Tim Hawkins brought his gut-busting, family comedy show and special guest Daren Streblow to Harvest Bible Chapel in Elgin last Friday. The event was a fundraiser for Harvest Christian Academy (HCA), and by all accounts it was a very successful one.
The worship center seating sold out the first part of January so they added 100 more seats, which quickly filled up. About 2,500 seats total, according to one of the security personnel.
The sell-out crowd is no surprise for Hawkins fans, many of whom paid extra for a VIP experience, which included hors d'oeuvres and refreshments before the show, a laminated VIP tour badge, preferred seating, and a post-show meet and greet with Hawkins.
Steve and Trista Olsen, of South Elgin, brought their two kids, Jessica, 13, and Gabriel, 10. "They love Tim Hawkins. They watch his videos on YouTube and quote him non-stop."
Paul and Janet Inserra, of Arlington Heights, were there with their daughter, Becca, who is a sophomore at HCA. "We have some of his DVDs and have watched him online," Paul said. "He's hysterical," Janet added.
Hawkins gave up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002 and hit the road with his unique comedy. His act includes a mix of stand-up material and music that will forever have you hearing his lyrics in your head instead of the original. His comedy plays on human nature—we're all broken and we do a lot of funny things.
"The funny stuff is the real stuff, the stuff that really happens," Hawkins told the crowd.
"Six-pack abs? What would I do with that and a hairy back? I'd look like a centaur," he said cantering around the stage.
He encouraged people to go to the gym, but make it fun. "I found out that a whip cream can fits perfectly into the cup holder on the treadmill," Hawkins said, demonstrating (complete with sound effects) how he worked a shot-in-the-mouth of whip cream into his workout.
He talked about "psychotic songs" from childhood. "Jimmy crack corn and I don't care...why did you write the song if you didn't care?"
Hawkins pointed out that we say a lot of dumb things that don't make sense such as "I slept like a baby last night. Oh, what did you do? Wake up screaming with a wet bed?" Or how about, "that guy doesn't know the difference between his butt and a hole in the ground. Really?"
Hawkins took a break to "go take some meds," and introduced his friend Daren Streblow, who hosts the nation's only clean, syndicated comedy show, The Daren Streblow Comedy Show.
"I have four boys under the age of 17. I'm never going to be able to sell my house. I'm going to have to burn it," Streblow said.
He talked about the ads that pop up on your computer. "They think I'm single; I keep getting ads from Match.com....they think I'm pregnant; I get ads for a Velcro belt." He also told the hilarious story of how he met his wife--a blind date in high school set up by his sister.
"I think Tim has had enough meds by now," Streblow said as he reintroduced his friend and thanked the audience encouraging them to download his app, Daren, and listen to his show.
Hawkins' second set proved even funnier than his first. Maybe those meds helped!
He came back with songs including "The Things You Don't Say to Your Wife," the Sampson and Delilah song, the Yoga Pants song, and the National Anthem sung by each Bob Marley, Dave Matthews, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
He poked fun at different laughs. "Women sigh at the end," he said demonstrating what we hear. "Old people cough at the end...southerners woo at the end...old women from the south got a whole lot going on!" From the sounds of the response, the crowd could definitely relate to that!
He shared stories of married life and his kids that had the crowd roaring—everyday stuff that is really funny when you think about it.
"God wants you to laugh," he told the audience.
Hawkins wrapped up the evening with a love song--about his favorite restaurant--The Chick-fil-A song. VIP ticket-holders also got Chick-fil-A sandwiches at the post-show meet and greet.
If you’re looking for a fun night out with lots of laughs, Hawkins will be back in the Chicago area on Thurs., March 26 at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais. For ticket information, visit https://timhawkins.brushfireapp.com/events/427054
We give this performance a side-splitting five ticket and five guitars for this family friendly comedy concert.
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