John Brennan thinks I’m a moron. He’s not wrong.
I mean, until last week I had no idea that Savannah’s fate once lay in the hands of a mistress, or that Gen. James Oglethorpe himself was summoned to colonize our beautiful city by a catcalling bachelorette party on a slow ride.
Did you know that nine out of 10 Savannah stories end in fire? It’s all true! And I didn’t know any of it.
So, yeah, I may be a moron, but Brennan intends to change that. And all he needs is 62 minutes.
The seasoned improviser teamed up with fellow funnyman and Front Porch Improv cohort Dan Gilbert to write “A Complete History of Savannah for Morons,” a comedy show aimed at educating locals about their fair city with sidesplitting antics and an exaggerated history lesson.
On stage, the duo channels historical figures presenting short sketches based on fact, with a few rumors peppered in for flavor. It begins with Oglethorpe founding the colony in 1733 and continues chronologically throughout history, hitting all the major rest stops along the way.
From the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Reconstruction and Antebellum periods, to modern day tropes (Forrest Gump obviously gets a nod), the show oscillates between ridicule and ridiculousness and is as informative as it is funny.
Gilbert and Brennan are basically the same person: local tour guides from the North with distinguished mustaches and sharp comedic wit. With their side hustle comes knowledge of the area. They know a lot of history and have packed it nicely into the hour-long (plus 2 minutes) show.
“It’s absolutely a sketch comedy show first,” said Gilbert. “We’re going to roast Savannah, but it’s optimistic, good-natured mocking.”
“A Complete History of Savannah for Morons” will run three more Saturdays in May. And while this ain’t your mama’s trolley tour, they promise you’ll still learn a thing or two.
“Admittedly, we may not be the best choice for a complete history of Savannah,” said Brennan. “But we are definitely the best choice to do a complete history for morons.”
Bless their hearts.