For musician/comedian Chris Talbot, humor and talent are two traits he is passing to his 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter. Both of them are enrolled in private arts schools and they are being homeschooled in “funny” by dear old dad.
“I’ll say to (13-year-old Connor) ‘Surely you don’t mean that.’ He’ll say, ‘Yes, I do, and quit calling me Shirley,’ ” Talbot said of his young son’s affinity for jokes from the 1980 comedy classic “Airplane!”
As both a father and as a humorist with a taste for raunchier material, Talbot tries to separate his act into PG- and R-rated categories. For this reason he will hold two shows on his upcoming trip to northern Nevada: one this weekend that is good for all ages and one on March 17 in which he will perform his “smut set.”
His show on Friday at Great Basin Brewing Co. in Sparks will be called “Chris Talbot: Alone Again for the First Time,” which will be more family-friendly than the shows for which he became known in the Reno area during the 1980s and 1990s. The former Renoite says his repertoire of ‘60s and ‘70s cover tunes will invoke “memories from the early Beer Barrel days, right on through to the Cantina Los Tres Hombres,” referring to two popular hangouts where he performed live music “back in the day.”
“If you can walk out and say ‘I had a good time,’ that what I want to do,” Talbot said in a phone interview this week from his home in Boise, Idaho.
For his “Chris Talbot: Adults Only!!!” show at Jub Jub’s on St. Patrick’s Day, Talbot will perform the parody songs such as those he has been penning since high school. Though he said he never starts a show with a set list (“The show just gets a mind of its own,” he said), some examples of his comedy songs are “The Ballad of the Bobbit Hillbillies” based on the theme to “The Beverly Hillbillies” and the knife-wielding exploits of John and Lorena Bobbit; the country-themed “Get Your One-Ton Ass Out of my Half-Ton Truck”; and “My Boyfriend’s Black” based on the 1963 pop tune by The Angels.
Talbot will bring his “three chords and 200 songs” to Great Basin, 846 Victorian Ave. in Sparks, at 8 p.m. Friday and to Jub Jub’s Thirst Parlor, 71 S. Wells Ave. in Reno at 8 p.m. March 17. There is no cover charge for either show.