MOODY – To everything its season.
"In Ecclesiastes, it says there is a time for mourning and a time for laughter," says Vincent Curtis, pastor at First Missionary Baptist in Moody. "Next Friday is a time for us to come together and put aside our troubles and laugh."
First Baptist will host "A Night of Healing Through Laughter" on Friday, with Comedienne Joy, proclaimed "The Queen of Clean" in her own words.
"I’ve never done profanity," she said. "That’s been my whole platform, to be the Queen of Clean. That way, young and old, they won’t be offended.
"A lot of times, comedians are offensive, crass and vulgar. I believe you can entertain people without all that."
Joy has spent nine years working in comedy, ever since she won at an open mic night at The Comedy Club in Birmingham. She has been featured in the December 2009 issue of Essence Magazine, served as feature act for Chris Tucker, Huggy Low Down, Rob Schneider, Deitrick and Damita Haddon, has been a finalist for the Crazy Praise Competition, was named best local Clean Comedienne by The Birmingham Magazine (2008), finalist for The Stars Fell on Alabama Competition (2005), and has hosted her own show "Clean Comedy Nite" at Coffee On Valley.
Much of her material is about her life at home, she said.
"When I first got started, I was a single mom, so I talked a lot about kids and parenting," she said. "About 27 months ago, I got married. So I talk a lot about the joy – yeah right – of being married. So now the joke’s gone from my daughter to my husband.
"I make jokes about silly stuff, but it’s just what going on in my world."
Curtis echoed her sentiments about the effects of laughter.
"Regardless of who you are, you’re going to go through things in life," he said. "Comedy is a way to get away from that.
"We see comedians all the team who are profane and vulgar, but it doesn’t take all that. We can come together as believers and laugh, and (Joy) is very good at what she does. We are very fortunate to have her."
Admission to Friday’s event is free, but the church is asking everyone who attends to bring a canned good. The festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, and the show will begin at around 7 p.m.
"It’s going to be a blessing," Curtis said. "If people show up, I will guarantee they enjoy themselves. If they don’t, I will give their money back."