from staff reports
Knoxville’s Sunsphere will welcome Bill Landry on Wednesday, May 16 from 11:30 until 1 p.m. as the featured speaker for Luncheon for Laughers.
Sara Spangler of Prolific Living, the exclusive booking agent for the Sunsphere, says that hosting an event that includes Landry is a thrill. “We love keeping the 6th floor of the golden ball filled with activity,” she said. “We were pleased to see this deal develop and become a reality.”
Landry says he has been given two rules for the Luncheon for Laughers: l. Be yourself and 2. ONLY humorous stories allowed. He says he has plenty of those.
Luncheon for Laughers will have a country theme and include music, a picnic-style lunch and door prizes. It will be a time when people can sit in one of the most beautiful settings this city has to offer and enjoy a tasty lunch while listening to Bill spin yarns and funny stories.
Those who attend are guaranteed to laugh until their tummies hurts.
The Sunsphere will be an important setting for Landry who says the response his fans have had to his book “Appalachian Tales and Heartland Adventures” has been overwhelming and heart-warming.
“Seeing lines of folks waiting to meet you does something to you—it pulls at your heart strings,” he said.
Martha Woodward, a local writer who is serving as treasurer for the event, says she became involved with the event because it is a relief from all the negative news. “We are bombarded 24/7 with murder, mayhem, floods, tornadoes, missing children and angry mobs,” she said. “People need something refreshing and positive. We need a break and some fun. I love to laugh. I can‘t wait to hear what Bill has in store for us. Everyone around here thinks Bill belongs to us. He’s like a friend who has been in our homes for 25 years.”
Tickets for Luncheon for Laughers are on sale now and include admission and lunch. $16 for Individuals and $120 for a Table of 8 (if 8 seats purchased at one time).
You may buy tickets in 2 ways: e mail
call 865 951 0319. Hurry and buy your ticket now, space is limited. Sponsorships also available.
Bill will also have books on sale before and after the event. Soft cover $27; hard cover $49.