Phil Hogan loves music as much as he loves comedy.
The North Carolina native has done both throughout his 30-year career. After working as a touring musician, Hogan became a professional comedian in 1990, and today his show blends stand-up, original comedy songs and musical impressions.
"All through my early adulthood, most of my life, really, everybody said I ought to be a comedian," Hogan says. "I was in bands from the time I was 18 until 1990, when I started doing comedy.
"I was always the front man. I've always been the guy who did the talking," he says. "I've always been a smartass, so it came naturally."
In Savannah, Hogan will perform both comedy and music.
"It will probably be about half and half, some straight standup and music," he says.
During his career, Hogan has appeared with Jeff Foxworthy, Carrot Top, Jerry Reed, Ron White and Bill Engvall, to name a few. His own career started when friends encouraged him to try standup.
"I started hanging out with comics at a comedy club," Hogan says. "One night, they pushed me onstage.
"Now in this business, the first night is great, the second time you absolutely suck," he says. "That's pretty much the way it was with me.
"I did an open mic for two years. I was unemployed at that time, and I found I could make a living as an emcee."
At the time, it was easy to get a job as an emcee.
"The scene is completely different now," Hogan says. "I was doing a lot of DJ work in the late '80s.
"I did a lot of different clubs in the Roanoke area, private parties and weddings. I was even the karaoke guy. I did a lot of different things, mostly to keep from getting a job.
"Around 1994, I switched to full-time comedy," Hogan says. "I was finally getting enough work to do it."
It was a major step.
"It took a couple years of going through the clubs," Hogan says. "By 1994, I had moved up from emcee to mostly feature work. That helped a lot. The money doubled and I was able to do just comedy and support my family."
Today, Hogan is in a league of his own.
"I'm not really a storyteller and I'm not sure I'm a joke teller, either," he says. "Most of my stuff is short and to the point.
"There are different aspects to it. I do a couple of stories and a little of this, a little of that," Hogan says. "I'm kind of old school. I've been told I remind people of Sam Kinison and George Carlin."
Hogan particularly enjoys the work of Monty Python.
"I just laugh my butt off," he says. "It's silly stuff, but when people or animals explode, that's really funny to me."
In his own act, Hogan holds nothing sacred.
"I do stuff about stupid people," he says. "I talk about technology. I talk about ex-wives. And I do some music."
When Hogan was growing up, his father was a singer.
"He had a beautiful Irish tenor voice and played harmonica," Hogan says.
"In the fourth grade, I played clarinet. After high school, I was working in a grocery store when a friend said he had a band and asked if I wanted to come over and sing.
"I went over to his house and they said they needed a bass player," he says. "We played our first gig for New Year's Eve and I picked it up pretty quickly. I fell in love with it and I've always had some aspect of music in my life."
In the past, Hogan operated The Comedy Cellar at the Snowshoe Mountain Ski Resort in West Virginia during the ski season.
"After 30 years of having comedy up there, they've decided they don't want anything to do with it," he says. "Now I'm trying to do it on my own, but I found out so late, it may not happen this season."
But Hogan will persist. Life at a ski resort is amazing, he says.
"It's been a lot of fun," Hogan says. "It gives me the opportunity to manage the show like I want, use the comics I like and perform, as well. And, of course, there's free skiing. That don't hurt."