When was the last time Focus on the Family featured a comedian?

Written by Tim Grable

March 13, 2017

When was the last time Focus on the Family featured a comedian?“This is perhaps the funniest, and certainly the most moving, project I’ve ever been a part of.” It is also the first time that Jeff and Tami share the stage and open up about how “we brought our Christian marriage to the brink of divorce.”  – Jeff Allen

Jeff Allen’s “My Heart, My Comedy” recently aired on Focus on the Family.   Listen or share with a friend the two day broadcast.

Comedian Jeff Allen on Focus on the Family

Imagine a raging-alcoholic-turned-born-again-Christian funny enough to make you fall out of your chair, and moments later, so moving that you must reach for a Kleenex. However, this intimate performance with Jeff Allen and his wife, Tami, was never intended for general distribution. For one thing, it was Tami’s first time on stage. For another, one of the terrible secrets Tami shared had never been publicly disclosed.

In a recent interview with Focus on the Family Jeff Allen reveals, “Guardian was supposed just to capture some shots for fill-in on another project. When they said they wanted to release it, I told you i had to talk to Tami. I asked her if she would be OK with our lives being stripped bare on national television. She said if you think it will minister to people and make a difference, go ahead.”

Amusing Grace “Jeff Allen is the best one-two punch in the Christian world,” says manager Lenny Sisselman. “He opens your heart and mind with hilarious, world-class comedy and then he gives his testimony of a near-ruined life redeemed by God. Nobody can do what he can do. If Jesus Christ returned to give a sermon, Jeff could open for Him.”

In the interview mentioned above on Focus on the Family, Jeff Allen talks about the people that have had an impact on him, from the TV personality who got him into Alcoholics Anonymous to the unsuspecting attendees at Gaither performances. “For years, I performed with the Gaithers, who have a large and typically more mature following. We’d look at so many older couples who’d been together for 30, 40, 50 years and Tami would get teary eyed, and both of us would think: that is the way it is supposed to be. Simply the way you live your life is going to affect the people with whom you come into contact.”

Stand up comedian Jeff Allen  uses his wit and imagination to create humor, something that some would say is slowly becoming a lost art. In the modern world, where it seems like lewd references and vulgarity have become the predominant method for comedians looking to get a cheap laugh from their audiences, Allen shows that there is still some room in the arena of comedy for clean and unoffensive jokes.

For those who still value clean comedy that comes as a result of original thinking rather than just pandering to the lowest denominator, Jeff Allen’s work should be seen as positive. Hopefully future stand-up comics will take account of his example.

Comedian Jeff Allen has entertained audiences around the world, on just about every cable TV comedy show and in his TV comedy special.  It should come as no surprise that Mr. Allen has succeeded at promoting comedy that is clean in an industry that frequently promotes the opposite. A quick glance at his resume reveals an impressive list of accomplishments, including appearances on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, HBO’s US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, VH1’s Standup Spotlight, and the Grand Ole Opry just to name a few. He also has some successful DVD’s as well as his book, titled “My Life as a Bystander”.  The reason for his success? He is the best at what he does making people laugh as hard as humanly possible.

Jeff Allen, My Heart My Comedy DVDJeff Allen, Happy Wife DVD

For information on booking the comedian Focus on the Family featured on their broadcast call 615-283-0039.

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