Crazy Guys On Stage: John Brennan and Todd Snider

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After several weeks of huge issues and pure craziness initiating me into the City Paper world, things have slowed down enough to allow me to do more than go home and collapse on my couch at the end of the day. Last week I saw two great shows by two guys who played to enthusiastic crowds. (I'll try to remember pictures next time.)

Wednesday night I checked out the Banana Monologues at Theatre 99. Have Not! and "poor man's Patrick Swaze" John Brennan starred in the one-man show, based on the book Tales from the Relationship by Jason Cooper. When I interviewed him for the City Pick, John told me he'd be playing up to 10 characters per show. I was intrigued. Never having been to a one man show before, I assumed there'd be lots of different scenes and costume changes as he took on the different characters. Nope. Like someone with multiple personalities, he seamlessly and believably played host to a number of characters, in particular the love/sex-sick Gus, his prissy girlfriend Alexis, the Igor-esque best guy friend, and his crude, domineering right-hand-man, Sgt. Johnson. You'll laugh at all the dirty jokes, but the most enjoyable part of the show is its honesty: If you've ever been in a relationship, you'll be nodding your head in amused agreement. John uncannily explores the love games, jealousy, and sexual frustration that come with a relationship, all to hilarious effect. The show ended Sept. 1, but if you're lucky, maybe one day Gus Weiderman will come back to Charleston.

The following night my boyfriend and his friends dragged me out to the Windjammer to see Todd Snider. I'd never heard of him, but I was told he sang funny songs and smoked a lot of pot. So we went and got a seat right in front. I got there early and the show was already almost sold out, and when he finally got on stage and started singing it seemed I was the only one who didn't know every word to his songs. The crowd was an interesting mix of drunk frat boys and hippies young and old, and Todd himself looked like the "tree-hugging, peace loving, pot smoking, porn watching, lazy-ass hippie" he sang about in one of his songs. Though some of the songs were just fun, goofy sing-alongs like "Beer Run," others were more political... though I can't really remember what they were about. The funny songs were definitely the more popular with the crowd.

There's tons more I'm psyched to see including some art exhibitions (particularly The Projectionist at the Halsey and iShow at Modernisme), Shining City at PURE Theatre, the Battery's final game against Puerto Rico, and Chazzfest in a few weeks. More and more I'm seeing this little town wake up from the sleepy summer, and I'm excited for everything that's in store. E-mail me any events you think I should check out.

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