published Monday, August 18th, 2014

Get Off The Couch: Brew Fest, comedy by 'Hemi guy' ahead

BARRY COURTER: Lisa, do you remember Jon Reep from Season 5 of NBC's "Last Comic Standing"? He's coming to The Comedy Catch for shows Thursday through Saturday. He's also in the new movie "Into the Storm." In a brilliant Hollywood move, he and fellow comic Kyle Davis provide the comic relief. It's a sci-fi thriller about an onslaught of tornadoes hitting a small town. He told me last week he actually auditioned for a serious part and was told the first day of shooting that scene had been axed and he was now supposed to be funny.

It's always interesting to see how things work in Tinseltown.

LISA DENTON: I remember Reep from those Dodge commercials a few years back. I bet he sold the heck out of Hemis. I know the marketing was effective in my house. When I offered to let my 16-year-old son drive my Toyota pickup to school, he looked at me like I'd just flown in from another planet (which was common) and said he couldn't possibly drive a truck without a Hemi in it. He eventually did come around, but only after he had to walk, bike or be driven by his mommy everywhere. Someday when I'm too geezerly to get around, I'm gonna get me one of those Rascal mobility scooters with a Hemi in it. If you think the sidewalks aren't safe now, just wait till I'm old.

BARRY: I think I sent you the photos of Reep and Davis on the red carpet for the New York premiere of the movie. I didn't know tuxedos came in camo.

LISA: Sure they do. I'll let you borrow mine sometime. I've never worn mine with an orange or baby blue top hat like Reep and Davis did, but you can't deny they have a certain flair. Do you think one of those getups would look out of place at the Southern Brewers Festival? This year, you could wear those fancy duds twice since they've added a second day.

BARRY: The Dumb and Dumber homage with the hats and colors was a nice touch and, as I told Reep, at least he got a tux he can get more than one wear out of. And you're right about the second day at the Brewers Festival. Two days of great beer and great music. On Friday, moe will headline with Cabinet and Soulive opening, starting at 6 p.m. On Saturday, Gov't Mule headlines with AJ Ghant, Randall Bramblett and Friends and Greensky Bluegrass, starting at 4 p.m. That is a pretty amazing lineup for one event.

Did I mention beer? While you groove to the music, you can sample from more than 100 different brews. As we've mentioned in past years, it's not a race nor a competition. Pace yourself.

LISA: My red Solo cup rarely has anything stronger than Mello Yello, but they'll have that covered with a selection of soft drinks, lemonade and water. Just because there's a bunch of beer doesn't mean it's not a family friendly event. Kids under 12 get in free.

Plus, it's a big deal for charity. Nearly $1 million has been donated since the Brewfest started 20 years ago, and $174,000 was raised last year. This year's recipients are Chattanooga's Kids on the Block and Chattanooga Community Kitchen.

BARRY: That's net. That's the amount given to charity last year. That blows my feeble mind.

LISA: You can buy tickets at a discount in advance at Kangaroo Express stores, or you can try to win a pair at www.ChattanoogaNow.com. Discounts are good, but free is better.

Speaking of free, I bet if you told Reep you had a chance to win Best Dressed at the Brewfest, he'd bring his tux with him for you to borrow. I just wish there was a red carpet for you to walk on.

BARRY: Funny you say that. I'm thinking of a business idea: personalized red carpets. You take them with you wherever you go. I think that and personalized theme songs that play as you strut your stuff would be huge.

Get event details every Thursday in Chattanooga Now or online anytime at www.ChattanoogaNow.com.

Contact Barry Courter at bcourter@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6354. Contact Lisa Denton at ldenton @timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6281.

about Barry Courter...

Barry Courter is staff reporter and columnist for the Times Free Press. He started his journalism career at the Chattanooga News-Free Press in 1987. He covers primarily entertainment and events for ChattanoogaNow, as well as feature stories for the Life section. Born in Lafayette, Ind., Barry has lived in Chattanooga since 1968. He graduated from Notre Dame High School and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a degree in broadcast journalism. He previously was ...

about Lisa Denton...

Lisa Denton is deputy features editor and content editor of Current. She previously was a lifestyle, entertainment and region reporter/pod leader for The Chattanooga Times, which she joined in 1983. Lisa is from Sale Creek and holds an associate’s degree in journalism from Chattanooga State Community College. Contact Lisa at 423-757-6281 or ldenton@timesfreepress.com.

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