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Bean and Bailey

Bean and Bailey is made up of Bradley Bean and Jackson Bailey. Bradley and Jackson met in 1992 at Carson-Newman College where they were both freshman living in the same dorm. Along with mutual friends, they began using their leisure time in the dorm to make humorous videos and comedy sketches. This led to official “shows” where the group of 5 guys (brilliantly named “Give Me 5”) would entertain high school students who were visiting the college. “Give Me 5” soon began performing for local church youth groups as well as regular campus events at Carson-Newman.

In 1996 with graduation fast approaching, 3 of the 5 guys decided it was time to leave the group (they each got Jackson Bailey (left) and Bradley Bean (right)married). This left Bradley and Jackson, the remaining 2 members, with a choice to make: Either let the comedy performing come to an end, or figure out a way to turn a 5-man show into a 2-man show. It didn’t take long for Bradley and Jackson to realize that this 2-man idea could work well, and they immediately received warm responses from local audiences. (They briefly decided that using their last names wasn’t quite clever enough, and changed their name to “Something Like That”… self-admittedly a rather stupid name… before reverting to “Bean and Bailey” for good.)

It was 1999 when Bean and Bailey decided to make the transition to comedy as a profession, as they were given an opportunity to be involved with college campus entertainment. From 4 campus shows in 1999 to about 35 campus shows in 2000, Bean and Bailey were on their way to a professional career and thus needed to consider leaving their other employment. Bradley resigned from his 3rd grade teaching job, and Jackson transitioned out of his job at a television station where he had served as the “Kids Club” host.

Now in their 8th year of professional comedy, Bean and Bailey have taken their laughter act all across America. From California to Maine, and Florida to New Mexico (not to mention a few states in between), Bean and Bailey are being enthusiastically received as a refreshing alternative in today’s field of comedy. Most refreshing is that their comedy is CLEAN.

A Bean and Bailey show includes a song about finding love at Wal-Mart, a lament to the atrocities of roadkill, and a song warning of the evils of spandex just to name a few. Most recently they have received warm responses to their Christmas medley (sung in and out of season), in which Jackson comes up with quite a controversial theory on the real identity of Santa. Recently audiences are also enjoying their new song highlighting the awkward silence of men’s public restrooms. Of course the consistent defining element of their show is the verbal sparring between Bean, the “straight” man and Bailey, the “cut-up.”

What will they come up with next? Time will tell, and from the responses they are getting from audiences everywhere, there should be plenty of time for more hilarious antics from Bean and Bailey.

Bradley Bean is a lifelong resident of Morristown, TN. He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1996 with a degree in Elementary Education, and taught 3rd grade for 4 years at Manley Elementary School in Morristown. In 1999 he married Sharon, and currently they have three children, Ethan (born August 17, 2004) and twin girls Amanda and Ansley (born May 25, 2006). When not traveling with Bean and Bailey, Bradley enjoys being a small group leader at his church. He also enjoys playing basketball, as well as taking long walks with Sharon and the kids in the rural surroundings of their east Tennessee home.

Jackson Bailey lives in Louisville, TN. He graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1996. Jackson double-majored in communications and psychology. After college he worked in Orlando, FL at Universal Studios until he moved back home to TN where he worked for the local WB TV Station serving as their Kid’s Club Host. He was also a youth director for three years. Jackson married Kimberly in 1998 and they have two children, one beautiful little girl named Ella and an awesome little boy named Dean. When not traveling with Bean and Bailey, Jackson enjoys teaching at his church. He also enjoys hanging out with his family at the park and eating lots of chocolate.