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Christians can be funny, too

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Does God have a sense of humour?

"We only have to get up and look in the mirror every morning to know that," cracks Tim Webster, a founding member of the Crosseyed Rascals, Manitoba's only Christian improv comedy troupe. "Only a god with a sense of humour would have invented sex."

The company's new show titled You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello marks the farewell performance of member Megan Gunn, who is departing for Scotland, and the return from British Columbia of former Rascal Les Klassen. The lineup is rounded out by Webster, Dean Harder and Mitch Krohn.

The Rascals banded together in 2001 after several improvisers felt uncomfortable creating humour that made them anxiously scan the audience, hoping no one from their church was present. They decided to offer a more wholesome alternative.

"We also get to combat some of the negative stereotypes about Christians being stodgy, inflexible and judgmental," says Webster, 32. "We get out there and laugh at ourselves and we poke fun at church stuff."

They are an interdenominational Christian troupe whose members have been Catholic, Baptist, Mennonite, Anglican and involved with the Vineyard church.

"Where we come from doesn't matter; improv is how we choose to express our faith," Webster says.

You Say Goodbye and I Say Hello starts at 8 p.m. tomorrow at Prairie Theatre Exchange's Colin Jackson Studio, on the third floor of Portage Place. Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door and are available at Hull's Family Bookstore, 372 Graham Avenue.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 25, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

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