Vickie Winans to kick off multi-city comedy tour Easter Sunday

In case you never noticed, Vickie Winans is very funny, and this month, “The Comedianna” (her trademarked definition of a hilarious story-telling Queen), is taking her side-splitting sense of humor on the road to promote two new comedy DVDs entitled “Hilarious And Unplugged” Volume 1 and “Hilarious And Unplugged” Volume 2.  The tour kicks off Easter Sunday, April 8, at Chicago’s House of Hope/Salem Baptist Church Worship Center, where Rev. James Meeks is the Pastor, and continues throughout the summer.

Recorded in December at Detroit’s Upper Room Complex, Winans’ DVD stand-up routine consists of uproarious stories as well as a live performance of her hits “Shake Yourself Loose” and “How I Got Over” with her nephew, Tim Bowman, Jr.  She also shot a music video of her son Mario Winans’ “Overcomer” remix.

According to a press release, a unique element to the comedy tour is that Winans has purchased a luxury Sprinter van to transport the homeless in each city to be her special guests at each show. The singer is currently in pre-production for the starring role as “Grace Avery” in the feature film Amazing Grace, a movie centered around the issue of homelessness.  It is an issue that has heightened her sensitivity so much so that she has established a foundation to help decrease homelessness in America.

“My ultimate goal is to build homes and more shelters for the homeless,” says an enthusiastic Winans, “but until then, as many as the bus will hold will be my special guest VIPs for a night of laughter, food and a gift bag!”

The stand-up comedy DVDs will be available in stores, on, and at every stop along the projected 40-city tour.

Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson fans can expect to ‘LOL’ at his next live recording

GMF learned today that Keith “Wonderboy” Johnson is gearing up for a live recording on Thursday, April 28, 2011, and it’s going to leave you in stitches.  Yep, you may have a hand-clapping, foot-stomping good time with the award-winning quartet sensation, but this go-round it will be because of his punchlines.

Johnson recently announced on his Facebook page, “The wait is over! Those that [have] been asking for me 2 do a comedy cd, I’m doin’ a live recording on Thursday, April 28th, at 55 Pleasant Grove Rd, Lynchburg, SC 29080.  Take I-95 to exit 141, [and] go behind da [sic] shell gas station. Join me as we laugh!”

Johnson is not the first gospel artist to showcase comedic talent.  In 1999, Vickie Winans released a comedy CD called Share the Laughter (which peaked at #20 on Billboard Gospel), and more recently she released The Vickie Winans Laugh While You Lose fitness DVD.

The live comedy recording starts at 7pm and admission is free.