Bean and Bailey record DVD in front of sold-out crowd at Capitol Theatre

Lining up for the fun are Kara and Michael Balmann, Josh and Amy Landers, Brett and Laurie Meyers and Joann Hammond.

Photo by Rachel Mobley

Lining up for the fun are Kara and Michael Balmann, Josh and Amy Landers, Brett and Laurie Meyers and Joann Hammond.

The comedy team Bean and Bailey returned to Maryville to record a DVD at the Capitol Theater on the evening of Aug. 14. The duo has performed at a number of local venues, including the Palace Theater and First Baptist Church of Maryville. Bean and Bailey is composed of Jackson Bailey, a 1992 graduate of William Blount High School, and Bradley Bean of Morristown. They appear regularly on the Sirius Satellite Radio channel Laugh USA and have recorded three compilation DVDs. After nine years of performing professionally, “We decided we would finally shoot our own DVD,” said Bailey.

Bailey and Bean met as freshmen at Carson-Newman College, where they began to experiment with comedy in the dorms. They began performing with a group of five, but after losing three group members, Bean and Bailey reworked their act for two and began performing as a duo on college campuses. Their humor is family-friendly, which seems natural because the two began their careers working with children, Bean as a third-grade teacher and Bailey as the “Kids Club” host at a television station.

The pair performed a full live show at the Capitol to be recorded for the DVD, and then returned to the stage after a short break to perform more material. Said Bailey before the performance, “I’m pretty excited to do it, mainly because of the great job Heath [Claiborne, the theater’s owner] has done at the Capitol. We had been looking at places to shoot but when I saw the Capitol, it was the perfect place to do it. It’s such a good venue,” he said. “It’s a great place to shoot and our family and friends can see what we’re doing. We’re pretty pumped to be able to do that.”

One friend and fellow entertainer in attendance at the show was well-loved local songstress Robinella, who performed several years ago with Bean and Bailey in a charity show benefiting the New Hope Blount County Children’s Advocacy Center.

Bailey, 35, and his wife, Kimberly, have two children. Bean and his wife, Sharon, have three children. The pair continues to perform their routines and songs across the country, while calling East Tennessee home. For more information, visit www.Beanandbailey.com.

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