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Published On: Fri, Aug 9th, 2013

Comedian Max Winfrey talks stunt comedy, ‘America’s Got Talent’ and his Christian faith

Appearing with comedian Tim Hawkins, Max Winfrey spoke with The Global Dispatch about his unique style of comedy, making a splash on television and using his humor as a form of Christian ministry.

photo courtesy of Max Winfrey

photo courtesy of Max Winfrey

“I use a lot of circus style tricks with a lot of improvisations,” Winfrey told Dispatch’s Brandon Jones, explaining “stunt comedy.”

“How they (the audience) reacts is how the show goes. There is a lot of balancing, juggling, unicycling and even knife throwing.”

Max Winfrey wowed the judges on America’s Got Talent, so he first had to explain how he joined the show. (Watch a clip from the show on here on his YouTube page)

“They contacted me, calling me for awhile and I wasn’t interested at first. They saw videos, really liking the knife throwing, so I went out. Got to go to the Vegas round where I did a lot of juggling.”

Winfrey then explained his back story a bit, starting with juggling and even working at theme parks at age 16. “I think I joined Disney around 20 or 21 where I juggled. I honed by street performance skills before going to cruise and corporate shows.”

All of this was a big contrast to the NBC reality show and performing in front of Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne.

“The show has a lot of guidelines that work for them. For a comedian it’s like cramming a square peg into a round hole. Even Howie talked about how hard that is (comedy) for that kind of show. Setup, punchlines, the audience getting to know you – that’s all hard in only 90 seconds,” Winfrey explained.

“The judges were nice and the performers were really nice people. No one was mean to one another.”

Winfrey isn’t shy about being a Christian and his love of performing in churches. He said he “grew up in church,” “performing in church,” but as a professional he drifted from his faith.

“I had to go through some humbling experiences and get back to my faith. Now I perform in churches and it’s a real testimony, an outreach to really re-introduced the church through laughter. Help people have a good time and send the message to get back to their faith or start a relationship with Christ for the first time.”

The comedian seemed energized by the topic as he closed with “I believe in laughter…it’s good for the soul.”

Max Winfrey’s website is here: http://www.maxwinfrey.com/

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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