Organizing Christian Comedy Events? What Not To Do

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Written by Tim Grable

March 13, 2017

Want to get people together and gain more support for your organization? Looking for a way to reach out to your community? Celebrating a milestone and want the entertainment to be funny but not offend anyone?

There’s one answer to all these questions: Christian comedy eventsComedy Events are a great way of meeting new people, bringing different people together and generally having a good time. Not only that, it can also help increase membership numbers at your church. Everyone enjoys clean comedy because laughing makes us feel good and can even help to solve problems.  Christian comedy is funny without using foul language or offensive humor.

Organizing Christian Comedy Events? What Not To Do

Christian Comedy Events are Fun!

The old saying “laughter is the best medicine” really can be true sometimes in life! Christian comedy is not about trying to recruit new Christians as at one of these events, no-one will ever feel pressurised to believe anything that they don’t want to as this is not the Christian way. Instead, it is about Christian entertainers using comedy as a vehicle to express their opinions and personal experiences to an audience and make them laugh. It is up to the audience whether they take on board what is being said or just enjoy the show.

Christian Comedy Events can be a huge success and can really help strengthen a community; however they need to be carefully planned. When planning a Christian comedy outreach you need to make sure that the target audience is thought of at all times.

Don’t forget that this gathering is not just an opportunity to entertain existing members of the church; it is also a great way of involving people from outside the church. If this is your main intention then consider making this a stand alone event and leave the worship and hymns for another time. Try and cater for as many people as possible to get the best possible turnout and attract people from your community who wouldn’t usually be interested as this will create a diverse audience.

You need to make sure that you advertise your outreach event properly. Without proper advertising you can expect a low turnout so you need to make sure that you are using all the relevant advertising channels. Some churches believe that just posting a notice on the church bulletin will do the job but this simply isn’t the case. Try using local newspapers to get the word out or show a clip of the comedian during a service a couple of weeks before the event to get people talking and thinking about who would like to come with them.

There are plenty of Christian comedians out there to choose from but it is important that you hire the right one for your event. The comedian needs to fit in with the message you are trying to convey with your event and understand what the church is all about. If your event is all about outreach and the comedian doesn’t understand this and delivers a sketch that is only going to appeal regular church-goers, other audience members are not going to be impresses. The comedian needs to be able to get the balance right between appealing to outsiders whilst still delivering a Christian-themed message. You will need to take the time before the event to talk through your goals with the comedian in order to make sure that the event is a success.

Making People Assume It is a Christians-Only Event

Christian comedy events are NOT just for Christians. Although they can contain Christian references, the goal of these gatherings is not to make anyone believe anything or make guests feel pressured.

These events are all about professional Christian comedians using their talent and humor to make their audience laugh and maybe see certain things in a different light. How the guests respond to this is entirely up to them.

Therefore, you have to be careful how you promote your event. Make sure all of your guests feel included and welcomed – regardless of their faith or beliefs.

This will help you improve turnout for your events and ensure everybody will have an excellent time.

Booking Entertainment without Proper Screening

The wrong entertainer can ruin an otherwise excellent evening.

You need to make sure the comedian fits with the goal of Christian comedy events and the message you are trying to convey. Moreover, that involves finding as much as you can about the performer’s comedic style and experience.

In other words, you should set time aside to research the entertainment you are considering thoroughly. Here are some aspects you should take into account:

  • Testimonials. Take some time to get as much info about the performer you are considering for your event. Ask for references and check for credentials online.
  • Prior performances. Most comedians nowadays have videos showing them perform at past events. Watching them carefully will help you get a better idea of what you can expect at your event.
  • Experience. Pick a comedian who has some practice performing at these types of events, if possible. Someone like Jeff Allen would make an excellent choice. A veteran funny and clean Christian comedian, he provides clean, world-class comedy.table, party, gala, lights

Overlooking the Teaching Potential of Christian Comedy Events

The best Christian comedians are also skilled speakers. They use humor as a vehicle to share experiences guests can relate to.

This opens up an opportunity for the audience to learn some valuable life lessons in an entertaining way. Before you book an entertainer, make sure they are capable of going above the usual comedy act.

You will want someone who can deliver a complete and meaningful experience at your event.

Now You Know

As you can see, there is a lot more involved in putting on an outreach Christian comedy club than meets the eye. There is a lot of careful planning behind the scenes that helps to ensure that the event goes off without a hitch. When successful, Christian comedy events can really bring a community together and help church-goers and no-believers unite to enjoy some good, clean comedy.

If you require help finding the right entertainment, you can count on us. We have twenty-five years of experience booking Christian comedians for all kinds of events.

Tim Grable of the Grable Group has been involved in booking Christian comedians for outreach, church and conferences for over 20 years.  Some of the comedians he has worked with include Taylor Mason, Jeff Allen, Daren Streblow, Thor Ramsey, Dennis Swanberg, Ron Pearson, and Bob Nelson.

Contact us today; we are looking forward to hearing from you.

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