Comedian James Gregory, often referred to as the "Funniest man in America," deep-fries his humor with soulful Southern tactics. The Georgia native may have gotten a late start in the comedy biz, but as the common adage goes, "it's better late than never." Whether he is cavilling on health nuts or environmental fanatics, Gregory says what he thinks. Oh ... and he prefers real butter, not the spray. $25. Doors open at 7 p.m.; Show at 8 p.m. Lake Norman Comedy Zone in Galway Hooker Pub, 17044 Kenton Dr., Cornelius. 704-895-1782. www.lkncomedyzone.com.