GALLIPOLIS — Veteran stand-up comic Drew Hastings will bring his comedy show “Farmageddon” to the historic Ariel Theatre next week.
The one-night only show will be 7 p.m. Feb. 26.
As a comedian, Hastings has been a well-known stand-up for 20-plus years with his critically acclaimed television comedy specials, Tonight Show appearances, and he’s a regular favorite on the national Bob & Tom Radio Show.
Hastings was just re-elected as mayor of Hillsboro, where his politically incorrect candor would get most elected officials recalled — they’ve tried twice. His status as “the most unlikely farmer you’ve ever met” has been enhanced by his vast new following of farmers and ag-related audiences.
According to a story published in the Hillsboro Times-Gazette, a sister publication owned by Civitas Media, Hastings won re-election to a second term as mayor last November by defeating challenger Pam Limes. Hastings, a Republican, celebrated his victory at GOP headquarters in Hillsboro, where he had invited Republicans, Democrats and independent voters to join him.
Hastings, nationally known for his stand-up routines, moved from Los Angeles to a farm outside Hillsboro in 2008. He began purchasing and renovating property in the city, and eventually decided to run for mayor as a Republican. In 2011, he won a three-way GOP primary, and then defeated independent candidate and former Hillsboro city council member John Levo in the General Election with 62 percent of the vote.
In a separate story in the Times-Gazette after the election, Hastings said the biggest thing he learned through his re-election bid is humility. He said he is honored by “people I don’t even know, but who believe in what I’m doing and what our team is doing and voted for that.”
Tickets for “Farmageddon” are $25 and $20 and are available at the Ariel-Dater Hall box office located at 428 Second Ave. in downtown Gallipolis, or online at arieltheatre.org.