Edgy, funny, clean: Restoring Laughter shows good comedy doesn’t have to be foul

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by Dan Andros

Around 2,000 people filled the seats at High Point Church in Arlington Texas last night for Restoring Laughter and fans got what they came for: great laughs without the x-rated material most comedians employ today. The event was MC’d by Stu Burguiere, co-host and executive producer of The Glenn Beck Radio Program and featured comedians Ron McGeehee, Kerri Pomarolli & Jeff Allen.

In his debut stand up role, Stu left a slew of targets in his wake, with MSNBC taking the brunt in the early going. Stu mocked their ‘Inside the Obama White House’ coverage: “It’s not clear if that was a new show or if they have just moved their studios inside the Obama White House. They’ve been dating so long it’s about time they move in together” he said to cheers of approval.

Stu also marveled at the media’s fear of Mormonism, not understanding what they could possibly be afraid of: “What’s so threatening about a Mormon? What are they going to do? Run over you with their bicycles? Are they going to drown you in root beer? A jello salad attack? The Mormon version of the crusades is an overly aggressive hug.”

And of course, Glenn Beck would not be spared. Stu argued it was ‘ridiculous’ for people to label Glenn gloom & doom because ‘you should see the bright and cheery color scheme in his death bunker’.

Next up was husband & wife team Ron McGeehee and Kerri Pomarolli. As Christians and veteran comedians, they are accustomed to battling the misconceptions that come along with the ‘Christian comedian’ label. People assume it will be tame and boring, but that notion was quickly put to rest as Ron joked about bulimia, claiming he was a ‘lazy bulimic’ because he’d binge eat often, but always put off the purging part for weeks. Kerri had the audience rolling yet mildly concerned when she started talking about her young children: “I have two kids. I wish you could meet them – but they’re in the car” she said before quickly assuring the crowd she’s not a bad parent: “Don’t worry, we rolled the windows down.”

She called pre-marital counseling a ‘waste of time’ arguing she could offer complete counseling in one sentence: “When you get married there will be a man living in your house, forever and ever – and he’ll have no place to go.”

Ron & Kerri also performed a nostalgic re-enactment of their wedding dance – an epic, carefully choreographed routine set to ‘(I’ve had) The Time of My Life’ which nearly sent painfully out of shape Ron to the hospital.
Finally it was Jeff Allen’s turn. A former atheist from the south side of Chicago, his personal story is even more powerful than his comedy. Jeff began performing at comedy clubs at a very young age. His routines were filled with profanity, and his life on the road was even more of a mess as he abused drugs and alcohol. He was angry, bitter and on the verge of collapse. Allen’s life has since taken a 180 degree turn. It was a long journey but at the age of 40 he became a Christian… and now his routines have drastically changed. They’re still full of laughs – but there’s something deeper now. More meaning – for example, standing up for the kind of common sense Americans used to live with.

He reminisced about a time that existed before ‘before lawyers ruined everything’. A time when parents would smack you upside the head if you did something stupid, not file a lawsuit on your behalf. A time when parents would allow their kids to ride a scooter without dressing them up to ‘look like they are going to disarm a nuclear device’. And a time when wearing a bike helmet would have caused friends to yell out ‘dorkwad! What’s with the plastic hat?’ before they toughened you up a little bit.

This segment, and many more like it, were met with thunderous applause.

It was edgy & funny…and there wasn’t even a single profanity.

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Now that kind of comedy I like and enjoy; to have fun and laughter w/o the unneeded profanity and vulgarity brings a new hope to things in this world. Glad to hear about this.

  • Anonymous

    “…an overly aggressive hug”!  LOVE IT!  Stu, your future as a stand-up comic is well on it’s way.  Good luck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cecilio-Méndez-Romero/100001373306737 Cecilio Méndez-Romero

    Comedy is “viewing the light and funny side of life.”  That is what the old-time comedians knew and used so well.  If something needs restoring is that kind of laughter.  I consider myself one of the funniest guys that ever lived.  You can verify that with my wife.  She will laugh so hard you’d think she would collapse…

  • Anonymous

    Do you not listen to the show? Stu IS hilarious..but…he is more of a “sit-down” comic.
    With him, Pat, and Glenn….it’s a bust-a-gut fest! (and that’s not meaning they are fat…)

