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Comedy: The Road Less Traveled
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
I had the pleasure of seeing this film at a preview Michael Jr. did a few months ago. The film made me laugh hard like I expected, but it also provoked alot of questions and emotions that I wasn't necessarily expecting. I remember Michael Jr. talking after the film was over and challenging us to take a look around ourselves and see what kinds of simple ways that we could be of help/service to someone in need. He brought up the fact that sometimes we hold ourselves back from reaching out to others because we overcomplicate things by thinking through all the "what if's". Other times we disqualify ourselves because we don't see ourselves as having the time or resources to make a "real" impact. I walked away from Michael Jr's film with a stirring inside to be more aware of the every day needs around me, and a greater willingness to act if/when the opportunity presented itself.

It wasn't a week later that I was having a conversation with a friend who mentioned that he hadn't had the chance to stay on top of some projects at home due to a difficult time their family was going through. I remember listening to this and sympathizing with his situation before moving on with our conversation. I didn't think about it again until the next morning when it hit me that this was an opportunity to step in and take care of a need. I'm not that handy of a person and home improvements is not something that I have much experience with (or particularly enjoy), but I knew that it was something I could do and would be a help to this family. So I took the initiative to approach my friend and come up with a plan of action. I pulled a few others together and we ended up taking a day to paint a few rooms in their house before the holidays. It was pretty easy and it felt really good to help.

Thanks to Michael Jr. for taking risks to do this film and show the rest of us that The Road Less Traveled is a road we can walk too. For me, a little perspective and a little nudge went a long way.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2010
Michael Jr's, "Comedy: The Road Less Traveled" is a documentary showing just how desperate society needs laughter despite circumstances. He traveled to different areas such as a prison, children's abuse center, etc. Watching the movie wasn't always comfortable because reality shouldn't always sit so well. The challenges and heartache people endure are real, the pain is real, the sin is real. BUT he shines light that we all have a gift to share our love and concern for those who may be forgotten, deemed unlovable, and simply those with shattered dreams. It truly gives a sense of hope that doesn't have a laundry list of terms we must meet to receive it. Kinda like Jesus. God bless Michael Jr. for listening to God's still small voice by using his gifts and talents to bless the lives of others. May we all be inspired to live like Christ in such a hurting world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2010
After seeing Michael Jr. live, I purchased the dvd. Comedians with a message miss the connection that Michael Jr. makes with his audiences. Instead of speaking to a crowd that is comfortable and can afford the price of a ticket, Michael brings his humor to people who desperately need the gift of laughter. The responses sampled in the video inspire me to connect with those who have not had the blessings I have had in my life.

I recommend this dvd to anyone who has a strong heart center and wants to find a way to create a better world. Michael Jr. has his finger on the pulse on what the hurting need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2010
Yes, comedy can have a purpose. Most comedians go on stage to get a laugh, but Michael Jr. goes on stage to bring an opportunity to laugh TO EVERYONE! Watch how this genuinely funny man is moved by a chance glance, moved to share his comedy in a new way because of a homeless man. It not only makes you laugh, but it makes you cry and hopefully makes you think. The bottom line is: everyone desires a good laugh. How about you?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2013
Michael Jr. is not only one of the funniest guys out there, but inspirational in his desire to go to unhappy places bearing material to make people laugh. Was a reminder to me that our talents are useful not just to a paying crowd but also to those who need it and can't visit the Improv. This is more of a documentary than a comedy DVD, though there are plenty of laughs to be gotten.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 22, 2012
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Michael jr came to our church. It was an unbelievable night. I couldn't stop laughing. He it going to really be going places. I conitnue to recommend for some good clean Humor. Thereis too much of the bad stuff on our tv sets. Thank you Michael for setting an example as so few comedians do..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2011
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Funny, sensitive, heartwarming. yet sometimes makes you laugh out loud.
Michael Jr. is an amazing human being. May God continue to bless him.
The personal experiences related by some audience members will tug at your heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2014
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Briefly, it is primarily a series of shorts clips of prisoners and HIV people telling about their life. Every few minutes you get a very short clip of MJ doing on of his jokes that he has done a thousand times at other venues. If you want to listen to sad stories it has lots of them. If you want comedy forget it. There is not even anything new. Just recycled jokes. I have feelings for these people but just listening to them is not what I bought the DVD for. If it had shown MJ interacting more with them and helping them it would have some feeling. That is what I was expecting. I want to see how it interacted with these people to make their lives better, but there seems to be a disconnect between him and the helpless people. You see the people talking and see MJ on the stage doing jokes but there doesn't seem to be any connection between him and them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2011
What a great story! You have a gift and you are sharing it with the world. This was powerful and hilarious! What a great example for everyone to follow. I teach college students who want to be teachers; I plan on showing this to my students. They need to understand the power they have to influence and encourage - even when they think they're not doing much (I'm thinking about the story in the film about the 4 year old Spiderman.) What a great message for us all to remember. Keep sharing your gift!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2013
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I like all of Michael Jr's comedy-this one had less comedy than normal, but very real people and situations. The DVD was good quality.
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