Adam Bathe, local funnyman and event promoter, has put together a night of comedy and "Star Wars" fandom that Savannah nerds - or just those wanting to do something a little different - will appreciate.
Return of the Funny: Comedy Show & Nerd Extravaganza is set for Aug. 24, with the comedy kicking off at 8:30 p.m., featuring Bathe (known for his ridiculous, nerdy humor), Atlanta comic Remi Treuer (nerdism mixed with strange ruminations on life) and John-Michael Bond (punk roots, happy marriage and awkward spiritual upbringing flavor his show).
"I wanted to put together a show that I would pay to go see that was designed for people who don't often get something like this unless it's at a convention," he said.
Costumed customers will receive a discounted entry in addition to plenty of chances to win prizes, such as "Best Nerdy Tat," "Best Dressed" and "Slayer of the Keg" for the lucky drinker who orders the last beer from the night's first keg.
Beers from the first keg are only $1 until it's gone. Trivia will also pepper the evening, and winners will receive prize packs from local sponsors Red Light Tobacco, Planet Fun, Morningstar Games and Game Stop.
Arguably, the biggest treats of the evening don't involve prizes. Attendees will also get to rub elbows with Savannah's local 501st Imperial Stormtroopers group dressed to impress, a Han Solo ready for photo ops and Star Trek's Wolf Squadron.
Members of Savannah's local LARPers (Live Action Role Players), Nerdcore music lovers, Savannah Online Gaming and the Coastal Empire Table Top Gamers will also be special guests.
"The 501st is a great opportunity to see some of the best costume work up close while raising money for a good cause. We'll be taking donations and selling raffle tickets to make a donation to St. Jude's," Bathe said.
After the comedy performances, guests will be entertained by J7 8-B1T R3DUX, who "will be throwing down a jaw-dropping set right after the comedy show. J7 8-B1T R3DUX is a musical resurgence of traditional 8-bit gaming melodies mixed with surreal bass lines askew to visual glitched memories of past recollections."
There will be two rounds of high-stakes nerd-themed trivia with prizes after each round and $5 PBR pitchers.
Who does Bathe think will fare best at trivia? Nerds, of course.
"A nerd is usually more academic and socially awkward with a wide knowledge of books and games, where a geek can be anyone who has an ironic T-shirt and cult movie knowledge," he said. "Geeks go to the show; nerds dress the part."
Selecting The Wormhole was a no-brainer for Bathe.
"It's the best music/comedy/event venue in downtown for something as fun as this, because it has a great local atmosphere away from the touristy pace of the Historic District. The sound technician is the best in Savannah, and you can't beat a place with the Starship Enterprise on the wall and Nintendo playing in the corner," he said.
"We've put so much effort into planning an event that promises to keep you entertained and rewards you for being nerdy," Bathe said. "From the video game stations to the special menu of 'Dr. Who' sonic screwdrivers and Qui-gon Gins, we've gone the extra parsec to make this event special."
And remember the Star Wars credo: "True fandom can be distilled into a few basic commandments: Han shot first; Jar-Jar is awful; there is only one trilogy."
IF YOU GO
What: Return of the Funny: Comedy Show & Nerd Extravaganza
When: 8 p.m. Aug. 24
Where: The Wormhole, 2307 Bull St.
Cost: $10 at the door, $8 pre-order, with discounts for costumed guests