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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.


SHOULD KIDS SEE IT?
Sure. Totally clean.


Conversation Starter
Three Simple Questions (with Answers You May Be Looking for):

  1. What are some of the messages or themes you observed in this movie?


  2. How do you suppose we—as serious Christ-followers—should react to this movie?


  3. How can we move from healthy, Bible-based opinions about this movie to actually living out those opinions?




Jonathan McKee Jonathan McKee, president of The Source for Youth Ministry, is the author of over a dozen books including the new Get Your Teenager Talking, The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket, The Zombie Apocalypse Survival Guide for Teenager, and youth ministry books like Ministry By Teenagers, Connect: Real Relationships in a World of Isolation, and the 10-Minute Talks series. Jonathan speaks and trains at conferences, churches and events across North America, all while providing free resources for youth workers and parents on his websites, TheSource4YM.com and TheSource4Parents.com. You can follow Jonathan on his blog, getting a regular dose of youth culture and parenting help. Jonathan and his wife Lori, and their three teenagers Alec, Alyssa and Ashley live in California.



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