Gina Brillon, Steve Byrne, Rocky Dale Davis

Live comedy coming to Plant Riverside District 'Big Comedy Network at District Live'

Plant Riverside District announced its partnership with Big Comedy Network to bring popular stand-up comedians and rising stars to the entertainment district as part of Plant Riverside’s new monthly “Big Comedy Network at District Live” series.

The addition of the comedy series adds to Plant Riverside District’s ever-growing entertainment repertoire ranging from live music, magic, acrobatics displays and radio shows.

The “Big Comedy Network at District Live” series will feature live weekday and weekend performances with cabaret-style seating, drink specials and more.

The shows are set to start August 4-6, kicking off the series with Gina Brillon from “America’s Got Talent”.

Additional headliners include Comedy Central staple Steve Byrne, Sept. 8-10 and Southern comedian Rocky Dale Davis Oct. 27-29. 

All performances are for ages 18 and up.

“There’s definitely room for more comedy in Savannah, and we’re thrilled to bring leading comedians to District Live for locals and visitors to enjoy,” said Tyler Gray, director of entertainment at JW Marriott Savannah Plant Riverside District.

“We wanted to bring bigger name comedians, and we wanted to bring in comics that we hand-picked,” said Scott Henry, the president of Big Comedy Network.

Henry said in addition to bringing well-known headliners to Savannah, the series is also on the lookout for local talent.

“We also want to bring some local talent in, and we’ll be doing open mics hopefully,” said Henry.

Three national comics already on tap to bring the funny

The inaugural “Big Comedy Network at District Live” headliner Aug. 4-6 will be Gina Brillon, the first Latina comedian to be in the top 10 finalists of “America’s Got Talent.” A stand-up comic since the age of 17, Brillon has made appearances on “The View,” “Late Night with Seth Meyers” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” as well as CBS’ “Kevin Can Wait” and ABC’s “The Conners.” Brillon has toured the country with actor and comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and landed a coveted spot on Rolling Stone’s list of “10 Comedians You Need to Know.” She has earned acclaim with her one-hour comedy special “Gina Brillon: The Floor is Lava,” which won a 2021 Gracie Award and an Imagen Award nomination.

Fellow Bronx, N.Y. native James Goff will serve as Brillon’s opening act. Known for his keen ability to quickly connect with audiences, Goff has performed on Netflix’s “Iliza Shlesinger Sketch Comedy Show,” Tru TV’s “Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks,” “Gotham Comedy Live” and The “Today” Show.

On Sept. 8-10, acclaimed comedian Steve Byrne will take center stage at District Live. Byrne has established himself as one of the most reliable and versatile stand-up comedians over the course of his 20-plus-year career. He got his start making the rounds at prestigious clubs in New York City, including The Comedy Cellar, The Comic Strip and Gotham Comedy Club, breaking the record for most sets in one night -- 13. Over the course of his career, he has recorded a half-hour special for Comedy Central and four one-hour specials for Comedy Central, Showtime and Netflix. Along the way, he’s appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel,” “Conan” twice, “The Late, Late Show” four times and “The Tonight Show” 10 times and in the feature films “Couples Retreat” and “Four Christmases.” He also wrote, created and starred in the second Asian American sitcom on television, “Sullivan & Son,” which ran for three seasons on TBS, and wrote and directed a semi-autobiographical feature film called “The Opening Act.” He also directed the acclaimed documentary “Always Amazing” and recently filmed his fifth special for Amazon Prime, “The Last Late Night,” that will premiere in 2023.

Rocky Dale Davis will serve as the Big Comedy Network at District Live headliner on Oct.27-29. Originally from Brookwood, Ala., Davis is a stand-up comedian whose viral videos on TikTok and Instagram have over 500 million views and one million followers. He has also appeared on “Dating No Filter” on E! & NBC’s “Bring The Funny”.

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Alex Arango

Alex Arango is a multimedia journalist and Savannah local. He has a passion for quality community journalism, and is looking forward to serving the city that he has always called home.
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