Recovery Comedy Remembers James Vernon

James Vernon passed away in the early morning of March 12, 2011. He was a talented charismatic comedian and a dear friend. He will be missed.

In July 1979 the Comedy Workshop opened its doors as Houston Texas’ premiere comedy  club. It was the birthplace for some of the most well known names in comedy, both past and present: Bill Hicks, Sam Kinison, Ron Schock, Fred Greenlee, and Brett Butler, just to name a few. Before closing its doors in January 1990 it produced yet another talent who was rapidly following in the footsteps of his predecessors.

James Vernon experienced life the way most only read about. From his three years in the Marine Corps to his prison terms, sixteen year drug addiction to catching fire and receiving third degree burns over 35% percent of his body. James found humor in all of life’s experiences. His intellect and street suave lent to James’ unique outlook on current events. James had the uncanny ability to present controversial issues with a flair for walking that fine line between dangerously dirty and brilliantly funny without offending even the most prudent of audiences. His enlightening view of reality allowed us a different perspective of life.


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