Christian Comedian Nazareth Shares Laughs with a Message
By Marina Rojas
“The one question I am always asked is, ‘Where are you from?’ and I always answer that I was born in Nazareth in Israel. And yes, I was named for the town I was born in because it was our family tradition to name the children after the town they were born in. You don’t know how sorry I am for my brothers Waikiki and Albuquerque…and my poor sister Buffalo!” says Nazareth as a chuckle escapes him.
Since his very first try at standup comedy at an open mic night in Southern California, Nazareth has always being fond of making people laugh. “I did comedy prior to being saved,” he explains, “I worked with the likes of Adam Sandler and Kevin James.
And I tell you this, for me, doing standup comedy is a job that I can be happy doing. When I started out in this business, it was all happening for me the way it should happen. They were writing a sitcom for me, called Fish Out of Water; about a Middle Eastern man in America. I had a great manager, my career was going great, I was doing great things. But I tell you the truth, I was empty inside. I was miserable.
That’s when God sent a Japanese comedian to me at the Ice House in Pasadena. He invited me to church with him, and I prayed, ‘God, if you’re the God that those boring Christians say you are, then please make me like them.’ Within a month, I gave my life to Christ. Everything changed for me. All the worry about when I die, would I be good enough? Does God even like me? All of that was gone.
Before Christ, I was like an old car that keeps breaking down. After Christ, I am still that same old car, but I got married to the mechanic, and he has AAA!
Christianity isn’t at all about health and wealth and everything’s perfect. You have the same problems, you just don’t have the same worries. You’re not as concerned about those details because God is with you; He’s taking care of those details for you.”
The first year as a Christian comedian for me was hard because of what I had exposed myself to by living in the world. The world that you’re living in is what your mind gets downloaded into it, and that’s why for some, doing dirty comedy is easier. But for me, I have no problems with staying clean with my jokes because I don’t even think about things of this world. What I download in my mind comes from who I hang out with, Christians, pastors, and friends. I don’t watch garbage television, and I won’t entertain any dirty stuff at all. So everything that comes out of me is clean; there is nothing else in there to work with.”
Nazareth talked about how he uses his comedy to lower the audiences’ guard. “I get the listeners to accept me for who I am, and get them to relate to me as a father, a husband, an American. They know that like them, I hate doctors, I hate waiting in traffic and I make them laugh about all that. Funny is funny.
Then, they learn that I have a powerful weapon, The Word of God, which does not come back void. My desire is to do an altar call after each and every performance, and at each and every event I do, I share what God has done in my life. I share that when I was an empty person, I always asked ‘How can I serve myself?’ and now as a person that’s accepted Christ, I ask, ‘What do you want me to do now, Lord?’ I just love that he said to me, “I still want you to be a comedian, Nazareth. It is so amazing that I get to do what I love to do: make people laugh, encourage people, and lead them to Christ.”
Nazareth is currently on tour throughout the United States, and in addition to his regular comedy gigs he is working to bring more of the stadium events to local communities, such as the Laughter for All event held at the San Manuel Stadium in July of 2014. The event was touted in the media as a cross cultural and multi-denominational affair that brought together several churches and community organizations to provide the local citizenry with physical needs as well as a spiritual uplifting.
For Nazareth, he found that bringing the event together was a true testimony to God’s hand in moving things along to touch the lives of everyone involved. He said that from the way that donations of toys, food, and even the lighting and staging fell into place with those who shared his faith for this maiden stadium event caused him to look back in awe at what happened as the logistics progressed.
“I was amazed how God was into all the details, for instance, after looking for a local company to handle our lighting needs, we find a place called Studio 33 Stage Productions in the Inland Empire. And then, after working with them for a short time, I found out that the President is a strong believer. It made the event all the more complete, to be working with people that believe in our God, and believe in what we were trying to accomplish, which was bringing people to Jesus.” Nazareth is planning a stadium event in the near future at the Fairgrounds in Pomona, and will be returning to the San Manuel Stadium again in San Bernardino.
For more information on Nazareth, you can check out all of his happenings at his website at
Funny is Funny!