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Comedy group to light up VFW Saturday

POSTED: January 21, 2012 7:00 a.m.
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Nick Brown

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Don’t expect slapstick, slams or shockers when four comedians take the stage Saturday night at the Hinesville VFW.

The performance, free and open to the public, will allow the comics to showcase a variety of humor acts that are aimed to appeal to a wide audience, according to comedians Chris Davison and Nick Brown.

Brown, a Hinesville resident, helped book the show, and he said he hopes to make it a monthly event.

“The first month was awesome,” he said. “We had mostly a built-in crowd, but they enjoyed it.”
Brown said he’s been promoting the show and trying to rally a crowd since about the first of the year, and he’s used slow Saturdays as a selling point.

“There’s not a lot to do on a Saturday in Hinesville, so it’s kind of the perfect timing and the perfect venue … it’s something to fill that time,” he said.

But having a house packed with people he may know is also a bit daunting for the non-sequitur, surprise-punchline loving jokester.

“I’m more nervous in Hinesville than I am anywhere else … these are people who know you, and if I do terribly, I’m going to see these people in Kroger,” he said.

When asked if he was considered the “funny guy” in school, Brown said, “That depends on if you ask the teachers or students.”

In his senior year, the class of 2000 Bradwell Institute graduate was nominated for the “Class Clown” superlative, but he didn’t win it.

“I think from that point on, I set out to prove that I am the funny guy ­— it’s been my goal to do comedy since then,” he said. His favorite jokes are of a clever sort, not shock-value material.

As for how the men established common footing, Davison said the process is casual.

“You bump into people you like who perform well, and the people who mesh well and are funny tend to clump together for shows,” Davison said. “Everything else is just a natural progression from ‘Hey, I’m funny, and you’re funny too. Want to go make a buck somewhere and make people laugh?’”

Brown, Davison and group members Steven Clark and Phil Keeling each have their own brand of humor, which will come out during half-hour stand-up routines. They each construct a core batch of material every few months and lace in current events, Davison said.

“Everybody coming is going to bring something totally different at this show,” Brown said.

“Chris Davison’s a hilarious guy, he is so much of a comedian, he’s like what you’re used to seeing on your television,” Brown said.

And Keeling, who has a rich theatrical background, uses self-deprecating humor that reflects on his quest to be a “cool guy,” Brown said. “To see him, he’s such a cool guy, but he doesn’t think so.”

As for Clark, he’s known to build a detailed comic scene.

“Steven Clark is an amazingly smart guy, and that’s the kind of humor you can expect from him,” Brown said. “He makes you feel smarter after you leave the show. You learn something.”

 

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