If there was ever a void in Memphis when it comes to comedy, it doesn’t exist anymore. No more waiting for the occasional comedy show to come to the Orpheum or Cannon Center. Big laughs can now be found in Memphis as often as “weekly”.
Perignon’s Restaurant & Lounge, located at 2818 Coleman Road, has been very successful with “J. Young Presents Saturday Night Laughs,” which commands quite a following every first Saturday of each month.
Jason Young, Saturday Night Laughs promoter, wanted a night that couples could prepare in advance for and serve as a date night for married couples. “I would love for SNL to be that event where people reconnect their lives to laughter with one another because it's good for the soul.”
Big names in comedy such as Tyler Craig, Pierre and J.J. Williamson have all made their way through Perignon’s at some point. Even comedienne and actress Cocoa Brown from Tyler Perry’s Single Mom’s Club has headlined multiple shows there…and they all did well. Columbia, S.C. comedienne Barbara Carlyle is set to headline the next show on Saturday Aug. 2nd.
Evidence clearly shows that there is a market for comedy in Memphis, which is why comedian and radio personality Prescott Gilliam and his partner Mike Ware of Heritage Entertainment decided to open a club totally dedicated to comedy, something that has been missing in Memphis for quite some time.
Chuckles Comedy House is located at 1770 Dexter Springs Loop in Cordova. It just opened for business a few weeks ago and has featured the likes of Don “DC” Curry as well as Sinbad with comedian D.L. Hughley being the next comedian to grace their stage. He can be heard locally on 1035 WRBO each afternoon from 2-6 p.m. weekdays and will be headlining 5 big shows July 11th-13th.
In addition to the live comedy shows, Chuckles also features Karaoke on Tuesdays as well as open mic on Wednesday. So if you think you have some talent or you just wanna prove that you don’t, you might wanna check them out on those nights as well.
Chuckles & Perignon’s not only provide the city with nightlife choices, they also provide opportunities for local comedians to shine as well. Local performers such as Caszell Williams, A.C., Timbo and Cleatis Allen Jr. and others can be found performing at these spots or even hosting shows on a regular basis.
Get the latest on Saturday Night Laughs at www.jyoungpresents.com or call (901) 373-9952. For more information on Chuckles Comedy House, call them at (901) 421-5905 or visit them online at www.chucklescomedyhouse.com.
Here’s what’s happening…
PJ Morton at the New Daisy
Get your tickets to see PJ Morton of Maroon 5 live, Friday July 11th at the New Daisy, 330 Beale Street at 8:00 p.m. Tickets start at $25 and are available at www.eventbrite.com by searching “PJ Morton Live.”
Tuesdays & Thursdays at Prive’
Prive’ Restaurant and Bar is one of the hottest spots to hit the city of Memphis. I’m sure you’ve heard “something” about it by now. But if you haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, here are a couple of good opportunities to see what the hype is all about.
Each Tuesday evening from 5 until 10 p.m., El Mac presents Neo Soul Sessions featuring the music of Shenea & 4Soul with Cigars provided by Cloud 9. It’s an evening of good food, good music and a plush, soulful atmosphere.
Then on Thursday evenings, Fresh Ideas & Associates presents “Prive Thursdays” from 5 until 10. It’s a great evening for networking and socializing that features $7 food items as well as $7 Supreme Adults Beverages.
Prive’ is located in East Memphis at 6980 Winchester Road at Riverdale. It is a great place to socialize, network and dine any day of the week. There’s no cover on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings, and they both feature happy-hour specials from 5 until 7 p.m. If we don’t support it, it goes away…right?