by John Stoehr
Two years ago, the Charleston Comedy Festival inaugurated its first stand-up competition. Billy Anderson beat out 20 other people — including an old guy who stripped down to his skivvies — to become Charleston's funniest person. We haven't seen much of him since, but he returns to the stage this Saturday night and brings four (bearded) comedians with him for The Beards of Comedy at Theatre 99.
T99 hasn't hosted very many (if any at all) stand-up shows in its own space, but that may change. If they pack 'em in, we bet more standup events will follow. And if comedy fest sales are any indication, Charlestonians have a big appetite for stand-up.
The performers are rising stars in the Southeastern comedy scene, and the night should be a fun one. Tickets are only $10. Here's some info about the comedians from T99's website:
JOE ZIMMERMAN (aka "the rebel") hails from Charlotte, NC where he was named Charlotte's Best Stand-Up Comedian by Creative Loafing Magazine. Joe has hosted the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival since its inception, and was recently invited to the 2009 NC Comedy Arts Festival, in Chapel Hill.
ANDY SANDFORD (aka "the sexy one") makes his home in Atlanta, where he headlines many of the premier alternative venues, including The Warren City Club, The Highland Inn Ballroom, the Star Bar, and the Relapse Theater.
TJ YOUNG (aka "the beard next door") has made his name in Athens, GA, as the founder of Loft Comedy, and winner of Rooftop Comedy's coveted Rusty Nail Award. This past summer, TJ was invited to the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival where he was given the festivals highest honor of "Stand-Out Stand-Up."
DAVE STONE (aka "the mega-crazy-spontaneous one") is a road warrior based just north of Atlanta. He has taken his bearded comedy as far away as London, Sweden, and even South America, where he has created a strong Chilean fan base, thanks to his ability to perform in several different languages. Don't believe it? Check him out for yourself ...