Standup comedy on tap at local restaurant

Turquoise will shake up entertainment at the beach April 19 by hosting The Plumber & The Redneck Comedy Show. Located in the Sea Colony Marketplace near Bethany Beach, the Greek and American restaurant will host comedy for the first time at 9 p.m. that Friday night.

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“We’re excited about it,” said owner Elaina Panagakos. “This is something different. There’s not a lot of comedy shows down here. It’ll be a good time, something fun.”

“The Plumber” — Brian Jones — is a local who has headlined shows in 15 states. It’s been 20 years since he entered the comedy stage of his life and met “The Educated Redneck,” Dan Ellison.

Jones’ comedy is “plumbing meets the Three Stooges. I’m not making a statement. I just have fun.” More adult, shocking and matter-of-fact in his humor, Jones said he’ll say anything to anybody. That has led to appearances on Howard Stern’s radio show, at the Norfolk Naval Base in Virginia, at the Comedy Factory in Baltimore, Md., and four years of sold-out shows on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Meanwhile, Ellison “doesn’t mince words. If you like your comedy honest and up-front, that’s him,” Jones said.

A self-proclaimed “Educated Redneck,” Ellison grew up on a small farm outside of the metropolis Parkersburg, W.Va. He earned an electrical degree and took the long road to comedy, but he’s says he’s right where he should be now. Working with Hysterical Management, Ellison has earned an Entertainer of the Year award in Ohio.
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With an audience evaluating your performance every 15 seconds, Jones said, comedy is not an easy business, but he and Ellison love their jobs and are confident on stage. With both measuring up at more than 6 feet tall, Jones said they don’t get much heckling.

“Comedians aren’t typically craftsmen,” Jones said, but as a plumber by day, he gets plenty of humor for his night job.

Located in the Marketplace at Sea Colony, Turquoise is an excellent space for comedy because most seats have a good view of the performers, Jones said. Both comedians will perform individual one-hour sets.

Tickets to the show cost $15 each and are limited, so Jones recommended people buy early. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. To purchase, contact Turquoise restaurant at (302) 616-1039.

Audiences can enjoy dinner and a show, as Turquoise offers new food specials each day. Panagakos said fresh fish and other Greek/Mediterranean specials will be available. People can check specials beforehand at the Turquoise Facebook page.