Popular American comedian, James Gregory, known for calling himself ‘The Funniest Man in America’, is dead.

The comedian passed away at the age of 78 Gregory’s family said he died on Thursday, May 9, from cardiac complications.

He is survived by his three nieces and other extended family.

James took up comedy in the early ’80s when he was 36 after years of working as a salesman. He became the first comedian to take the stage at the legendary Punchline Club in Atlanta.

While he was known as a Southern comedian, he travelled all across the country performing shows for the next four decades.

His biggest claim to fame came in the ’80s when he dubbed himself ‘The Funniest Man in America’.

Later, he took the URL domain “funniestman.com,” cementing himself in his fans’ minds as the funniest man

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