After spending his Monday on the golf course, Gary Valentine is bringing his show to Grand Strand audiences for two shows only on Tuesday, April 11.
The actor, known for roles in television’s “King of Queens” and new sitcom “Kevin Can Wait” and films “Zookeeper” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop,” played in the Monday After the Masters golf tournament at the Dye Club at Barefoot Resort on Monday and hosted the MAM concert at House of Blues. 2017 marks Valentine’s 11th year in the tournament.
He will hit the Comedy Cabana stage Tuesday with shows at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Valentine is no stranger to the Myrtle Beach club.
“I’ve been going there for at least 15 years. Christine and Jeff [Emanuel, the club’s owners] are great people,” he said in a phone interview. “I’ve been performing on the Tuesday after Monday After the Masters for about five years. We’ve kind of made it tradition.”
Valentine is an avid golfer, which is one reason he enjoys performing in the area.
“There’s a million golf courses,” he said. “I love the people. I love the food. I love South Carolina in general. It’s got a laid-back, cool atmosphere.”
Valentine describes his show as “kind of silly.”
“I kind of play the guy who thinks he knows what’s going on but has no clue,” he said.
The comedian’s first comedy show happened because of his mom.
“Oddly enough, my mother signed me up for an open mic night when I was living at home after college,” Valentine said.
Although he didn’t have an act together and didn’t consider trying stand up previously, his mother urged him to “just do what you do.” After 5 minutes on a Wednesday, he was hooked.
Some of Valentine’s biggest comedic influences include Steve Martin, Robert Klein and Andy Kaufman.
Of Kaufman, Valentine said, “His sense of humor wasn’t for everyone. He worked without a net. I kind of do a bit of that.”
Valentine’s film and television schedule restricts his touring schedule a bit.
“When I do a movie, I’m usually on set for three months. When I do a television show, it’s three weeks on, one week off,” he said. “We just wrapped for the season. Now I’m free to do stand up all summer.”
Doing TV and movies hasn’t changed Valentine’s material, but it’s changed his back, he said with a laugh.
“I’ve gotten less physical,” he said. “The older I got, the more tired I got.”
The comedian has several solo dates lined up this year and will be doing a theater tour with brother and fellow actor/comedian Kevin James. His show “Kevin Can Wait” has been picked up for a second season, which will air in September.
“They’ll be showing reruns all throughout the summer,” Valentine said.
Headliner Sonya White and house comedian Cooter Douglas will join Valentine for both shows at Comedy Cabana. Tickets are available via phone at 843-449-HAHA (4242) or online at www.comedycabana.com.
Comedy Cabana is at 9588 N. Kings Hwy. in Myrtle Beach.