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Rolling in the aisles: Muscatine church offers up some family-friendly comedy —and the price is right, too

2012-08-21T21:41:00Z Rolling in the aisles: Muscatine church offers up some family-friendly comedy —and the price is right, tooJoe Jarosz Muscatine Journal
August 21, 2012 9:41 pm  • 

MUSCATINE, Iowa —If you’re going to see the improv group Ductape Comedy at their upcoming Muscatine show, don’t wear anything flammable.

“We’re working in pyrotechnics into our show,” said group member Ryan Graham, tongue played firmly in cheek.

Graham’s explosive humor (don’t worry; there won’t really be any pyrotechnics) is just a little bit of the levity that audiences can expect when they perform at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26,  at the Wesley United Methodist Church, 400 Iowa Ave.

During a phone interview conducted while the group was on the road to a show in Gurnee, Ill.,  Graham and fellow member Joel McBroom, said the group does a mix of stand-up, sketch and improv comedy.

“It’s a comedy variety show but clean for all ages,” Graham said.

Graham said that most comedy shows don’t do clean material. Their group tries to provide something fun for all ages.

“If we can provide levity, joy, laughter and allow people to relax, we’re glad,” Graham said. “Our faith is a big part of why we do this because we think God has given us the ability and


McBroom said the troupe, other members Ryan Morell and Ryan Graham were not with the group during the phone interview, has been performing together for 12 years.

“We don’t have an off switch,” McBroom said. “Just on and stand-by.”

Brenda Stineman, director of Christian education at the church, said this is the first time the church will host the group, and it’s the first time the church has hosted entertainment like this.

“Through the Jackson Concert Series, there have been different shows offered to the community but we haven’t had anything exactly like them,” she  said.

Stineman said she has a DVD of the group, but said it was the church’s youth director, Jenny Scheufler, who played a role in bringing in the laughs.

“[She saw] them in high school and after we talked about it, we agreed to bring them in,” Stineman said.

She believes this is something the audience will enjoy.

“They’re high energy and crazy,” Stineman said. “You watch some of what they do and think ‘How do their brains work?’”

“They’re really able to hold the audience’s attention.”

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