Movie Mom

Movie Mom

Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards

posted by Nell Minow
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Nudity/Sex:Mild references
Diversity Issues:None
Movie Release Date:2012
DVD Release Date:June 25, 2013
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Profanity: None
Nudity/Sex: Mild references
Alcohol/Drugs: None
Violence/Scariness: None
Diversity Issues: None
Movie Release Date: 2012
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013

The very funny Jeff Allen (“Thou Shalt Laugh”), Ron Pearson (“Malcolm & Eddie”) and Keith Alberstadt (“Next Big Comic”) perform on tour in the family-friendly “Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards.”  It is nice to hear good, old-fashioned humor about the frustrations of daily life and relationships that does not resort to vulgarity or bad language.  Dating, bad weather, cell phones, exercise, children, parents, marriage, travels, family, hair loss, technology, and the mistakes and foibles of the comedians and everyone around them provide plenty of opportunities for laugh-out-loud comedy.  Why would parents not only name their son “Marco,” but lose him in an airport so that calling his name produces the obvious (unhelpful) response?


YouTube Preview Image

There are also some great behind-the-scenes moments, especially when Pearson offers a bunch of church-going Christians fifty dollars if they can name the Ten Commandments.  It isn’t the pastor or the church secretary who get it right.  And like all great comedy, there is a lot of insight, and a lot of healing laughter.

I have one copy to give away!  Send me an email with “Comedy” in the subject line at  Don’t forget your address!  (US addresses only.)  I will pick a winner at random on July 1, 2013.

Previous Posts

Interview: Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel on the Documentary "Finders Keepers"
Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel have made some of my favorite documentaries, including "King of Kong" and "Make Believe," bringing us into worlds that at first seem exotic and downright weird and seamlessly making us feel a part of small fringe ...

posted 3:30:30pm Oct. 07, 2015 | read full post »

List: Movies about Peter Pan
James M. Barrie's play "Peter Pan" premiered in 1904 and the story of the boy who wouldn't grow up is still one of the best-loved of all time. This week the prequel "Pan" opens up in theaters, with Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara as Tiger Lily, and ...

posted 8:00:02am Oct. 07, 2015 | read full post »

Interview: Adriana Trigiani of "Big Stone Gap"
Adriana Trigiani really is from a coal mining town in Virginia called Big Stone Gap and the biggest movie star in the world did choke on a chicken bone there. Now if that is not enough to inspire a book and a movie, I don't know what ...

posted 3:31:02pm Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Carolyn Hax on the Toughest Media Question Parents Face
I am a huge fan of advice columnist Carolyn Hax, whose compassionate and insightful responses are always illuminating and often very funny. And I love the witty meta-commentary in the accompanying illustrations from Nick Galifianakis. Today, ...

posted 10:54:14am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »

Trailer: Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara in "Trash"
[iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0"] ...

posted 8:00:26am Oct. 06, 2015 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.