"The Apostles" Come to GMC

By Jenny Bennett | managing editor, www.watchgmctv.com
Posted: Wed, 06/17/2009 - 17:11

"The Apostles" Come to GMC

"Apostles of Comedy: The Movie" World Premieres on GMC June 19 & 20 at 10 PM ET/PT

ATLANTA (June 17, 2009) – Gospel Music Channel (http://www.gospelmusicchannel.com) will present the world television premiere of the film that captured the unique talents and lives of four comedians working the clean comedy circuit. Apostles of Comedy: The Movie will have a double-header world premiere on GMC, Friday, June 19 and Saturday, June 20 at 10 pm et/pt.

Apostles of Comedy: The Movie has been called "not just a comedy movie – but an experience." A film for the whole family, Apostles of Comedy: The Movie explores the lives of four award-winning comedians – Jeff Allen, Brad Stine, Ron Pearson and Anthony Griffith. While their comedy is showcased at length, the comedians are shown at home with their families, as well as in unrehearsed conversations with each other behind-the-scenes in documentary fashion. Each comedian has a unique background and style of comedy, yet they are all family-friendly in their approach, keeping their comedy free of raw language or crude themes, but without losing their edge.

"We chose comedians who specifically do comedy that appeals to all ages, something that the whole family could sit down and enjoy together," says executive producer Lenny Sisselman, who has worked with performers such as Jay Leno, Jerry Seinfeld and Tim Allen. Sisselman teamed up with Emmy-nominated producer Mitchell Galin whose credits include Sci-Fi's Emmy Award-winning mini-series Dune, CBS' mini-series A Season in Purgatory, and Stephen King's The Langoliers on ABC, among others.

"We wanted to produce something that was counter-culture; something that would not only be funny, but move people emotionally," says Jeff Allen, who has been seen on Showtime, Comedy Central, VH1, and HBO, among others. Allen starred in a sitcom pilot on PAX-TV entitled "Happy Wife, Happy Life," and authored the book My Life as a Bystander. Brad Stine, known for his edgy social commentary, has been featured on CNN, Fox News, MTV, New Yorker Magazine, as well as Evening at the Improv. Emmy Award-winner Anthony Griffith has been a frequent guest on The Tonight Show as well as HBO, Comedy Central and The Bernie Mac Show. Ron Pearson has made a name for himself appearing on various television sitcoms such as Malcolm & Eddie, The Drew Carey Show, That '70s Show and The George Lopez Show.

Following the huge success of Apostles of Comedy: The Movie, these four family-friendly, nationally-known Christian comedians toured the nation together, performing live. Visit http://www.apostlesofcomedy.com to learn more.

Gospel Music Channel is the fastest-growing network in television and can be seen in 45 million homes on various cable systems around the country, on DIRECTV on channel 338 and on Verizon FiOS on channel 224.