Billy Gardell was one of the first performers to appear at Side Splitters when it opened in Knoxville in 2009. He returned to the club last night as a household name and star of “Mike and Molly.” My wife and I went to the show with Terry Morrow of the Knoxville News Sentinel. Some of the material was from Billy’s recent Comedy Central special, “Halftime.”
Comedian Joe O’Connell opened for Gardell. They’ve known each other for years, ever since they were both getting started in the Pittsburgh area. It was my first time seeing O’Connell’s act. I thought he was great, especially when talking about diets.
After two shows at Side Splitters, Billy and Joe made a late-night drive to Atlanta. Billy had to be there in time for a 6:00 a.m. TV interview. They’ll be at The Punchline on Friday and Saturday night.