Long before he scored top prize on Last Comic Standing, Jon Reep was just a redneck from tiny Hickory, North Carolina, which the locals call “the furniture capital of the world.”
“(And that’s) not including all the stuff on the front porches,” says Reep. “Even our one homeless guy has a nice living room set.”
As a broadcasting major at North Carolina State, Reep stumbled into comedy in the stands at a Carolina Panthers game. During timeouts, his dancing attracted the team’s mascot, who coaxed him on to the field to boogie in front of fans. Their cheers turned to boos when the cops hauled him out of the stadium.
These days, Reep still feeds off his Southern roots when he talks about topics he knows best: beer, football and growing up in rural America.
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