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Seattle comedian to headline Tybee show to benefit Habitat for Humanity

 

Seattle comedian to headline Tybee show to benefit Habitat for Humanity

24 Oct 2017

Even as a child, comedian Geoff Lott saw things differently than his peers.

“At 2 and 3, I started playing practical jokes on kids,” he says. “My parents didn’t figure it out. They thought maybe I was going to be mean.

“I got in lot of trouble. I had a wise crack for everything in school.

“So I tried to turn it into something constructive,” Lott says. “It’s kind of a second career. I also have a job in software development.”

On Oct. 29, the Seattle-based comedian will appear at Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club at the Tybee Post Theater. Lott always loved stand-up comedians such as Dick Gregory, Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers.

“They were my rock stars growing up,” he says. “They were really entertaining and at the same time were very likeable.

“This way they have of standing there and connecting with people — that’s evangelical.”

Lott was already preparing for the future as a teen.

“I was writing a lot of satire and a lot of weird little comedy short films with friends in high school,” he says. “I was reading Dave Barry and was a big fan of [comic strips] ‘Far Side’ and ‘Bloom County.’

“I got a lot of my sense of humor from that. I like stuff that is a little more offbeat and satirical about society.”

The first time Lott saw comedy live was in a little room with a low ceiling.

“That was back when people could still smoke in restaurants and clubs,” he says. “It was very hazy. A complete stranger was the headliner, and the other comics were Andrew Norelli and Kevin Avery, who had just won an Emmy for ‘Last Week Tonight.’

“I remember sitting in the room and thinking this was awesome. The whole experience really grabbed me. I had to figure out how to get on the train.”

Lott got his chance with the Seattle Comedy Underground.

“My first time onstage was at this little Irish pub near the University of Washington,” he says. “A friend of mine, his band was playing and the opening band didn’t show up.

“He said, ‘We’re not all here right now. We need another half-hour. Can you go up there and do something?’

“I think at that point I probably had 10 minutes of jokes and they weren’t very good,” Lott says. “I just went up.”

No one paid attention at first.

“I had no idea how to grab their attention,” Lott says. “I did 10 minutes of material in five minutes and got one really good laugh.

“That alone I hung my hat on,” he says “I said that joke works and I have to figure out what to do with the others.”

Twice, Lott has been asked to open for Bob Saget.

“The first time was a big casino show,” Lott says. “I got the gig just because I was friends with the guy who usually opens for him, but couldn’t come to Seattle.

“Bob Saget is the greatest guy. Between the time I left the dressing room and had done the sound check, Bob Saget had come in and talked to all my buddies.

“This was when ‘Full House’ was on the air, and the show sold out to 1,100 people,” Lott says. “The crowd was really ready to have a good time and a minute into it, I had some really big laughs.”

Lott is looking forward to the Tybee Island show.

“I’m really excited to work for Collin,” he says. “When he asked to do it, I said, ‘I’m there.’

“I will be doing just my stuff about my life as a dad. I’m married with two boys who are influenced by society coming at them 2,000 miles an hour.

“I’ll do something about our political situation, although I’m not really a political comedian,” Lott says. “I’ll just be talking about life and trying to get away with stuff.”

The fact that the show is in Georgia makes it special for Lott.

“I’m so excited to be there,” he says. “My dad is from Georgia and grew up in Douglas.

“I haven’t been to Georgia since five or six years ago. Everyone I talk to who has ever been to Savannah says it’s great.

“I’m really excited to come perform there and see the area and soak up the history and stories my dad would tell me,” Lott says. “I can’t wait to meet everyone and come and perform at Tybee and I’m really thankful Collin gave me the opportunity.”

As always, the show will be a benefit for a local charity.

“We are benefiting Habitat for Humanity with Geoff Lott from Seattle and the ever-funny (and my now co-host) Rabbi Robert Haas,” says Collin Moulton, founder of the comedy club. “So far, we have raised money for Oatland Island, Tybee Strong and a first responder family from Houston.”

The Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. Habitat for Humanity brings together people with resources and people in need to build simple, decent, affordable houses.

The houses are sold to those in need at no profit, through no-interest loans. Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity has opened the door to home ownership to 137 families.

Randi Hempel is the fundraising and marketing manager for Coastal Empire Habitat for Humanity.

“Our total numbers to 293 children and 155 adults since being founded in 1983,” Hempel says. “Countless numbers of volunteers and donations have allowed us to build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter.

“All CEHFH home recipients are required to put in at least 350 sweat equity hours, complete new homeowners education classes and will be paying no-interest mortgages on their homes,” she says. “The Savannah community is invited to join Habitat staff, Home Builders Association of Greater Savannah members, city officials, our board and homeowners as we bless these homes.”

IF YOU GO

What: Collin’s Barefoot Comedy Club with special guest Geoff Lott

When: 7 p.m. Oct. 29

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $15, $5 children 12 and under

Info: 912-472-4790, info@tybeeposttheater.org, tybeeposttheater.org

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