Romane uses social networking ("a multi-headed beast, but the best thing to happen for artists — back in the day, I used to walk around the Mission taping up fliers, and you don't have to do that anymore!") to announce shows, of course. But he also uses it to try out jokes and "maybe brag about something, like when I was on Comedy Central's Drunk History San Francisco last year." (Fun fact: Parts of the episode were filmed in Romane's Haight apartment. Jello shots were involved.)
"One of the things that the Romane Event is well-known for is my booking," he says. "I've always put together interesting shows — comedians you wouldn't expect to see in a line-up together, but their senses of humor all kind of match." The big send-off features the "Dirty Dozen," some of his favorite performers from years past, doing five-minute sets: Marga Gomez, Joe Tobin, Lydia Popovich, Scott Simpson, Kaseem Bentley, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan, David Gborie, Sean Keane, Imaginary Radio, Samson Koletkar, Kevin Munroe, and Stroy Moyd, plus special guests.
Romane's post-show plans include gigs at the Punch Line Comedy Club (April 16-20); he's also writing an animated series and working on a live talk-show project, and has been kicking around the idea of turning 1996's Fargo into a musical. But his last monthly show, the Romane Event's nine-year anniversary, is his main focus at the moment. "It's going to be a lot of fun! But it's going to be weird to not have to work on it each month. It's going to be interesting to have some spare time for once." *
THE ROMANE EVENT COMEDY SHOW: GRAND HIATUS SHOW
March 26, 8pm, $10
3225 22nd St, SF