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About Shane

 

Shane Rhyne - photo by Cinnamon Studios

Shane Rhyne carries a generous helping of unwarranted optimism with him wherever he goes. If you ask, he will tell you he is a “the glass is half-shattered” kind of guy. He has worked previously as a husband, tv and radio broadcaster, and marketing genius. But that’s all gone, so now he turns personal tragedy into jokes for strangers.

Shane’s playful, intelligent comedy explores the brighter side of his darkest thoughts. He was named Knoxville’s 3rd best comedian in the Knoxville Mercury‘s Top Knox readers’ poll in 2015 and 2016 and he thinks that’s a pretty fair assessment. Shane has performed at the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (Chapel Hill, NC), Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival (Columbus, OH), Gilda’s Laughfest (Grand Rapids, MI), and the Scruffy City Comedy Festival (Knoxville, TN).

Shane is co-founder and producer of RainShine Comedy, producing monthly stand-up comedy showcases and other special events in Knoxville featuring touring and regional comedians. He was the producer of Knoxville’s participation in the What a Joke National Comedy Festival in 2017.

Shane is named after a popular Western novel and movie, but that is not relevant to this discussion.

Shane is available for booking as a comedian or special event host/emcee or if you just need someone to stand around awkwardly near the buffet table at your next special event.

Selected Credits

Performance

  • Festivals: LaughFest (Grand Rapids, MI), North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival (Chapel Hill, NC), Scruffy City Comedy Festival (Knoxville, TN), What a Joke National Comedy Festival (Knoxville, TN), and Whiskey Bear Comedy Festival (Columbus, OH)
  • Epic Comedy Hour (Huntsville, AL), May 2015 (returning December 2017)
  • Opening act for: Jim Breuer, Ben Kronberg, Laurie Kilmartin, Trae Crowder, Derek Sheen, and Tim Northern
  • Headline performer as “Ebenezer Scrooge” in the Scruffy City Comedy Roast of Ebenezer Scrooge, December 2014
  • Cast Member: Ooh Ooh Revue (2016)

Hosting

  • Festival Hosting: Scruffy City Comedy Festival 2016 – headliner show starring Trae Crowder
  • Festival Hosting: Scruffy City Comedy Festival 2015 – headliner show starring Andy Sandford
  • Comedy Club Hosting: Side Splitters (Knoxville, TN), main room & Sid’s Lounge open mic shows
  • Comedy Club Hosting: Comedy Zone (Johnson City, TN)
  • WBIR-TV, “Family Game Night” game show segment on Live at Five at Four (Knoxville, TN), May 2014
  • Charity events including: Relay for Life/Anderson County, Tennessee, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation-East Tennessee Chapter.

Producing

  • Co-Founder and Co-producer of RainShine Comedy, a cooperative of Knoxville comedians producing live comedy events in the Knoxville area since 2015. The 50th RainShine Comedy show will take place in December 2016. Current regularly scheduled showcases on the RainShine Comedy roster include:
    • First Friday Comedy at Saw Works Brewing (June 2015-Present), the flagship show of RainShine Comedy has hosted headline performances from comedians such as Trae Crowder, Clark Jones, David Perdue, Jasper Redd, Derek Sheen, and Yedoye Travis
    • Casual Comedy at Casual Pint-Hardin Valley (November 2015-Present), this monthly showcase in west Knoxville has included headline performances from nationally touring comedians such as Derek Sheen
    • Pizza Ha’s at Pizza Hoss (March 2016-Present) and Sugar High! at Sugar Mama’s (April 2016-Present) are the newest members of the RainShine Comedy family of shows featuring touring and regional comedians.
  • Producer and host of The Station Comedy Showcase (Jan-March 2015), weekly comedy showcase at a downtown Knoxville winery featuring touring and local comedians.
  • Cast Member of QED Comedy Laboratory, Knoxville’s weekly experimental comedy show (August 2014-August 2016). Producer or co-producer of selected weekly theme shows, including:
    • Spellbound
    • Status Update
    • Gluttons for Pun-ishment
    • The A-Qed-emy Awards (co-producer)
    • Etsy Sketch (co-producer)

Awards and Other Fun Things

  • Knoxville Mercury Top Knox Readers’ Poll: “Top Knox Comedian.” Runner Up, 2015 and 2016
  • Scruffy City Comedy: “Comedian of the Month.” October 2014

Shane Rhyne performing at Scruffy City Comedy Festival (photo: Carmen Morales)

 

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