MT. VERNON —
At the onset, let me say that this space is not becoming Comedically Speaking.
I say that because on March 25, my old friend “Big Al” Moutrey will come here from beautiful Davenport, Fla., and bring his stand-up comedy routine to Genkota Winery.
Regular listeners of Musically Speaking are already aware that Big Al has weekly contributed his two-cents worth — and most likely much more — over the last five-plus months.
Big Al tells me that he will have two different 30-minute sets that evening. There will also be other musical entertainment as well.
Big Al is a proud member of the Class of 1975 at Mt. Vernon Township High School.
Yes, you can find his mug hanging on the wall if you roam the hallowed halls of Building A long enough.
Don’t look too long. It’s akin to looking at a solar eclipse with the naked eye.
I will always remember the summer after my junior year at MVTHS. I had managed to convince McDonalds owner Tom McHugh to hire me, although in retrospect, I think that it had more to do with the other jobs opening up in the area at the time and I was just lucky.
Turns out that I was pretty lucky. At least in the sense of the people that I worked with.
I know that there are some folks that are jubilant that I left their names out of this, but trust me when I say that I spent a summer working at McDonalds with some of the leaders of our community here in 2011.
And then there was Big Al.
Folks, Al Moutrey was and still is, absolutely nuts! Personally, I think that he needs some professional help.
Back in 1974, he would be flipping patties on the grill at the restaurant while asking how many needed cheese, as he fired off one-liners like rounds through a machine gun.
Back then, he did some wonderful impersonations of the managers that we worked for. I’ll leave those names out as well.
Over these last five months, I’ve come to realize that the only difference between Big Al back then and Big Al now is that he has grown-up.
Sort of. At least in the only ways that he can.
How often do you get to see live stand-up comedy in the King City?
Maybe you should think about your plans that night.
This could be fun.
By the way, hello to Nathan Scheller and Andrea Bilby of Evansville, Ind., who came to Genkota out of curiosity and ended up staying all afternoon this past Sunday as they enjoyed the music of Del Herbert and some of his closest friends. The young couple met their friend Ally Green — also from Evansville, but a King City resident for the last two years — for an afternoon of some of the best that our town has to offer.
I’m thinking that they will be back.
Don’t forget to check out www.musicallyspeaking.mvn.net.
Enjoy this weeks radio show and please be careful out there.
Don’t drink and drive or text and drive.
The Illinois State Police are counting on it.
- Jack Clark is the host of Musically Speaking, a local radio program heard Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. on 102.1 WIBV.