Well it finnally happened. I taped my first TV comedy show on Wed February 6 2012.
It was aired on Saturday Feb 9 on FOX Affiliates at 11:30 pm, but only in souther IL , parts on Indiana and Missouri
It was on the Fox network. I thought I did a good job, but was unable to see the finished product. But a friend of mine saw it in Urbana and told me I rocked it, but of course he might be biased.
So once I get a copy og it, trust me it will be put on this webpage
Drew Michael co-headlined
My good buddy Jay Washington host of Educatedinsanity.com stoppped and did a guest set. An dwas celebrating his birthday i think 21… LOL
And the always talented and funny Danny Khallis
And the 2 ladies who made my year. @ dear friends I have known since gradeschool and hadnt’ seen since 5th grade. Thanx Facebook…Just jokin her’s Beverly and Cheryl don’t get them drunk they remember stories about me before the agfe of 10. Hope upi guys come back.
Kelley Howard headlined featrured by Vince Carone
great shows. It was great to see the growth in this young lady vey funny.
Vince Carone and I go back many years to open mics and struggling to get stage time
Mt Road dog and trusted friend and comic Ralphie Roberts stopped by.
Good friend and up and coming young comic —( wait for it) Mitch Hurly
The first of five weekends in a row where I will be hosting and working on my short set as well as other skills ( and I don’t mean not slurring cause of alcohol)
Fun Weekend first it was headlined by a good friend of mine that I have had the pleasure of working with numerous times during my career Paul Kelly. And the feture act that weekend was a new friend of mine Ben Tedder (love the DILF joke)
Another friend was made with my favorite bartender Ian (always had a cold one waiting for me).
My favorite bartender Ian
Demetrio is the haqrdest working promoter around he put on a Black comedy show in a Mexican restuarant in historically White Berwyn IL now thats hustle. Tops off to you bro see you again soon I had fun. Nows heres a few pictures of the comics that performed.
Demetrio hosted, hen Davey Helms who runs a workout room on suinday nites in Forest Park, IL at Murphy’s Pub (where a legendary event took place last time i went , not going to get into specifics but a comic was slapped by the girl he brought to show). A;lso rounding out the show besides me, Lil Rel graced us with his presence a good friend of mine who i hadn’t seen in years though we talked in the last year on the phone. There was a female comic but I forgot her name and then a new friend Calvin Evans.
Demetrio Johnson and me
Nice stage great room for comedy need a spotlight. (prima donna moment sorry)
Davey Boy Helms
And he’s a teacher (Right On Bro)
A very talented young man with great improvisational skills
A young man who’s had much success and should have a lot more coming cause hes very talented from his characters to story telling. He is a house MC at Jokes and Notes, been on NBC Last Comic Standing and I don’t even know all his accomplishments nor do I have the room to post them, but moost of all a good guy who has always shown mwe love since my open mic days.
Got a call to come back to show again and talk crap with my 2 favorite radio guys Jay Washington and Illinois Jones AKA Mike. Had a blast Jarret Peyton stopped by got to hangout with him in studio. Goodtime for a Monday afternoon
Found out movies are being bootlegged thru flashdrives now, Missed out on getting the new Batman, Avengers and Ted for $5.
Another hot as crap nite in the midwest temps were a thousand degrees in the sun and then there was a comedy show produced and hosted by Louse Seijas. Now i know you may be wondering how did Gene end up on this show and I have to be honest it was all due to Louse. I had performed in the area a couple of months earlier and after the show Lose approached me and yold me he is a comic and was producing a show in July and did I want to be a part of it cause it was the first time he was doing a show. Did he proceeded to lure me in my adding I can’t pay you a lot but i can guarantee you $65.
Why wouldn’t i jump at the chance ? First show ever by an unknown promoter/comic this show had disaster written all over it and I agreed cause I like to see new guys succeed. And succeed Louse did.
The bar was primed foro comedy, cause they usually do bands so ther was stage, mic and sound system, the palce was packed sold out even and the line up that Louse put on was terrific. He hand picked everyone on the show and we all had a great time. The lineup included : Louse as MC, Chris German, Jesus Correa, Scott Galvin, Marcos Lupara, and Chris Nelson. With a line up like that and $65 bucks count me in everytimr bro.
After waiting 5 years trying to get into this club, i got in and the wait was worth it. First i got to feature for the very funny LA based comic Sean Rouse for 4 shows. But then i got to be around a truly wonderful friend and comic Brett Erickson the house MC (who normally headlines) Brett is one of those comics you meet and watch cause everytime i see him perform i learn something new about comedy. 4 shows during one of the worst heat spells in the midwest it had to be 104 -110 degrees during the day and people came out ot enjoy our comedy performances. They were a great audience each show and i made a few friends in Peoria.
Special shout out to the owner Dan thanx for letting me grace your stage. He made cookies Friday nite that were deliscious and no they were regular non 420 cookies.
Dan owner of Jukebox
Rob the Bartender
Educatedinsanity.com or the Best way to spend a Wednesday afternoon
I had the pleasure of being a gues on Jay Washington’s Radio Show called Educated Insanity. Jay is a very good friend of mine as well as a very funny comedian. His Co host Illinois Jones (AKA Mike)
was a pleasure to work with , and both treated me better than family in the studio. If you have never listened to this show please give it a try its free and these brothers are doing their thing. And just to give you a sample is an interview with me on the link below. http://educatedinsanity.com/2012/06/28/educated-insanity-interviews-comedian-gene-renfroe/
Just want to shout out to Jay and Mike great times can’t wait to come back and what people don’t know is that the view from your studio is awesome. Its street level and on State Street in Chicago and man these brothers have the best gig in the world (for no pay) and they have fun with it. Than x for having me I had a blast , hope yu don’t get hate mail for my abortion comment. LOL
First let me just say had a blast at M&D’s Sportsbar the room was packed the people very friendly and the audience enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed the audience. Here are my 2 co starts for the nite Ramone and Leah Eva. Ramone opened the show it what typically was going to be a rowdy bar crowd (the kind that came to party then a comedy show breaks out) but Ramone was able to sart the show and by the time Leah went up to feature they were like a comedy club crowd with a few exceptions.
Special shout out to the owner Illr (pronounce A Lear) who makes some of the best hot wings i have ever tasted and Deven my new favorite bartender, this show rocked and a good time was had by all.
Also need to mention Ken a kool as hell guy we met there and of course my heckler Jay who was enjoying himself immensely
Alos there is Megan a beautiful lady (pic right below) who could have been my next baby momma easily but she was only 27, if I was only into young chicks.
Ever in Sterling, Il stop by have a beer and wings you won’t be disappointed