By Sheena Barnett
CORINTH – Corinth isn’t as big of a city as some of the other places playwright Del Shores is hitting in his stand-up tour, but he has a reason for stopping by.
Corinth Theatre-Arts produced his play, “Sordid Lives,” earlier this year as one of its Second Stage productions.
Shores is known for his scandalous Southern comedies like “Sordid Lives,” which was also a movie and TV show, as well as works like “Daddy’s Dyin’: Who’s Got the Will?” and “Southern Baptist Sissies.”
Shores will present his stand-up show, “My Sordid Best,” on Saturday night at Corinth Theatre-Arts, and the cast of “Sordid Lives” will present a few scenes in between his act.
“I consider myself not a traditional stand-up comic but more of a storyteller,” Shores said in an interview with the Daily Journal. “I see what stories will relate to the area or to the event.”
Shores is a Texas native and now lives in the Los Angeles area, but he still swings through the South for shows and for inspiration.
“We’re just colorful,” he said of Southerners. “There was a time, early in my career, where they’d write these reviews and talk about my ‘eccentric characters.’ They really are not eccentric in the South. We’re just normal. To the rest of the world, we’re rather eccentric.”
A film version of Shores’ “Southern Baptist Sissies” has been playing the film festival circuit this year and has racked up 15 awards.
Up next, Shores will co-host “The Del & Emerson Show,” an Internet radio talk show, with Emerson Collins, who stars in “Southern Baptist Sissies.”
The show premieres June 18 on ubnradio.com and the show’s first guest is Olivia Newton-John, who starred as Bitsy Mae in the “Sordid Lives” movie.
He hopes to see fans of his sordid Southern tales at the Corinth show.
“Y’all get me in the South,” he said. “Sometimes you play a Northern crowd and you see people whispering. In the South, they nod and say, ‘Your Aunt Sissy is my Aunt Sissy.’”
• Who: Del Shores presents “Del Shores: My Sordid Best!”
• When: 8 p.m. Saturday
• Where: Corinth Theatre-Arts
• Cost: $20/general admission, $50/VIP with reception
• Information: (662) 287-2996
• Extra: Shores’ performance is for mature audiences.