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Tybee Post Theater to present comedy show, fundraiser

  • Comedian Robert Mac
 

Tybee Post Theater to present comedy show, fundraiser

23 Aug 2017

Colin’s Barefoot Comedy Club’s August show is going to the Bobs.

“It’s a double Bob weekend,” Collin Moulton says. “Our headliner this month is probably the smartest man I have ever met in comedy and his comedy reflects it. Robert Mac will be with us and Rabbi Robert Haas will return with new material, and the podcast, as always, will be fresh and fun.”

The Aug. 27 show will be a fundraiser, this month for the Oatland Island Wildlife Center. The center had planned to send a possum and owl to the July show, but was unable to, so they are coming this month.

“We were able to clear a few hundred dollars for them last month,” Moulton says. “We’re hoping to do that again this month.

“We’re going to change it to a different charity each month,” he says. “But this time will be possums and owls.”

The show continues to evolve.

“I have started a new feature in the beginning,” Moulton says. “My opening is like a ‘Tonight Show’ monologue and we all know there is lots of great material in the news right now.”

Then Haas will open for Mac, who is the headliner. Mac found comedy intriguing from the start.

“I just felt excited to engage the audience in a comedic endeavor,” he says. “The feeling of breaking the fourth wall in that way, right up front, sets a comforting tone for the audience.

“They now are invested in the show in some way,” Mac says. “It just fits, and if you are a return customer, you get a lot of new fresh material from me.”

Having been in the business for 24 years, Mac says he still isn’t sure that he’s funny. Fortunately, his fans have no doubts.

While he’s been funny his entire life, Mac was never the class clown.

“I would sometimes whisper stuff to the class clown and he would get in trouble,” Mac says. “If it worked out, then I would try to take credit. I gave up lines to some real troublemakers.”

As a professional, Mac did well from the start.

“My first show went very well,” he says. “There was a very supportive audience and it felt great.

“I got the bug during my very first set,” Mac says. “It gets in you. I don’t know at what point I decided to quit my job and make a run at it.”

At the University of Arizona, Mac graduated with a dual major of Bachelor of Arts, Magna cum laude in creative writing and Bachelor of Fine Arts, Magna cum laude and honors in media arts.

In 1992, Mac was a Top Ten finalist in Billy Crystal’s Mr. Saturday Night comedy contest. Mac began doing stand-up comedy at Laff’s Comedy Club in Tucson in 1993.

Mac was a finalist in the San Francisco International Comedy Competition in 2001 and also won Comedy Central’s national Laugh Riot competition that year. As a result, he appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and secured a spot at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival in 2002.

Mac has appeared on NBC’s “Late Friday,” “A Dating Story” on The Learning Channel, and the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, where he was a Talent Search Winner in 2003. In 2007, he was a finalist in the Boston Comedy Festival and appeared in the inaugural Great American Comedy Festival in 2008.

Over his career, Mac has performed with Robin Williams, Adam Sandler, Larry the Cable Guy, Margaret Cho, Patton Oswalt and Victoria Jackson. In 2001, the Entertainment Business Journal ranked him No. 67 out of the top 100 stand-up comedians in the United States.

The life of a comedian isn’t as easy as it looks.

“I don’t know what civilians think of what we do, but it is a lot of sitting down and writing stuff and coming up with fun and imaginative things to make us funny on stage,” Mac says. “I use my creative writing skills.”

Sometimes Mac gets what he calls “crossover gigs.”

“It may be writing a commercial for a company or writing something for a motivational speaker, helping him punch up his performance,” he says. “A lot of performers get jobs in Hollywood writing films and scripts.”

It’s hard to predict what Mac will find funny.

“Just the things that strike me as odd,” he says. “The things that jump out at me that say there’s something different or weird about this.”

Both a joke teller and a storyteller, Mac plays a character in his act.

“When you watch the show, you see the character describing things that go on in his day,” he says. “It is more character-driven than story-driven. There certainly are a lot of jokey jokes.

“It’s based on me, an exaggeration of my personality quirks. I take it to the next step. The character I play is a dumb guy who think she’s really smart or a smart guy who comes off as very dumb.

“It’s hard for me to define my act,” Mac says. “I’m in it, I’m doing it. A lot of people say it’s clever and a fun character they haven’t seen before.”

Early in his career, Mac entered — and won — several comedy competitions.

“When you compete, it really takes the fun out of it,” he says. “I remember one time the emcee was a comedian himself.

“He was saying, ‘Come on, people. These comedians are trying to win.’

“Competing adds pressure to what you do,” Mac says. “It can be very stressful.”

So why compete?

“A lot of performers do it early on,” Mac says. “It’s a way to win cash and prizes and get your name out there.

“But it really is the antitheses of what a comedy show should be. I really found them stressful after a while.

“There are some competitions that are tied in with a festival so it’s not so much of a do-or-die situation,” he says. “It’s a bunch of people coming together to celebrate comedy. Those are much easier on the ego and your performance.”

Just the job of being a comedian keeps Mac coming back for more.

“Having a whole audience come together and laugh at the right times — there’s nothing better than that,” he says. “I’ve done shows for huge audiences of 10,000 people. To get people to laugh is like nothing else.

“I’ve had shows where I met special people,” Mac says. “I met Robin Williams. The audience didn’t know he was going to be there and just exploded.”

IF YOU GO

What: Colin’s Barefoot Comedy Club presents Robert Mac and Rabbi Robert Haas

When: 7 p.m. Aug. 27

Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.

Cost: $15 adults, $5 children 12 and under

Info: tybeeposttheater.com, 912-472-4790

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