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Honored to Be Honorable Mention

Honored to Be Honorable Mention

Shane Rhyne was named a runner-up in the 2016 Knoxville Mercury readers polls of Top Knoxville comedians. This year's winner was Trae "The Liberal Redneck" Crowder.

I want to send out a great big thank you to the readers of the Knoxville Mercury who voted me in as a runner-up for Knoxville’s top comedian in the 2016 Top Knox readers’ poll. I wish I could say I voted along with you in that decision, but like most of Knoxville, I cast my ballot for my friend Trae Crowder who is having a phenomenal year hitting the national comedy scene.

But, I am humbled to be included in such very good company as Trae, comedy veteran and author Alex Stokes, and 2015’s Top Comedian Jeff Blank.


November 12, 2016Comments are DisabledRead More
Sunday at the Festival – Showcase Hosting

Sunday at the Festival – Showcase Hosting

I’m excited to have two opportunities to host shows at this year’s Scruffy City Comedy Festival. Earlier, I mentioned I’ll be hosting the Ben Kronberg show on Friday night at the festival. But, that’s not all. I’ll also be hosting a stand-up showcase Sunday evening (November 15) at Preservation Pub on Market Square.

Preservation Pub is home to Knoxville’s longest running comedy open mic and, thus, a more than fitting venue for the Scruffy City Comedy festival. It also happens to be the very first place I ever performed stand up comedy for an open mic, but that’s likely an historical designation important only to me. Regardless, I’ve made a lot of comedy friends over the past couple of years at Preservation Pub and I’m looking forward to introducing you to some of them that night, along with a bevy of talented out-of-town comics (who I also hope will become good friends, too).

The line-up for the night includes Tom Emmons, Anthony Desamito, Paige Bowman, Scott Eason, Travis Irvine, Matt Chadourne, Jon Durnell, Genevieve Rice, JC Ratliff, Dustin Meadows, Tyler Sonnichsen, Katherine Jessup, and Jeff Blank. You can take a look at the line-up and a full listing of all their social media links on the Scruffy City Comedy Festival event page for the show.

Tickets for the whole weekend or individual day passes are available on the Scruffy City Comedy website. See you there!

Scruffy City Comedy Festival, Nov 13-15, 2015, Knoxville, TN

October 29, 2015Comments are DisabledRead More
I’m a Runner Up!

I’m a Runner Up!

Hey, there.

I’d like to offer a belated but grateful thanks for any of you who voted for me in the Knoxville Mercury Top Knox readers’ poll this year for Knoxville’s Top Comedian. I was honored to see that I somehow made the list of runners up this year, when I didn’t even think I’d been nominated.

Knoxville Mercury Knoxville Top comedian description


Also, congratulations to my friend Jeff Blank on a well-deserved victory and to my friends Victor Agreda, Jr., and Alex Stokes for also being named runners up.

The truth is, there are several more names that should be on that list as the Scruffy City has a great pool of talent to choose from. And, don’t forget, you can see talented locals and comics from around the country in downtown Knoxville this November 13-15 as part of the 2nd Annual Scruffy City Comedy Festival (tickets available now).

October 28, 2015Comments are DisabledRead More
So, No Endorsement, Then?

So, No Endorsement, Then?

Shane for Speaker: We've Had Worse


Earlier this week I decided to throw one of my fedoras into the ring and announced my willingness to serve as Speaker of the House as a compromise candidate. (Shane for Speaker: Because every train wreck needs a drunken engineer.) Granted, offering yourself as a compromise candidate to a group of people dead set against any form of compromise, seems like a fools’ errand. But, I’m a fool and I have some free time, so why not?

I had hoped to reach out to Tennessee’s Congressional delegation to secure some lucrative endorsements for this idea when I discovered this on Twitter:

Congressman John Duncan has blocked me on Twitter

435 members of Congress and the only one to block me on Twitter is my own: Rep. John Duncan, Jr. (R-Agin’ Big Gubmint). So, viva la representative democracy, I guess.