  • Anonymous

    Adult comedy is more edgy.  As long as it does not bash, hurt, humiliate, or descend to a bar room level.  Sometimes humor is funny if a bad or naughty word is thrown in at the appropiate time – not just as words used as filler!  I have hundreds of jokes like that and totally avoid filthy language or subject matter which my Mother would blush at! If I am doing a church show any bad words are negated.  In short, you have to know your audience and adapt as necesary.  Curse words for the sake of use words are not funny.  In short, common sense is at play!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WBWWQQB6WDK2XTSBKTEPD3LM2U Ekiosity

    If you want good clean family comedy check out ‘Kid History’ on Youtube. My whole family loves it!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lavoy.masters Lavoy Masters

    True lovers of Jesus are the happiest people anywhere.  Christian comedians are the best.
    Good clean humor as we older folks grew up on!

  • Anonymous

    God Bless You All.

  • Wesley Hall

    no video of this event?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INYKPUAJV3JLCHJ2R6PJFWLUGI VictoriaV

    Will it be available online, love to view it. I’m having surgery Monday morning. I need
    the distraction.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_INYKPUAJV3JLCHJ2R6PJFWLUGI VictoriaV

    Coarse language is never necessary! I think it shows a total lack of creativity if
    you have to sink to that level. sure, it’s funny but if you think you need to change
    your jokes or ‘adapt’ to an audience with that kind of stuff you’re lacking common
    sense.

  • Anonymous

    Kerry Pomarolli is very funny! I saw her this past year and she was hysterical! Wish I could have been there!

  • Anonymous

    Vicky, I am sure that in your role as Janis Joplin that if you portrayed her right then you would have had some really foul language moments.  You are a hypocrite and deserve to continue to be an “unknown.”  You missed my point entirely – course language is bar room which I do not do under any circumstances.  And yes, I  am creative!  As the title of this piece, Edgy, funny, and clean calls forth the venue you peform at.  Get a real life young lady.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Perks/100001111916983 Michael Perks

    Was this show taped by any chance?  I would love to see it.  I like comedy without vulgarity.

  • alan henderson

    God Bless Glenn and all the volunteers who were able to get to Dallas this weekend. The 1st time my wife and I ever heard of Glenn was when he was on WFLA in Tampa, Fl; and I knew then he was something special. Now, Glenn has had his epiphany and has become a powerful force for what is good and right for America. My wife and I are heart broken that we were unable to come to Dallas for this amazing event.  It shows that you can do anything; if you put your mind to it. Daily Glenn, Stu and Jeffy make us laugh, cry and most importantly think about the current state of our Republic and showcasing clean, unadulterated humor is not gone; simply
    forgotten; and it helps bolster us during these trying days. It also shows that right is might and with the Grace of God; and many, many believers and patriots; we can take back the reins of
    government and steer the country to a new and bright shining path. God Bless you all!

  • http://www.facebook.com/chr.lemming Chr Lemming

    Loved it!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JINOTDC4Q3APIX2F754F4UILLM Lori

    I was so excited to give Stu “an overly aggressive hug!” right after the show that night!  I was the first get my shirt autographed by him. :-D

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely LOVE Stu!

  • Anonymous

    What is coming to the USA….Enjoy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=wq_lhlIn1e0

  • Stephan Bruno

    This shit ain’t funny. Conservative comedy is like saying compassionate conservative. 

  • Anonymous

    not bad wouldn’t put it up there with Carlin, Dylan Moran, Stephen Lynch, Tim Minchin or Christopher Titus, but not bad

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Gert-Kaiser/1631951032 Gert Kaiser

    Great job Stu !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    lol an dumacrat thinks he knows what compassion is…

  • http://mudpuddlebunny.wordpress.com/ MudPuddleBunny

    Oh  so you’re the type that only thinks something is funny when you have tons of profanity and vulgarity right? 

    you poor man … 

  • http://mudpuddlebunny.wordpress.com/ MudPuddleBunny

    I giggled so hard my chest hurt and I couldn’t breathe when he said that …. smartly done Stu, smartly done.

  • http://mudpuddlebunny.wordpress.com/ MudPuddleBunny

    Well said … that is true comedy. Never profanity and vulgarity.

  • http://mudpuddlebunny.wordpress.com/ MudPuddleBunny

    I agree with Victoria … Curse word are NEVER necessary. You can be funny without it, you can express yourself in other manners, etc; curse words are just offensive and rude, again curse words are NEVER necessary.

