Christians need a good laugh. And the best kind of comedy is when you can laugh at yourself, right? Maybe, that is why comedian and social media sensation John Crist (pronounced Crist, not Christ) has hit the church’s proverbial funny bone. Completely selling out his fall 2017 Captive Thoughts Tour and making a splash with this summer’s capacity-crowd Good Medicine Comedy Tour, John Crist announced on Friday, July 20 his upcoming 43-city comedy run – The Human Being Tour.
Public pre-sales began Monday and the nation-wide on-sales began on Tuesday. With a spectacular response and more than 100,000 tickets sold in the first few days, the tour has already sold out four dates and added matinees for 3 cities. More than 13 others have less than 500 tickets remaining and they’re going faster than a paper fan at tent revival. So, stop reading this article right now and get your tickets at www.premierproductions.com or www.johncristcomedy.com
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Kicking off this September 20 at Second Baptist Church in Warner Robins, GA and wrapping up December 9 at Shreveport Convention Center in Shreveport, LA, the coast-to-coast tour will visit Dallas, Los Angeles, Tampa, Colorado Springs and more, hitting over 40 mega churches and huge venues throughout the U.S. Each night on The Human Being Tour will include comedians Dustin Nickerson or Mike Goodwin, as well as a special guest from Crist's videos – comedians Trey Kennedy, Aaron Chewning, Megan Batoon, Jenny Jennings and Beth Pilgreen. Known for his videos like "Millennial International," "Lady Who Has a Bible Verse for Every Situation," or "Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot," Crist will be integrating these characters with his stand-up comedy for the very first time.
“Honestly, this fall tour is gonna be unlike any comedy show you’ve ever seen,” Crist said. “In addition to the stand-up, with lots of new material and new bits, we’re introducing some never-before-seen sketches. Plus, we’re bringing some of your favorite characters from my most viral videos! If you’ve seen a John Crist show, you’re gonna want to be at this one. And if you’ve never been or have a friend that’s never seen the live show, for SURE invite them!”
Even the ticket names pack a clever punch. Beside the For Sure YES Premium ticket at $40, there is the Homeschool Family Pack (for four or more people) for $20 each, Streams in the Desert General Admission (or Reserved – depending on the venue) tickets for $25.00 each, the Check Your Heart Priority tickets for $75.00 The $150 #Blessed Ultimate VIP Experience ticket, which includes all kinds of crazy good benefits – such as best seats, early entry, pre-show Q&A, photo opp with John, back stage tour and on and on – may require clearance from the finance director of your church and proof that you’re up to date on your tithe. (That was a joke).
With over 500 million video views and sold out shows from coast to coast, Crist has been called the next big thing in standup comedy. Whether you know him from viral videos “Millennial International,” “Lady Who Has a Bible Verse for Every Situation,” or “Road Rage in the Church Parking Lot,” Crist has solidified his comedy prowess with sold out shows from coast to coast, highlighted by recent television appearances on Live at Gotham and Laughs on Fox.
Nine years in, Crist has shared the stage with some of the best in the business, including Dave Chappelle, Jeff Foxworthy, Tim Hawkins, Seth Meyers, Trevor Noah, Adam Carolla, Chris D’Elia, Dana Carvey, Anjelah Johnson, Michael Jr. and Louie Anderson. Anderson, named one of Comedy Central’s “Top 100 Comedians of All Time” says of Crist, “It’s only a matter of time until John Crist is a household name. He is so likable and his stand-up is top notch.” Tim Hawkins, who Crist has performed with over 100 times says, “This guy ain’t no opener. John Crist is the real deal.”
Named as one of the “Top Five Comics to Watch,” Crist is no stranger to accolades. He was a finalist in Comedy Central’s “Up Next Comedy Competition,” a finalist in the Comedy Works “New Faces Contest,” and named to the Burbank Comedy Festival’s “Best of the Fest.”
When asked where he finds the inspiration to write jokes, Crist says, “I grew up in Georgia. My dad is a pastor, and I was the third of eight homeschooled children. Coming from a background like that, how do you NOT write jokes?!”
“Write what you know” is the best piece of advice Crist ever received on standup comedy and the reason why the majority of his jokes are on the topic of Christian subculture.
Unless, they sold out while you were reading this article, tickets for "The Human Being” Tour are available now at www.premierproductions.com or www.johncristcomedy.com