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"Christian" Comedy?

Here’s an interesting article from Video Business about Christian comedy.  They asked me some interesting questions about what makes it “Christian”.  We just finished shooting “Thou Shalt Laugh III” hosted by Sinbad, and I’ll keep you posted as we finish up the project.  Let me know what you think of my comments here.

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  1. I liked the article. This pretty much sums up the issue faced when a Christian enters any type of media endeavor. For example, a “Christian” movie verses a “movie that is done by a Christian.” The former term has more of a negative connotation in the minds of people I talk to, than the latter. In the past, using the term “Christian” in the front of any other entertainment word usually translated into “reduced quality” on many levels.

    The part about not using filth for filth’s sake can be a discussion all by itself. In fact, I just mentioned that a few days ago, in a post on my site.

    Back to the comedy. What makes comedy Christian? Being able to laugh about something that’s ultimately redemptive – something that builds you up instead of tears you down.

    Allen Paul Weaver III
    author, Transition: Breaking Through the Barriers
    http://www.APW3.com
    http://www.transitionunleashed.com

  2. I have been given this reputation as someone who works clean… I actually don’t if you consider my minimal use of profanity.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MFFzXGiybgk

     

    Having been on both sides of the equation, I see the big picture. The people who book the acts want to put the raunchier comedians up when the audience is on part two of their two-drink minimum, but to the comedians fragile ego “Clean” means not as good as the other acts on the bill.

     

    George Carlin used “7 words” and other routines to drive home the point that words are powerless unless we give them the power. If your use of profanity is gratuitous, the puritans will take inventory of your words and if you use your words in their proper context then people will listen to what you say.

     

    I think that I got a reputation for being clean because I come on stage with a sense of honesty (with minor comedic embellishments). I invite the audience into my world and into my life. Like in the video, I used those words during the earthquake. Comedians are truth tellers. Be your self on stage. In the end, honesty trumps profanity.

     

    PS: Groucho Marks could be filthy and never used a dirty word.

  3. Good article. Bad DVD.

    Thou Shalt Laugh 3 missed the mark to a shocking degree. Just bought it and was never so disappointed… Most routines were unfunny and some completely inappropraite. Sinbad used to be funny. His HBO specials for a general audience were comic genius:  clean and hillarious. This was unbearably awful. So surprised… The inuendo was unneccesary. The first two projects had some laughs, but this… still can't believe it. 

    Are the decision makes so calloused and cynical that they couldn't figure out that the content of this project was not funny–alternating between being lame and off-color?

    I bought it for my teen daughter, who loved the Bananas series and sorta liked the first two Thou Shalt Laugh projects. She turned TSL3 off and told me to thow it away.

    I"m taking it back to the store with a letter to the manager asking to have it taken off the shelves.  

     

     

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