State Senator Janice Bowling Talks Priorities: Abortion Remains Burial and Fiber to Premises for Rural Communities

State Senator Janice Bowling Talks Priorities: Abortion Remains Burial and Fiber to Premises for Rural Communities


Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed (TN-16) Senator Janice Bowling to the newsmakers line to discuss her priorities in the current session with common-sense bills that she’s passed and continues to work towards.

Leahy: We are joined now on our newsmaker line by our good friend, State Senator Janice Bowling from Tullahoma. Good morning, Senator Bowling.

Bowling: Good morning, Michael. How are you in Nashville?

Leahy: Well, we’re delighted that we have this time to chat with you. Very busy time in the Tennessee General Assembly. You’ve been pretty busy at it as well. Tell us what your priorities are and how they’re doing so far.

Bowling: Well, I’ve had several priorities with this session, and one was to get the bill passed that allows for the burial of the human remains of a child after an abortion. And that sounds like, my goodness, what were they doing prior to now? But that legislation has passed out of committee very handily. And hopefully we will get that on the floor and that will be passed in Tennessee. There had been no regulatory oversight for that. And even though we had regulatory oversight for veterinarians on what to do with animals, we had nothing for the human remains, even abortion.

Leahy: That sounds like common sense legislation to me, Senator Bowling.

Bowling: It really was common decency, common sense. I think it was Supreme Court Justice Thomas and his talk with the majority when it was approved by the U.S. Supreme Court that he said the insane thing is that we would have to be even discussing that this would take place and would be appropriate to take place.

Leahy: I agree with Justice Thomas. I almost always agree with him.

Bowling: So do I. I really admire him so much. And then another bill that I’ve carried now for multiple years, Michael, is the expansion of fiber to the premises in Tennessee, particularly in rural Tennessee. Fiber to the premises. And at one time I said high-speed Internet. But then you get into discussions with all of the providers about what constitutes high-speed Internet.

And they were trying to say 10 megs down and three megs up. Well, you need symmetrical these days. You’ve got to have upload and download speeds. The only thing that really gives you symmetry is fiber. So rather than trying to argue the points that 10 megs down and three megs up is more like a tom tom drum or kerosene lantern that you waive in the window it’s really not appropriate for 21st century needs.

I just left off anything that said broadband and went straight to fiber to the premises because, with that, you can stream videos. You can do voice over Internet. You will have more than adequate bandwidth and speed for everything. And it’s really 80 percent of your cost is going to be in the installation of the product. So go ahead and put in what’s future proof. You don’t need radio waves in rural Tennessee. Hills, hollers, trees, and weather, those things all interrupt. Plus they’re not secure. So that was one thing. And I did get four votes in committee this year.

Leahy: So you keep making progress on that. Senator Bowling, you know what this reminds me of? This reminds me of the Rural Electrification Act in the 1930s.

Bowling: 1937. You are exactly correct. And what some of my colleagues say incorrectly, in my opinion, is that you’re trying to interfere with the free market. Well, I would submit to you that when a company has regulatory protection and has tax subsidies, which is what the legacy providers, as they call them have and they’ve gotten the benefits of universal tax since the 1990s.

About five years ago, one of the largest providers had received over nine billion dollars of tax subsidy in order to expand broadband into rural America. And one of the providers gets $500,000. a month from Tennesseeans to expand the product. And we are still without it.

Leahy: What is the state of that in the status of fiber to the premises in rural Tennessee right now?

Bowling: Well, right now, the sad tragedy is that if you have electricity anywhere in Tennessee, you have fiber running in front of your home because TVA requires SCADA systems and those are internal auditings if you will. They determine if there’s an outage. Where is it? It’s an internal ability to know exactly where you are online, where you’re not, and many other facets of the provision of electricity.

Now, Chattanooga got a grant back when Obama was President, and fortunately, they used it successfully. They created the SCADA system for Chattanooga, and they then expanded that into fiber to the premises. And we all know what has happened in Chattanooga since that happened. Someone complained about the source of the original grant. And my theory on that is, I don’t like for the government to pay for things, but once they roast that hog, I want to make sure that my people, my constituents, get as many ribs as they can.

Leahy: (Laughs) I’ve not heard that phrase, but where did you pick up that phrase? That’s a good one.

Bowling: That is a Janice. I have lots of phrases.

Leahy: Do you? I love that phrase. That’s very good.

