Monday, December 19, 2011

Tim Wilson brings his comedy and music talents to the StarDome!

Born August 5, 1961 in Columbus Georgia. Parents were school teachers so Tim Wilson grew up on mustard sandwiches, playing Little League baseball and Pop Warner football and making straight A's in School. "I grew up listening to a ton of AM radio during the commute back and forth to games and I memorized most of the records that played on two jukeboxes at a Tom's Foods employee swimming camp where my father and older brother were lifeguards for about sixteen years. That was my musical training."
A born ham, he developed a talent for doing impressions of teachers and anybody he saw on television which got him involved in numerous talent shows. "My mother would take me to her school sometimes and I would entertain her classes with this act I had put together. I actually did my first pro show when I was about 11 at some soldier at Fort Bennings' birthday party and I got paid 15 dollars for it, which was double what we would all later get paid at The Improv in New York." 

Tim was a born funnyman, delivering dead-on impressions of his teachers while still in elementary school; he later MC'ed his high school's talent shows, but after taking up guitar as a teen he instead aspired to a career in music. Tim started writing songs about all the girls who wouldn't go out with him. There were a lot of songs! Tim decided he wanted to be in the music business. "I was playing football and running track and dragging around a guitar and listening to every record I could get my hands on. Eventually I became a huge fan of Clapton and a bunch of Southern Rock groups: mainly Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Atlanta Rhythm Section."

Wilson attended Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina as an English major. While in college he accepted a job as a sportswriter, later convincing his editors to allow him to review local concerts as well; at an Atlanta Rhythm Section date, Wilson passed along his demo tape to the group's drummer, Roy Yeager, who agreed to produce a session at his Georgia studio. "So I'm renting this bullshit apartment in Atlanta, but mostly sleeping on Dean Daughtry of ARS's couch, working a job at a one hour eye wear store that Roy's wife Laine had found for me and I drive this girl I work with home one day and pass something I'd never heard of: A COMEDY CLUB. I show up on open mic night and am informed that you can make more money telling jokes than you can selling glasses. So I go up and do three jokes I'd written and my impression of Richard Pryor's MudBone. I meet my manager Chris DiPetta the same night and here we go. Suddenly Songwriter Boy is a Comedy Man."

Tim has been in a series of television spots, including an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno; in 1990, he also teamed with the duo of Pinkard & Bowden to write the song "Arab, Alabama," and its success convinced him to include music in his standup act. In addition to a series of LPs for the independent Southern Tracks label, including Tough Crowd, Waking Up the Neighborhood, Low-Class Love Affair, and Tuned Up, Wilson scored a hit single with his "Garth Brooks Ruined My Life," also co-writing Jeff Foxworthy's smash "The Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas." Upon signing to Capitol, he released his major-label debut, It's a Sorry World, in early 1999; Gettin' My Mind Right followed later that same year. In 2000 he issued Hillbilly Homeboy, which was helped by the success of its first single, "The Ballad of John Rocker," and waited three years to follow it up with his first funk concept album, Super Bad Sounds of the '70s. Three more traditional albums -- Church League Softball Fistfight (2005), But I Could Be Wrong (2007), and Mr. Wilson Explains America (2009) -- followed.

ON DECEMBER 30-31, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

For One Night ONLY...The Late, Late Show's Craig Ferguson!!

Craig Ferguson...Television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, and producer. He is the host of the Emmy Award-nominated, Peabody Award-winning late-night talk show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, on CBS. In addition to hosting that program and performing stand-up comedy, Ferguson has written two books: Between the Bridge and the River, a novel, and American on Purpose, a memoir. Craig became a citizen of the United States in 2008.  One of Scotland's most acclaimed comedians, he first became known to American audiences as Nigel Wick, Drew Carey's evil boss on The Drew Carey Show. A fixture of the series from 1995, Ferguson won over film audiences four years later with his portrayal of Crawford Mackenzie, an indefatigable but na├»ve hairdresser intent on competing in the World Freestyle Hairstyling Competition in the mock-documentary The Big Tease.

Originally hailing from Glasgow, Ferguson started out as a musician, but gradually segued into comedy via the stage and television. He earned great popularity as the star of a series of self-titled specials on the BBC, and also received positive notices as the lead of the West End revival of The Rocky Horror Pictures Show and Neil Simon's The Odd Couple, which was staged at the Edinburgh Festival. By the mid-'90s, Ferguson decided it was time to move on, to set his sights on grander schemes, and duly moved to L.A. Upon his arrival, he found himself being forced to masticate a particularly large slab of humble pie, as the charm and wit that had earned him so many fans back home did little but translate to open casting calls and endless auditions in Hollywood.

Ferguson's luck began to change when he landed the role of Mr. Wick on The Drew Carey Show and he was able to use his initial hard-luck experiences in L.A. as the basis for The Big Tease, which, in addition to starring in, he wrote and executive produced with Sacha Gervasi. The film, which also starred Frances Fisher and contained a pivotal cameo by Carey, was relatively well-received by critics and enjoyed a fairly successful commercial release.  Ferguson followed The Big Tease in 2000 with Saving Grace, a comedy about a financially imperiled woman (Brenda Blethyn) who takes to growing pot with her gardener (Ferguson) to pay off the debts left to her by her late husband. The film, which Ferguson also co-wrote and co-produced, found a warm reception amongst critics and audiences, and succeeded in introducing its Scottish lead to a wider audience. That same year, he further increased his recognition with a substantial role in Chain of Fools, a crime comedy featuring a large ensemble cast that included Salma Hayek, Steve Zahn, Jeff Goldblum, and David Hyde Pierce.



Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Birmingham's Heath Hyche is back to entertain this December!

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A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Heath Hyche was bitten by the acting bug when he wore a giant orange costume as his high school’s mascot, even though the school’s nickname was the Vikings. His first big break came when he was at Auburn University and won “The Funniest Person on Campus” contest.

Heath's show can best be described as a high-energy sketch show. Quick-change costumes, original music, sound effects, and cleverly constructed props and scenery, enable Heath to take the audience on a journey through his vivid imagination to meet a cavalcade of manic characters. Crowd favorites include Spartacus Dunkleburger's 85 yard touchdown in a 1937 college All-Star Bowl game, to a modern day fire and brimstone revival with the charismatic, Reverend Jonah Dean Coolidge.

From there Hyche performed at an open-mic audition at the Birmingham Comedy Club and has been a working standup ever since. After being discovered by an agent during a gig at the Comedy Store in LA, his first television role was on Roseanne’s “Saturday Night Special.” The neophyte found himself auditioning for the female comedy legend who cast him on the show.
Soon, Hyche was back in Alabama, preparing for a cross-country drive and trying to figure out what a “table read” is.

Other credits include an appearance on Two Guys and a Girl, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and These Old Broads, with Shirley MacLaine, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynolds and Jonathan Silverman. He was a regular on Style and Substance, with Jean Smart and Nancy McKeon. Recent pilots include Jack’s House and a leading role in Mark of Greatness. On the big screen, Hyche appeared in the films Man on the Moon and The Odd Couple II. Hyche is single and lives in LA, where he collects toys from his childhood, including Star Wars memorabilia.

                              Heath as Matthew McConaughey..Hilarious!