‘So much laughter in the Burg’

BY MARCY PALMERI, Contributor

ST. PETERSBURG — Let me take you back to the mid-1990s when “Martin” was the hottest sitcom on Fox. Do you remember Bruh-man from the fifth flo? Well guess what, he and other well-known comedians will be in St. Petersburg performing at the Palladium Sat., April 4.

Ever since the Palladium Theatre was purchased from a Christian Science church in 1998, this circa 1925 Romanesque Revival style structure has played host to musicals, operas, concerts, comedians, poetry readings, one-act shows and other curtain-raising performances.

Promoter Too Smooth is known for showcasing exceedingly talented performers from the Tampa Bay area and merging them with well-known acts that take your breath away. He believes in giving local artists a step-up, and his choices pay off for the audience, as well as the performers.

Too Smooth, Inc. brings to the Palladium “So Much Laughter in the Burg” starring Reginald Ballard, also known as Bruh-man, BET comedian REDBONE and St. Pete’s own Terrell Reynolds, also known as Batman.

Reynolds has been known as Batman for the last five years, but he’s been an entertainer for as long as he can remember. When asked where comic book Batman’s sidekick Robin was, he showed he isn’t one to share the limelight.

“There’s no Robin; there never has been and never will be,” he teased.

He attended Dixie Hollins High School and played college basketball for the Cougars at Clearwater Christian College. Growing up, he was mostly a jock, but was always making people laugh.

Reynolds got his big break in comedy at the Palladium during a competition in which he won a $1,000, and has been cracking people up ever since.

“God has been good to me and I’m grateful,” he said.

Batman will be the first act, warming up the audience for when Bruh-man graces the stage with his presence. “Most of the people who are going to be there know me,” he said.

Reynolds has had steady work as a stand-up comedian and that includes working with Bruh-man and REDBONE at the Royal Theater in Midtown, as well as opening for other well-known comedians.

Reynolds has a wife of 23 years and four children: three boys and one girl.  He said he’s a family man that loves his kids and grandkids.

“I was brought up to know God,” he said. “The compassion in my heart I get from my momma.” Besides comedy, cooking and being with family are the two things he enjoys most.

So if you’re looking to bust a gut, the Palladium Theatre April 4 is the place to be. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The Palladium is located on 253 5th Ave. N. in downtown St Pete.

Tickets are on sale now at The Palladium Theatre box office. Call (727) 822-3590 or go to www.mypalladium.org. Prices range from $20-$40.

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