Comedian George Duvall will be performing his acclaimed “One Mic, One Man, One Hour” comedy show at Summit City in Whitesburg this Thursday at 8 p.m.
Duvall, of Richmond, has performed all over the country, including Comedy Off Broadway in Lexington, Comedy Caravan in Louisville, JerZee’s Comedy Club in Richmond and his own “One Mic, One Man, One Hour” Comedy Show in Northern Kentucky and Lexington. He has performed with BET Comics in Oakland, San Francisco, Atlanta, Louisville and Nashville.
Duvall began his comedy career in Lexington in 1997 when he used an “open mic” night at Comedy Off Broadway to propose marriage to his then-girlfriend, who accepted and is now his wife.
“The guy told me, ‘You’ve got two minutes — one minute to tell a joke and one minute to propose,” Duvall said this week. “I started going and I had the whole crowd laughing at my jokes.”
After the success of Duvall’s open mic appearance, he entered a comedy competition in 1998 and “in 1999 I decided four minutes wasn’t enough for me so I started my own show. After that it’s just developed into part of my life.”
When he’s not performing as a comice, Duvall works with the Gear Up program at Berea College and travels across the nation giving motivational talks based on the hurdles he had to jump to achieve success today.
Duvall was born in Lexington. After getting into trouble and being sent to a home for boys he was taken in by a foster family and lived with them in rural northern Kentucky for 15 years. He was a football star at Conner High School in Burlington, near the Ohio River, and went to graduate from Eastern Kentucky University.
Duvall’s comedy routine is based on “all situations good and bad and in between that make people laugh.”
Admission to Thursday’s show is $12. A portion of the proceeds will go towards the Relay For Life. Persons wishing more information may call 633-2715.