If you find everyday living a funny topic, then you'll want to see Tim Hawkins on Saturday at Blackhawk Ministries. If not, you should stop by anyway. You're sure to gain a new perspective.
Hawkins, a comedian and songwriter, performs with special guests John Branyan (from Kokomo) and Jonnie W., who perform individually as well as with Hawkins.
Hawkins spoke via phone while out to pick up family groceries and lunch. Home is St. Louis, Mo., in the “good ole Midwest.”
While he is quick to point out the Rockshow Comedy Tour isn't really a tour, his appearances here and there are based on the video he did a couple of years ago.
Hawkins pokes fun at everyday life and spoofs hit songs, which takes him only minutes to complete.
“If you hear a song 20 times a day, you want to make it different for the sake of your sanity,” he said. “I'll be in the car and a phrase with come up in my mind.”
His more familiar parodies include “Pretty Pink Tractor,” “Cletus Take the Reel,” “Short Songs” and “Smells Like Birthday Cake.”
Hawkins' most recent song did not come from the radio, however, but from the social media site Facebook. On it he asked, “What don't you care about?” and he received numerous responses. Hawkins said the tune is “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.”
“I used to write what I thought was funny,” he said. “Now all I do is live my life and make notes. I live life.”
Hawkins' life hasn't always been funny, though. His wife, Heather, has been in remission from breast cancer for three years.
“It's pretty heavy stuff — emotionally and psychologically draining,” he said. “We had a lot of good people who not only educated us but loved us.”
Hawkins, who has three sons and one daughter ages 6-16, said his wife's illness was particularly difficult for his daughter.
“She exhibited behaviors because she was afraid Mom was going to die. She wasn't mean. She was trying to disconnect so she wouldn't get hurt,” he said.
It's that honesty Hawkins seeks while performing comedy on the stage.
“When you connect with a group of people, they relate to you,” he said. “If you can latch onto the truth, then you're doing yourself a favor. It's very fulfilling.”
Hawkins admitted that he sometimes has to change material for his audiences.
“I'm doing shows for all ages, 6 to 86, which is a challenge in itself. I do have to use different things to keep them interested and engaged,” Hawkins said. “It keeps me going. Some guys can do the same act over and over. I can't.”
Hawkins is working on another DVD, due out at Thanksgiving.