Bowling: But it’s very common sense. And on my mountain, within my district and the rural seven counties, they have a lot of sayings that I have picked up on, such as plain talk which is easily understood. And when you talk plainly it is. Everyone knows exactly what’s being discussed, and you don’t need to flower things up. Sometimes you just need to give the truth, the plain truth, and nothing but the truth. And they also say if there’s a problem, there’s a solution. If there is no solution, there is no problem. Think about it.

Leahy: Well, I think also, your ability to craft a phrase may come from your long experience as a teacher. You were a teacher. And now you represent the Tullahoma and the surrounding counties in the state Senate.

Bowling: Yes. As a matter of fact, I taught when my husband was in graduate school, then he went into the Air Force and we went to California, and we began our family…

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Sr. Advisor to Governor Lee John DeBerry Talks Top Agenda Items and Establishing a Rapport with Washington D.C.

Sr. Advisor to Governor Lee John DeBerry Talks Top Agenda Items and Establishing a Rapport with Washington D.C.


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed newly appointed sr. advisor to Governor Bill Lee and former Tennessee State Democratic Representative John DeBerry to the newsmakers line to discuss his pastorship, cabinet role, and agenda moving forward for the state of Tennessee.

Leahy: We are joined now by our good friend, former state Representative John DeBerry who is currently serving as a senior adviser to Governor Bill Lee. Good morning Mr. DeBerry!

DeBerry: Good morning, sir. How are you doing?

Leahy: I am great. Hey, I have a question for you. You are still a preacher at Coleman Avenue Church of Christ in Memphis is that correct?

DeBerry: Yes, sir. Every Sunday.

Leahy: I’ve got to come down and listen to your sermon sometime. Our family’s Church of Christ. I converted to it. My wife was a Church of Christ, and I saw the light and converted before we got married. But how big is your congregation down there?

DeBerry: Well, we are a small congregation. We are usually somewhere between 225. But now, since COVID we have maybe about 150 who are in the building and then many others who are still online.

Leahy: Are you seeing the beginning of an uptick in in-person attendance on Sunday services?

DeBerry: Oh, yeah. It gets better a little bit each Sunday. We have a building that’s large enough to separate everybody and folks feel comfortable. And I think that there has been fatigue over COVID for the last year. And I think the people are ready to get back in person and to be around each other again. And I’m looking forward to becoming more and more increased each week.

Leahy: What time are your services down there?

DeBerry: Our services begin at nine o’clock.

Leahy: Okay. I’m going to come down in the next couple of months. I’m going to come down and listen to your sermon someday because I need help. (Laughs)

DeBerry: I would love to have you and you can say something to the congregation while you’re there.

Leahy: I’ll just say hello and the preacher is a great guy. (DeBerry chuckles) That’s what I’ll say. So you have served in the State House from 1995 until just this recent election. And you are now a senior adviser to Governor Bill. Tell us what that’s like.

DeBerry: Well, it’s very different when you’re a legislator. Of course, you have a legislative agenda and you have your own staff and you have a district, and you have the concerns of that one particular district as well as others who call on you. And you’re kind of a lone ranger dealing with the problems that are brought to you by the folks of your district and your legislative agenda for that particular year.

Being an advisor and on the governor’s cabinet and staff, we are working with the governor’s agenda. The things the governor wants to accomplish. The bills he wants to get passed. The laws that he wants to either strengthen or having enacted. And you’re basically working to support the legislative agenda and to help take care of all the people of the state of Tennessee. And it’s very different, but it’s also very rewarding.

Leahy: Do you like this job as a senior advisor? And is it easier or harder than your job as a state representative?

DeBerry: Well, it’s very different. As I said, you are supporting the governor and working with the governor. So it’s different. I love the job in that it allows me to deal with a lot of different problems that maybe I didn’t think about as a legislator. Being a legislator was very rewarding. But I like this job because I like this governor, and I enjoy working with him.

Leahy: What are the big surprises that you found issues in your new job as a senior adviser to Governor Lee?

DeBerry: One of the things that I think is very surprising is how many issues that we have to deal with. And you have to deal with the federal government. And now that there’s a new administration there are different challenges as you deal with Washington, D.C. You have to deal with all the mayors in the various cities.

You have to deal with the superintendents of the various school districts. So the problem, as are many and they are diverse and they come from all over the state and all over the country because the state of Tennessee is a very popular state. We are very prosperous state, a very well run state. And so we reach out all over the country and all over the world. And so you just have a lot of different issues coming from so many different directions.

Leahy: Who’s easier to deal with? The Biden administration, the county mayors, or the county superintendents?

