Comedian Vic Henley to perform at UWP

September 23, 2002

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2002_09_23.jpgPLATTEVILLE- Using his Southern "good ol' boy" persona and well-crafted humor, comedian Vic Henley is sure to laugh his audience off their seats when he performs at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville campus.

Sponsored by Campus Programming and Relations (CPR), Henley's free performance is set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the Pioneer Crossing of the Pioneer Student Center. On college campuses, Henley has performed more than 500 shows and has been nominated for comedian of the year five times. In addition, he has been the opening act for Ray Charles, David Sanborn, Chicago, The Doobie Brothers, Warren Zevon, Dennis Miller, Dana Carvey, Michael McDonald, Curtis Mayfield, Frankie Valli, Ben E. King, Alabama, and Brooks and Dunn, just to name a few.

Henley's improvisational ability, quick wit and high energy have earned him the reputation as one of the country's fastest rising comedians. His appearance has been described as "a cross between Opie Taylor and Don Rickles, or a potent concoction of innocence and devilment." This may explain why Henley can turn perfectly reasonable adults into guffawing idiots when he struts across the stage.

Henley's show covers a variety of topics including current events, sports, religion, relationships and politics. This explains how he is able to entertain diverse audiences all over the world, as evidenced by his appearances at Montreal's Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and Edinburgh, Scotland's Fringe Festival.

Scotland on Sunday said, "This stand-up from America's deep south is giving rednecks a good name again with his sharp, political material and a pleasing audience rapport.

London's Sunday Times quotes, "There's something about his smooth southern drawl and beaming face that makes everything sound like a little message of love. Bless him."

A native of Oxford, Ala., Henley graduated from Auburn University and headed to Phoenix for a career as a stockbroker. His attention turned from finance to funnies when he entered and won a comedy contest at a local nightclub. He began working the comedy club circuit and eventually moved to New York, which led to his first television appearance on the CBS Morning Program. From there, he had numerous appearances on Star Search, Fox's Comic Strip Live, A&E'S Evening at the Improv, Caroline 's Comedy Hour, and Stand-up Spotlight with Rosie O'Donnell.

Besides performing, Henley has co-authored the national bestseller "Games Rednecks Play" with fellow comedian Jeff Foxworthy and has authored his own book "Things You Don't Expect Southerners to Say." When not on the road, Henley resides in New York City and is currently pursuing his interests in acting and writing.

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