A comic, a rabbi, a naturalist, a possum and an owl all walked into a theater…
No, this isn’t the opening of a really bad joke. It’s an event that’s actually going to happen.
No, this isn't the opening of a really bad joke. It's an event that's actually going to happen.
The stage of the Tybee Post Theater is going to be a little crowded on July 29th when Collin's Barefoot Comedy Club presents an unusual but family friendly show.
"We are back this month with a favorite of mine- Brent Terhune" says Collin Moulton, founder of the club and host of the show. "I will also have Rabbi Robert Haas on the show".
But there's more! A portion of the proceeds will go to Oatland Island Wildlife Center, which is bringing a possum and an owl to be in the show.
"It's kind of like the old Jack Hanna segments on 'The Tonight Show'", Moulton says.
Terhune is the headliner. He has been featured on the Fox show “Laughs.”
His album, “Mr. Turkey,” debuted in August 2015 and went straight to No. 1 on the iTunes charts. Terhune is also a comedy writer for the nationally-syndicated “Bob & Tom Show.”
“I started a lot younger than most,” Terhune says. “I was 16 and in high school. People would go to coffee houses and make music and read poetry, so I decided to try standup.”
The first appearance was a success.
“Trying standup is a crazy thought,” Terhune says. “I guess I thought I was funny enough, or dumb enough, to try it.
“I think the funniest stuff is the truest stuff. If everyone can relate to it, that’s the funniest stuff.
“We all do the same things, but sometimes it takes time to pick up on it,” he says. “If it’s relatable, it’s the funniest to me.”
Terhune considers himself both a joke teller and a storyteller.
“I’m opening myself up more to doing stories,” he says. “I’m telling more personal things.
“After the release of my album, I’m trying to turn over my material,” Terhune says. “Nobody can be you more than you.”
Observation is key to writing comedy, Terhune says.
“Sometimes, I’ll have a thought that will sit two months or three months,” he says. “Something in my subconscious will say, ‘It’s ready to go.’ I think going out and living is the best way to write jokes.”
Based in Indianapolis, Terhune tours “all over.”
“I’m coming to Georgia this weekend, then going to upstate New York,” he says. “I’ve been to Los Angeles, Arizona.
“I’ve been to most corners of the country,” Terhune says. “I would say I’m well-traveled.”
One of Terhune’s favorite experiences as a comedian was opening the show “Impractical Jokers.”
“I got to open for them in Akron, Ohio,” he says. “There were 2,500 people there, the biggest audience I’ve ever worked with.
“It’s the type of show I strive to do every night,” Terhune says. “It’s one of the goals I try to achieve.”
At the Tybee Post Theater, Terhune will talk about his family.
“I’ll tell some old family jokes and some new family jokes,” he says. “I’ll talk about an old roommate I lived with in a bad apartment complex.
“We handled that in a unique way,” Terhune says. “We would have fake fights so the neighbors would understand they were being too loud.”
The Barefoot Comedy shows are always suitable for all ages, and Terhune works clean.
“If you come, you’re going to have a fun time,” he says. “I don‘t think anybody will be offended by my show.
“There is no swearing,” Terhune says. “I didn’t set out to do that, but it’s what I do. I think we’re going to have a fun and good evening.”
Opening the show will be Savannah’s own Rabbi Robert Haas of Congregation Mickve Israel.
“This is going to be my third appearance at Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club,” Haas says. “I was doing a little stand-up comedy in town.
“I speak every year at Asbury Memorial with the Rev. Billy Hester. One of the people there knew Collin.
“She introduced him to me and we kind of hit it off,” Haas says. “It’s been really great for me. He’s a super guy.”
Haas has been a part-time comedian for two years.
“I did it initially just to improve my jokes for my High Holiday sermons,” he says. “I volunteered to do a benefit for CASA.
“Now I’m doing it as a side project, which is kind of fun. Sometimes I do open mics.
“This is by far my best gig,” Haas says. “The Tybee Post — what a beautiful theater.”
Jokes can come from many places, including “the guy I see in the mirror every day,” Haas says.
“This type of funny is clean, wholesome funny,” he says. “I talk about how religion can bring us together, how differences are more cultural than theological.
“It’s ironic how stereotypes can rule the world, but can be quite strange. That helps people laugh.
“I’m a little bit more of a joke teller than a storyteller, but I do put stories in for more balance,” Haas says. “I write all my jokes myself. I do a lot of straight telling.”
Only one thing causes problems, Haas jokingly says.
“The problem is I’m Jewish, but there’s never been a Jewish comedian but me,” he says. “If they get out there, maybe I’ll have someone I can emulate.”
The first half of the show is live comedy, the second half is a podcast created on site.
“They play music, do comedy about things going on,” Haas says. “It’s a good mix. It’s hard to find comedy good for the whole family and they have a great time doing it.”
Hass still does open mics occasionally.
“I don’t do that much because I have a full-time job,” he says. “But people are starting to recognize me. It’s kind of funny, there are other guys doing religious comedy, but I’m the only Jewish one.
“I want to invite everybody to come out. It’s a lot of fun in a great theater,” Haas says. “It’s on a Saturday and for the whole family. It’s for a worthy cause, as well.”
Naturalist Eric Swanson of the Oatland Island Wildlife Center is bringing a possum and an owl to the festivities.
“They’re having a live podcast event that they do,” Swanson says. “The idea is I’m going to come in and be a guest in the podcast.”
Swanson will take a possum named Sweet Pea and an owl to the podcast.
“It varies on the owl, but it will likely be Icarus or Wahoohoo,” he says. “They can be temperamental, so it depends on how they’re feeling.”
The money raised for Oatland will benefit the animal care fund.
“It’s used to enrich them, and for additions to their diet,” Swanson says. “It sounds like it’s going to be a really fun night. Oatland loves to work with the community, so we’re really excited about this.”
IF YOU GO
What: Barefoot Comedy Standup and Podcast
When: 8 p.m. July 29
Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave., Tybee Island
Cost: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under
Info: 912-472-4790, tybeeposttheater.org