About Us

The Gene and Dave Show seeks to provide a glimpse into the lives and lifestyles of people with disabilities through an entertainment, interview, and information format; something they call Infotainment. Consciously avoiding modes of inspiration and complaint, the show acts as an easily accessible point of entry into the real-life experience of disability in our community.

The show originally used short video clips from Actual Lives Austin to launch the discussion of social and community issues. The Gene and Dave Show continues these onstage performances with the same commitment to stepping outside the old tropes of sympathy and inspirational overcoming to provide information about life with disability in an entertainment format that includes humor and parody, and to involving people with disabilities in all phases of its production and content.

In essence, the show explores disability culture, including but not limited to, accessibility, advocacy, education, employment, politics, technology, community involvement, sexuality, and health.

Gene Rodgers and Dave Dauber write, produce, direct, video edit, and co-host The Gene and Dave Show. This one hour disability-focused TV show is aired on Austin Film Society’s public access channel, Austin Access. Once a show is aired on TV, it is archived on, www.TheGeneAndDaveShow.com. Each episode has a different subject. The first full episode, aired on March of 2009, covering the subject of Politics. Subsequent show subjects include Technology, Family, Health, Performance Arts, Recreation, and Education. Gene and Dave also take pride in representing the disability community at SXSW Keep watching this web site for all future air dates.


Funding Sources

The Gene and Dave Show is funded by sponsorships, donations, and personal investments.

Pie chart showing funding sources - detailled data can be found in the table below

Funding Sources Types
Percentage of total
Sponsorships 50%
Donations 25%
Personal Investments 25%
Total 100%


A special thanks to our sponsors…

This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division and by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Meet Dave and Gene

Dave R. Dauber, Co-Host

Dave Dauber

Born in the small Midwestern town of Salina, Kansas, Dave has always enjoyed entertaining people. He was born with Cerebral Palsy and has used a wheelchair all of his life.


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Gene Rodgers, Producer

Gene Rodgers

Gene broke his neck at age 17 when he fell from a cliff, in Whipp’s Ledges near his home in Cleveland, Ohio. The good news is, since then, he has had many adventures in 44 countries.


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