Renfroe is a suburban mom from flyover country â specifically, Cobb County, Ga., home of Newt Gingrich. She is round and soft, loves butter, carbs and sugar and worries routinely about her weight. She is maternal to just about everyone, even people she doesnât know very well. She pinches pennies and worries that her spotless house isnât clean enough. Renfroe is a former stay-at-home mom who for some years home-schooled her kids. Now that those children are past the age of consent, she still cannot stop telling them what to do; she is always just a little bit anxious.
Renfroe is also a devout Christian and for about eight years has been slowly building a career as a comedian on the Christian womenâs circuit. Like Mike Huckabeeâs easy humor, Renfroeâs wit comes as a surprise to nonevangelicals. She performs what she calls âestrogen-flavored musical comedyâ in large halls and arenas, often with an inspirational group called Women of Faith. At those performances she sells her DVDs and humorous books with religious undertones: âIf Itâs Not One Thing, Itâs Your Mother,â âIf You Canât Lose It, Decorate Itâ and âPurse-onality.â âI love the way God lets you use everything in your life,â she says about her chosen career as a comic. âItâs cool how it all comes together.â
Comedian Mark Fitter’s greeting is also his opening joke.
“Hi, my name’s Mark, and I am a pastor of a church.”
Audience members and bar patrons laugh and clap. Someone shouts, “Amen!” Another, “Hallelujah!”
Performing on the same bill as comics whose repertoire revolves around lewd innuendos and blatant bawdiness, the Victorville resident cracks clean jokes.
“You know, the tough thing about being a pastor is most people only see you work on Sundays,” Fitter said as he performed at Tuesday at Omaha Jack’s Grillhouse and Brewery in Rancho Cucamonga.
“And most give you a hard time about it. ‘Hey Mark, it must be great having a job where you only have to work one day a week.’ That really ticks me off because I don’t work one day a week I only work an hour per week.”