Being an early morning commuter and not the best early riser, I’m always looking for a pick-me-up first thing.
I don’t know about you, but laughter is always best in my book — along with very strong coffee.
Thus, “The Bob and Tom Show” has become my go-to for a morning commute chuckle, not to mention it makes the drive go faster.
On Friday, the whole crew — Bob Kevoian, Tom Griswold, Chick McGee and Kristi Lee — will be stopping by the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., on its live comedy tour. Performing along with the foursome will be headliners Tim Wilson, Greg Hahn and Drew Hastings.
The show starts at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $26 (Yes, I’m aware it’s above our normal budget, but can you really put a price on laughter?). Tickets are available on etix.com or by calling 800-514-3849.
If you’re looking for a laugh of the cheaper variety, Theatre 99 has you covered.
The comedy club at 280 Meeting St. downtown (above The Bicycle Shoppe) is hosting one of its four preliminary rounds for the Charleston Comedy Festival Stand Up Competition at 10 p.m. Friday.
For $5, catch 14 comedians perform five minutes each. After they perform, the audience will vote for four favorites to move on to the next round.
Call 853-6687 or go to www.theatre99.com.
Another event that will decidedly bring about a laugh or two, though for a somber cause, is The Griffon’s kickoff party for the Movember Foundation.
In its fourth year, the bar at 18 Vendue Range will host a monthlong fundraiser to bring awareness to and raise money for prostate and testicular cancer research, and all you have to do is drink beer and grow a mustache.
The kickoff party will begin at 8 p.m. Thursday and will include beer specials, beard shaving, music and a raffle.
Live music will be provided by Josh Roberts and Ed Lemon from Josh Roberts and the Hinges. And Gents Barber Spa will be on hand to do trims and shaves.
Pints from New Belgium, Palmetto Brewing and Holy City Brewing will be available, and $1 of each will go to the fundraising efforts. A portion of sales from every Canadian Club and Canadian Club Dock 57 blackberry whiskey drink or shot also will go to charity.
As all events above have had a decidedly adult slant to them, here’s one where you can include the kiddies.
Daniel Island will hold its fall tradition Park Day 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy a day of outdoor fun for all ages that showcases and supports a range of local charitable organizations.
In addition to live entertainment, games, a mobile skate board park, jump castles, pie-baking contest, animal exhibits and other activities, the festival also will feature food trucks, a beer garden and wine tasting.
And the best part? Parking and admission are free. Some events will require a nominal fee, and the funds will go to participating nonprofit organizations.
Find out more by calling 860-3235 or going to www.danielislandparkday.com.