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MOVIE REVIEW

Thou Shalt Laugh 4

Reviewed by: Patty Moliterno
CONTRIBUTOR

Good
Moviemaking Quality:

Primary Audience:
Teens Adults Kids Family
Genre:
Comedy, Live Performance
Length:
1 hr. 45 min.
Year of Release:
2009
USA Release:
DVD: November 3, 2009
Copyright, Thou Shalt Laugh, Grace Hill Media
Relevant Issues
Featuring: John Tesh (host), Isaac Witty, Michael Jr., Taylor Mason, Joe Wong, Dana Daniels, Rex Havens
Director: Truett Hancock
Producer: Phil Cooke Pictures
Distributor: Thou Shalt Laugh, Grace Hill Media

“Thou Shalt Laugh 4” is the newest DVD addition to this comedy series. It isn’t necessary to have seen the first 3 as they are all stand alone comedy skits. This edition is hosted by John Tesh and has Rex Havens, Joe Wong, Dana Daniels, Michael Jr., Isaac Witty and Taylor Mason. John Tesh introduces each comedian and they perform on stage in front of a live audience.

This is Christian comedy, free of foul language and unpleasant uncomfortable jokes. You can watch this with the whole family. John is the least funny of the group, but he is entertaining in his own way. John’s job is to introduce each comedian. They all have a unique style and presentation that make this a worthwhile experience.

Rex Havens is the first comedian to appear, and he is a little slow in getting the audience to laugh. His funniest work is when he discusses car names, and he does it in an amusing way. The only thing I think someone might object to was when he put himself (and men) down. It was the same “men are stupid” type jokes that are old. He weaves weddings, marriage and shopping into his routine, and he is truly funny as he discusses shoes.

Joe Wong is a Chinese comedian who is, at times, difficult to understand; because of his thick accent, I missed some of the punch lines and had to rewatch or ask someone else what he had said.

Dana Daniels uses a parrot to “read” audience members minds. He, also, tries to establish a psychic connection. Obviously, since this is Christian comedy, he is not really establishing a psychic connection, and his parrot does not actually read minds. His seriousness in his delivery makes the routine truly funny.

Michael Jr. was my favorite artist; however, I am sure this is the one that will offend some people. He discusses over-saved people, talks about circumcision (as it relates to the Bible) and makes a black joke. He, also, humorously talks about Jesus’ little brother.

Taylor Mason is the last comedian to appear, and he truly is worth every penny of this DVD. He is a ventriloquist and uses several puppets/dummies to produce his act. He has a little hand puppet that is a pig, and his act is hysterical. Taylor is a professional in every sense of the word.

Although I loved this DVD, I am sure some people will be offended by some of the content. John Tesh makes a joke about wearing a tube top and hot pants. He talks about acne, girls and dating in Junior High. As I mentioned above, Dana Daniels talks about hypnotic trances and ESP. Michael Jr. talks about over-saved Christians, and probably if this offends you, you are over-saved. Isaac Witty talks about a greeter at church who only has 2 fingers; I was bothered by a “Christian” comedian who talks about someone’s deformities.

One of the best things about this video was the fact that it shows Christians laughing and having fun. Sometimes I think the world views Christians as uptight and never laughing. Jesus told us to be in the world, but not part of the world. When we tell crude jokes, we become part of the world. If you are a Christian, your co-workers look at your language, the jokes you tell, what you read, the movies you watch, etc., to form opinions of Jesus. I certainly don’t want the world to think Jesus never laughed, smiles or had any fun.

I would definitely recommend this video for all ages. My 6 year old loved the ventriloquist and the magic tricks; however, most of the comedians were not entertaining to him. There are some slow moments, but, all in all, it was enjoyable to watch. It is refreshing to not have to fast forward through uncomfortable spots or worry about children picking up a new “bad” word.

Violence: None / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None

Available at: ThouShaltLaugh.com


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