Kentucky comic joining city's sesquicentennial celebration

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By Vince Luecke

TELL CITY - A nationally recognized comedian and lecturer, sometimes called America's funniest professor, will be on stage Aug. 4 at Tell City High School as part of the weeklong celebration of the community's sesquicentennial.

Carl Hurley, a former Eastern Kentucky University professor, draws big crowds at shows and speaking engagements around the country with his homespun humor. Drawing from his Appalachian upbringing, Hurley follows in the tradition of American humorists such as Andy Griffith and Garrison Keillor.

Hurley was born in Laurel County, Ky., attended Eastern Kentucky University and later earned a doctorate in education from the University of Missouri in Columbia. He joined the EKU faculty in 1971 and left in 1982 to speak full time. Hurley grew up listening to family tales and radio programs, so many of the stories he tells are related to his rural roots.

Tickets for Hurley's 7 p.m. show are $10 each and can be reserved by calling the Perry County Chamber of Commerce at 547-2385.

Hurley's appearance on the Monday of the weeklong celebration is sponsored by the Tell City Schweizer Fest-Sesquicentennial Committee.