Joe Perham

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Joe Perham is an American humorist who is known for his "Down East Maine" humor. Perham's humor style was an influence on Tim Sample. Sample has described Perham as a "seriously funny guy with a professionally honed native wit, which inevitably leaves his audiences weak from laughter." Joe was born in West Paris, Maine, and is one of thirteen children in the Perham family. When Perham was eight, his family moved to a 200-acre farm overlooking West Paris. Perham attended the University of Maine, majoring in English and education, and Colby College in Waterville, Maine. While at Colby, Perham was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, and earned money by working in the feldspar mines for three summers and running a jackhammer the fourth summer for a construction firm, earning 68 cents an hour in the mine and $2.00 an hour running a pneumatic drill. After graduating from Colby, Perham became a high school English teacher and also teaching speech and drama. At age 50, Perham retired from teaching to begin his career as a storyteller and humorist. Throughout his 25-year career, Perham performed throughout Maine, performing as various characters.
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