    Your language expresses your virtue or lack thereof, whichever the case is. Neither Christ nor his disciples used any sort of cursing or vulgarity. The spoke with clear understanding and exhibited their virtue in doing so.

    James 3:5-6,8
    5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
    6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body,and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.

    8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.

    So if we can learn to “bridle” our tongues, we can prevent sin and become more like our Heavenly Father. There are so many scriptures that talk about our tongues being sinful and wicked. Jesus Christ would only speak with kindness and love. He was humble and meek. Which is what love is, when you love someone like he loves you, your heart is without sin and when you speak it comes from your heart and with wisdom. Your words aren’t full of sinful thoughts and emotions. Our tongues are the tool in which our “souls” are verbally heard.

    We need to be careful and thoughtful about things we say at all times You learn much by keeping your mouth shut and listening more.  When you use cursing and vulgarity you shoo away the spirit because you offend it by things like that. It cannot dwell in no unclean thing.

    In other words … be careful what you say and how you say it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558221036 Michael Kirk

    You can watch it on GBTV,  all of the shows are watchable at any time, He has a skit he did on Wednesday 5PM about 28 minutes into the show. You can watch it, its pretty good!

  • http://twitter.com/LucileTOwen Lucile T. Owen

    Christian comedians are the best.
    Good clean humor as we older folks grew up on!..OnlineMayorMony.blogspot.com

  • Anonymous

    Well gee Stephan, why is it that i’m thinkin’ you wouldn’t recognize “compassion” if it jumped out from behind your Chevy Volt wearing a “GM still owes us $40 billion” banner and slapped the bottle of Avion out of your hand so hard that you fell out of your Birkenstocks and tore your tie-dyed T-shirt clear from your “i heart Che” button clear to your “Julia Rules” sticker?

  • Anonymous

    Well done Stu!

  • mingge253

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Irina-Krasnyuk/745534442 Irina Krasnyuk

    Spice it up, SUV. We live in the age of prosanity.

  • causa pulchritudinis

    LOL Stephan you are right this isn’t funny. Beck when he was fired from FoxNews and he was starting his Greedy Base TV (GBTV) said his new show was coming to compete with Jon Stewart.  LOL.
    Stu’s comedy act is hard to watch and you have to feel sorry for this guy for making such a fool of himself.

  • causa pulchritudinis

    So Stu was trying to help defend Mormonism and Beck by using humor. I think he should keep his day job as a lackey to his crackpot boss, Beck.
    You can’t help but cringe when this guy is trying his hand at comedy and failing miserable.  Ouch.  Did they have barf bags behind every chair for the people attending this awful painful event?

  • causa pulchritudinis

    Christian comedians might be the best but they aren’t funny.
    Beck must have loaned Stu some of his top shelf alcohol so Stu could go on stage and deliever this painful comedy routine. You’d have to be drunk to do what Stu did.
    What happened to the promise by Beck that he was going to compete with Jon Stewart?  Beck has failed to deiver on that promise with putting Stu on stage as a comedian. Jeez, pathetic.

  • causa pulchritudinis

    LOL.  I guess you weren’t born with a sense of humor if you think this crackpot is funny.

  • causa pulchritudinis

    WOW you got your shirt autographed by a guy that isn’t funny and isn’t a comedian.  We’re so proud of you.  LOL. (:(

  • causa pulchritudinis

    Stu is more of a downer, lame and unfunny comic.  I guess it doesn’t take much for you to laugh if you thnk Pat, Beck and Stu are funny. Jeez, you need to get out more if you thinks these crackpots are funny. Boring!

  • http://www.PalinsDirtyLittleSecret.blogspot.com/ FedsMadeSarahPalinClick4Proof

    I love this phucking guy

  • http://www.facebook.com/dddrum David Drummond

    Most comics got off to a painful start. The first week of Craig Ferguson’s show was almost too painful to watch. Now, the man can get an enormous laugh with a raised eyebrow. I have always thought Stu, Glenn and Pat to be sidesplitting when they’re just off-the-cuff riffing on things. I have no doubt that Stu will find his stride. Hey, a lot depends on personal taste, I know. For instance, I cannot see anything funny in Louis CK, and I’ve given him chance after chance. He’s cynical and fatalistic, yes. Funny? Ehh. I’ll stick with Gaffigan, Galiafanakis, and Stu Burgiere’s more positive views.