What should you expect if you come out to see Christian comedian Jeff Allen on Friday night at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights?
“FUN!” Allen said during a recent phone interview while he was Christmas shopping with his wife, Tami.
Allen will perform his hilarious stand-up routine for all ages at 7 p.m., Jan. 2, at the church at 111 W. Olive St., Arlington Heights. His insights into family life “are uncanny and will have you doubled over in laughter,” his website says.
“I’m good at what I do,” Allen said with a chuckle.
After listening to several of his audio clips and watching some videos at www.jeffallencomedy.com, I agree. His stories about everyday life really hit home and made me laugh out loud. I’m looking forward to seeing his live show!
Allen has been performing for more than three decades in theaters, on television and radio, and as a keynote for corporate functions and fundraisers around the world. His numerous CDs and DVDs include the critically acclaimed film, Apostles of Comedy. And his Happy Wife, Happy Life® message of a marriage gone wrong and redeemed has given laughter and encouragement to millions of people.
For all you southsiders, Allen grew up in Sauk Village and is a 1974 graduate of Bloom High School. While his earlier years in the business were spent in bars and comedy clubs, his act saw a major shift about 16 years ago when he became a Christian. His story is quite amazing so I’m not going to share it here, but I’m sure you’ll hear about it at the show.
“When I was drinking, my comedy was about that. When I got sober and angry, my comedy was about that. After I became a Christian, my comedy was about that. It’s a hybrid of it all now,” he said. He assured there would be no politics or raunchy language.
“It’s very Bill Cosby-ish,” he said.
When asked about comparing himself to Cosby in light of the recent sexual allegations, Allen said he didn’t watch Cosby for a moral lesson. “I didn’t look to Cosby to guide me as a husband, father or grandfather. I looked to him to make me laugh.”
So, bring the family out for some good, clean laughs on Friday night! Tickets are $10 to $22.50 and are available at www.jeffallencomedy.com or fulllifeinchrist.org/arts. Allen’s appearance is part of St. Peter’s Joyful Noise series, a unique presentation of family friendly, spiritually relevant performers.
“Jeff Allen resonates with his great observational style of comedy, shining a light on everyday life from growing up in the 50’s and 60’s, married life, raising kids, to the changes that he has seen in American life from his vantage point as a first rate comic. He packed our house, and had people roaring with laughter throughout his show. I will certainly have him back, and recommend him to any performing arts center or theatre that is looking for a great night in their house. A rare talent who avoids being blue and delivers a comedic tour de force with wit, great timing, and a humble/easy going style on stage” —Charlie Beck Executive Director, Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, Arlington Hts., IL.
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