What made you want to do comedy?
I've always loved making people laugh! When I changed schools in the third grade, I really leaned on joking around with my class, much to the teacher's distress. Ever since then I've been making jokes!
How did you get involved with Springer Opera House and start doing No Shame?
Adam Archer was working at the Springer, hosting NO SHAME and planning a move to Chicago so he sort of took me under his wing! I assisted teaching Improvisation Class with him at the Springer Academy in the summer of 2011 and basically took over after that.
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
Hopefully doing the same brand of comedy, but for a bigger audience. I've fallen in love with the NO SHAME crowd and wouldn't trade them for the world. So, spreading the Word of the Shameless!
If you could change anything about Columbus, what would it be?
How unaware people are of others situations. From the top down, I think, people could all benefit from knowing more about the people around them. Sympathy is amazing when everyone's in on it!
What is the best kept secret in the Chattahoochee Valley?
This is going to sound coincidence, and it is ... but NO SHAME Theater on Fridays at 10 p.m. at the Springer! We've been around for more than five years and we STILL get new folks every week!
Name: James Andrew Pharr
Job: Associate education coordinator, Director of NO SHAME Theater, Springer Academy teacher and resident actor at the Springer
Hometown: Kennesaw, Ga.
Current home: Columbus
Family: Leigh and Steve Pharr and Meredith Pharr Stroud
Education: Bachelor's of Science in Theater Education from Columbus State University
Favorite book: The Harry Potter series
Favorite movie: "Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story"
Favorite restaurant: My house!
Favorite quote: "An ounce of behavior is worth a thousand words." -- Sanford Meisner
Favorite song: "Highway 61 Revisited" -- Bob Dylan
Best concert attended: Childish Gambino, the Deep Web Tour