Having sold close to a half a million DVD's, the THOU SHALT LAUGH series is known far and wide for hilarious and sophisticated family entertainment. And now - you lucky consumer you - comes THOU SHALT LAUGH 4, the latest installment in the best-selling Christian comedy series. Hosted by multi-talented and Emmy award-winning family man John Tesh, THOU SHALT LAUGH 4 features returning fan-favorites Taylor Mason and Michael Jr. as well as unforgettable performances from TSL newcomers Dana Daniels, Isaac Witty, Rex Havens and Joe Wong. Looking for funny? Your prayers have been answered!
Great fun for the whole family. The phenomenon began back in 2006 when producers Hunt Lowry and Jonathan Bock took a step of faith and brought forth the proposition that the world was ready for comedy of, by, and for Christians. Other comedy concerts had entered the video arena, mostly to lie dormant on video store shelves. Thou Shalt Laugh, aided by a proper distribution campaign, sparked an interest that has generated more sales than any other Christian comedy DVD. In an era when laughs are so often mined from anatomical and scatological riffs, and the grosser the comedy, the bigger the box office grosses, here came a refreshing and, I m glad to add, funny alternative. Previous installments in the comic series had Patricia Heaton, Tim Conway, and Sinbad as masters of ceremony. Part 4 is hosted by John Tesh. Tesh, the blondest of the hosts, introduces Dana Daniels, Rex Havens, Taylor Mason, Michael Jr., Isaac Witty and Joe Wong. Focusing on the human condition, the routines spotlight marriage, the difference between men and women, the trouble with youth, our culture and racism. There s a magician, a puppeteer and even a boogie-woogie-playing pianist. Lively, witty and perceptive, each comedian arouses smiles, giggles and even guffaws. As he did in T. S. L. 1, 2, and 3, Taylor Mason closes the show. With his use of puppets and ventriloquism, Mr. Taylor reaches audiences of all ages. His awards range from winning the $100,000 Star Search grand prize in 1991 to an Emmy for his TV pilot Bananas. In my opinion, he s one of the sharpest funnymen around. In this installment of the franchise, he brings down the house with some incredible piano playing, as well as featuring his favorite alter ego, Romeo, who always seems to find a pretty girl in the audience whom he wishes to empress. It s a pleasure to be reminded once again that comedy can be used to edify as well as entertain. And that wit is always more satisfying than the I-can t believe-I-just saw-that shock factor. Thou Shalt Laugh 4 will be available November 3, 2009 and makes a perfect Christmas stocking stuffer for teens and adults. --Phil Boatwright - Preview On Line
THOU SHALT LAUGH 4 Clean Humor Does Exist Written by Paula K. Parker I must have been born in the wrong era. I don t find stand up comedy with bathroom, insulting, or off-colored jokes to be funny. I began to think that I wasn t going to find many more comedians to enjoy...until Thou Shalt Laugh appeared on the market. This series of DVDs with Christian comedians telling clean and hilarious jokes proved me wrong. Releasing on November 3, Thou Shalt Laugh 4 follows in the steps of the first three shows. This latest installment of the best-selling Christian comedy DVD series is hosted by multi-talented and Emmy award winning family man John Tesh and showcases fan favorites and returning comedians Taylor Mason and Michael Jr. along with unforgettable performances from newcomers Dana Daniels, Isaac Witty, Rex Havens and Joe Wong. Rex Havens opened with some humorous comments on the names cars; proving that comedians can find humor in the weirdest places. His comments on weddings, wedding rings and women s shoes will have men and women laughing and nodding in agreement. Joe Wong, a naturalized citizen from China, makes his debut on Thou Shalt Laugh, uses his background to poke fun at himself, ethnicity, and politics; his story of becoming a naturalized citizen was comical. Those who have been around a while (okay, we old people ) might remember Christian comedy team John and Vicki-Jo Witty. Their son Isaac s appearance on Thou Shalt Laugh 4 proves that some things are inherited. Only a Witty could find something funny in carrot cake. Michael Jr. observations on his early life as a Christian especially trying to pray in church and people who are oversaved were sidesplitting. Magicians are becoming quite common among Christian entertainers; Dana Daniels set, however, had something no other magician Christian or secular has; Luigi, a psychic parrot. His set was a roller coaster of corny humor and comical improv, thrown in with some surprising magic tricks. Fans of the Thou Shalt Laugh series will be excited to know that Taylor Mason is once again part of the lineup. Hilarious is too weak a word to describe Mason. A world-class ventriloquist, he brings back his friends Paco the Pig and Romeo the cool girl-chasing dude. Mason, a gifted musician in his own right, performs an amazing duet with John Tesh. Filmed before a live audience at Corpus Christi's mega-church Bay Area Fellowship, Thou Shalt Laugh 4 is good clean fun that everyone - no matter what era they re from - can enjoy. --Written by Paula K. Parker - BuddyHollywood.com