In 1995, Theatre 99 made its humble beginnings in Charleston, hosting their first performance in a local church annex. Only six years later, they produced their first Piccolo Fringe Festival, and in 2004 they hosted the first Charleston Comedy Festival. Now housed in Theater 99 above The Bicycle Shoppe at 280 Meeting Street, the company has about 50 members that routinely perform improv, sketch, and stand-up for the public.
The theater first presented The Complete History of Charleston for Morons at the 2004 Piccolo Fringe Festival. A fast-paced, in-your-face “history” lesson on the Holy City, the show takes the audience all the way from colonial Charles Towne to the modern day redneck territory. But audience beware: this is not your average high school history lesson. Instead, expect a twisted take on Charleston’s most infamous past.
According to Theatre 99 representatives, there are five crucial facts you’ll take away from the performance:
1) Who was the first mayor of Charleston? Joe Riley.
2) Is it cool to do black face in 2012? Hell no, it’s racist.
3) Who would play Captain Dixon in Hunley the movie? Sean Connery.
4) Can you put ketchup-based sauce on your BBQ? Are you kidding?
5) What kind of people come to a show entitled The Complete History of Charleston for Morons? Morons.