Last year, standup comedian Steve Trevino performed at the Ector Theatre in Odessa.
The famous comedian, who lives in New Braunfels with his wife and children, loved his stay in Odessa so much that he had to come back and do another show in the Permian Basin.
He’ll make his return with a performance scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 8 at the Ector Theatre.
For Trevino, it was the hospitality that made him want to come back.
“Man, if I’m being honest with you, the hospitality that Odessa showed me was just out of this world,” Trevino said. “Sometimes you go to places and they go out of their way to be nice but Odessa just really went out of their way to make me feel special and it made me want to come back. The theater is amazing. The hotel is gorgeous. I’m so happy to be coming back.”
Known as “America’s Favorite Husband” Trevino has quietly become one of the country’s fastest-rising comics.
Viewed over 175 million times as of 2020, selling out shows all across the country and amassing nearly 1 million total social media followers, Trevino has been busy not only performing on stages but also headlining specials for Amazon, Showtime, Netflix and more.
He opened the 2001 Three Amigos Comedy tour featuring Carlos Mencia, Pablo Francisco and Freddy Soto.
By 2006, he began headlining, in addition to writing for the show “Mind of Mencia.”
For those who might be unfamiliar, Trevino’s comedy act includes a lot of humorous situations from every day life with his wife Renae and their two children.
Trevino has worked on many projects with Renae who is the source of a lot of his material.
The couple recently unveiled a joint weekly podcast titled “Steve Trevino and Captain Evil” which continues to this day.
Trevino talked about some of the stuff the audience can expect at his show which will be different from last year’s show and feature new material.
“We’ve written up a bunch of material,” Trevino said. “There will be about 20-30 minutes of brand new material. We’re going to help promote the new special “I Speak Wife” that comes out in September and then we’re going to do some new material that hasn’t been filmed yet. It’s going to be a different show. I’m excited to be back. With the success of TikTok, we’re noticing that we have so many new fans.”
“I Speak Wife” was produced in 2021 at one of his shows in Waco.
“I’m so excited about it,” Trevino said. “I’m a die-hard Texan so I try to film all my specials in Texas. I just can’t wait for the TikTokers to get their hands on it because I have so much fun watching people reenact my bit. It’s funny.”
Each time Trevino looks at his new special, he says it gets “deeper, more real and more honest.”
“There are so many great bits in there,” Trevino said. “There’s a situation in there where I talk about where my wife actually wrecked my truck. People come up to me all the time and say they’re going through a similar situation. It’s a lot of fun. It’s relatable stuff.”
Being a parent and a husband, Trevino has made time out of his traveling schedule to be heavily involved in different activities around the house which has given him new material for his shows about everyday life.
This year, he became a little league manager for his son’s baseball team.
“I absolutely love coaching little league,” Trevino said. “I always say, if you’re not the coach, then how about you don’t talk to me. There’s nothing worse than these parents who talk to me that want to coach but do not know how to coach. If you want to coach, then volunteer to coach. If you don’t, then stay on the sidelines and let me coach.”
Other new material will be coming.
“We’re talking about all the things that my wife has done,” Trevino said. “But our lives have just been a whirlwind.”
Part of that is due to the transition from comedy clubs to performing in mostly theaters.
“We’re leaving the comedy clubs,” Trevino said. “We’re doing almost exclusively theaters. Leading up to it, preparing for it, has been chaos at my house. But we’re excited to be doing it. The podcasts have been growing and getting more success. It’s just been an adjustment. I tell my wife that it’s growing so big that it’s really becoming unmanageable. It’s been fun. It’s been exciting. I can’t wait to get out there and bring laughter to people at a time where we’ve had a rough time. It’s fun to come into town, make people laugh and have a good time doing it and watch people nudge their wives or husbands because it’s so relatable.”
It hasn’t been an easy transition leaving comedy clubs as he knows it’s something he’ll miss.
“For me, it’s scary because the comedy clubs are so personal,” Trevino said. “After the shows, we get to meet everybody and it feels very intimate. We’re trying to bring that feeling to the theater. So we prepared a beautiful video, 30 minutes before my show of our favorite pictures, our favorite songs just to give people in the theater that hometown, DIY feel. My wife and I did this on our own and we want to make sure that people leave the theater feeling like they can connect with us.”
Before last year’s performance in Odessa, Trevino was coming off a year that was filled with lockdowns and canceled shows, forcing him to improvise and do specials either virtually or with limited audience members.
Since then, he’s been back to a busy schedule.
“I have put the pedal to the metal,” Trevino said. “We don’t know what’s going to happen. COVID really scared me. I have been working double time, overtime. There are no days off at the Trevino house. I’m partners in several businesses. I’m constantly doing interviews. I’m constantly podcasting and then I’m getting on a plane. Sept. 15, I’m in Dallas. Sept. 16, I’m in Bakersfield. Sept. 17, I’m in Atlantic City. I’m going to hit executive platinum status in one week.”
But he’s eager to come back to Odessa.
“It’s about the people,” Trevino said. “I’m a Texan and you don’t get any more Texan than Odessa and Midland. the crowds were amazing. They all dress like me. It was awesome.”
If you go
- What: Steve Trevino.
- When: 7 p.m. Sept. 8.
- Where: Ector Theatre.
- Where to purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/4sfez52t