Comedian Tim Wilson to perform at ConnxtionsWritten by Jeff McGinnis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Comedian. Songwriter. Record producer. True crime author. Few entertainers sport a resume quite as eclectic as Tim Wilson’s.
The veteran comic, who has nearly three decades of performing under his belt, will appear at Connxtions Comedy Club beginning May 20. In an interview with Toledo Free Press Star, Wilson professed his love for performing in the Glass City.
“Toledo’s one of my favorite towns to work, because the crowds are good, and they laugh at what’s funny, and if it’s not, they don’t,” Wilson said.
The Columbus, Ga., native speaks with the manner and grace of a true Southern gentleman, but don’t let the demeanor fool you — Wilson is a passionate individual with opinions on a wide variety of topics, and he’s not afraid to express his thoughts.
He attended college in South Carolina, then moved to Atlanta in the early ’80s with an eye on becoming a songwriter.
“When I was 18, I hooked up with a bunch of guys in a group called the Atlanta Rhythm Section that was big in the late ’70s. They sorta took me by the hand and showed me how recording studios work,” Wilson said. “So I was working in Atlanta, wanting to be a songwriter, and I was working in the mall selling glasses. And I passed a place called a comedy club. And I thought, ‘Well, hell, I can do that,’ because I’d done that in school growing up.”
From his humble beginnings at open mic nights, Wilson began to forge a career that has been going strong for more than 28 years. But an important facet of his act that would become a trademark didn’t get introduced until the late ’80s — music.
“I’d been writing songs for a group called Pinkard and Bowden. I got away from them because I just didn’t much care for the way they did things,” Wilson said.
He began to write his own material and introduce it into his stand-up. To call him a prolific writer would be an understatement — Wilson has released 17 albums worth of comedy during the past two decades. But his music is also exceedingly well-crafted and witty.
Wilson admits to being a perfectionist when it comes to his music.
“I like to put time in a song. I don’t work on a song unless I kind of believe in it. I was an English major in college and I put alliteration in comedy songs. It’s not just a laugh. You try and write it like you try to write anything. You chop it down, you knock off the excess to it, and all that,” he said. “Now I have a bit of a writer’s block. I ain’t thought of anything in about two months! But a lot of that has to do with the fact that I’ve already covered so many topics. Something’s really gotta stick out at me as sort of a classic before I spend a lot of time messing with it.”
This is not to say Wilson’s dance card is empty. In addition to regular appearances on the “Bob and Tom” radio show, Wilson’s experience in the studio has led to many chances to work as a producer for other acts. Other than working with fellow comic Jeff Foxworthy on his “Redneck Twelve Days of Christmas” track, however, Wilson is hesitant to work with other comedians as a producer.
“Comedy, to me — and apparently I was wrong — but I never, ever considered comedy a team sport. It’s competitive. The thing that makes you a comedian is sorta being an a*****e, you know? Which Foxworthy showed us is not the way to go,” Wilson said. “If I could go back in my life, I would be less competitive. But I still — I’m not the person who needs to produce another comedian’s song.”
Wilson also recently co-wrote the true crime expose “Happy New Year, -ted,” wherein he and Roger Keiss analyzed whether famous murderer Ted Bundy might be responsible for several killings in Wilson’s hometown. Wilson is currently working on a documentary on the same subject.
For audiences who come to Connxtions, Wilson promised, “I’m gonna be interested in the people in Toledo, Ohio. You know, a lot of comedians go out on the road, and they wanna get ready to do the show they’re actually trying to get ready to do. ‘Oh, I wanna do this club so I can get ready to film this and have my special.’ I’m actually interested in entertaining the people who come to the Toledo show. I’m not interested in Hollywood, I ain’t interested in anywhere else.”
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