Here in the U.S., we love stereotypes; Women are crazy, men are pigs, Northerners are all liberal crybabies and Southerners are all unthinking rednecks. Well, there are three criminally-underrated comics who have been smashing that last conception for years, and now they’re joining forces to prove once and for all that while the South may not actually rise again, it has at least produced some truly brilliant comics.
Comedians Tom Simmons, Stewart Huff and Jay Whitecotton have announced that they will be teaming up for the next couple months on their inaugural American Heretics Comedy Tour, with the first show of the tour kicking off tonight in Chicago. The trio will be bringing their signature brands of sometimes political, often philosophical and always hilarious comedy to stages in places like Chicago, Dayton, Toronto and Ottawa. Described as “part storytelling, part current events and part exploration of the bigger ideas,” the tour looks to be a deathly-funny combination of some of the smartest underground comics in the business right now. Along the way, the comics will be interviewed and filmed documentary style, with the tour culminating in a live special taping.
While you may or may not recognize their names, all three comics have more than paid their dues on stage. With a collective 35+ years in the comedy world, these guys have honed their acts down to a fine point, mercilessly killing crowds while simultaneously making them think through the tears. They’ve been seen everywhere, from the stages of festivals like Moontower, Funny or Die’s Oddball Fest and the Orlando Fringe Fest, to networks like Comedy Central, Showtime, HBO, BET, NPR and more. While they’ve been slaying rooms separately for years, this will be their first time performing as a group, so this tour is not to be missed. Check out a full list of dates below:
March 7th & 8th — @North Bar in Chicago
March 10th – 12th — Wiley’s in Dayton
April 6th – 9th — Yuk Yuk’s in Ottawa
April 11- Theatre Cambrian in Sudbury, Ontario
April 12- Stephen Leacock Theatre in Keswick, Ontario
April 13th – 15th — Yuk Yuk’s in Toronto
April 27th – 30th — Punchline in Atlanta
May 17th – 28th — Fringe Fest in Orlando
June 15th – 17th — Morty’s in Indianapolis