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Local comedian stands up with heavyweight comics

When it comes to the Pensacola comic circuit, Bubbs Harris, an everyday stand-up guy, has graced stages over the Gulf Coast for more than three years.

Making people laugh is serious business. What’s more serious is the craft behind the art form of being a comedian.

Harris, who is a native of Dothan, AL., moved to the Pensacola area in 2002. Before his latest success in the comic world, his career path wasn’t so clear a few years ago. After ending a band and setttling into the life of being a husband and father, he became a music journalist.

What he didn’t know, was that this would eventually lead him to the world of comedy.

“When I started writing, I met a ton of cool people in the area, which eventually led me to meet Ryan James,” said Harris. “I hooked up with him, though I never actually did a show with his band, and he talked me into doing some jokes in between some bands.”

James, who is the bassist for a Florida based quartet, surprisingly helped to generate Harris’s love for comedy. After falling in love with being on stage and having the ability to make people laugh, Harris decided to dig deeper into his newfound talent.

Growing up in a household with comedy all around him, Harris realized his love for stand up was with him from the very beginning.

“My main influence for comedy was George Carlin,” said Harris. “My mom would let me watch Carlin as a kid, bad words and all, and his style really captivated me.
“That angry, sarcastic delivery about everything he saw in the world around him mystified me.”

Having had the chance to meet his idol at the Pensacola Saenger Theatre a few months before Carlin passed away, Harris was more than inspired to grab the comic world by its reins and rattle it a bit.

Unfortunately, Harris had nowhere to do so locally. After posting a listing on Craigslist, which led him to a connection within the comic circuit, Harris broke through the boundaries holding him back from doing stand-up in town.

Not only did he break through career boundaries, he credits his humorous nature to his challenging experiences throughout life.

“I’ve seen and experienced so many tragic things that I really had no choice but to find some humor in them,” Harris said. “Life is what you make it, and I made mine a big stand-up routine.”

Harris incorporates his every day findings into his stand up material. Whether it be his wife, kids, or music, everything becomes comedy to him.

“My goal isn’t simply to make folks laugh,” said Harris. “That’s awesome and all, but I like to also make people think a little bit about the humor we can find in everything.”

Being a family man leaves plenty room for loads of laughs. Harris has two little boys who sometimes make their way into his stand-up routine.

“They’re really funny little dudes, so I get a lot of inspiration from them,” said Harris. “Ash, my oldest, wants to be a comedian too. It’s cute.”

Harris has traveled the Gulf Coast touring with numerous well-known comedians, such as, Matt Ward, Joe Pettis and many more.

With an up and coming debut album titled “Comedy’s Not Dead”, Harris is pushing more for a bigger comic circle in the Pensacola area.

“It is a very hard thing to get across here,” said Harris. “Comedy clubs are closing all over the nation, leaving us comics to find alternate venues and work a little harder to prove that, indeed, comedy is not dead.”

Comedy, in fact, is not dead with a “Comedy and Metal” show at the Vinyl Music Hall, Friday June 1st, at 8:30 p.m. The show will star national touring comedian Don Jamieson, Emmy Award-Winner and co-host of VH1 Classic’s “That Metal Show.” The show will feature Harris, along with two other local comedians, who will be opening for Jamieson.

Even with a long list of upcoming tours over the fall, Harris has designated the summer to give back to the city he adores with a line up of local shows.

For more information about the “Comedy and Metal,” visit vinylmusichall.com. Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Michelle Fells
Web Editor

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