tom Show and the Johnboy & Billy Big Show. Bowden’s solo CD cuts are now being heard on Sirius/XM Radio. Before embarking upon a  comedy career, Richard provided lead guitar skills for such rock artists as Linda Ronstadt, Dan Fogelberg, Roger McGuinn (Byrds) and Johnny Rivers. He has also recorded on albums for Stevie Nicks, Commander Cody, Johnny Rodriguez, Doug Kershaw and sang backup vocals with Bonnie Raitt on the “Urban Cowboy” soundtrack album.
“We are all 64 years old and we’re finally doing something we’ve been threatening to do for the better part of a decade.  We’ve always made each other laugh. This is something that we just plain want to do,” says Richard Bowden, Executive Director at the Music City Texas Theater. “It dawned on us,” added Bowden,“ that there are millions of us 55 and older that have been left sitting in the dust by the nation’s current comedy scene. We are not interested in a thirty-something year old comic, using dude every other word, talking about text messaging  or sexting or some other Nouveaux- techno stuff that holds nothing for us electronically challenged fuddy duddies.”
Reeves currently resides in Reno, NV, and Johnston in La Quinta, CA, near Palm Springs.  They will be converging on Linden in a few days to do a little fishing before the show on Saturday. The show will also be professionally video taped for a promotional video. “Because of the demographic we are targeting,” says Bowden, “we plan to keep the material no more risqué than “PG-13” … is that still a rating?”
Combining their musical skills with their comedic expertise for the “Smoldering Embers,” the trio is sure to provide the audience with more laughs per second than any other comedy act working today. This is a “MUST SEE” comedy performance.
For tickets and information, contact the Music City Texas Theater at 903-756-9934 or by email at Visit the theater’s website at for a complete lineup of events. MCT is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization classified by the IRS as a public charity, and as such, all donations, including tickets, are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.  Call the theater, inquire about the Patron and Corporate Sponsor programs and become a part of this great entertainment venue.

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