Rising from the swamps of Savannah, Georgia, a musty and unrepentant sound can be heard: Conquistadork, the full-length debut album of comedian Phil Keeling ’05.
Recorded by producer Zach Graber to a full house at the Muse Arts Warehouse on February 17, 2012, Conquistadork packs the better part of an hour with murder biscuits, Internet-fuelled moral quandaries, and miscellaneous deviancy that calls for timpani beside the bed.
Keeling’s previous work includes his tenure as an editor and columnist for the viral site ClassyHands.com, in addition to performances as far from home as the Hollywood Improv.
Hailed by Connect Savannah as “a charter member of (Savannah’s) loosely-knit association of funnymen and women,” Keeling has been the driving force behind a renaissance of indie stand-up that sprung from open mics in Savannah in 2009. Since taking up the mic, Keeling’s work has guided the current comedy scene from what was once a sleepy tourist side-step into a vital and competitive culture. Performers learn from each other. Hecklers spill their guts. Venue owners have started paying their talent. These are the rumblings of a storm hurtling toward bigger things, with the first thunderclap brought down by Keeling’s debut.
Conquistadork is available for download at CDBaby.com and Amazon.com, with preorders for the compact disc accepted at the MurderBiscuit website.