DeBerry: Well, I think the local people are always easier to deal with because they’re very specific in what they need. They’re very sincere about what they are asking the state to do. And usually most of the people of the state of Tennessee we are a very proud people. And folks that work hard. They volunteer, which is what our motto is.

And I think that when the people of the state, the mayors, the superintendents, and the county legislators when they ask for something, it’s because they really need it. And most of them are willing to work with the state government and work with the governor. The Washington agenda is totally different. And especially now with a different administration, it’s not the same place that it’s ever been. The country is is changing. The administration has changed. And I think that there are challenges in dealing with Washington right now.

Leahy: Can you give us an example of dealing with a Biden administration and any issue? Just pick any one that’s gone well, poorly, or could be improved.

DeBerry: Well, I think that right now education is a big issue. There’s a tremendous amount of money that’s coming from Washington as far as education is concerned. But we also have issues when you start looking at this, you have to look at the population of our school. We have more immigrants that are coming in. There are challenges with many of the immigrants that are coming in. You have undocumented minors who are coming in and that’s going to put a tremendous strain upon our school systems.

So I think that the education issue is one that is going to be challenging. But right now, with a new administration, you really can’t tell how they’re going to go on something. So it’s still a learning experience in dealing with the Biden administration as to how they’re going to conduct themselves on various issues now that they are there. They’re new so we are kind of standing by to see what happens on a lot of issues.

Leahy: So when you call somebody in the Biden administration at whatever level they are, do they return your calls? Are they nice or do they like you have to chase them?

DeBerry: Well, we have our COO, Brandon Gibson. We have Blake, who is the governor’s chief of staff. Lang Wiseman, who is the deputy governor, and the governor’s legal individual. They will contact Washington on a constant basis. And I think that right now because they are new because the people that they’re dealing with that had dealt with the Trump administration for four years there were relationships that had been built. There was trust that had been built.

There was comraderie. You knew who you were talking to. You had already dealt with many issues with these people. But now that there are new individuals in all of the various cabinet positions and the various secretary positions, I think that right now what’s happening is just basically building relationships and learning the rules of engagement from that particular administration right now.

Leahy: Now that’s spoken like a very kind person who’s giving the benefit of the doubt to the federal administration. (DeBerry chuckles) You’re laughing. You know what I’m talking about, aren’t you? (Laughter)

DeBerry: I know what you are talking about.

Leahy: Mr. DeBerry, what do you think is going to be the biggest issue that you’re going to be dealing with over the next several months?

DeBerry: I think that we’re going to have to deal with getting the state back in business and getting the state open. The governor is working every day to get the state back open, to get businesses open, to get people out, spending money, to get folks hired at jobs, to get the churches back open, and to get the schools back in person. These are the things that he wrestled with every day. We pray over it. We meet about it.

And I think until we get the state of Tennessee open for business, Nashville and Memphis and Knoxville and Johnson City and Jackson and all of these various places, until we can get people confident to come out of their homes to work in their businesses, we’ve got to get people minds away from waiting on a stimulus check to getting back in line and becoming gainfully employed. We’re having a hard time finding people who want to work right now.

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Tennessee Firearms Association’s John Harris Weighs in on Biden Gun Control EO and How Tennessee Will React

Tennessee Firearms Association’s John Harris Weighs in on Biden Gun Control EO and How Tennessee Will React


Live from Music Row Friday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. – host Leahy welcomed John Harris of the Tennessee Firearms Association to the newsmakers line to weigh in on the new gun control executive action by Joe Biden and speculates whether or no the Tennessee General Assembly will take action.

Leahy: Yesterday, President Biden made a couple of announcements. Here’s a story at The Tennessee Star. Biden announces executive actions on gun control, says changes won’t impact the Second Amendment. Really? On the newsmaker line right now is Tennessee Firearms Association President John Harris. Good morning, John.

Harris: Good morning.

Leahy: Well, President Biden on Thursday announced executive orders he’s signed on gun control, including ones to address the issue of homemade untraceable firearms known as ghost guns and strengthen so-called red flag laws that allow police or family members to ask a court to order the temporary removal of guns from a person they say, presents a danger to themselves and others. Biden says this won’t impact American rights to own guns under the Second Amendment. What say you John Harris of the Tennessee Firearms Association?

Harris: Well, Joe Biden’s got a long-standing history of deception and lying, and this is just more of it.

Leahy: When I read the Second Amendment, it says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed.

