Today’s most talented comedians are brought together on Thou Shalt Laugh, a hilarious stand-up comedy concert whose stars, producers and director are all Christians! Yes, you read that right — the words “hilarious” and “Christian” in the same sentence. From the producer of the enormously popular Blue Collar Comedy Tour: The Movie, Thou Shalt Laugh will be released by Warner Home Video (WHV) November 7, 2006. The DVD will retail for $19.97 (SRP).
Emmy® Award-winning actress Patricia Heaton (Everybody Loves Raymond) hosts an uproarious night of stand-up comedy featuring some of the most gifted comedians in show business today. The lineup showcases seven world class comedians including Thor Ramsey, Michael Jr., Jeff Allen, Teresa Roberts Logan, Joby Saad, Gilbert Esquivel and Taylor Mason who give dazzling performances that are relateable to people across the spectrum of age, race and gender. No topic is off limits – your wife’s attitude, your husband’s “eccentricities,” those kids that hate us and the neighbors who don’t! If you are looking for funny, your prayers have been answered!
“The comedy acts featured on this DVD are brilliant and sophisticated. Much like comedy greats Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart and Ellen DeGeneres, I was amazed that these comedians had people in stitches without profanity, adult-themed or morally questionable material,” commented Tehya Kopp, WHV Executive Director, Special Interest Marketing. She added, “Christian-based entertainment has a huge consumer demand that has come to prominence in the past five years. Look at the success of the Christian music industry and the recent popularity of Christian-themed films. It has left the ‘niche’ status and entered the mainstream marketplace with strong foothold that is only going to expand. Consumer appetite is hungry for this form of entertainment and we are ready to fulfill that need.”
Thou Shalt Laugh host Patricia Heaton is an Emmy® Award-winning actress and is best known for her portrayal of Debra Barone on the top-rated television series, Everybody Loves Raymond, which aired for 10 seasons. She was most recently seen in the romantic comedy, The Engagement Ring, which aired on TNT and she also revived the role of Paula, in a contemporary version of the original Neil Simon classic The Goodbye Girl.
Thor Ramsey’s smart, jaded and no nonsense brand of comedy has made him a staple on the comedy circuit. He has toured nationally on the Outrageous Comedy Tour and has been in concert with the likes of Drew Carey.
Powerful, clever and refreshing, Michael Jr.’s unique comedic approach has landed him on such national shows as The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel Live. He has performed with other top comedians including Gary Shandling, Cedric the Entertainer, Tim Allen, Ray Romano and Brad Garrett.
With over 20 years performing live for audiences around the country, comedian Jeff Allen was a featured performer at George W. Bush’s Presidential Inauguration and is currently headlining his own national tour.
Teresa Roberts Logan’s unique, edgy, original style and friendly stage presence appeals to audiences of all backgrounds and has landed her appearances on such television programs as A&E’s Evening at the Improv and HBO’s Comic Relief.
Joby Saad, The Village Idiot, is known for his unusual brand of theatrical stand-up comedy utilizing his extraordinary facial expressions and comedic physicality. Saad has toured with top names in the industry including Roseanne Barr, Jeff Foxworthy, Chris Rock and Adam Sandler.
Gilbert Esquivel’s urban and edgy comedy has him constantly on the road performing in Las Vegas and around the country as well as on television on such shows as The Apollo Comedy Hour.
Taylor Mason, using his own brand of puppets and ventriloquism, has been entertaining audiences of every age and walk of life from Las Vegas casinos to church basements. His appearance on 1991’s Star Search won him the $100,000 top prize and launched his career most recently earning him an Emmy® Award for his TV pilot, Bananas.
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