The comic from Pensacola Beach, Fla., has become one of the nation’s funniest observers of basic Bubba Lifestyle simply by calling it like he sees it. Whether it’s entertaining audiences on television talk shows, performing as an opening act in concert halls or doing his standup routine at the Grand Ole Opry, T. Bubba has earned a reputation as a down-to-earth humorist whose quick wit crosses all regional, gender, generational and class lines. T. Bubba's routine draws as much from the comedic insights of Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Cosby as Minnie Pearl.
T. Bubba started out in life as James Terryl Bechtol, a baby boomer raised in the tiny fishing village of Fountainbleau in the heart of Mississippi’s Cajun country. “We lived so far in the woods we had to walk towards town to hunt,” he quips. His mother, a Marine veteran, provided tough love, guidance and a sense of humor. His grandfather, a circuit-riding Southern Baptist minister, exposed Bechtol to oral tradition. At 10, Bechtol was preaching himself at tent revivals up and down the Gulf Coast. “I broke away from that once I discovered cheerleaders,” he says.