Walter Pierce

State rep releases comedy DVD

by Walter Pierce

A Vermilion Parish lawmaker is aiming for the funny bone in a new DVD highlighting his comedic side. State Rep. Jonathan Perry, an Abbeville Republican, is a former winner of the International Cajun Joke-Telling Contest. He’s now peddling “You Know,” a feature-length DVD of a recent sold-out performance at the Grand Opera House of the South in Crowley.

An attorney by vocation, the first-term lawmaker and Kaplan native tells The Advocate his 7-year-old comedy career was interrupted by his campaign for the state House of Representatives, but says he thinks his popularity as a comedian actually helped get him elected. In the House, Perry is assigned to the Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, as well as the Agriculture, Forestry, Aquaculture, and Rural Development Committee; Ways and Means;  and the Joint Legislative Committee on Capital Outlay.

“You Know” is available at Perry’s Web site,