Billy Wayne Davis at The Basement 10/6/2014

10/6/2014 Billy Wayne Davis at The Basement

Since getting his start in his hometown of Nashville, TN, Billy Wayne Davis has performed in virtually every corner of the United States. He has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, WTF with Marc Maron, Tru TV, and written for NFL on FOX. His festival credits include the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Bumbershoot, and Sketchfest in San Francisco. His Rooftop Records release, “Billy Wayne Davis” was featured on Sirius XM and named one of Paste Magazine’s Top Ten comedy albums of 2012.

Billy Wayne Davis from LaughingSkull on Vimeo.

Billy Wayne was featured as one of “10 COMEDIANS EVERY FAN OF COMEDY SHOULD KNOW” on today! (it’s safe for work). They say, “Don’t let the name or thick southern accent fool you, Billy Wayne Davis ain’t your run-of-the-mill good ole boy. Having toured the country for the better part of the last decade, Davis has become one of the funniest observers of humankind in the country and has perfected his entertaining blend of the clever, the cutting and the absurd.”

Come see him live tonight.

Billy Wayne Davis
Oct. 6, 2014 – 8:30pm

The Basement
1604 8th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37203


Cody Marley’s “Comedy Night In America” videos survey Nashville’s comedy scene

Cody Marley

Cody Marley
Cody Marley
Comedian and writer Cody Marley has been making people laugh — and occasionally, back away slowly — for two decades. A joke-writer for, among others, Jay Leno, Cody’s comedy has been featured in The New York Times, Time magazine and USA Today, prime-time and late night TV and has been broadcast in every major radio market in America.

As a stand-up, Cody is a favorite on the underground and alternative scene, mixing topical takes with bizarre observations that combine the pose of a hipster with the work ethic of a ranch hand — because Cody has been both. Long a “comic’s comic”, Cody has performed at the Bonnaroo Music Festival (or “that hippie thing,” as your grandmother calls it), and has worked with Mitch Hedberg, Brian Regan and Larry the Cable Guy, among many others.

If you caught a local comedy show in Nashville the week of March 4-10, 2012, you may have seen Cody on stage telling jokes and in the back of the room laughing and filming some video. Over the course of that week, he attempted to go to every comedy night in Nashville. He produced a series of corresponding shorts documenting the shows he visited and posted them online. NashvilleStandUp asked Mr. Marley why and this is what he said:

“I’m doing this because it’s fun. I started doing comedy in Nashville years ago and its growth interests me. I think it mirrors the city’s expansion and what’s going on in most other towns. Nashville has 10-12 comedy nights a week and, I’m guessing, a few hundred comics. I enjoy checking out the talent and the scene and staying connected. I travel a lot so I’ll probably do this in other towns. It’s not just in LA, Chicago or NYC anymore. With the Internet, like it has in music, I think you’re going to see a lot of garage band-like comics emerge, develop a following and make a solid living. Nashville? I expect somebody to bust out big here in the next 2 years. Who will it be? Let’s watch.”

Here are Cody’s videos:

March 4th: SmartyPants NerdCore Stand-Up Comedy Show at Steve’s (every Sunday)
“The first stop was tonight at Steve’s in East Nashville. Funny cats. Big fun.”

March 6th: Spanky’s & Bongo Java
“Tonight I hit Spanky’s (Antioch) and Bongo Java (Belmont). I went up
first at Spanky’s (8:30) and last at Bonjo Java (10:15). Both, a lot
of fun and both had about 15 comics apiece. Oh, except for me, all
different comics. They didn’t shuttle back and forth.”

March 7th: La Hacienda & Springwater
“Tonight I hit La Hacienda (Old Hickory) and the venerable Springwater
(Centennial Park). I went up first at La Hacienda (8:30) and at 10:40
at The Springwater. La Hacienda had about 8 comics and The
Springwater, a ton. Quite a hoot.”

March 8th: The Basement
“Tonight I hit The Basement and saw 2 music/comedy acts The Wolf
Sisters, The Gay Republicans and the comics of Corporate Juggernaut

March 9th: Kimbros
“Tonight I hit Kimbros in Franklin. 8-10 comics bringing the jest.”

March 10th: The Pond
“Tonight, I hit The Pond in Franklin. Watch and enjoy the magic.”

Visit Cody Marley online:
Cody Marley @ Facebook

Billy Wayne Davis to record cd at The Basement Oct. 6th

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. After making a name for himself in his homeland of Nashville, TN, he has gone on to perform in virtually every corner of the United States, from the deep south to the “alternative comedy” hotbed of Seatte, WA, which he now calls home. Billy Wayne’s comedy really has no discernable 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.

Also featuring Dan Whitehurst. Hosted by Gary Fletcher.

$10 at the door or in advance online
7pm Thursday, October 6th, 2011

The Basement
1604 8th Ave South
Nashville, TN

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Advance tickets are on sale NOW at

Rory Scovel / Corporate Juggernaut @ The Basement 7/11

The fine folks at Corporate Juggernaut are pleased to welcome Rory Scovel to The Basement stage. Rory’s been featured on John Oliver’s Stand Up Show and Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. In 50 years, every one in Nashville will have a story of where they were when Rory Scovel came to town and absolutely demolished everything in sight with hilarity. You don’t want to miss out on this!

Here’s a clip of Rory on Comedy Central:
Rory Scovel – Abortion
Jokes Joke of the Day Funny Jokes

Here’s Jon Dore and Rory Scovel performing simultaneously on Conan last week:

9 PM

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The Basement
1604 8th Ave South
Ste 330A
Nashville, TN 37203-5064
(615) 254-8006

Jen Kirkman @ the Basement May 6th

Comedian Jen Kirkman is a writer and roundtable regular on The E! Network’s “Chelsea Lately.” Kirkman also was the narrator of HBO’s “Drunk History” which received the Jury Prize for “Best Short Film” at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. In April, she did stand-up on Comedy Central’s “The John Oliver NY Stand-up Show. Every episode of Paul F. Tompkin’s fantastic podcast, the “Pod F. Tompkast” features a phone call with Jen Kirkman as a regular segment. How much more evidence do you need before you conclude that Jen Kirkman is awesome?

Jen is doing ONE SHOW ONLY at the Basement in Nashville on May 6th with Nashville’s Gary Fletcher. Jen says, “I will also be selling some of my new CD’s “Hail to the Freaks” – shhh before it’s release date.”

Tickets are on sale now!

Friday, May 6th at 7pm – 21+
The Basement
1604 8th Avenue South
Tickets $15 @

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