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by Jonathan McKee

Thou Shalt Laugh 4 (11/3/2009)

Featuring Comedians: Michael Jr., Dana Daniels, Taylor Mason and more

Jonathan's Rating: Only if Free

In the spirit of the first three Thou Shalt Laugh films, Thou Shalt Laugh 4 provides some great stand up comedy… that’s actually clean!

Thou Shalt Laugh 4 is a collection of stand up comics doing comedy in a church for a Christian audience. It’s hosted by John Tesh… not exactly my style. Maybe I’m just a little young, but he’s not on any of my iPod lists.

Several of the comics really delivered… and a few didn’t. So just be ready with the remote control; you might find yourself skipping a comedian… or two.

Here’s my review of each comedian:

Rex Havens: He started the whole thing off. Really bad choice to start. I think a lot of people will bail out on the whole DVD after three minutes of his routine. I’m a big standup fan. This just wasn’t worth but a chuckle or two.

Joe Wong: Joe was really funny, but his pacing was very slow. He used the slow pace as a tool for laughs, but I think some people will grow impatient and hit the skip button. Too bad. He’s actually quite funny.

Dana Daniels: Dana is a magician with a parrot. Really funny with some great gags. He looks like he’d be fun live because he interacted with the audience real well.

Isaac Witty… wasn’t. Yeah… he was just okay. A little witty at times, but he also needed some work on pacing, and many of today’s younger generation will just think he’s weird.

Michael Jr.: Michael was the best of the bunch, hands down! He was smooth and confident and seemed a notch above the rest. I’m gonna be looking him up and seeing if he has more material available.

Taylor Mason: This is his fourth appearance in the Thou Shalt Laugh series of DVDs… and possibly he should have quit at three. My three kids are all fans of Taylor and his puppets from the past, and all three thought he was boring in this one.

It’s too bad really. A few of these comedians showed great talent. They were just joined by a few real duds. The good thing about this DVD is that it’s chaptered by each comedian. You’ll find good use out of your CHAPTER SKIP FORWARD button during this film.

Sure. Totally clean.

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Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices, If I Had a Parenting Do Over, 52 Ways to Connect with Your Smartphone Obsessed Kid; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He has over 20 years youth ministry experience and speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, and You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.

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