Funny girl shows churchgoers a new side to Christianity

caines | 5/9/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Church gurl debuts show during Mothers Day weekend A man fell out of his chair laughing, making a reality of the loosely-used phrase rolling on the floor. Being inside of a church didnt stop the man from having a good time, as Lina Church Gurl Gone Wild Davis, a local Christian comedienne told a few jokes at a pastors appreciation ceremony, a couple of months ago. There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. . . a time to weep and a time to laugh, Davis says, at the start of each of her performances, quoting Ecclesiastics 3:4. And based off of her past featured performances, Davis debut show at Sweet Home Missionary Baptist Church on May 10 at 7:30 p.m., will be a time to laugh. Davis, an advent churchgoer who has been in church all of her life, views her comedy as her ministry. She quoted Psalms 2:4 saying, let everything that has breath praise him. This is another form of praising him. He gave us the gift of laughter, so why not share it with the one who gave it to us, she said. Davis believes God gave her ex-ray vision to see beyond what typically takes place at church and to see the humor of whats going on in some of the services. In her comedy line-up, some of her jokes compares and contrasts different church denominations, some mention the differences between the traditional worshipper and the contemporary worshipper and others identify the misconstruing of Bible verses. [She] says what the preachers [want to] say but they cant during their sermons, one lady said in regards to Davis performance. At that particular service, Davis had joked about a churchgoer who had screamed throughout the church service, when the pastor preached. The churchgoer responded saying Im his cheerleader. He needs me, which made everyone laugh. Some of the things that Davis addresses could be offensive to some people if it were not mentioned in a humorous manner. When you bring it to them with humor, they accept it better, she said. Davis said 90 percent of her material comes from real life experiences. She is expecting a mixed audience of different denominations and cultures. She hopes that the show will bring unity amongst the body of Christ and also healing. Laughter is free and it is the best medication you can take in life, she said. The more we laugh, the more we heal. The show will also include performances by Jocelyn Sister Jay Williams, another comedian; Minister Trulia Thompson, a songstress; and it will be hosted by Pastor Keith Master Blaster Akins. Davis would like attendees to know that it is OK to laugh and have a good time, especially in the house of the Lord. Im given the same platform as the clergy. The preachers, they anticipate Amens. I anticipate laughter or an egg being thrown at me. . . , Davis said, jokingly. By Malika A. Wrightmwright@miamitimesonline.com