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Gospel Music Channel Goes for Laughs

Feb 25, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Branching out from its more traditional music programming, Gospel Music Channel is looking to prove that it has a sense of humor.
The network said it will be launching an original series called “Ha!: Standing Up for Clean Comedy.” The series is set to debut March 7 as a special. Thereafter, episodes will be integrated into the Gospel Music Channel’s schedule.
Jonathan Slocumb has been tapped to host “Ha!” Mr. Slocumb, an actor and comedian, has appeared on “The Steve Harvey Show” and “Meet the Browns.” He also served as master of ceremonies for season one of “Gospel Dream,” Gospel Music Channel’s “American Idol”-like competition show for aspiring singers.
“In an era when it is common for comics to use four-letter words and make sexual innuendos, Slocumb is known as ‘Mr. Clean,’” the network said.
“Ha!” already has booked a number of comedians to appear on the series, including:
—Lisa Alvarado, who appeared on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Nick at Nite’s “The Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2” and Byron Allen’s “Comics Unleashed”;
—Leighann Lord, voted “The Most Thought-Provoking Black Female Comic,” who has appeared on ABC’s “The View,” HBO’s “Def Comedy All-Star Jam,” Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend” and “Comics Unleashed”;
—Horace Sanders, a former “Star Search” comedy champion;
—Angel Gaines, an Essence magazine Clean Comedy Showcase winner;
—Ron G., the first winner of TV One’s competition show “Who’s Got Jokes”; and
—Ron Baker Jr., a preacher’s son who specializes in the “Humor in Reality.”

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