He’s down-to-earth and family-friendly, but James Gregory also is an up-front laugh-riot.


“The funniest man in America” is coming back to Aiken on Saturday for two shows at the URS Center for Performing Arts.


“I always enjoyed coming to Aiken,” Gregory said in a phone interview. “(The center) is a great venue for comedy … It’s not too little, not too big.”


Gregory, who has come to Aiken for the past five years, will perform at 7 and 9:15 p.m., but the earlier show is sold out. Tickets for the 9:15 p.m. show are available at the box office.


Tickets are $35 for seating in the first three rows and $27 for seats in the fourth row and back.


His acts have been labeled as “relatable,” “beyond funny” and done in “good taste,” according to testimonials on his website.


“I have had people tell me, ‘You remind me of my uncle,’ or ‘It’s like you grew up on my front porch,’” Gregory said.


Gregory prides himself on his shows being based on a time when “life was simpler.”


Due to his wide-appeal, the “funniest man” title has followed him around for a long time, he said.


Gregory grew up in Atlanta and never likes to stray too far away from it.


“I like to go to places close to home,” he said, though he did comment he doesn’t mind traveling a bit far away.


He’s on the road 46 weeks per year, two to three nights per week, approaching the whole experience like “any other job that travels.”


“I do see a lot of the country that a lot of people don’t see,” he said.


Watching stand-up comedians while in high school, Gregory probably did not imagine becoming one himself. However, he did appreciate the craft.


“I love the idea of anyone going onstage with a mic and making people laugh.”


He was in his early 30s when he ventured out into his own comedic career, and so far, has performed more than 200 radio shows, has released comedy albums and concert DVDs and has appeared with celebrities like Reba McEntire, Kenny Chesney and Randy Travis.


The URS center is at 126 Newberry St.


For more information on the show and his tour, visit Gregory’s website.


James Gregory performance


Saturday, 7 and 9:15 p.m.


URS Center for Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St.


Visit www.funniestman.com or call 648-1438