Archive for February, 2012
Billy Wayne Davis is the thinking man’s hillbilly. With a combination of subtle, disarming intelligence and an unmistakable comfort on stage, he has the rare ability to win over every kind of comedy audience imaginable. Billy Wayne’s comedy really has no discernible category. He can be personal, shocking, political and absurd, but his ability to form an instant connection with audiences allows him to get away with anything and everything. For Billy Wayne Davis, no subject matter is off limits because there is nothing he can’t make funny with his trademark drawl and easy charm. He has worked with some of the biggest names in comedy, including Colin Quinn, Lisa Lampanelli, Louis CK and Mitch Hedberg and has toured as the feature act for national headliner Ralphie May. He has performed festivals, comedy clubs and theaters as diverse as Seattle’s Bumbershoot, The Ryman in Nashville, Comedy Works in Denver and the LA Improv.
Years ago, when B. W. Davis started showing up at the old Tuesday night open mic at The Bar Car in Nashville, he was instantly one of my very favorite people on the planet. He embodied everything I love about my best pals from East Tennessee: disarmingly laid back, completely unpretentious, naturally hilarious and smart as a whip. He was immediately one of the funniest comics to call Nashville home. After he followed up his tenure as house emcee at Zanies by going on the road with Ralphie May, he returned to Nashville a much better, road-seasoned comic. When he moved to Seattle, we started seeing him less often – maybe every six or eight months or so when his tours took him back around to his old home.. but his absence just highlighted his exponential growth as a comic each time he returned. Fast forward to January 2012, when Zanies extended his originally planned week of shows into a three-week residency. Sitting in the green room one night, I heard Zanies’ owner Brian Dorfman say, “He has gotten GREAT.” Yeah.. he has.
The material is original, unique, road-tested, and funny but Billy Wayne Davis’ self-titled debut standup album isn’t a perfect show. Davis is heckled several times – and each time he body slams the drunk, annoying morons with style, grace and wit. During track 18, “Feeding My Ewok,” somebody drops a glass on the floor and he reacts in the moment saying, “Did a Jew just get married? What happened?” This gets him a strange reaction from the Seattle crowd and he instantly calls them on it: “Why did you moan that? That’s what they do at the end of their wedding ceremony is they break a fucking glass. That’s the weirdest P-C shit I’ve ever seen right there: I just said ‘Jew’ with a Southern accent and you’re like, ‘Uh-oh. Oh God, I read about this! This is not good!’ That was weird.” and went right back into his bit.
This, to me, is a perfect example of what B-dub does: While in the middle of a well crafted routine there is a distraction. He addresses it with a funny line and is ready to move on.. but smelled a little bullshit in the crowd’s reaction and dove in to explore that. His off-the-cuff reference is smart, well timed, culturally-informed and misinterpreted. This line (and Billy Wayne in general) contradicts the standard stereotypical caricature so often incorrectly associated with anybody with a Southern accent. Davis handily exposes the hypocrisy and prejudice of the people who assume ignorance and racism where there is none.. and he gets laughs with every improvised line as if it’s a bit he has done for years. Turns out, he’s good at this.
Look, I could have scammed a free copy of “Billy Wayne Davis” no problem, but I bought it as soon as it was available for sale because I KNEW that it would be worth every god damn penny.. and it is. You should buy it right now:
Here’s a funny promo video Billy made for his new album:
Ron White, Kathleen Madigan, John Pinette, Tim Wilson, Mike Wilmot, Brian Posehn and more at Zanies TONIGHT
A Very Special Engagement Show – Ron White with Friends: Kathleen Madigan, John Pinette, Tim Wilson, Mike Wilmot, Brian Posehn and more.
BENEFIT NOTE: Due to Benefit Show absolutely NO Discounts, Coupons or Promotional Tickets can be accepted for this show.
For Mature Audiences.
Doors Open at 7:30pm.
Zanies; 2025 8th Avenue South; Nashville, TN 37204
Fred Armisen (Saturday Night Live) and Carrie Brownstein (Wild Flag, Sleater kinney) from
IFC’s hit original comedy Portlandia are embarking on a unique six city tour bringing
the romanticized and dreamy rendering of Portland, OR to life for fans across the country.
“Portlandia: The Tour” will feature Armisen and Brownstein, the co-creators, writers and stars of IFC’s Portlandia, performing live music, presenting sneak-peek clips from the show’s second season and sharing personal anecdotes about the creation and inspiration of Portlandia and its variety of eccentric characters.
Fri, February 24, 2012 8:00 PM (Doors: 7:00 PM)
18 and Over
General Admission tickets consist of GA SEATED and GA STANDING. A limited amount of seating will be available on a first-come, first served basis. All tickets are GENERAL ADMISSION. No reserved seating is available.
Marathon Music Works
1402 Clinton St.
Nashville, TN. 37203
Phone: (615) 891-1781
Fax: (615) 953-2187
UPDATE: The Belcourt is hosting ENCORE SCREENINGs: Fri-Sat, March 16-17 at 11:40pm
Fans of “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” on Adult Swim probably don’t need to be told that “Tim & Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” will be playing at the Belcourt Theatre at midnight March 2-3, but this post isn’t for THEM. They already know. Tim and Eric fans in Nashville haven’t been this excited since December 3rd, 2010. No, no.. this post is intended for people who’ve never heard of Tim and Eric:
Ahem.. “HEY! Hey, YOU! HEY, DUMB DUMB! YES, YOU! Why are you such a dummy? Why don’t know know about Tim and Eric? Is it because you’re so dumb? Have you been busy watching your VHS tapes of classic Hee Haw skitches over and over laughing at the cutting edge humor? Huh? Have you, dumb person? Is that what comedy is to you? Is Larry the Cable Guy ‘too smart?’ HA HA! Get a clue, dumb person who has never heard of Tim and Eric! You.. you fool!”
Sorry. Seriously, if you like silly things and incredibly awkward comedy, check out the dvd’s (or watch the videos online) of Tim and Eric’s old Adult Swim show and get caught up. If you like that, you’ll probably love “Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie” (Dir. Tim Heidecker & Eric Wareheim, 2012, USA, R, 94min, 35mm). If you DON’T like uncomfortable situations, prolonged silences, miscues, misfires, misfits and of course shrimp and white wine.. this isn’t for you.
The premise is: cult comedy heroes Tim and Eric are given a billion dollars to make a movie, but squander every dime.. and the sinister head of its financier the Schlaaang corporation (Robert Loggia) is pissed! No longer able to pay their life coach (Zach Galifianakis) for advice, they happen upon a chance to rehabilitate a bankrupt mall full of vagrants, bizarre stores and a man-eating wolf that stalks the food court. Tim and Eric see dollar signs—a billion of them. Co-starring John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell and featuring cameos from Awesome Show regulars and many more. Also, some “shrim.”
Here’s the Official Redband Trailer [HD]:
The Belcourt: Fri-Sat, March 2-3 at Midnight
The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue – Nashville TN 37212
Box Office: (615) 383-9140
Main Office: (615) 846-3150
Have you ever said to yourself, “Gee, I sure wish there was a place I could see short, funny morality plays, give or take the morals”? Well, if so, then have we got the show for you! Hosted by Brandon K Norman, with help from the one man house band of Matt Buechele, we bring you a themed night of sketch comedy!
With the Oscars right around the corner, we’ll have some fun with movies and be sure to dress up like your favorite movie character (dibs on Anthony Hopkins in Mask of Zoro!)
9pm February 16, 2012
Bongo After Hours Theatre
2007 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, Tennessee