Andy “Big A” Forrester

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Laughs are back at Turnage

Published 4:37pm Friday, July 4, 2014


Those in the mood for a little bit of laughter in the wake of Hurricane Arthur can find it at the Turnage Theater tonight.

The Beaufort County Arts Council will host its second comedy performance of the year, inviting the comedians of Raleigh-based Seriously Clowning back — this time with a new lineup.

“The show went over so well last time, we decided to do it again,” said Joey Toler, BCAC’s executive director.

Toler said he wondered if there would be an audience for comedy at the theater and at the last show, when BCAC had only sold four tickets show prior to the event, he was nearly convinced there wasn’t. At show time, however, the crowds came in, he said. Nearly 100 people arrived last minute to take in the three featured acts.

Keeping the comedy fresh, Seriously Clowning is sending a new crew to the Turnage for tonight’s performance, Toler said.

Host for the evening’s performance is Eric Shouse, who has appeared on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and was a finalist in Wilmington’s Port City’s Top Comic competition. The second act is Rusty Haynes, house emcee for Goodnight’s Comedy Club in Raleigh. The headliner for the night will be Andy Forrester, who has been described as one of the fastest rising comedians in the Southeast, according to Toler.  “Likeable, self-deprecating, fun,” are a few more words that have used to describe the man many know as “Big A,” according to an arts council press release.

Toler warned that tonight’s show — like the one previous — is meant for mature audiences due to adult language and subject matter.

The Turnage Theater doors will open at 7 p.m. tonight and the show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call the Beaufort County Arts Council at 252-946-2504.

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