Joiner is the star of Sony’s “the Grace Card,” the 2008 first-place winner of Hollywood Improv’s “Funniest Comic in L.A.,” the 2010 Christian Music Hall of Fame Comedian of the Year nominee, and star of the 2006 The Clean Stand Up Comedy Tour.
Comments from last year were overwhelmingly positive, Curran said.
“Young and old alike were saying, ‘Please tell me you’re going to do this again,'” he said. “When we left that night, there were many people whose ribs were literally hurting because they had been laughing so hard.
“Many parents said, ‘It is so refreshing to have the opportunity to take my family out, have dinner and go to a show, and we just don’t have to worry about the content.’ “
The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a chili dinner featuring white chicken chili from Fratellos and red beef chili from Mahoney’s All-American Grill. The show starts at 7 p.m. with a warm-up performance by the Acoustic Wave barbershop quartet. This features Fr. Carl Schmitt of Corpus Christi Parish in Sturgeon Bay, whose first assignment was at St. Raphael; his brother, Bill Schmitt; Mark Lindekugel, an accountant for St. Raphael and Corpus Christi parishes; and Nate Selle. Then Joiner will perform, followed by a raffle drawing.
“We wanted to have an event that can bring the family out together, enjoy each other’s company, and have family time that doesn’t involve sports,” Curran said. “In the dead of winter, you want to laugh and break the winter blues. We wanted to offer a positive, family opportunity to come together while we’re raising money for youth ministry outreaches.”
Curran said 700 seats are available, and last year’s event sold out early with standing room only by the night of the show.
“We needed to raise some funds for our youth ministry and at the same time unite families,” Curran said. “With the comedy shows, we’ve been able to accomplish both. We support both the high school and middle school youth ministries and their outreach efforts, and our goal is to establish scholarship funds for kids to go on our mission trips.”
Another win for the evening is the experience the youths of the parish will gain, Curran said. “The teenagers serve as our stage crew, servers for dinner, and for prepping the food, taking tickets and being the ushers. They’re part of the team, which is positioning young people for leadership. That’s really cool. And they were impressed that ‘everybody’s coming for us.'”
Tickets for the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. Feb. 4, and show are sold separately. They can be purchased online at www.laughoutloudoshkosh.com or at the parish. Raffle tickets can be purchased the evening of the performance.