Valdosta Daily Times

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May 16, 2014

Comedy shows keep Valdosta laughing

Dean Poling — Larry Johnson has always wanted to make people laugh.

Though he occasionally takes the stage, Johnson makes people laugh by promoting monthly comedy shows at the James H. Rainwater Conference Center.

As Metro City Entertainment, Johnson has been producing Valdosta comedy shows regularly for about three years. These performances have played for about a year at the conference center. On average, approximately 300 people attend the comedy shows, Johnson says. In March, about 500 people attended the show.

“I love to make people laugh,” Johnson says. “I don’t have the talent to get up on stage but I can get up in a room.”

He can also draw the comedians to Valdosta.

This weekend, comedy returns to the Rainwater Conference Center, with comedians Shaun Jones, Sherman Golden and Johnson’s show partner, Lav Luv. The show’s comedians are people who can be viewed on “Def Comedy Jam” or on BET shows.

Though he has a full-time job at Lowe’s, Johnson’s promoting career began while working another job several years ago. Working for an auto parts store, he received the assignment to plan an event. He hired a comedian. The event was successful. Johnson enjoyed arranging the show and saw it as an opportunity for a second career.

He also recognized a void for such entertainment in Valdosta. “I wanted to find a way to bring quality entertainment to town for a mature crowd,” Johnson says.

If not for the monthly shows, Johnson says Valdostans would have to travel to Atlanta or Orlando to see similar live entertainment. Johnson hopes to increase his coverage area by organizing similar comedy shows through venues in other towns sometime in the future.

A self-described military brat, Johnson landed in Valdosta in the 1990s. He played Valdosta High School Wildcats football and graduated in 1996.

While he has always loved comedy, he is more than happy working behind the scenes, watching as others laugh.

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