'Religarious' hosts first show of spring semester this Saturday

The comedy series “Religarious” will return for its first show of the spring semester this weekend.

The series about the relationship between comedy and religion began in fall 2011 and will continue its performances at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Wesley at CMU, 1400 S. Washington St.  The show incorporates comedic standup, sketches and talk show formats and also features comedians from many different belief systems and backgrounds.

Included acts in Saturday’s show will be comedians from the west Michigan area as well as students from the After Hours Improv registered student organization. Grant senior and Religarious host Ryan Lathrop said the shows have gotten better every time.

“The sketches keep getting tighter and it’s becoming a really solid show,” Lathrop said.

Joking Around, a RSO dedicated to standup comedy, will start off with a mini-show before the Religarious routines begin.

“Our main goal is to entertain,” said Patrick Fowler, Benton Harbor sophomore and Joking Around president. “As long as the audience laughs, I’m happy.”

Pastor Charlie Farnum, director of Wesley, will also take part in a short standup routine.

“I’ve never done standup before,” Farnum said. “I do like telling jokes, so we’ll have to see how it goes.”

Farnum said audience reception of previous shows has been positive.

“There are certain areas for any person where they will probably get offended,” Farnum said. “I love hearing these comedians through their routines ask questions about faith and religion. It’s good to get people thinking.”

Lathrop also noted the positive feedback and participation of the audience in shows so far.

“The crowd has been super smart and every comic I’ve had up has loved it,” Lathrop said. “I think as it’s gone on, people are getting the point that this is a comedy show about religion, as opposed to a religious event that might be funny.”


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