Making fun of Raleigh’s history… one joke at time! Our Motto: the purpose of FUN, is to have some, come join US!
And – you can bring your own beer and wine on the bus!
Laugh, laugh and laugh…….. is what you will do when you join Tobacco Road Tours on the Raleigh Comedy Bus Tour. Offering this unique slant on the Capital’s history, architecture, politics and the cultural side of North Carolina. Join us as we take you through downtown Raleigh and explore some of the five Oak City districts: Fayetteville Street, Capital, Glenwood South, Warehouse and Moore Square.
Our most popular option, private groups can book the entire Raleigh Comedy Bus tour (up to 14 persons) for a 90 minute tour. Contact us today to discuss larger groups than 14. Call 919.371.2653.
We start the tour in front of Patty O’Beers Bottle Shop & Tasting Room on Fayetteville Street near the Capitol Building. It’s a great place to hang out and have a beer at their mini-bar before the tour. You have the option to bring your own beer and wine on the TRT bus, but if you forgot no worries. You can choose from Patty O’Beers large selection of craft beverage.
Raleigh is a city that will inspire you…..to laugh that is! The entrepreneurial spirit we see emerging from Raleigh now is not new. Raleigh has a history of homegrown, passionate, innovative and successful leaders dating back to the 18th century. Of course, once you see what good old George Washington is wearing, in one of NC most interesting, and famous statues, you might doubt it. It’s located in the heart of downtown Raleigh and you’ll get a chance to laugh at it on this tour – just what he’s wearing – not at old George.
Learn how Raleigh really got picked to be the new Capitol? Diplomacy and hard work….LOL! Try again. Nine commissioners, one prominent land owner and a whole lot of bourbon! We’ll share the real story with all the fun details. Oh, you might even get a chance to try this famous drink when we make a bar stop along the route.
Big Government: Small Brains: Dumb Laws:
You simply won’t believe your ears! Stupid laws in North Carolina will have you headed to the bathroom you will laugh so hard! Here are a few examples! In Horneytown, NC – Massage parlors have been banned! Look Ma, no hands: it is illegal to ride your bicycle with NO hands in Kill Devil Hills! It is against the LAW to sing off key! The list goes ON. Come here more about these Stupid Laws and the legislators who created them.
Did you know Governor Zebulon Vance represented Old Tom Dooley in the trial of the 1800s? It was the equivalent to the OJ Simpson trial in its day. It was big, suspenseful and people were glued to their evening papers wanting to know.… who done it! There was even a famous song written about love affairs under the category of strangest Ballad Genres. Find out what it is on the Comedy Bus Tour. Be prepared to sing the song. Don’t worry, we’ll teach you the lyrics.
Ever notice the Capitol is surrounded by churches? Hummmmm! Interesting! You make the connection. Democrat or Republican – we make fun of them all in this tour. You’ll hear some of the most bizarre bills and happenings that occurred in the NC General Assembly.
In the early 1800s there were two paper tycoons vying to be the top dog in Raleigh. The US Hearst vs Pultizer, Raleigh has Boylan vs. Gales. This is a story you won’t want to miss. By the way, they are buried just a stone’s throw away from each other in the Raleigh City Cemetery on East Street (go on our Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Walk and you’ll visit their graves).
Did you know Sir Walter Raleigh, the city’s namesake, never set foot in North Carolina let alone Raleigh. We will visit this 11 ft. bronze statue and don’t worry, you will get a chance to pose with him at the Raleigh Convention Center and of course share it with all of your friends. It’s a must. And, he might even be dressed up in some attire like a cheerleader, basketball player, with a banjo or in a dress. Like Rodney Dangerfield, he gets NO respect!
After Sir Walter died, his wife Elizabeth embalmed his head and kept it with her in a red velvet bag till the day she died – over 29 years! Ok, that’s more creepy then funny, but true!
Learn the real story behind the Acorn in Moore Square. It’s 250 times the size of a regular acorn….can you imagine size of the squirrel that ate these Big Acorn? You see and learn about ancient squirrels that roamed Raleigh in the Eocene Epoch period – 55 million years ago.
In 1840, a dispute about a new town hall building and market led to a riot started by a small boy that erupted into a mob marching with blazing torches down the streets into what was called Grog Alley on Hargett Street.
You’ll learn some fun facts about the city, while you laugh and roll your eyes at the same time.
Only beer and wine are allowed on the bus. No open container can be brought on or off the bus. We are nice, but FIRM on this rule. It’s the law. We have a cooler onsite, but we do not provide ice. You can bring your own small cooler on board and pack it with ice.
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