Harris: Correct. It is abundantly clear there are no qualifiers on that prohibition and yet government officials, certainly at the federal level, and sadly, at the state level and commonly at the local government levels completely ignore that. They want to put a provision at the tail end of it that says, unless we find it to be politically expedient or what we define as reasonable.

Leahy: So these red flag laws that allow police or family members to ask a court to order the temporary removal of guns from a person they claim as a danger to themselves or others, I can see that being easily abused. What do you think?

Harris: It will be. That kind of law exists in some states right now. It doesn’t exist in Tennessee, although a Senate Republican in Tennessee last year tried to push it forward, and this year there are other bills like that pending. I think they’re all filed by Democrats this year. And the sad part is those bills are clearly gun control measures and get guns off the street measures.

Tennessee and other states generally have existing statutes that have been on the books for a long time that allows someone that has a mental health issue that poses a risk of injury to themselves or others, it’s called an emergency committal in Tennessee, to be judicially evaluated by doctors for purposes of seeing if there is an immediate need to get this person some diagnosis and treatment. And they can lock them up for up to two weeks in a mental health facility for diagnostic and determinations.

What these red flag laws do, however, is under the guise of safety they allow anybody without a medical opinion or diagnosis to go to a judge or magistrate to get an order not to get the person off the street and not to get the person evaluated and not to get the person some help, but to just have the police go in and seize their guns and take those items out of the house, disarming the individual and other household members.

Leahy: What is the probability that that such a red flag law would be used against lawful gun owners?

Harris: It has been. And there is a clear history based on congressional Senate testimony of numerous examples where that has been used against lawful gun owners. It’s been weaponized in domestic matters. It’s been used in petty disputes, and it happens all too frequently that many of those, in fact, because they’re done Ex parte, which means you don’t have a chance to challenge it on the front end, is often reversed by a court when they actually have a contested, evidentiary hearing.

Leahy: Now, where does this go forward? I saw that the attorney general of West Virginia, Patrick Morrisey, says, if you do this, I’m going to file a lawsuit against you. Do you suggest that our attorney general in Tennessee, Herb Slatery, that he follow the lead of Morrissey and file lawsuits against these of what I think are unconstitutional executive orders on gun control?

Harris: Absolutely. What I would actually suggest is that Tennessee get an attorney general that leads on issues like this instead of letting other attorney generals in other states be the leader. And then our guy having to be speculated about as to whether or not he would follow suit and join as opposed to lead the battle.

Leahy: Well, that’s a tall order to get a new attorney general. It is a long process to go through that. But do you see Attorney General Slatery filing the lawsuit or not?

Harris: Right now, I see, potentially because of prior experiences with him that he might join in someone else’s lawsuit. I don’t see him filing it on his own or leading with Tennessee as having the best or the strongest arguments. I see him piling as a me-too kind of participant.

Leahy: How does he go about making those decisions and what influence do the average people and state legislators have on him?

Harris: They have a lot of ability and capacity to put public pressure on him. But the state AG, operating as an attorney, exercises generally independent discretion on whether to pursue a particular lawsuit or not. And so although the General Assembly and the public can demand it, they can pass legislation enabling it.

The decision as to whether or not to weigh in and actually do it is the AG. And in fact, there have been instances in the past where the General Assembly specifically wanted the AG to weigh in on issues such as this. The AG failed to do it, and the General Assembly went out particularly, I think when Mark Green was still in the General Assembly and hired a private law firm, the Thomas Moore Center, to represent the state of Tennessee when its own AG wouldn’t.

Leahy: Do you see something like that being a possibility now or needed now on the gun control issues?

Harris: I do think on gun control issues you may see that as an alternative because we have not seen since Slatery has been in office that he’s been particularly supportive or defensive of Second Amendment rights in Tennessee.

Leahy: The Tennessee General Assembly is only going to be in session for another three weeks. Is there a time for such action to be taken?

Harris: They could pass a resolution very quickly to urge that action be taken. But frankly, they’ve known it’s been coming since last fall when the Biden-Harris administration became the president-elect, so to speak. And yet they’ve done nothing during this legislative session of any significance to prepare for the inevitable. So they don’t get a pass on this as if it suddenly struck them out of the blue.

Leahy: Do you plan on contacting members of the Tennessee General Assembly to pass such a resolution?

Harris: We actually wrote legislation and submitted it to a number of legislators back as early as December on this issue to improve Tennessee’s laws and to put a provision in Tennessee law that would have required the Attorney General to go forward with protected Tennessee rights. And the legislators that we submitted it to didn’t even file it as a bill.

