Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Michael Graham Rounds Up the Usual Suspects

Press release from SC Hotline...

15 Years Of Political Humor and Commentary Comes To An End with

One-Night-Only Live Performance in Downtown Charleston

CHARLESTON, SC— A column that began with his banishment from South Carolina Public Radio fifteen years ago will come to an end when author, comedian and former GOP political consultant Michael Graham “Rounds Up the Usual Suspects” at Theatre 99 on Thursday, August 23rd.

The “Usual Suspects” column first appeared regularly in the Columbia, SC Free Times in 1992. It has since run in newspapers across the Southeast, including the Charleston City Paper, where it (and the paper) will celebrate 10 years together later this month.

Graham is currently morning drive talk host for Boston’s WTKK-FM, where he writes a twice-weekly column for the award-winning Boston Herald. “I love column writing, and I’m particularly proud of the success of the Usual Suspects. But between talk radio, the Herald column and my other projects, I can’t give the column—or the readers—the attention they deserve,” Graham said. “So I’m getting out while the nouns and verbs still occasionally agree.”

Graham spent six years as a national, touring comedian, working with performers like Robin Williams and Jerry Seinfeld. In 1992, he returned to South Carolina to begin a career as a GOP political consultant. This special one-time-only performance will be Graham’s first stage appearance since his successful 1997 one man show “Strom Thurmond’s Love Child Tells All.”

“It’s a part of my past that many of my readers aren’t familiar with, but the truth is, I spent years staying up late, doing blow and partying with my friends,” Graham confesses. “That’s right—I was once state treasurer of South Carolina.”

“Michael Graham Rounds Up The Usual Suspects” will feature highlights of Graham’s political commentary, from 1992 through today. “Hillary, McCain, Lindsay Graham, Joe Riley, David Beasley, Robert Ford, Cousin Arthur and—of course—my old friend John Graham Apartheid III,” Graham said. “I’m going to do the one thing guaranteed to inspire howls of side-splitting laughter: Quote them all accurately.”

Graham is the former afternoon drive talk host from WSC-AM in Charleston and the author of REDNECK NATION: How The South Really Won The War.

DETAILS: “Michael Graham Rounds Up The Usual Suspects.” Theatre 99, 280 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC. 8pm, Thursday, August 23rd. Tickets are $12.50 and may be purchased by calling 843-853-6687.

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