Sunday, February 18, 2007
Speaking of clean standup, this afternoon I caught part of Steve Harvey's Don't Trip...He Ain't Through With Me Yet! It's from Bishop T.D. Jakes' MegaFest 2005 - but I caught it on BET, not some white Christian network, of course. Harvey was hilarious, and I was amazed at his self-control to make it through an hour on stage without cussing.
Harvey's act in The Original Kings of Comedy is one of my all-time favorite moments in standup, particularly the part about going to church all the time as a kid and about slightly senile Sister Odell - who all she does is watch TV and go to church, so sometimes she stands up to "testify" and blends gospel with TV theme songs - and about finally finding a reason to love going to church when he heard Sister Odell cuss one day:
When you go to church that much when you're a kid, you don't really care for church that much. So what you got to do is find little things to like about church, that make you want to go. And the one thing I liked about my church might seem a little strange to you. But the one thing that made me want to go all the time was when I found out that there was people that cussed at the church. That might not do it for y'all, but dammit, that done it for me.Well, it's time for church....
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