Collin Moulton has been a professional comedian for 20 years now. He’s known for his work on Dry Bar Comedy, Showtime, Nickelodeon, Amazon and "Last Call with Carson Daily."
Locals are getting to know his work better with his Barefoot Comedy shows that have been running at the Tybee Post Theater for the past several years.
But for Moulton, who moved to Savannah a little more than three years ago, comedy isn’t just a career choice, it’s an obsession.
“I’m obsessed at a really high level,” he said. “I didn’t feel I had much choice about doing anything else. While some dabble in stand-up for fun, any comic you see doing it as a career is obsessed with it. You have to be.”
That obsession isn’t a negative thing. He’s been able to make quite a successful career out of it. And now, he’s been lucky enough to create a new format to combine his love for stand-up with his new love for helping nonprofits.
Moulton’s latest Barefoot Comedy event takes place Jan. 19 at 8 p.m. at Tybee Post Theater. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at tybeeposttheater.org.
The comedy show also features an auction, and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center, a local wildlife rehabilitation and community education center that saves and rehabs hundreds of lives every year. It’s also the only licensed wildlife rescue center in the area.
Moulton says the show is family friendly and he will be joined on stage with popular comedian Zoltan Kaszas, who is best known for his own Drybar Comedy special and as winner of the San Diego Comedy Festival and the International Seattle Comedy Competition.
“He is a high-level comic,” Moulton adds. “He has YouTube videos of his acts with 30 million views.”
They will also be joined by top local clean comedians Rabbi Robert Haas and Elyse.
The group will also perform in a grittier version of their show the night before on Jan. 18 at “The Salty Comedy show” at Friendship Coffee Co.. Tickets to that show are $20 and only 50 tickets are available.
Moulton admits it’s taken a few attempts to figure out the right combination of content for his Barefoot Comedy shows, he says he feels like he has the right balance now.
“The show is super unique,” he said. “It’s hard to find a stand-up show you can take your kids to, at least one that’s a high-level of comedy.”
The show also features a live podcast and community auction to benefit a local nonprofit.
“We also work to interact with the community,” Moulton added. “To put a spotlight on the nonprofit we are highlighting that evening. And we finalize the auction during intermission and livestream the bidding so you could actually give the final bid from your couch.”
The auction goes lives on Jan. 14 at barefootcomedy.com and features items like gift cards from Tybee businesses and restaurants, a Weber grill with rubs and BBQ cookbook from the Diva Q and more.
Moulton adds that providing a space to raise money for local nonprofits has been educational.
“My goal is to focus on local nonprofits and I’m constantly learning more as I meet these people,” Moulton said. “Just take Savannah Wildlife Rescue Center, for example. [Executive Director Jeanne Paddison] rehabs beaver, raccoons, deer, all kinds of wildlife.
“She supports this all on her own dime. And we are just lucky she exists. You have to work for years just to be trained to do what she does. If you start letting orphaned babies die, there soon won’t be any wildlife left and we want to keep helping wildlife so it will be around.”
And Moulton is happy these Barefoot Comedy events are proving to be successful for other local nonprofits, like the recent fundraiser he led for Oatland Island that raised $1,000.
“I think I’ve figured out a way to help while also bringing high-level talent to the Savannah area,” Moulton said. “It’s exciting.”