Leahy: Why is that?

Harris: Not sure. I don’t know if they were getting pressured down by the leadership. If they were getting opposition from the governor. I know there are two bills pending now, and we’ve offered that legislation as amendments on those bills. And those two bill sponsors have indicated that they’re not even planning to put the amendment on the bill.

Leahy: Do you think any current members of the Tennessee General Assembly would be open to the idea of a resolution requesting that the Attorney General file suit against President Biden’s executive orders?

Harris: Oh, absolutely. I think there are legislators like Bruce Griffey that you mentioned a little bit ago that have the spine that would stand up and demand that we at least do resolutions and proclamations and other types of encouragement for that action. I think also, as Speaker Sexton has said, there’s a whole lot of Republicans in that General Assembly that don’t have the willingness to defend our Second Amendment rights and that’s why we took a partial step on the governor’s bill rather than a full step towards constitutional.

Leahy: Last question. Will you be presenting a draft resolution for, I don’t know, Representative Griffey or others to consider introducing in the next couple of weeks?

Harris: We may do that but we have not drafted one at this point.

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Comedian Jesse Peyton Talks About His Comedic Stylings and Upcoming Show at the Franklin Marriott February 12

Comedian Jesse Peyton Talks About His Comedic Stylings and Upcoming Show at the Franklin Marriott February 12


Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed comedian Jessie Peyton to the newsmakers line to talk about being the opening act for Chad Prather, a conservative comedian, and his upcoming show at the Franklin Marriott February 12.

Leahy: We are joined in studio by Nashville entrepreneur promoter and merchandising specialist Lenny Heron and on our newsmakers line comedian Jesse Peyton. It’s a change of pace Tuesday. Jesse good morning and welcome to The Tennessee Star Report.

Peyton: Good morning from Texas! How are you guys?

Leahy: You know, Texas and Tennessee we are intertwined aren’t we? Two states.

Peyton: So are our football teams!

Herron: Hey!!

Leahy: The Houston Oilers became the Tennessee Oilers and became the Tennessee Titans. But you’ve got the Houston Texans now. But I did see was there there was a report that JJ Watt has been traded to the Chicago Bears. Did you see that? Is that true Jesse?

Peyton: I don’t know if it’s confirmed. It’s been going through the grapevine for the last two days.

Leahy: Yeah. I’m in that same category that it’s not sure it’s been confirmed because you know, you see all these rumors left and right. So, Jesse, we have not had or promoted here on The Tennessee Star Report a live venue for almost a year. And now I guess you are the opening act for Chad Prather. He’s coming here to Franklin, Tennessee at the Franklin Marriott on Friday, February the 12th. As a comedian, what’s the coronavirus pandemic been like for you? Have you been doing live venues or how’s that worked?

Peyton: We have been. Chad and I have we’ve done probably 30 shows in the last four months.

Leahy: Whoa, wait, wait, wait, just a minute! 30 shows in the last four months?

Peyton: Yes, sir.

Leahy: That’s remarkable. In what states have you done those shows?

Peyton: Mostly in Texas. Texas is pretty open. There’s a lot of mandates here that there are requirements for shows but we’ve done at least 25 shows in Texas since the pandemic started. I actually met Chad in Bryan-College Station during the pandemic doing shows. So I was the opening act booked by an agency for him and we hit it off and he took me on tour with him. So here we are.

Leahy: Texas is kind of leading the way and opening up live events. That’s always the case. More liberty in Texas than perhaps most states in the union.

Peyton: That’s true. We love it here. He’s running for governor in 2022. So it’s nice being on the road going to other states and bringing my own governor.

Leahy: So I this like a Pat Paulsen run for governor president in 1968 thing?

Peyton: Perhaps.

Leahy: Okay. I like that. A hat tip to Pat Paulsen.

Herron: Perhaps.

Leahy: This was way back in 1968. He was on the Smothers Brothers comedy hour and was kind of a deadpan humorist. He did get some votes for president though.

Herron: He probably got a lot of votes.

Leahy: He got more than the Communist Party back then but perhaps not too much more. but he was a fun guy. So tell us how long have you been a comedian Jesse.

Peyton: I’ve been doing about 10 years. I’ve uh, I’ve toured nationally as an opening act for about two. And I’ve toured as a co-headliner with Chad for the last five or six months. So it’s been pretty remarkable. It’s been a good year for me despite what’s going on.

Leahy: When you see all these specials about comedians like Jerry Seinfeld has Comedians in Cars getting coffee and they talk. They almost all are left-wing lunatics in their politics.

