Savannah has live comedy. That's not a joke.
Somewhere near the center of the emerging scene are the comedic stylings of Chris Davison, who, for four years now, has been honing his craft in Savannah.
Davison, 28, deferred careers in jiu-jitsu, the law and possibly politics to tell jokes. Funny jokes. Dirty jokes. Good jokes. (He told me a couple).
On Aug. 31, Davison will make a major stride in his aspirations by recording his first live album at The Wormhole. (It is strongly suggested you leave your progeny at home.)
"I've been wanting to put together an hour of live material for quite some time now," Davison said. "It was about making sure I have the jokes that define me as a comic and at the same time, have the power and production value that I can really call my own. I've never been more proud of something I am working on in my life."
He admitted some trepidation with this step in his career. But Davison knows what he wants to do with his life, and it isn't jiu-jitsu. He has gained the kind of experience as a comedian that comes from repetition and discipline of the art.
"People say you have to be brave to do it (stand-up)," he said. "There's another side of it, though. A desperation.
"You never see a crackhead in an alley and say, 'That crackhead looks brave.' No. They just need something so badly, they do whatever it takes to get it."
So, why should you pay to see a local comedian live? Why not just get on Netflix to check out one of the many stand-up specials there?
IF YOU GO
What: Chris Davison live comedy album recording
When: 9 p.m. Aug. 31
Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.
Like any performance art, the moment it is created, in the space, with the particular audience of that night - a special transference happens.
A moment is created only for those involved. Davison has a good analogy for that.
"It's (pre-recorded comedy) like watching someone on a tightrope, without showing the rope at all," Davison said. "It's like, 'Oh he's just taking a stroll.' If you zoom out, live comedy is like that tightrope act.
"You get to see the entire Grand Canyon below me. You realize how much danger that's involved, and risk. You realize where it could go wrong."
The comedy scene in Savannah is growing. With every art scene, there are always pioneers who break the ground and plant the seeds. Davison and about 20 other comedians are forming a base for their art and looking to make an impact in a city that is primed for it.
"Savannah is great," he said. "There are enough tourists that everything is rotated through on a seasonal basis. You'll have enough of a new audience. It's also local and small enough, if you have a bad show, you can always grow from that. As long as you keep pushing forward, and putting effort into it, you can do a lot in this town."