There's no doubt about it - Darryl Rhoades is an all-around entertainer.
Rhoades is coming to town on Dec. 5 to perform at the Savannah Comedy Revue, but along with being a stand-up comedian, he's also a world-class drummer, songwriter, band leader and radio show host.
"I find that I'm sort of trying to put more music in my schedule," Rhoades says. "I love stand-up, but I do play drums.
"I did a concert in August. I do one every year in a theater.
"This one was with a 14-piece band," he says. "It was sort of like a circus."
So much time and effort go into the music concerts, they are rare - but popular.
"I put together insane bands and they always sell out wherever we play," Rhoades says. "We literally practice four or five months for one two-hour show."
One reason there is so much work is because Rhoades is a perfectionist.
"I'm one of those guys where everything has to be a certain way," he says. "I have to learn it to where I don't think about it because I know it so well."
Such a strong work ethic has led to considerable success. Rhoades was still a child when he began playing the drums and putting bands together.
In 1975, he formed the Hahavishnu Orchestra, which received rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Playboy, Village Voice and other magazines. The 12-piece musical comedy troupe traveled nationally until 1978.
Its music was often compared to The Fugs, Frank Zappa and The Tubes. The name of the group was a take-off on the name of John McLaughlin's popular 1970s jazz/fusion group, The Mahavishnu Orchestra.
Fans included Frank Zappa, Robert Palmer, Leon Redbone, members of Kiss, Martin Mull and Iggy Pop, who sat in with the group.
On Dec. 31, 1977, the orchestra appeared on the television special "James Brown's Future Shock." In addition to spoofing Brown, Rhoades performed his new dance, "Suicide."
In January 1978, Rhoades was the opening act for the Sex Pistols in their American debut. He still occasionally performs as the drummer for The Electrifyin' Sissies, a group that also includes record producer Brendan O'Brien, Rick Richards of The Georgia Satellites and radio rock historian Rex Patton.
In 2008, Rhoades appeared in the Academy Award-winning film, "Crazy Heart" with Jeff Bridges and Robert Duvall. Rhoades is the host of the Internet radio show "Rhoades All Over the Map."
Comedy is included in all of Rhoades' musical projects, and music is included in his comedy projects. His first LP, released in 1979, was "Burgers From Heaven," and the title song was featured in the cult film "Fastfood," which starred Jim Varney.
It wasn't until 1989 that Rhoades began his stand-up comedy career. Appearances on "The Dr. Demento Show" and "The John Boy & Billy Big Show" soon helped him earn a large following.
"I love the idea of doing anything out of my comfort zone," Rhoades says. "I don't like to be complacent about anything.
"I'm drawn to energy, people with energy. It may be the Gemini in me; I'm not sure.
"I love being active," he says. "And doing things out of your comfort zone makes you grow."
Although he has appeared in a movie, Rhoades played a drummer in "Crazy Heart" and did no acting.
"I don't know that I have a passion to do any real acting," he says. "I've had friends of mine who've gone on to do that and were very successful, especially fellow stand-ups.
"I don't know if I'm drawn to anything like that, but I do like the idea of doing theatrics and plays," Rhoades says. "If someone writes a play and says, 'I want you to be this person,' that would definitely be out of my comfort zone."
Since the last time he appeared in Savannah, Rhoades has written a lot of new material.
"I'm always going to be doing something high-energy and I'm really fast," he says. "I'm pretty consistent in what I do.
"I'm not too political and I'm not going to tackle subjects like Ferguson. I'm just not that guy.
"I want people to come in and leave in a better mood than they came in with. It's all about everybody having a good time.
"My new CD is 'Darryl Rhoades Presents Songs for Teenagers in Heat,'" Rhoades says. "I'll be doing a few pieces from that in Savannah."
The CD contains lots of humor.
"It's the best-sounding CD I've done," Rhoades says. "There's a torch song on there. It's a really different CD, but I'm really proud of it."
At the Savannah show, Rhoades hopes to see old friends and make new ones.
"Quite a few people who come to my comedy shows had seen my band from the '70s," he says. "We traveled all over the world and got written up in Rolling Stone and Playboy.
"I'll show up in the weirdest places and someone will come up and say, 'I saw you in concert at the University of Tennessee in the '70s.' Sometimes I'll be somewhere and someone will bring up an old album they want me to sign.
"A guy from Brazil wanted to send me my first album cover if I would sign it for him," Rhoades says. "He had found it in a used record store and became a huge fan. I wonder what he would do if he found out I have 10 more albums?"