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March 8, 2013

Grand friendship: Branson co-hosts enjoy an almost 20-year career

BRANSON, Mo. — Mike Patrick and Jamie Haage have known each other for a long time. Their friendship, mutual respect and on stage partnership go back almost 20 years.

"He's just funny," Patrick said of his friend and comedic partner, who assumes the character of "Jim Dandy" on stage. "Jamie takes people on a journey. When you first meet him you think that all he's going to be is a comic. His comedy is sophisticated and he comes across as a little bit of a victim. People are immediately on his side."

The key to Haage's success, Patrick explained, is his versatility. Haage has received Branson's Comedian of the Year award.

"During Grand Jubilee he really blows you away," Patrick said. "You realize that he can play every instrument on that stage. That's really when people realize how much talent he has."

Featuring Haage's musical prowess has always been a part of the pair's on-stage partnership.

"Ever since I've worked for Mike we've included that in the shows," Haage said. "I've always had the chance to display my musical side."

Haage plays nine instruments and is the comic relief during several shows at Grand County Music Hall. He is known for his signature orange -- and often outrageous -- outfits, his genuine comedic talent and ability to connect with an audience. Patrick, an accomplished musician himself, isn't afraid to don sequined suits and put on a little Porter Wagoner fashion swagger.

Patrick produces the shows at Grand Country and serves as emcee for the water park resort's Grand Jubilee and Branson Country USA radio show. Grand Country Square is an ever-changing destination. It offers lodging, multiple shows, an indoor/outdoor water park, children's attractions, restaurants, laser tag and, opening this spring, a new outdoor miniature golf course.

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