Darryl Rhoades

Aficionados of avant-garde '70s rock will probably recall Atlanta's Darryl Rhoades & His Hahavishnu Orchestra. "Rolling Stone magazine said we couldn't miss," Rhoades says. "But I proved them wrong." The band, with over a dozen members, toured through the late '70s, drawing comparisons to Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention and the Tubes. In 1989, Rhoades decided to channel his energy into standup comedy, a transition he found to be fairly easy. "I did a lot of the stuff I did in-between songs and just talked about things onstage when I had my band," he recalls. It was also easier from a logistical and economic standpoint. "It was just a lot easier to drag me around than 14 or 15 people." These days, Rhoades mixes some music into his standup while also talking about current events and more day-to-day topics. "When you have people running around giving you material like Sarah Palin, it just makes my life so much easier," he laughs. "I miss Bush and I miss Cheney, and then again I don't miss them. Every time Cheney goes on TV to criticize Obama, I figure he's just upset because he's not the president anymore." With Benny Quash.
Dec. 17-18, 8 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 18, 10:30 p.m.; Sat., Dec. 19, 7:30 & 10 p.m., 2009

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