An advertised “evening of hilarity” on Sept. 30, 2017, delivered plenty of jokes, humour and laughs to delight the gathered audience at the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C-sponsored event.
“We need to laugh. There are enough tears in the world,” said emcee Danny Unrau, a pastor, storyteller and author who opened the evening with humorous tales from his personal life and ministry in the Mennonite Brethren church.
The second half of the evening featured Matt Falk, a Mennonite comedian from Niverville, Man., who travels all over Canada with his stand-up act and who once placed second in the World Series of Comedy. “I’ve never seen this many Mennonites at an event that wasn’t free,” quipped Falk, who performed a routine based on Mennonite inside jokes and self-deprecating stereotypes.
Richard Thiessen, the historical society’s director, explained that the organization had decided to “do something different, to celebrate another part of our Mennonite story.” The event was not a fundraiser, but merely an evening of entertainment.
A Jewish member of the audience, whose wife is of Mennonite background, said he could relate to the humour as the journey of Jews and Mennonites share many similarities.