The sad part of all this is that he still sends me that stupid newsletter, but I can’t read all of his great tweets, too? That’s a crime.

Also, I have no honest idea (beyond my general snarkiness on Twitter as a whole) what I did to earn this honor or when I earned it. It could have happened last week or two years ago as far as I know as infrequently as I’ve interacted with his account.

Heck, Rep. DesJarlais (R-Bulk Discount Abortions for Mistresses) hasn’t blocked me and I’ve said some pretty mean (but true) things about him.

So, I guess not only will I not get to send a congratulatory tweet to Rep. Duncan (R-Duncantown) for the 50th consecutive year of his family keeping the designated Duncan seat in Congress warm, I also won’t be able to secure his endorsement in my quest for the Speakership (Shane for Speaker: Maybe No One Will Notice.)

So, the path to 218 votes is still within reach (only 218 votes to go!), but will have to detour around my own home district. It’s not impossible. I mean, Al Gore lost his home state and was still elected president anyway.

Politicians make a lot of empty promises, as the disgruntled members of the Freedom Caucus within the GOP will attest. But, if elected Speaker (Shane for Speaker: We’ve Had Worse), I can make one promise now that I promise will not be broken. I’ll never block a member of Congress from my Twitter account. Even the one from my district.

October 10, 2015Comments are DisabledRead More
Big Comedy Weekend!

Big Comedy Weekend!

It’s always a treat in my fledgling comedy career when I get to open for a touring comedian whose work I admire. And, this weekend, the comedy gods have smiled upon me because I get to do it twice! I’m opening for both Tim Northern and Laurie Kilmartin this weekend.


Tim Northern

On Friday, February 20, I’ll be part of the local support team when the hilarious Tim Northern visits Sassy Ann’s in Knoxville’s Historic 4th and Gill Neighborhood.

Tim’s genius for wordplay leaves me in awe each time I see him. When he headlined at last year’s Scruffy City Comedy Festival, he left me absolutely speechless. I highly recommend getting out to see him if you can. Tim has performed at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. You may have seen him on television on Star Search back in 2003, or more recently on Last Comic Standing last year.

Tickets to this show are only $5. Showtime is 9 pm. Opening for Tim will be a roster of Knoxville area comedians including Chase Dyer, Evan Brooks, J.C. Ratliff and Jay Kendrick. Sam Donnelly will be your host. Sassy Ann’s is a smoking venue and 21+. Details about the show can be found on the Sassy Ann’s presents Tim Northern Facebook event page.

Laurie Kilmartin


On Saturday, February 21, I get a second treat when I am allowed to open for the hilarious Laurie Kilmartin at The Pilot Light in the Old City. In addition to being a stand-up comedian, Laurie is an author and an Emmy-nominated member of the great writing team behind Conan O’Brien’s late night show. Last year, Laurie awed and moved me greatly when she turned to Twitter to share her thoughts as she sat through her father’s final hours in hospice care. It was one of the most beautiful, funny, and human things I’ve ever seen on social media. And, now, a year later, I’m sharing a stage with her. How weird is life?

Some of my friends may also know Laurie as the author of The New York Times best-seller Sh*tty Mom.

Laurie will be performing two shows on Saturday at the Pilot Light in Knoxville’s Old City. I’ll be on the bill, along with my friend Matt Chadourne, for the 8 pm show. Tickets to the show are only $10. Pilot Light is a non-smoking venue and 18+. Fair warning, also, if you’ve not been there before; it is a cash only establishment. You can find out more about the shows on the Pilot Light presents Laurie Kilmartin Facebook event page.

To learn more about Tim Northern, please visit his website at

To learn more about Laurie Kilmartin, please visit her website at

I am so grateful for this opportunity. I hope you’ll come on out this weekend to one or both of the shows and enjoy the moment with me.

February 18, 2015Comments are DisabledRead More