A deeply personal glimpse into the life of Chonda Pierce, the groundbreaking Christian humorist and bestselling female comedian of all time, the film chronicles a series of tragic circumstances she has recently faced, including the loss of her husband. Leaning on her faith in a season of heartbreak, Pierce perseveres—her signature wit always intact—hoping to inspire and encourage others with her story.
"I'm nervous! I have allowed a film crew to expose very tender and private moments in my life, simply hoping to continue a dialogue about faith, depression, grief and pain to promote healing for brokenhearted people,” Pierce says. “I love the Church, but it's not perfect. I love God, but life is hard. This movie ‘shows’ it all, not just ‘tells’ it all. Mental illness is not a lack of faith and loving Jesus doesn't exempt you from pain. And being a comic doesn't mean you laugh all the time!”
Immediately following the film, theater audiences will have the opportunity to view a special post-event presentation, “Finding Light in the Darkness.” Various celebrities and public figures, including Roma Downey, Kevin Sorbo, Sherri Shepherd, Monica Crowley, Corbin Bernsen and “Duck Dynasty’s” Miss Kay Robertson, are slated to discuss the impact of Pierce’s story. Audience members can submit questions in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
“This event really brings to light the importance of having faith through life’s most difficult times,” says John Rubey, CEO, Fathom Events. “Chonda’s ability to use humor to overcome her struggles is truly inspiring and a great lesson for us all.”
“Chonda has always been able to do the impossible,” says Laughing in the Dark producer Kent Songer. “She’s the bestselling female comedian in history and at the pinnacle of her career she allows her fans full access into her life. She’s an amazingly brave and talented woman, and I am proud to be a part of this unique Fathom event.”
Andrew Tenenbaum, Pierce’s manager and producer of the film, adds, "This is a most special project for me, to be able to tell the true story of my dear friend Chonda in a way that will connect with millions who can find strength, courage and survival ... and hopefully a few great laughs."
Tickets for Chonda Pierce: Laughing in the Dark can be purchased online at fathomevents.com, or at participating theater box offices. The event will be offered in nearly 480 movie theaters in Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network. For a complete list of theater locations, visit fathomevents.com (theaters and participants subject to change)
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