“That thing got a Hemi?” has become a caustic retort for many drivers young and old. It is from the popular Dodge ad campaign featuring Jon Reep, the red-headed hillbilly known to millions as the “Hemi guy”. Jon will be performing his hilarious stand-up comedy at the USCB Center for the Arts on Friday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m. Plus, his performance will be opened by our own tap dancing divas, the Beaufortettes!
Maybe you’ve seen Jon as the winner of Season 5 on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”, the half-hour special “Comedy Central Presents: Jon Reep” or his own special “Jon Reep: Metro Jethro”. There’s a reason Jon won “Last Comic Standing.” He’s funny. He has been on multiple TV shows and movies since he hit the bit time on “Last Comic Standing.” And he is coming to Beaufort.
In addition, The Beaufortettes – Tap Dancing Divas will be opening for Jon. The Beaufortettes began tapping together in 2006. They all had very little, if any, tap dance training but had big dreams. Although they say they aren’t exactly spring chickens, they think of themselves as pretty cool southern chicks. They have nine members ranging in age from 67 – 82 with an average age of 72 years young. The Beaufortettes are dancing under the direction of Aleisia Ashlaw of the Beaufort Academy of Dance.
The Beaufortettes have performed with “Tap City”, the Beaufort Performing Arts Center, several military tributes, the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Day of Dance, and The Hen Party both here in Beaufort and in the historic Newberry Opera House. They began competing in 2011 and have won eight first place trophies as well as special costume and entertainment awards. In 2014 they won the Encore Dance Competition in Statesboro, Georgia in their age category with a perfect score bringing home the High Score of the Day Trophy and the “Most Entertaining” Award. In 2015 they won the title of “Adult Dance Champions of the Carolinas” in Myrtle Beach.
This is truly a two-fer. You get great dancing followed by some side splitting comedy all for a single ticket which is now on sale: Adult Tickets $25, Senior Tickets $20 & Student Tickets $15. Tickets may be purchased online at www.USCBCenterForTheArts.com, by phone 843-521-4145 or in person at the Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street.