He may be billed as a comedian, but Darryl Rhoades views himself as an all-around entertainer.

"I have an Internet radio show, 'Rhoades All Over the Map,'" he says. "I do some observational comedy, I do some characters, I do a lot of music in my act."

It all started when Rhoades began playing the drums as a child.

"I had bands from the time I was a little boy," he says. "I put together a 12-piece band in 1975 that toured all over the country and out of the country."

The name of that comedy troupe was the Hahavishnu Orchestra, a take-off on the name of John McLaughlin's popular 1970s jazz/fusion group, the Mahavishnu Orchestra.

"A lot of what I do came from that," Rhoades says.

"The Darryl Rhoades Show" is coming to Savannah April 5, presented by the Savannah Comedy Revue.

Rhoades' troupe toured until June 1978, gathering praise from Rolling Stone, Playboy, Village Voice and other magazines.

Fans included Frank Zappa, Robert Palmer, Leon Redbone, members of Kiss, Martin Mull and Iggy Pop, who sat in with the group.

For a New Year's Eve show in 1977, Rhoades and his orchestra appeared on "James Brown's Future Shock." Not only did they spoof Brown, Rhoades performed his new dance, "Suicide," for a national audience.

Occasionally, Rhoades performs as the drummer for The Electrifyin' Sissies, which 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.

That same year, he recorded his latest album, "Weapons of Mass Deception," said by many critics to be his best work.

Comedy is included in all of Rhoades' musical projects.

"I've written songs for other people and movies," he says. "I'm still a musician, but I've always been fascinated with comedy and used music as a vehicle for it."

Still, Rhoades questions every day whether he's funny.

"It's an observation other people have to make," he says. "But I've been doing this over 20 years and make a living doing it."

Stories come from everywhere.

"Sometimes I don't even need to change the words, especially with politics," Rhoades says. "It's like Will Rogers said, 'I'm just reporting the facts.' If you watch TV, you wonder how bad it's going to get."

Sometimes, a routine is instant. Once at a show in Rochester, N.Y., Rhoades didn't realize until he got onstage that a woman was signing for the deaf.

"I started making up words," he says. "I went into a rant, and the words I was saying didn't make any sense.

"The audience knew what was going on. I looked over at the lady, and she gave me a sign with one of her fingers.

"But she was laughing," Rhoades hastens to add. "She knew what I was doing."

No two shows are the same.

"Anything can happen," Rhoades says. "That's why live comedy beats televised comedy. You can do the same show every week, but it will always be different because of the audience."

Comedian Jonathan Winters is Rhoades' biggest influence.

"When people come up and say 'You remind me of Robin Williams,' I say, 'No, Jonathan Winters.'

"That's where Robin Williams came from," Rhoades says. "I'm a big fan of Lenny Bruce and George Carlin, but I don't think my show reflects that."

While Rhoades likes thought-provoking comedy, he's just as open to stupid entertainment.

"I tell the audience when I do a show if I don't have fun, they don't have fun," he says.

Until a few years ago, Rhoades toured up to 50 weeks a year.

"I've cut back some," he says. "I get tired sometimes from certain trips. It's rough when I'm touring and all of a sudden the weather's changing and I want to be on my motorcycle or playing softball. But I still love what I'm doing."

In the future, Rhoades would like to do a one-man show.

"I once had a concept of a show about addictions," he says. "I came up with the title 'Alcoholocaust.' "I've never done alcohol or drugs, although I've been around it all my life.

"I'm interested in how everyone has addictions and they're all related."

Unfortunately, the concept was stolen before it ever got out of the planning stage.

"I started on Facebook and a couple social media, and another guy came out with a show called 'Alcoholocaust.'" Rhoades says. "I'm being more close to the vest now."

Rhoades' show is high energy and all over the place.

"I'm really quick," he says. "I purposely work that way. Sometimes, I'll step on the laughter on purpose. A lot of veteran comedians say I shouldn't do that, but I say I should. A situation can change and dictate how quick you can work."

This will be Rhoades' first performance for the Savannah Comedy Revue.

"I've heard it's a good room, it's a fun room," he says.

To prepare for the performance, Rhoades invites everyone to visit his website at www.music-comedy.com.

"A lot of people don't know what it is if you say 'hyphen' or 'dash,'" he says about his website address. "They'll say, 'How are you spelling 'dash'?'"


What: The Darryl Rhoades Show

When: 8 p.m., April 5

Where: Bay Street Theatre, Club One, 1 Jefferson Street

Cost: $9, VIP seating $15

Info: www.savannahcomedyrevue.com, 314-503-9005