Perry Edenburn “Harley Worthit”



Perry Edenburn was born in Ames, Iowa, the doctors did everything they could, but he pulled through. Growing up in South Dakota, the entertainment bug bit him when he saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. He taught himself to play the guitar and then became a drummer in the school band. Perry graduated from high school and was in the half of the class that made the upper half possible. He never attended college, but drove by several of them. Perry did attend a radio broadcasting school in Minneapolis and worked in radio for 5 years before going on-the-road with a four-piece group, singing and playing the drums.

After many attempts at starving to death on the road, Perry settled into a more normal existence in Des Moines, Iowa. He suffered a relapse from that bug bite in 1980 when he was offered the drumming position at Lee Mace’s Ozark Opry, in Osage Beach, Missouri. The tourist season in Osage Beach got shorter each year and, even with a single digit IQ, Perry figured how hard it would be to raise a family in a declining work environment. Against his will, in 1985, Perry was asked to fill in for a comedian that had left town in the middle of the night. Not wanting to disappoint the rest of the cast, he made his first attempt at professional comedy. That next winter, to his surprise, Perry’s phone rang twice offering two other comedy positions. He was also surprised that he was financially capable of keeping his phone service.

Perry is married to his amazing wife, Gail, and they made the move to Branson in 1987 to begin a great legacy of entertaining folks. “Each of us has our own sense of humor, and trying to affect each audience member’s ‘funny bone’ is quite a challenge,” Perry added. We know audiences love his work as evidenced by being awarded Branson’s Comedian of the Year. Perry, and Harley Worthit, look forward to it every day.

Birthday: December 29
Favorite Color: All of them.
Favorite Food: Lasagna
Favorite Entertainers: George Carlin & Jim Stafford
Favorite Song: Make the Knife & Heart of Rock & Roll
Favorite TV Show: Everybody Loves Raymond & Seinfeld