COMEDY NIGHT: AL ERNST
At 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5
Pour Larry's, 206 W. Julian St. $15.
Let us veer slightly off the beaten Noteworthy path this week to focus on something new at Pour Larry's, a favorite City Market watering hole. Po' Lawrence features live bands many times during the week - this time, however, the night was made for laughs.
Atlanta-based Al Ernst's mother lives in St. Petersburg, Florida - "where they're all old," he'll say. "They are OLD. They ought to call that the Petrified Forest. I'm doggone serious. I told one lady to act her age - and she died. That's the only place where Miracle Ear has a superstore."
Al is a big ‘ol southern boy (he has a hilarious bit about squeezing fat people into airplane coach seats), a one-time seminary student. a former professional wrestler and a current motivational speaker. As a youngster, he was a batboy for the Chicago White Sox.
A frequent performer on Carnival Cruise Lines - he's been named their "Entertainer of the Year" - Ernst, who calls himself "The E-Man," has a signature character, the good-natured Emmett Lee Tutwhiler Jr. "who does not worry about what others think, but always enjoys whatever situation he is in, and never meets a stranger."
Ernst - and Emmett - are kind of a lower-key version of Larry the Cable Guy - but all the comedy is clean and family-friendly, like that of Jim Gaffigan, John Pinnette or Brian Regan.
In fact, Ernst was interviewed for a Wall Street Journal story about clean comedy. People on cruise ships, he said, prefer to hear genuinely funny comics who don't use offensive language.
"They've seen it all before on HBO," he said. "They'd rather go to the midnight buffet."From Greenville, S.C., opener Chris Dubail is an impressionist whose specialty is physical comedy. Listen & learn: www.alernst.com, www.myspace.com/chrisdubail.
THE FABULOUS CLAMS
At 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 7
Jazz'd Tapas Bar, 52 Barnard St.
Jeff Beasley is as ubiquitous in Savannah as Spanish moss and parking meters. His "one-man band" shows are the stuff of legend - he is an accomplished guitarist, with a gritty, aged-like-fine-wine R&B singing voice, and while he performs he whacks an old tambourine-topped suitcase using a foot pedal, creating immediate and unforgettable beats and percussion. There's also a hard-rocking, blues-infused Jeff Beasley Band for those sweaty nights on River Street. Brand new are the Fabulous Clams, which Beasley describes as "melting pot of sound with all the flavors of New Orleans music, ‘70s funk, rockabilly, classic rock, reggae, blues, old school R&B and more." Along with Beez on guitar and lead vocals, the Clams include Billy Hoffman on drums, James Moody on sax, Scott Alexander playing keys and Mike Perry rockin' that standup bass. Listen & learn: www.thefabulousclams.com.
CHECK IT OUT:
From Milwaukee, of all places, comes High Lonesome, the alt/country Americana quartet playing Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Jinx ...On Aug. 9, it’ll be 15 years since Jerry Garcia, the visionary musician who virtually invented the jam band, left this earth. To mark the occasion, Greg and Dan will play an entire evening of Grateful Dead tunes and Garcia–infused music, Friday, April 6 at Kasey’s Grille ... Here’s something to look forward to. You know how B.J. Barham, the head honcho for American Aquarium, thinks that the Jinx is the best club in the South? Well, he’s booked an acoustic gig there next Wednesday, Aug. 11, with Joe Firstman; American Aquarium (the full band) will back at the Jinx Sept. 3 ... And you can catch local boys done pretty darn good Passafire Aug. 13 at Live Wire Music Hall ....