Collin Moulton to headline Tybee Comedy Revue
By Linda Sickler, DoSavannah
Don’t let the post-Christmas blues get you down.
Instead of sitting around feeling sorry for yourself, head out to the Tybee Post Theater on Dec. 26 for the Tybee Comedy Revue featuring Collin Moulton.
Star of his own Showtime special, “That’s Just Chicken Stupid,” he had a featured spot on Nickelodeon and recently appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly.”
Just two years after getting started, Moulton won the Rocky Mountain Laff-Off.
Later that year, he was featured on Comedy Central’s “Best of the Improv” and was chosen one of the “Best in Fest” at the Montreal Comedy Festival.
Best of all, Moulton is local. In August, he and his family moved to Wilmington Island.
“It was a lifestyle choice,” Moulton says. “I was living in Los Angeles for 20 years. I love the barrier islands. When I was a little kid, I lived in Athens.
“My wife and I pinned the map and started checking Savannah out,” he says. “We love it here. That’s why I wanted to do the Tybee Theater show.”
So far, there are no disappointments.
“I love the town and can’t wait to be a part of it,” Moulton says. “We’re going to be in Savannah hopefully until we die.”
Never a show-off in school, Moulton nevertheless always wanted to do stand-up.
“The first time I was ever on stage was at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles for an open mic,” he says. “I had always wanted to do stand-up since I saw Steve Martin when I was 7 years old.
“It was at a college my mom worked at,” Moulton says. “I thought that was so cool. I didn’t realize people were allowed to go do it for a living.”
After moving to Los Angeles, Moulton had a girlfriend with connections.
“Her mom was married to a famous trombone player,” he says.
“Her mom knew about the artistic lifestyle and knew I could do these things, so she took me to The Laugh Factory.
“She said, ‘You know those guys have what you have.’ I wanted to hang out with them.
“She said, ‘You should hang out with them,’” Moulton says. “‘All you have to do is go to an open mic.’”
Then she went one better.
“She said, ‘I’ll support you for however long it takes,’” Moulton says. “‘Just get on stage every chance you get.’
“I went on four or five times a week and got better at it. What I do is more storytelling. I think connecting with people in a delightful way is my style,” he says. “Everything I talk about is real-life stuff.”
People identify more with real-life comedy, Moulton says.
“I talk about the things that crack me up,” he says. “Something that really happened, the stupidity of a bad choice.”
Television also has been an influence.
“I guess that’s because I grew up in the early ’80s,” Moulton says. “Shows like ‘Three’s Company’ and ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’ were on.
“Over Thanksgiving, I replayed the WKRP scene with the turkeys,” he says. “It was posted on Facebook recently and it really took me back.”
For 15 years, Moulton has toured constantly.
“I do everything from cruise ships to colleges, corporations, clubs and everything else,” he says. “I used to tour a lot more but now I have little kids, so I try not to stay gone such a long time.
“I used to be away five to six weeks at a time. In the beginning, it was months.
“When I was first married, five to six weeks was too much,” Moulton says. “Now that I get more money, I fly more to get to leave on Wednesday and come home on Monday, and I try to take summers off.”
The opportunity to do a Showtime special was overwhelming, Moulton says.
“I have an imposter’s complex and feel like I’m out of place, out of my element,” he says. “It kind of dictates a lot of success or failure.
“The Showtime special was the only time I was able to parlay something into something good. I had a great show.”
Billy Gardell, comedian and star of CBS’s “Mike and Molly,” is a friend of Moulton, so he called Gardell and asked for advice.
“I’m about to go on stage when he calls back,” Moulton says.
“He says, ‘Buddy, know this: Everything you’ve done is preparation for this. They’re lucky to have you. Go out and perform. You deserve to be there, you’ve already earned it.’
“I just went out like, ‘This is my stage,’” Moulton says. “I owned it more than anything I’ve ever done.”
Family and friends were in the audience to support Moulton.
“My father was there, my benefactor was there,” he says. “It was because of that support that I was able to perform so well on television.”
Moulton’s appearance on “Last Call with Carson Daly” was a different story.
“That didn’t go so well, but they edited it so it looked great,” he says. “It worked out fine.
“I survived it, but it wasn’t what I wanted. But it came out super nice.
“The people who run that show are the most professional I’ve ever worked with,” Moulton says. “What they used was perfectly pertinent.”
Right now, Moulton has no idea what he’ll do at the Tybee Comedy Revue.
“You get up there and an energy transfer happens and it’s on,” he says. “I create a show out of our combined energy.”
If there is such a thing as a big break, Moulton isn’t sure he’s had one.
“People say that stuff, but what they don’t see is that your big break is the grind,” he says. “You get your big break when you decide, ‘I’m going to do this until I die.’
“Stand-up is kind of who you are. You can’t choose to do it or not do it.
“I don’t think I could ever stop,” Moulton says. “If I did, I would have a massive hole in the middle.”
IF YOU GO
What: Tybee Comedy Revue with Collin Moulton
When: Saturday, Dec. 26. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 pm.
Where: Tybee Post Theater, 10 Van Horne Ave.
Cost: $15 or $13.50 for theater members