Even before last year’s September 11 terrorist attacks, best-selling Christian comedienne/singer Chonda Pierce had begun collecting material with “fear” as the theme for her newest video, Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid. 

 

“It was a personal issue,” Chonda shares.  “I just found myself at a place in my life as a 42-year-old woman facing new territory:  kid leaving for college, changes with my job, different schedule, etc.  During this time 9/11 happened.  It made my job look so extremely frivolous.  But at the same time, I found that I stayed just as busy if not more so because our nation was really needing a good laugh in an appropriate way and at an appropriate time.”

 

As America   observes the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, Chonda is taking her overcoming-fear-through-faith message from Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid to the road on a 42-city-tour this fall.  Much like the video, each tour stop will feature a variety of “Carol Burnett show-esque” moments:  sketches, standup comedy, singing, and even TV commercial breaks from “Fear TV” written by Chonda and her husband.

 

“My first thought in these 42 cities is What do we want to leave these audiences with?,” she says.  “I decided that first and then worked backwards:  start funny and end with what we really want to say.  And if there is a Spirit-filled moment, it is a God thing.”

 

Theology and The Three Little Pigs

 

One of the quirky-but-poignant principles Chonda shares about Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid is her “Three Little Pigs” take on approaching fear. The Three Little Pigs contains some incredible theology, if you get down to it.  I mean, we’ve all been there, building our houses out of dumb things, acting like we’ve got it all together, but secretly afraid of the wolf coming down the path.  We’ve all been runners, not facing our fears.  Truth is, Jesus told that story first in the book of Matthew when He told us to build our houses on solid rock.  Our fear will always be here, but it cannot control us when we focus on the truth of God at work in our lives, when we find our purpose and wholeness in One greater than ourselves.  I’m real excited in the fact that more than any theme that I’ve put together, I think this one lends itself to salvation.  And this show is quite pointed in that you need to know Jesus.””

 

Audiences nationwide will witness a few surprises each night of the tour, one being that of just who is playing the role of Chonda’s husband in the sketches.  In the Be Afraid…Be Very Afraid video, actor Ken Davis takes on the task, fearlessly and successfully, but at each tour stop Chonda will select a local pastor or a DJ from an area Christian radio station to be the guest actor in the role.