Peyton: They are.

Leahy: It seems like to me. Is there a club that you’re not allowed into or how does that work? How do other comedians react to you?

Peyton: I started comedy and I wasn’t very politically motivated in my act. So I kept politics to myself and I kind of didn’t incorporate that because of the stigma. It’s funny how logic and rationale and being capitalistic will stigmatize you in a community that sticks their hand out and doesn’t want to work. So I like to work hard and I do.

That’s how I got to where I’m at and you can be ostracized for that initially. I kept it to myself and then as I’ve kind of blossomed in the industry, I guess I don’t care anymore. I have become more vocal with it. And Chad’s obviously kind of spearheaded that some as well. So yeah, I’ve definitely felt a lot of pushback from that.

Leahy: So in your act typically is it you do 20 minutes or 30 minutes? How long is your act typically?

Peyton: Well with Chad we’re doing the Unapologetic Tour 2021 where we’re doing 50 cities in 2021. And we’re actually co-headlining. I am the opener for him. He goes second. But both of us do 40 45 minutes.

Leahy: You do 40 to 45 minutes. That is a lot. How can you be funny for 40 to 45 minutes? I can barely do it for 40 seconds and not well. (Chuckles) 45 minutes.

Peyton: It’s a lot of practice and a lot of writing. After doing 200 shows a year you kind of get an autopilot when you get up there. But Chad and I are a different breed. It’s kind of like a yin and yang we have varying styles which I think really lends itself to a good show because you come out for Chad knowing what you’re going to get and then you get me and it’s a different punch in the face.

Leahy: A different punch in the face? I don’t know if I want to get a punch in the face, Jesse.

Peyton: It’s gentle.

Leahy: Okay. So tell us about how you put your 40-45 minute act together. Do you write a series of jokes? Do they have a pattern to it? How do you do it? I saw this Jerry Seinfeld special and he like rights jokes all the time, all the time, all the time. And one day they like took all his notes out and they put it like on a huge street and it filled up the street with all of his notes on jokes. Is that how you do it? How do you keep track of your jokes?

Peyton: Well it’s 2021 and most everything is done electronically now. I’ll come up with a funny premise something funny will happen. All comedy that we write comes from a real place. Whether the premise is something that actually happened or an antidote or something that we actually were part of. So you do that and you expound upon it and you kind of you know, it’s you blend in the funny with the actual real and you build an egg from that.

And then after a while it just you find a rhythm, meter, tempo, and order and you construct a set. It’s mainly stories and stuff from my own experiences and my own path. But yeah, my notes are similar. It won’t be lined up in the street, but I’ll have megabytes on my note section on my phone eating up data because of that. So that’s definitely true.

Leahy: So you talk about rhythm and pacing, you know in a radio program like this rhythm and pacing really matters. In other words. You want to put information out that moves fairly quickly but you don’t want to step on the other person’s line. You have a dialogue back and forth. To me pacing and timing for a comedian is critical. Have you found that to be the case?

Peyton: Oh, absolutely and there are varying styles. like you talked about the guy who ran in 1968 was more deadpan. I’m a higher energy storyteller. I do a lot of crowd engagement stuff where I interact with the people in the audience. Not too much because you can’t let it slip away from you. You can’t lose command of the room. However, I like them more hands-on high energy, and less constrained. I like it to feel more organic than rehearsed if that makes sense.

Leahy: It sounds a little bit like I don’t know if you’ve followed the Tinkers which is an Amazon series and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, which kind of is a like a Joan Rivers type story and how she became a comedian. Have you watched that and do you have a reaction to that series?

Peyton: I didn’t see it but I heard a buzz about it. I’ve never seen that one so I’m not really familiar.

Leahy: Well, they’re all a bunch of left-wingers by the way. So I think you know, I think it’s time for The Marvelous Jesse Peyton and Chad Prather, right?

Herron: It’s time to bring them to Franklin and get your tickets now.

Leahy: Okay.

Peyton: I’m ready.

Leahy: Hey, Jessie. Thanks so much for joining us and we will see you Friday, February 12. Doors open at 5 o’clock. Where is the place where you can get tickets?

Herron: Log on right now at

Leahy: All right. Hey, Jessie. Thanks for joining us. We’ll see you on February 12.

Herron: Thanks, Jessie.

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Tune in weekdays from 5:00 – 8:00 a.m. to the Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy on Talk Radio 98.3 FM WLAC 1510. Listen online at iHeart Radio.
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