|Comedy Church Members, from left to right: Carisa Perez-Fuentes, Bridget Barkan, Zack Bass, Bert V. Royal, Pastor Jane Voigts, Daniel Franzese, Stephen Bell, Clay Thomas Black, Karen DiConcetto |
Voltaire claimed, "God is a comedian playing to an audience too afraid to laugh." He obviously never attended mass at Toluca Lake United Methodist Church. As Los Angeles' first "Comedy Church," this unique religious institution imbues spiritual ideology with a generous does of mirth.
"From what I can tell from the gospels, Jesus had a great sense of humor, and he loved to play with people's expectations of what was appropriate," says Rev. Jane Voigts, founder of the Comedy Church. "I like to think he would appreciate this take on spiritual life, maybe even skip with me down the center aisle. Wouldn't that be a kick?!"
Its with this positivity that Voigts, known as Pastor Jane to her flock, approaches every aspect of life, even impending fiscal collapse. TLUMC needs to raise $60,000 dollars within the next six months or the church will be forced to close its doors. Yet these storm clouds can't blight Pastor Jane's sunshiny optimism.
"We will continue to develop the Comedy Church even if we have to do it elsewhere," she beams.More »