Dusty Slay’s Homegrown Stand Up Showcase
When: Sat., March 23, 10 p.m.
Phone: (843) 853-6687
If you caught our recent Best of Charleston issue, then you know Dusty Slay was named Best Local Comic by our readers. Now that his monthly show has rolled around, this is a good chance to see what all the fuss is about (if you don’t already know). The showcase features different comics every month, and this time, the lucky funnymen are Justin Thompson, Jeremy McClellan, Neil Bansil, and Jon Ballard. These guys weren’t picked by accident — Slay thinks they’re the bee’s knees. “These guys are all really good in their own way, and they’ve been selected from their outstanding performances at the weekly open mic night,” says Slay. “I picked these guys because I think they’re absolutely the best.” They all have their own distinctive flair. Thompson is a Greenville native, and he’s the first ever out-of-towner to be featured in the show. McClellan is brand spankin’ new, as this will be his very first performance outside of open mic. Bansil is a popular local comic who’s appeared in the Charleston Comedy Festival a few times. Ballard is a member of Theatre 99 and Slay says he’s a family man — he makes a lot of jokes about parenthood and all it entails. Naturally, Slay is a big fan of Charleston comedy. “People of Charleston may not realize how great our comedy scene is around here,” says Slay. “This is a show worth seeing. Why not? It’s the cost of a movie ticket with original, live entertainment.” And it’s all happening at Theatre 99, another Best of Charleston winner (Best Local Theater).
— Emily Taylor
Here is a story I was told growing up but don’t remember.
My parents were still married so I was very young, still young enough to not get in trouble for anything.
In our front yard we had this giant bush, I don’t know to this day what kind of bush it was but it was made up of giant blades of grass that would cut you. The way this bush was shaped you could get inside of it and hide during a game of hide and go seek as long as you were willing to get cut up. Also it had big stalks coming out of the bush with a soft cat tail like feathers on them. But thats what we called them, “Cat Tails”.
My parents had taken a few of these cat tails and stuck them in a vase and put them on the floor next to our TV which also happened to be right near our fireplace. Our TV was one of those old TV’s that was in a giant wooden box with speakers on each side. The kind of TV that was so big that when it quit working you didn’t even move it out, you just bought another one and set it on top of it. It became the entertainment center.
My Dad one night is standing in the kitchen and sees me sitting in the middle of the living room floor and pointing up and saying, “Hot! Hot! Hot!”. He runs into the living room and the Cat Tails, the TV, the curtains and part of the wall are all on fire. They were able to put it out before any real damage was done and the crisis was averted.
According to what my Dad believes, I must’ve pulled that vase full of cat tails down in front of the fireplace which caught them on fire. Then I set the vase back up which set the curtains of fire and they set the TV on fire. Pretty impressive for a little kid.
I was telling this story to my older sister about 26 years later and she started laughing. She said she had completely forgotten about that and she then revealed some new information on this particular story. She said that she had actually been the one to set those cat tails on fire, but she knew I wouldn’t get in trouble so she blamed it on me. My sister is a genius.
Hi, I’m Stand Up Comic Dusty Slay. Do you want to see me perform? Check out my calendar or watch my videos on this page. You can talk to me right now on twitter @dustyslay or go right to the icon on this page, I’ll tweet you back. Lets be friends on Facebook, or in real life, well lets start with Facebook. Get in contact with me if you would like to perform in the Charleston area, or if you would like to hire me to perform…almost anywhere. Thanks for visiting!