July 17, 2008

‘Momsense’ Mom Bringing Her Act to Town

By Kayleen Reusser, The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Ind.

Jul. 17--Anita Renfroe is happy she has an "Oh, her" factor.

"It means that when people hear my name, they look blank," Renfroe explains. "But when they discover I'm the one who sings 'The Momsense Song' on YouTube, they say, 'Oh, her.'"

Renfroe, a Christian comedian, will perform at 6 p.m. Saturday at First Assembly of God Christian Center.

Before "The Momsense Song" hit cyberspace in May 2007, Renfroe was a pastor's wife from Atlanta who traveled throughout the South, speaking mostly to church women's groups. She became nearly an overnight sensation with her musical monologue, which puts every motherly adage used in a 24-hour period into a three-minute ditty she wrote and sang to the William Tell Overture.

Millions of people around the world watched her segment and responded with e-mails of appreciation.

An added bonus occurred when producers of ABC's "Good Morning America" called Renfroe, asking to use "The Momsense Song" on the show. Since then, she has appeared often on GMA. She has also appeared on "Dr.Phil," CBS' "The Early Show," Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," XM Satellite Radio Network's "Oprah & Friends,""Inside Edition" and others.

Renfroe was born and raised in Texas, where she and her family watched "The Carol Burnett Show." Though Renfroe says she never dreamed of being a female comedian, Burnett was the perfect role model.

Today, Renfroe has her own stand-up comedy routine that she admits is mostly designed for women, due to the subjects she likes to speak on: "Anything to do with estrogen and women's lives," she says.

But, she says, there are usually men in her audience.

One man who listens to each session is Renfroe's husband, John, who has traveled with her for the past five years. He was a pastor for 20 years before putting his job on hold to help Anita with her career. The Renfroes have two grown children and one teenager.

"I'm thankful to have been in people's lives through comedy," Anita Renfroe says. "I believe comedy is the shortest distance between two hearts. Comedy breaks down barriers. We don't have to preach when we use humor to get a point across. People get it."


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