Michael Jr. is releasing his new comedy special “More Than Funny” this month, and in the film, the Christian comedian blends comedy and real-life inspiration in an effort to encourage people to find their “punchline.”
“More Than Funny” hits theaters nationwide for one night only, Oct. 18, and will feature some of Michael Jr.’s one of a kind clean comedy along with three inspiring testimonies. He is currently touring the country and has had mainstream success with his clean skits, has been featured on shows such as NBC’s “The Tonight Show,” ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Late, Late Show,” and was even in the box office hit “War Room.”
However, he never once thought he’d be a Christian nor a comedian.
“The Gospel wasn’t even a thought in my mind and doing comedy wasn’t a thought. I had no idea what I was going to do in high school,” Michael Jr. told The Christian Post in a recent interview. “Senior year, people were going off to different schools and joining the army and going to university and they were like, ‘Michael, ‘What are you doing after school?’ I was like, ‘I’m going to go make a sandwich. I’m hungry.’ I didn’t have any plans past that.”
What sets him apart from others in his industry is his heart to do more than “just” make people laugh. He treats his comedy specials as ministry and said it’s because of the call on his life.
“I think it’s a matter of me recognizing that I’m actually called to comedically inspire people to walk in purpose,” he explained. “So if I could get people to laugh, that’s great because laughter opens up their heart, but I don’t want to just actually open up a heart, I want to make a deposit.
“I want to help people understand if they have a purpose they should walk in their purpose. The story of Jesus is one of the stories that I tell on the way to that goal. So it just happens to be the most powerful story that people are really, really responding to.”
The father of five specified that he’s “all about action.” His goal is to help people get inspired to act on their call, rather than just be entertained at one of his shows. At the end of “More Than Funny,” Michael Jr. issues a call to action and people are already catching on to it.
“Even the people in the media who have seen it, they’re taking action to these things in a really cool way,” he shared. “In school, I used to struggle with my reading and had different obstacles there, so I’ve always had to create an experience around things to learn them. That’s what I love to do for my audiences too. I want them to laugh, I want them to feel that, but at the same time I want them to do something.”
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Source: Christian Post