Country singer Mel Tillis cuts comedy debut

Tillis We’d say, “No M-M-M-M-Mel T-T-T-Tillis jokes,” but that’s what this item is about.

The singer, who has charted nearly 80 country singles, is prepping his first comedy album, “You Ain’t Gonna Believe This…,” which Toby Keith’s Show Dog Records, a Universal-distributed imprint, will unleash Sept. 21.

Over the years, Tillis’ live and TV performances have been distinguished by their high comedy quotient; the self-effacing vocalist has always made fun of his own pronounced stutter as part of his gag-filled act. In the release announcing the new album, Tillis says, ““As one who stutters, humor has very much been a part of my whole life. As a matter of fact, it’s been my crutch.”

Tillis has also been a regular on the big screen, appearing in such redneck classics as “Smokey and the Bandit II,” “Cannonball Run” and “Cannonball Run II” (plus Keith’s none-too-successful movie vehicle “Beer For My Horses”) and the yahoo-friendly TV series “The Dukes of Hazzard.” As comics go, he’s a natural.
 

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