WANT TO GO?
Julie Scoggins and CJ Harlow
WHERE: The Comedy Zone, Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 400 Second Ave., South Charleston
WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m. Saturday
INFO: 304-414-2386 or www.comedyzonecharleston.com
Must be at least 21 to attend
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It's not exactly a promise, but comedian Julie Scoggins might be coming to town a day early.
Scoggins performs Friday and Saturday night at The Comedy Zone in South Charleston, but Thursday night is Bike Night at Quaker Steak & Lube, and she might be riding her motorcycle up from her home in North Carolina.
"If the weather is OK," she said. "Those little summer storms, I can take, just not those big ones that last three days."
She knows the way to Charleston pretty well by now.
"I've been coming to The Comedy Zone since they opened it," she said, although that might not be entirely true. The Comedy Zone opened in Charleston in 1990, but the 40-something entertainer said she didn't even step in a comedy club until she was 30 and didn't get started doing standup until after that.
It's a wonder she got into it at all.
Before Scoggins made show business her life, she was a cabbie, a truck driver and worked as a Frito Lay route salesperson in the Virgin Islands.
"We lived down there for four years," she said, sounding like she still kind of missed living on a boat.
Scoggins said she left because her husband got tired of it. He was a mechanical engineer, and the Virgin Islands doesn't have much use for mechanical engineers. Instead, he worked as a machinist, manufacturing spare parts for the many boats in the area.
"It's dirty, hot and dangerous work," the comedian said. "It paid pretty good, but it was rough."
Eventually, they sold their boat and returned to the mainland. Back on the continent, they bought a brand new pickup and hit the road, exploring places she'd heard about from Charles Kuralt's show, "On The Road."