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Apostles Of Comedy

By Various (Actor), Brad Stine (Actor), Anthony Griffith (Actor), Ron Pearson (Actor) & Mitchell Galin;Lenny Sisselman (Director)
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Format   Color / Dolby / DVD / NTSC / Widescre
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.4" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.15 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   EMI CMG Distribution
ISBN  5557401555  
EAN  9785557401555  
UPC  687797124593  

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The Apostles of Comedy delivers a message of laughter and hope starring Jeff Allen, Brad Stine, Anthony Griffith and Ron Pearson

When award-winning comedian Jeff Allen, executive producer Lenny Sisselman and producer Mitchell Galin first envisioned the Apostles Of Comedy film (set for release September 9, 2008 from First Look Studios), they had two goals in mind. One, that the film would go beyond the stage antics of some of the top comedians in the country, showcasing not only their comedy, but also their personal testimonies of faith that have shaped their lives. And second, that it be funny. Really funny.

Emmy-nominated producer and Christopher Award winner Mitchell Galin, says Apostles Of Comedy reveals the true mission of the comedians. "Our weaving of documentary footage with performances was an attempt to show that these comedians have a purpose beyond just laughs per minute. They want to reach into people's hearts and souls."

Along with Jeff Allen, Apostles Of Comedy features Brad Stine, Anthony Griffith and Ron Pearson, all comedians who have honed their craft in the most secular of entertainment venues, yet because of their personal beliefs, have kept their comedy clean and free of crude themes.

"This film has been a dream of mine," says Allen, a recipient of the prestigious Grady Nutt Humor Award and frequently seen on Gaither videos. "We wanted to produce something that was counter-culture; something that would not only be funny, but move people emotionally. These guys are very diverse in their styles and backgrounds, but our Christian faith binds us together."

"Christians are normal people who have problems just like everybody else," says Stine. "We have all dealt with things in our lives that have challenged our faith, but that very real 'human condition' is the commonality we all share. We all have painful experiences. Comics mock the pain by being funny. That's our outlet."

Stine, known for his edgy social commentary, has been featured on CNN, Fox News, New Yorker Magazine, as well as Promise Keeper events. Emmy-Award winner Anthony Griffith is a newcomer to the CBA market although he has been a Christian all his life. Making his living in comedy clubs and appearances on television sitcoms and drama specials, Griffith has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show as well as HBO, Comedy Central, and The Bernie Mac Show. Griffith says he regularly receives compliments from his secular counterparts who use harsh language or vulgar subjects to get laughs.

Griffith, who shares his personal testimony for the first time on Apostles Of Comedy, lost a young daughter to cancer and was later himself diagnosed with MS. During one particularly poignant conversation in the film, he talks about how tragedies have affected his faith. "Life is like a novel," he states. "You laugh, you cry, but you want to keep turning the pages because you want to know how it ends. You're the main character and God is the author."

Ron Pearson is long-time friends with Griffith (Anthony is godfather to Ron's daughter), and like Griffith, has made a name for himself appearing on various television sitcoms such as Malcolm & Eddie, The Drew Carey Show, That 70s Show, The George Lopez Show, among others. Pearson was also drawn to the Apostles Of Comedy project because of its generational appeal.

"There really is a void out there of comedy that is uplifting," says Pearson. "This film features quality comedy that is not dumbed down at all, but is also something the entire family can enjoy. There is a culture war going on for the soul of this country right now. And while we may not win every battle, hopefully quality projects like this will stand-up against any secular counterpart out there."

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2.5 stars if possible to allocate ;)  Feb 24, 2010
This is a mixed bag, as you'd expect with a dvd that features four comedians.

Jeff Allen puts in a great performance with outstanding content and delivery. Whilst not being revolutionary, his material is very warm and I would recommend his act to people of all ages and creeds. 4 stars.

Similarly, Anthony Griffith has a great, understated style, making him the most instantly likable comedian, imho. Like Allen, the material is of a fairly standard fare, appealing to a wide audience e.g. childhood, relationships etc. 4 stars.

Ron Pearson has obvious talent for comedy but I find that his material doesn't quite work. It's far from the worst Christian comedian I've ever seen, but it seems to lack the authenticity of the aforementioned performers. As I said, he's a funny guy but I think he can alter his routine a little to come up with something that is more well rounded. 3 stars.

Brad Stine is an awful impersonation of Dennis Leary (who is himself an awful impersonation of the wonderful, Bill Hicks - which isn't to say Hicks is the start of that routine, by any stretch, but just that there's a clear lineage between these comedians). He is incredibly grating and I find that the 'angry man telling the truth' only works when the chutzpah is met with logic and accuracy. Stine fails at this and his act comes off as bitter and unnecessarily divisive. Not only would his material only appeal to Christians, but it would take a specific kind of Christian who is not only conservative but also relatively close-minded and mean-spirited, in order to cheer along with this buffoon. Whilst his material does not contain blue language, it is so vitriolic that I'd question whether it's really 'family friendly' or sufficiently aligned with Christian values. 1 star.

So, as I said at the outset, it is a mixed bag. Interspersed with the routines is documentary footage that provides an insight into these comedians. The first three come across as very likable gentlemen whilst Stine seems to, unfortunately, resemble his on-stage persona.

I would recommend this dvd, with some reluctance, and would suggest perhaps searching out the work of these comedians, individually, to see what works for you, and take it from there.

I've retold and actually got a laugh!  Feb 6, 2010
I'm not big on Christian Comedy, but this is by far the funniest DVD I've seen. Heck, I retold some of these and actually had guys at work dieing. If you are looking for family entertainment of grown up get together, this is perfect.
Excellent presentation!  Jan 10, 2010
I have watched other Christian comics and frankly I was not impressed. I couldn't even finish their shows. I was in doubt about APOSTLES of COMEDY but rented it anyway. My whole family loved it. I didn't care for all of Stine's jokes, but he does make some strong points. I am not pleased with some of his comments about other countries. My absolute favorite is Anthony Griffith. He is hilarious! Great humor and great delivery. I could listen to him for hours.
Clean comedy  Sep 13, 2009
It is great to be able to watch a comedy video without having to worry about what one of the comedian's might say. It is possible to laugh at a comedian without having that person swear.
Good, Clean Fun!  Jul 6, 2009
Jeff Allen is expecially funny in this docu-comedy. I was happy to be introduced to a couple of new guys as well. It's the best of the best in Christian comedy.

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