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Nationally touring comedian Collin Moulton hosts monthly show at Tybee Post Theatre

 

Nationally touring comedian Collin Moulton hosts monthly show at Tybee Post Theatre

23 Jun 2016

Collin Moulton is ready to spend more time at home.

While he performs regularly in such entertainment hot spots as Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York City, he has started doing “Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club” once a month at the Tybee Post Theater.

“I moved to Wilmington Island in August and I have little kids,” Moulton says. “The more things I can do at home, the better.

“When I’m home, I’m home, but the kids wanted to see me live. When you’re a comedian, your neighbors and dentist all want to see you do comedy.”

A regular at the Brad Garrett Comedy Club in Las Vegas, Moulton did a successful solo show at the Tybee Post in December. His comedy club premiered in May.

“It was super fun and family friendly,” Moulton says. “People brought their kids.”

The name of the club comes from Tybee tradition, Moulton says.

“It’s so cool living the lifestyle of the islands,” he says. “You want to feel like you’re there at the beach.”

In August, Moulton, his wife and kids moved to Wilmington Island.

“I very seldom wear shoes,” he says. “I wear flips-flops.”

While the comedy club reflects that casual style, it’s totally serious about comedy, he says.

“I have special guests opening for me for the next two episodes,” Moulton says. “On Aug. 1, I will start a podcast.

“The show will be half stand-up, half podcast. I will be doing 10 to 15 new minutes to open and then bringing in headliners from around the country who are super funny and can do family friendly comedy and have it be legit and funny.”

After 30 minutes of comedy from the headliner, Moulton will do an interactive podcast with the audience.

“Everywhere I go, the comedy clubs all have a special engagement with some famous podcaster and comedian,” he says. “When they do that, they come once every year or 18 months.

“My feeling was to have a terrestrial podcast, which is fixed in place,” Moulton says. “It will be dedicated to that theater once a month, and it’s also interactive.”

It will take time to develop a following for the podcast, but Moulton doesn’t doubt that it will happen.

“It’s in a destination place and is its own destination,” he says. “It will be on the Internet and people who want to go on vacation and see their favorite podcast can come to Tybee.”

A blogger as well as a podcaster, Moulton can be found online at collinlive.com and collinstuff.com.

With its constant stream of locals and tourists, Tybee Island is a perfect spot for entertainment, Moulton says.

“We’ll have an influx of new blood all over the summer,” he says. “The fact that it is in one of people’s favorite places in the world, the beach, was an added bonus.”

As a child, Moulton was taken to see Steve Martin in concert and it left a vivid impression. The first time he performed was at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.

For 15 years, Moulton has toured constantly, doing clubs, cruise ships, corporations and colleges.

After winning the Rocky Mountain Laff-Off, he was featured on Comedy Central’s “Best of the Improv” and was chosen one of the “Best in Fest” at the Montreal Comedy Festival.

During his career, Moulton has written for Ron White and with Alex Reymundo.

“I have so much work,” Moulton says. “The trick is to just balance it.

“One of the reasons I moved to Savannah is because the overhead is lower,” he says. “It makes more sense and I don’t have to scramble.”

Having the show on Tybee helps Moulton enjoy the things he loves.

“I love my family, I love my neighbors, I love the place I live,” he says. “Any way I can combine them is great.”

Today, Moulton couldn’t be happier.

“My lifestyle now is I’m immersed into Savannah so much,” he says. “I love it. I like being in the beach community and being a part of it. It feels really natural.”

Although he has the challenge of coming up with a different routine every month, Moulton is ready.

“I do so much crowd work, it is a new show each time,” he says. “My objective throughout the summer is that with lots of tourism, we can repeat, but mostly we’ll be keeping it fresh.

“I love the islands lifestyle — the people, the sweetness,” Moulton says. “I thought they were trying to trick me into staying, but now I find myself doing it.”

On June 26, Atlanta comedian Andrew George will headline. Bengt Washburn, who has appeared on “Conan,” will appear in August.

Moulton does his own booking.

“I’ve played all over the world,” he. “I’m really lucky in that I’ve never burned any bridges.

“I’ve done really well in comedy clubs, so I book my own comedy. I make my own relationships.

“If I trust you and you show up, that already puts me head and shoulders above the competition,” Moulton says. “These are all people that I like.”

Although he has been successful, Moulton still strives for something more.

“I’m growing as a comedian,” he says. “I’ve gotten good at colleges and I’ve started booking a lot of those shows.

“I’ve gotten good on cruise ships, but don’t go for long periods. I’ve been doing a lot of corporations the last couple of years.

“I have the best of all those worlds,” Moulton says. “My eggs aren’t in one basket.”

Moulton knows he’s on to something good with Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club.

“Everybody needs to laugh,” he says. “I feel like you should leave wanting to laugh more.

“I talk about real stuff. There is nothing quite like stand-up and if you put it in places like Tybee Island, you can’t miss.

“There is nothing working against that show,” Moulton says. “There is no way to fail; it’s always going to be a good show.”

 

IF YOU GO

What: Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club

When: 8 p.m. June 26; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $15 or $13.50 for members

Info: tybeeposttheater.showare.com, 912-472-4790

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