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Family Honors Legendary Humorist 30 Years After Death

Contact:  Tim Brown, Producer, 615-219-9882, info@gradynutt.com

NASHVILLE, Dec. 4, 2012 /Christian Newswire/ -- The family of Grady Nutt, Hee Haw's "Prime Minister of Humor," has launched a website in his memory.  The noted storyteller was famous for his spontaneous comedy routines on the top-rated TV show.

"Over the years, we've heard from people around the world how Grady touched their lives," says Toby Nutt, Grady's son.  "We couldn't think of a better time to communicate with his fans and release some of Grady's best material." 

The family hopes to share many classic Grady Nutt stories, TV and radio clips on gradynutt.com, Twitter and Facebook, giving fans an opportunity for interaction.  They are even offering a commemorative 2 CD collection of never before heard Grady Nutt tracks.  

"These are some of Dad's greatest bits," says Perry Nutt, Grady's other son.  "Listening to these stories takes you back to a time before digital, when all recordings were scratchy but real."

Grady Nutt was born September 2, 1934, in Amarillo, Texas.  He graduated from Baylor University and later The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville.  While speaking on college campuses, his hilarious performances led to many TV appearances and guest hosting "The Mike Douglas Show," the country's top-rated daytime talk show. 

In 1979, he was added to the cast of Hee Haw, one of the most popular shows in television history.  Dubbed "The Prime Minister of Humor," his routines became instant classics.  

Grady also toured the country, entertaining thousands with his unique brand of  American comedy and storytelling.  His books and albums became best sellers.

In 1981, NBC aired "The Grady Nutt Show."  The show starred Grady as a minister of a local church, always involved in some kind of funny crisis.

On November 23, 1982, Grady boarded a charter flight after finishing a speaking engagement in Cullman, Alabama.  Immediately after takeoff, the plane crashed, killing Grady, the pilot and co-pilot.  His family, friends and fans around the world mourned the loss of this great American humorist and story teller.

Minnie Pearl:
"Oh mercy, I loved Grady.  I just loved his stories and his timing was the best.  He used humor to spread his faith to a very wide audience.  He was a honey!"

Roy Acuff: 
"People that were not church folk and just saw Grady on Hee Haw didn't realize he was really a preacher. On the anniversary of my wife's death, Grady called to make sure I was OK. That's what preachers and real friends do. Grady was a true friend and great talent!"

Buck Owens: 
"Grady was a friend and a true original whose brand of humor can't be replaced."
 
The family hopes this project keeps Grady's legacy alive and reminds us all that, as he used to say, "Laughter is the hand of God on the shoulder of a troubled world."

Attention Editors:  Grady Nutt's son Toby Nutt is available for interviews.

Website: gradynutt.com
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