MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment will host a free public screening Oct. 4 of “Show Business Is My Life, But I Can’t Prove It,” a documentary on the life of comedian Gary Mule Deer.
The screening begins at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in S102 State Farm Room in the Business and Aerospace Building on campus, 1827 MTSU Blvd.
The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Gary Mule Deer and wife Nita Mule Deer as well as MTSU alumnus Ryan Blazer (’04), who is Mule Deer’s manager. The panel will be moderated by Beverly Keel, dean of the College of Media and Entertainment.
Mule Deer’s documentary, “Show Business Is My Life, But I Can’t Prove It,” premiered at the Nashville Film Festival in late 2022 and is now streaming on all major platforms. The film features appearances by David Letterman, Vince Gilland Amy Grant, Jay Leno, Alice Cooper, Steve Martin, Conan O’Brien, and more.
Mule Deer’s combination of comedy and classic country music has set him apart as a one-of-a-kind entertainer who cuts across all ages and demographics. In a six-decade career, he has shared the stage with well over 100 country and pop music legends, performing everywhere from the Hollywood Bowl to Carnegie Hall.
Mule Deer is one of six comedians, along with Jay Leno, to star on the very first HBO comedy special. He was comedy host of “Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert” for four years on NBC, was a series regular on “Make Me Laugh,” and is featured on the DVDs “Jeff Foxworthy’s Comedy Classics” and “The World’s Greatest Stand-up Comedy Collection.”
He appeared in the five-part Showtime series about the history of The Comedy Store and is currently one of the most played comedians on the clean comedy channels of Sirius XM.
Mule Deer had the honor of being inducted into the Grand Ole Opry as the 230th member on March 10 and is a regular and popular performer on the Opry, with over 200 appearances and counting.
MTSU alumnus Blazer started working in music licensing at BMI in Nashville after graduating with a recording industry degree from MTSU. He then joined the Los Angeles office of WME (formerly the William Morris Agency), working with agents representing acts such as the late B.B. King, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, Jethro Tull, Michael McDonald, Peter Frampton, Bob Newhart, Johnny Mathis, the late Natalie Cole, Sergio Mendes, Tim Allen, Willie Nelson and many more.
In 2014, Blazer joined Signature Entertainment team as a talent buyer. He began managing Gary Mule Deer in 2015, which led to the formation of his company, Blazer Entertainment.
The Oct. 4 screening is sponsored by MTSU’s College of Media and Entertainment and is open to all students, faculty, staff and the public. Faculty who would like to bring their classes are welcome and should contact Rachel Helms at Rachel.Helms@mtsu.edu for more information.
A searchable campus parking map is available at http://tinyurl.com/MTSUParkingMap. Off-campus visitors attending the event should obtain a special one-day permit from MTSU’s Office of Parking and Transportation at http://www.mtsu.edu/parking/visit.php.
— Rachel Helms (Rachel.Helms@mtsu.edu)