Comedian working to spread positivity in Rockford

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — Deon Freeman found stand up comedy four years ago and has turned it into a full fledged career.

“I get my comedic background just from walking through life,” Freeman said.

“I’ll be walking in the grocery store and somebody will walk past me and I’ll think ‘oh my god why are they wearing that’ and then that’s a joke for me.”

Freeman was born and raised in Beloit, Wisconsin and has traveled all over the Midwest performing his act.

“I have traveled to St. Louis to do stand up. I’ve gone to Ohio, but I’ve mainly worked in the Rockford area.”

Comedy has led to different opportunities for Freeman.

He is the CEO of his own business, Freeman Enterprises, which aims to bring entertainment to different parts of the community.

“It may be me doing comedy. It may be me bringing a live band or spoken word. Different things to help out with the night life and day life in Rockford.”

His work on stage also led him to a job doing promotional work for Olivo Taco.

“We travel around selling tacos and making people laugh all day”.

“It helps me out because I get to meet the customers, greet the customers, some of them know me by name so I’m able to interact and joke with them.”

Freeman focuses on the bright side of life.

An attitude stemming from an early loss.

Losing his mother when he was just two years old.

“From there I always thought I’d rather laugh in life.”

“My inspiration and my thoughts to people are ‘no matter what you’re going through, find a way to bring happiness to yourself.'”

Whether it’s in the taco truck, on stage or out in his community, Freeman never stops working because of the help he tries to provide to everyone he meets.

“I may be helping someone cope with a tragedy. I may be helping somebody get over a bad day. Through it all, just try and help someone.”

Evan Leake

Evan Leake

Multi-Media Journalist

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