When Brandon Young, leader of the Rock Comedy ministry, heard that a Rock Church member named Malaku was in the final stages of a terminal illness, he called Derek, his fellow Rock Comedy performer and asked, “Are you up for a gig?”
Arriving at the hospital, Malaku’s caregiver warned Brandon and Derek that people regularly come to read the Bible to Malaku but he can only stay awake for about 10 minutes at a time. A half an hour later, both Brandon and Derek had run through all the comedy bits they knew. They looked at Malaku who had still not fallen asleep. “You got any more?” Malaku asked.
While the average comedian certainly does not seek an audience of one in a hospital room, it’s a part of the full spectrum of venues that Rock Comedy will play to bring the love of Christ through laughter. “There are a lot of people whose lives are such that they are in need of a good laugh, or they just would never have the opportunity to see a comedian,” says Young. “We feel like each laugh is another blessing.”
Since 2009, Rock Comedy has performed for all kinds of groups—large and small, including homeless folks, people with Down syndrome and seniors living in convalescent homes—plus performances to benefit ministries and raise funds for mission trips. Rock Comedy includes sketches, stand up, and improv and they are now knocking them dead at non Rock-related venues, traveling as far as Edwards Air Force base in Kern County.
“It isn’t always easy to get a laugh,” adds Young. “But it’s more about being obedient. If God saw laughter as important, it’s worth our time.”
"He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy." Job 8:21