April 11, 2013
If you’ve never heard of Bill Burr, chances are you’ve seen him before. Actually, you’ve definitely seen him before, probably many times. It may have been in one of his Comedy Central specials, or one of the several major movies that he’s co-starred in, or on Letterman, Conan, or Fallon, or maybe you were lucky enough to catch one of his 300 or so yearly stand-up shows. If you were at the Charleston Music Hall last Thursday night, you were one of those lucky people. Bill and his crew packed the house at the Music Hall as part of their ‘Dirty South Tour’, which has sold out shows in over a dozen southern states so far, which is impressive considering Burr’s roots in Los Angeles and New York City. Before he had even arrived at the theatre, there was excitement and anticipation in the air as the venue staff awaited Bill’s arrival. There seemed to be more security guards present than for any other show at the Music Hall. Finally, about an hour before show time, the tour bus pulled up on John Street, and as Bill and his crew walked off the bus, it looked like one of those slow-motion movie scenes with “Damn It Feels Good to be a Gangsta” playing in the background.
Two opening acts entertained the crowd, playing two short 15-minute sets and left the crowd in hysterics. We already thought it couldn’t get much funnier, and then, finally, the man himself walked onstage, and 900 people went crazy. Bill shouted, “I haven’t even done anything yet!” The following 2 hours were filled with nonstop laughter and hilarity. Burr’s lively and intense style of comedy, ranting, and storytelling can captivate any audience for hours. Bill is the type of comedian who can insult a person right to their face, and leave them laughing with tears in their eyes. His subjects of humor range from religion and politics to the absurdity of life in show business, and everything in between. He delivers his ideas effortlessly, while seamlessly transitioning from one subject to the next, all the while making his audience think about important issues without even realizing it. Bill closed out his monumental two-hour set, and was kind enough to stick around after the show to meet the audience, sign autographs, and promote his new DVD special “Let It Go”. Then, as quickly as they arrived, Bill and his crew boarded the tour bus and they were off to their next stop on the tour. This was a truly special evening for the Charleston Music Hall. If you ever get the chance to see Bill Burr perform, do yourself a favor and buy a ticket, you won’t be disappointed.
– Michael McCrea, CMH Intern