Touring History


  1. July, 2007-May 2008: Entertainment Host, Carnival Elation
  2. July, 2008-February, 2009: Entertainment Host, Carnival Elation
  3. June, 2009-September, 2009: Entertainment Host, Carnival Elation/Glory
  4. October, 2009-August, 2010: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream/Sensation/Spirit/Conquest
  5. November, 2010-July, 2011: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream
  6. August, 2011-March, 2012: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream
  7. April 27, 2012 -May 11, 2013: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream/Sunshine
  8. July 27, 2013 - February 1 2014: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream
  9. March 29, 2014 - May 24, 2015: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream
  10. September 13, 2015 - October 9, 2016: Comedy Club Manager, Carnival Dream
  11. January 29, 2017 - August 13, 2017: Comedy Club Host, Carnival Splendor


First time on stage: Sunday, August 16th, 1986, at the legendary Cleveland Comedy Club. I bombed so swiftly and so brutally that I bailed after three minutes. The MC, Mike Mailck, said, "Let's hear it for that Jeff Shaw kid. Kind of a short set. I caught it between strokes in the men's room."



  • I do remember opening for The Amazing Johnathan at Hilarities in Cleveland sometime near the end of the month.


16-21 Funny Bone @ the Market Place, Cincinnati, OH 

24-28 Funny Bone, Knoxville, TN (w/Bill Keller)


I guess I've lost my date books for '89,'90,'91,'92. This sucks because these were four of my most productive years on the road. I worked the road 45-50 weeks each year, traversing the country many times and playing some of the best clubs in the country as a middle act, putting over 200,000 miles on my little white Yugo.

Some of the highlights of '89-'92 are:


1-3 Crackers, Indianapolis, IN  $1100

8-9 Reading Comedy Outlet, Reading, IN (w/ Vinnie Mark) $300

29-30 Hysterical Management Tour of Midwest $200




2-6 Funny Bone, South Bend, IN $500

11-13 Italian Villa, South Bend, IN 

17-20 Funny Bone, Monroeville, PA

23-26 Funny Bone @ Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA

27 Beaver Falls, PA




Aug. 30-2 Snickerz, Ft. Wayne, IN (HEADLINING) $400

5 Comedy Zone, Biloxi, MS

6 Comedy Zone, Dothan, AL

7 Comedy Zone, Ft. Walton Beach, FL

8-9 Comedy Zone, Orlando, FL ($925 for week)

13-16 Wiley's, Dayton, OH $600

20-23 Tour of Minnesota

26 Huron, OH (opening for Chuck Booms)

30 The Odeon, Cleveland, OH (In concert, opening for Chuck Booms)


In addition to being another heavy touring year, 1196 was the year I started my writing career. While spending over 40 weeks on the year, I wrote dozens of 1,500 word essays for Cleveland's Scene Magazine.

In may of this year I also started opening for James Gregory in top clubs throughout the Southeast. Traveling was fun again thanks to the bright red Ford Probe I bought new in February.


Dec. 31 NYE @ the Beck Center, Lakewood, OH $700

6 Bear's Place, Bloomington, IN $200

7-12 Comedy Caravan, Louisville, KY $600

15-19 Funny Bone, Green Bay, WI $550

29-Mar. 2 Funny Bone, Evansville, IN $700


31-4 Funny Bone, Green Bay, WI $875

14-18 Funny Bone @ Station Square, Pittsburgh, PA $600

22-24 Main Street Comedy Showcase HEADLINING $750

27-1 Crackers, Indianapolis, IN $600


4-10 Hilarities, Cuyahoga Falls, OH CO-HEADLINING

14-16 Comedy Cafe, Milwaukee, WI (w/Louis C.K.) $450

20-24 Funny Bone, Green Bay, WI $550


7-8 Funny Farm, Canton, OH $500

13-16 Go Bananas, Cincinnati, OH $550

24-30 The Sahara (opening for The Amazing Johnathan), Las Vegas, NV $1000


3-6 Westward Ho, Grand Forks, ND HEADLINING $800

10 Funny Business, Eau Claire, WI

12-13 Funny Business, Appleton, WI

16 Missoula, MT

17 Pocatello, ID

18 Billings, MT

19 Idaho Falls, ID

20 Miles City, MT $875 for week HEADLINING

23 Helena, MT

24 Great Falls, MT

25 Butte, MT

26 ?

27 Pocatello, ID $875 for week HEADLINING


3-5 Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Royal Oak, MI Headlining $1000

7 Bear's Place, Bloomington, IN Headlining

8 Two Keys Tavern, Lexington, KY Headlining

9 ?, Louisville, KY Headlining

10 Comedy Zone, Harrisonburg, VA Headlining $300

11-12 Comedy Zone,  Wheeling, WV $600 Headlining

13 Private Show, Louisville, KY $700

18-9 Upper Peninsula of MI $675 Headlining

25-26 Holly Hotel, Holly MI Headlining $800

29-3 The Improv, Cleveland, OH $700


8-9 Thoroughgood Inn, Virginia Beach, VA Headlining $800

12 Bowling Green, KY $175

13-16 Connxtions, Toledo, OH Headlining $700

27 Mt. Pleasant, MI Headlining $200

28-2 Russo's, Mt. Blanc, MI Headlining $600


21-23 R


Although I worked nonstop through 2003, I mainly did ships for Carnival. One cool land gig, however, was opening for Engelbert Humperdink in September at the Palace Theater in Cleveland.

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