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The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas: This Week’s Headliner – Tim Wilson

Tim Wilson takes the stage tomorrow through Sunday, with supporting acts Don McEnery and David Gee.  Shows at The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas shows are at 8:30pm and 10:30pm every Tuesday through Sunday.  Tickets are $29.05 (plus applicable taxes) or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes) for VIP tickets that include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show meet-and-greet with the comics.  Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals.  Tickets are available at Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahs.com.

A product of Colombus, Georgia, Tim Wilson was a natural born ham.  He developed a talent for doing impressions of teachers and anybody he saw on television which got him involved in numerous talent shows. He then found his love of music in high school when he started writing songs about all the girls who wouldn’t go out with him, which inspired his interest in being in the music business.

While in college he accepted a job as a sportswriter and reviewed local concerts as well. At an Atlanta Rhythm Section show, Wilson passed along his demo tape to the group’s drummer, Roy Yeager, who agreed to produce a session at his Georgia studio. The resulting demo went nowhere, and so Wilson instead turned to his first passion, comedy. Immediately he earned a devoted local following, and soon after won a Cinemax standup competition. A series of television spots followed, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; in 1990, he also teamed with the duo of Pinkard & Bowden to write the song “Arab, Alabama,” and its success convinced him to marry comedy and music in his standup act.

In addition to a series of LPs for the independent Southern Tracks label, Wilson scored a hit single with his “Garth Brooks Ruined My Life,” also co-writing Jeff Foxworthy’s smash “The Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas.” Upon signing to Capitol, he released his major-label debut, It’s a Sorry World, in early 1999; Gettin’ My Mind Right followed later that same year. In 2000 he issued Hillbilly Homeboy, which was helped by the success of its first single, “The Ballad of John Rocker,” and waited three years to follow it up with his first funk concept album, Super Bad Sounds of the ’70s. Three more traditional albums followed.  In 2009, Wilson and Roger Keiss wrote a book entitled “Happy New Year — ted”, about serial killer Ted Bundy.