Jim Stafford

Jim Stafford

MOUNT VERNON – Jim Stafford, the No. 1 Funny Man of Branson, Missouri, will perform at the historic Woodward Opera House in Mount Vernon on Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.

The comedian-storyteller and guitar-entertainer provides music and lyrics from southern living and love ballads to tales about a bulldog that drinks champagne.

Stafford’s prolific career in the spotlight has been as a solo artist as well as a member of various bands performing in bars and concert halls. It was only until his friend, singer Lobo, heard Stafford’s song, “Swamp Witch,” that his profession on stage took off.

From there “Spiders and Snakes” reached No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard in 1972. At 29 years old, Stafford achieved six Top 40 songs on Billboard including the famous tracks “My Girl Bill” and “Wildwood Weed.” Additionally, his music was featured in Disney’s animated “The Fox and the Hound.”

He co-hosted the television show “Those Amazing Animals” and appeared many times on “The Tonight Show.”

Audience members can expect a combination of comedy, song, instrumentalism and storytelling, as well as some newer material. Stafford has had one of the top performing theaters in Branson, Missouri for the past 28 years.

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Although Stafford has spent a lifetime in front of crowds across the country, he continues to love every aspect of performing.

“It’s still thrilling to pack up your instruments and get your little stage outfit and go hop a plane and go do a show,” he said. “It’s as much fun now for me as when I first started doing it. I still love it.”

Tickets are available at TheWoodward.org, by phone at (740) 263-6737 and at the Woodward Box Office, 107 South Main Street, Mount Vernon.