Nationally-known comic to appear at Gateway

WTA’s Gateway is proud to announce the engagement of Comic Brett Leake for a performance of his new show “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to ‘The Tonight Show’ “.

Leake who has performed at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center and Wolftrap will add the Gateway to his list of venues.  The Saurday, May 12 performance will be at 8 p.m. at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

Leake worked as a standup comic from 1983 until 1997 when he began working as a sit-down standup comic. In 1998, he started to work also as a motivational speaker adding to his standup act, personal stories and what have been called ‘philosophic lecturettes’, that address using humor as a problem-solving device, and as a means to get more out of life. Kennedy Center, and Wolftrap. Corporate clients include IBM, Toyota, and Ford.

Leake has facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy. In 1991, he became the first comedian with a physical disability to appear on NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” about which Jay Leno said, “He broke up the whole room. People realized here’s a man with a disability and he’s not gonna’ let it bother him.”

Other television appearances include “Entertainment Tonight” and the “American Comedy Awards.”

In 2003, public broadcasting stations around the country began running his hour-long comedy special “Laughing Matters with Brett Leake.”

Tickets for the May 12th  performance are $10. They are available online at www.wtagateway.com or by calling 540-943-9999. Tickets are also available at the door on the evening of performance.