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"Laugh in Peace" Brings Cross-Cultural Comedy to Millsaps College


The Detroit Free Press called it "one of the most uplifting cross-cultural experiences you'll have this year." The New York Times declared that they "had the audience convulsing." And that's just what to expect with The Laugh in Peace Tour, starring comedians Rabbi Bob Alper, Azhar Usman, and Rev. Susan Sparks. The show is January 22, 7 pm in the Academic Complex Recital Hall. It's free to all, age 11 and up.

Azhar Usman, Rev. Susan Sparks, Rabbi Bob Alper

There's a reason why Sirius/XM satellite radio plays Rabbi Bob Alper's comedy bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Alper's unique background. He is an ordained rabbi who served congregations for 14 years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary. This prepared him well for his 25-year comedy career, with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that's intelligent, sophisticated and 100 percent clean.

CNN called Azhar Usman "America's funniest Muslim." Trained as an attorney, Usman is a Chicago-based comedian, actor, producer, activist and founder of the wildly popular "Allah Made Me Funny - The Official Muslim Comedy Tour." He has performed in over a dozen countries on five continents. Usman was the subject of an episode of ABC's "Nightline" and was featured on "CBS Sunday Morning."

A trial lawyer turned standup comedian and Baptist minister, Rev. Susan Sparks is America's only female comedian with a pulpit. She is the Senior Pastor of the historic Madison Avenue Baptist Church in New York City, and the author of Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor. Rev. Sparks has been featured on ABC and CNN and has performed in numerous comedy clubs including Caroline's in New York.

For more information, contact professor of religious studies James Bowley.