Before signing on with Jesus, his loyal apostles hailed from different professional backgrounds. Many were fisher-men, Paul a tentmaker, Matthew a tax collector.
Now add comedian.
Following on the lucrative theatrical and DVD heels of “The Original Kings of Comedy,” “The Queens of Comedy,” “The Original Latin Kings of Comedy” and, yes, “The Latino Queens of Comedy,” come the Apostles of Comedy, ready to bestow the gift of Christian hilarity upon the masses.
It probably doesn’t hurt that the Apostles have modeled their show on the red-state-friendly Blue Collar Comedy tour; the winning franchise, has engendered three movies in the last four years, as well as the Blue Collar Radio chan-nel on Sirius Satellite Radio.
The four Apostles — Jeff Allen, Ron Pearson, Anthony Griffith and Brad Stine — filmed two shows to soldout Bi-ble Belt crowds last month in Tennessee; a DVD is set for release next year, with the comedians prepping a fall tour to build buzz.
Though the seasoned funnymen don’t work blue, all have mainstream cred, logging appearances on the “Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” “The Drew Carey Show,” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” among others.
While comedy tour films featuring self-anointed royalty are a ubiquitous and profitable brand — Spike Lee’s $3 million “The Original Kings of Comedy” grossed more than $38 million — it remains to be seen whether the Apostles’ evangelical yukfest will resonate with mainstream auds more familiar with stand-ups whose acts are borne of Godless profanity.