Laughing with our Lord
Keith Neubronner, 27, speaking during his comedy act at Crossings Cafe. He said that Church-related humour could be a form of evangelisation.
“If God clapped his hands together, would it cause a big bang? Guess it’s just a theory.”
“You know, if I ever opened a Christian restaurant, I’d call it: The Lord Giveth ... and also does ‘take away’.”
These were some jokes by Keith Neubronner in his stand-up comedy show at Crossings Cafe at the Catholic Centre.
Believed to be the first of its kind, Neubronner, 27, shared with the audience at the start of the show that he felt “comedy and humour have a place in the Church. It can be a really powerful form of evangelisation.”
The show featured personal anecdotes, stories of saints and even a couple of songs.
“When a young priest asked Philip what prayer would be the most appropriate for a couple after a wedding Mass, the future saint [St Philip Neri] said: ‘A prayer for peace,’” said Neubronner to laughter and applause from about 70 people.
A segment on saints involved three volunteers who had to guess, from three options, what a saint said during a particular moment in his or her life.
“As Thomas [St Thomas More] was led to his execution, what did he say to the lieutenant of the tower? The answer: ‘Assist me up. Coming down I will look after myself’.”
During another segment, he had the audience on the edge of their seats with rapid-fire jokes.
“Do Trappist monks have freedom?” he quipped.
Although some jokes did not quite work out the way they were meant to, the overall mood was one of good cheer.
To close off the show, Neubronner and a friend performed a song titled Priesthood is the Way, sung to the tune of I Want It That Way by the Backstreet Boys.
Audience members shared their thoughts with CatholicNews after the event.
Ms Lynette Chan, 28, said that “it was a really good attempt despite certain awkward moments. Like what he shared, I too feel that humour can be an avenue for evangelisation, especially to the young people.”
Mr Jonathan Koh, 34, enjoyed laughing at some of the Church-related jokes. “People are too serious when it comes to discussions about the Church. I think similar performances in the future can help change that attitude,” he said.
Neubronner is currently exploring different ways to use his gifts of communication and drama to present the Gospel message in fresh and creative ways.
He is considering the possibility of more Church-related comedy shows.
By Jared Ng