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WHRO Public Media
Historian Clay Jenkinson Presents Evening of Comedy
Clay Jenkinson: Talking Out of Tights comes to TCC’s Roper Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 25 at 7 pm
When you spend three decades travelling the country performing as Thomas Jefferson – complete with wigs and pantaloons – you have stories to tell. Clay Jenkinson, host of The Thomas Jefferson Hour takes the stage at Tidewater Community College’s Roper Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 25 in a performance reflecting on a life in tights, and the comedies that play out across America, from Duluth to DC.
“My mentor told me that humor is the greatest lubricant of ideas,” Jenkinson said. “I woke up one morning about fifteen years ago and realized that I could be funny on stage. Absurd though it may sound, my dream is to be a humanist comedian!”
Jenkinson’s performances even of the comparatively humorless Jefferson are filled with wit. “I have performed countless times as Jefferson in Norfolk, and look forward to many more,” says Jenkinson. “But for this special performance I’m eager to share the comedy that happens behind the scenes of this unusual life.”
One of America’s premier humanities scholars, Jenkinson says he plans to share the indignities, scrapes, arrests (!), and The Famous Pickle Story, while celebrating the people and places he’s had the honor to encounter as part of an unusual life. The performance is a fundraiser for WHRO Public Media, with ticket sales supporting the public media station.
“I love coming to Norfolk, and WHRO Public Media has been such a strong supporter of my work,” says Jenkinson. “It’s all for the love of the humanities. I promise to make people laugh.”
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