All Dressed Up
Everyone loves a good laugh. That's what you're guaranteed to experience when you hear Justin N. Fennell. (That's 'fin' + 'nail') Don't say his name too quick or it sounds like just an infidel! It's yarn-spinning stories, outrageous props, audience participation, funny music and stand-up comedy. The best part of it is that all of his material is clean. There's no need to hit the censor button or turn down the sound so the kids don't hear. His concerts are the kind the whole family can enjoy. Fennell's professional experience includes working in college administration, teaching (psychology and religion courses), and serving his home church as the college, singles, and drama pastor. He has toured professionally for over 16 years as a comedian and is a major hit at conventions, retreats, banquets, camps, colleges, churches and corporations. From the moment Justin hits the stage you know you are in for more than just another 'talking head' guest speaker. Justin takes you on a hilarious journey through the ordinaries of life. 'I never can look at another road sign again,' says a young woman who recently attended one of Fennell's concerts. Another says, 'I've never laughed so hard in all my life. I really needed this!' Fennell specializes in clean, 'slice-of-life' humor that sees 'the funny' in everyday situations, especially those involving families. 'I have always been amazed,' says Justin, 'and tickled at what our parents say to us and we turn around and say the same crazy things when we finally have kids! A lot of that comes into my routines.' Fennell tailors each show to his audience. 'When I'm performing at churches or with religious organizations I want to let them know that Christians can have a good time too! You don't have to be a 'stick-in-the-mud'' says Fennell. 'I try to get them with the comedy first, then share the gospel with them once we're understanding each other a little better.' For business oriented groups, Fennell says, 'I focus on motivational speaking with a humorous edge. I concentrate most of my material toward personal values, relationships, and communication skills-all with a comic approach that grabs people's attention. I call it 'EDUTAINMENT...a guaranteed laugh 'n learn experience.' 'I enjoy making people laugh, but I believe in getting serious when it's time to get serious,' says Fennell. 'You've got to have a balance through all of it. It's always an honor to me to be the guest of an event. I receive a great deal of pleasure in seeing others have a good time or pocketing a few golden nuggets of truth.' Fennell is an artist representative for Mission of Mercy. Mission of Mercy is a Christian humanitarian relief organization founded in Calcutta, India for the purpose of caring for children. Currently Mission of Mercy feeds over 100,000 children a day in 23 countries around the world. Fennell (since 1962) resides in Lakeland, Florida. His wife's name is Dretha and they have two sons, Nathaniel and Zachary, and a daughter, Anna Marie. His idea of a still of a good time is sittin' back in a rocking chair on the front porch of the house with a handful of Tom's salted peanuts and a 'belly-washer' R.C. Cola.