Need a Good Laugh? On Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m., spend a night of family friendly comedy with Bil Lepp, nationally known, award winning storyteller, humorist and recording artist. He will be on stage in the Coolidge Theatre at the Deane Center for the Performing Arts at 104 Main St. in Wellsboro.
His style is described as a satisfying blend of Bob Newhart and Jeff Foxworthy. Although a five-time champion of the West Virginia Liars’ Contest, his outrageous tall tales and witty stories contain morsels of truth, which present universal themes in clever ways giving delightful insights into everyday life.
Growing up in a family where it was always the responsibility of the listener to decide whether or not a story was true, Lepp became adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances at an early age.
“While my stories may not be completely true, they are always honest,” he said.
“(Lepp) goes for the funny bone. He stuffs his hands in his pockets and leans back as he nonchalantly lets drop the zinger to his tale,” writes The Boston Globe.
A storyteller for more than 27 years, Lepp has been a Featured Teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee since 2002 and at other festivals and events around the country, such as the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Comedy Central’s Stage on Hudson in Los Angeles.
He is a recipient of the National Storytelling Network Oracle Circle of Excellence award, is a PEN Award winning author and Parents’ Choice Gold Recipient for his picture book, “The King of Little Things and is featured regularly on WV Public Broadcasting’s Mountain Stage. He lives with his family in South Charleston, West Virginia.
Said storyteller Barbara McBride Smith, “Bil Lepp is the Wonder Bra of storytelling. He takes something small and insignificant and pushes it up into something really BIG and mighty interesting.”
Admission is $15, $12 for seniors 65 and older and free for youth ages 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult. For tickets, call (570) 724-6220 or visit www.deanecenter.com.