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"There really is a void out there of comedy that is uplifting," says Pearson. "This film features quality comedy that is not dumbed down at all, but is also something the entire family can enjoy. There is a culture war going on for the soul of this country right now. And while we may not win every battle, hopefully quality projects like this will stand-up against any secular counterpart out there."
Apostles Of Comedy: Emmy-nominated producer and Christopher Award winner Mitchell Galin, says Apostles Of Comedy reveals the true mission of the comedians. "Our weaving of documentary footage with performances was an attempt to show that these comedians have a purpose beyond just laughs per minute. They want to reach into people's hearts and souls." Along with Jeff Allen, Apostles Of Comedy features Brad Stine, Anthony Griffith and Ron Pearson, all comedians who have honed their craft in the most secular of entertainment venues, yet because of their personal beliefs, have kept their comedy clean and free of crude themes. "This film has been a dream of mine," says Allen, a recipient of the prestigious Grady Nutt Humor Award and frequently seen on Gaither videos. "We wanted to produce something that was counter-culture; something that would not only be funny, but move people emotionally. These guys are very diverse in their styles and backgrounds, but our Christian faith binds us together." "Christians are normal people who have problems just like everybody else," says Stine. "We have all dealt with things in our lives that have challenged our faith, but that very real 'human condition' is the commonality we all share. We all have painful experiences. Comics mock the pain by being funny. That's our outlet." Stine, known for his edgy social commentary, has been featured on CNN, Fox News, New Yorker Magazine, as well as Promise Keeper events. Emmy-Award winner Anthony Griffith is a newcomer to the CBA market although he has been a Christian all his life. Making his living in comedy clubs and appearances on television sitcoms and drama specials, Griffith has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show as well as HBO, Comedy Central, and The Bernie Mac Show. Griffith says he regularly receives compliments from his secular counterparts who use harsh language or vulgar subjects to get laughs. Griffith, who shares his personal testimony for the first time on Apostles Of Comedy, lost a young daughter to cancer and was later himself diagnosed with MS. During one particularly poignant conversation in the film, he talks about how tragedies have affected his faith. "Life is like a novel," he states. "You laugh, you cry, but you want to keep turning the pages because you want to know how it ends. You're the main character and God is the author." Ron Pearson is long-time friends with Griffith (Anthony is godfather to Ron's daughter), and like Griffith, has made a name for himself appearing on various television sitcoms such as Malcolm & Eddie, The Drew Carey Show, That 70s Show, The George Lopez Show, among others. Pearson was also drawn to the Apostles Of Comedy project because of its generational appeal.
Starring: Jeff Allen, Brad Stine, Anthony Griffith and Ron Pearson