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BELOIT — Want to lighten up and laugh a bit for a good cause?

You might want to attend the United We Stand Gospel Concert featuring nationally-known Christian comedian Marcus Wiley as well as local and off-campus vocal talent. It will be held at 6 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at Beloit Colleges Eaton Chapel. The event is sponsored by the Beloit College Spiritual Life Program.

Although the event is free and open to the public, those wishing to attend are invited to bring bottled water to ship to Flint, Mich. The water will be shipped in a truck to Flint. While water is in compliance with federal regulations, it could be a year or more before its safe for residents to drink. According to the New York Times, “Lead Levels in Flint Water Drop, but Residents Still Cant Drink It” by Liam Stack on Jan. 25.

The United We Stand Concert is hoped to help provide water and keep the residents of Flint in peoples hearts while giving the people of Beloit a good time. Whether one is conservative Christian or dancing in the aisles, comedian Wiley said everyone needs to laugh.

“The Bible says its like good medicine,” Wiley said.

Beloit College Director of Spiritual Life Bill Conover said the city needs a positive and unifying event.

“This is an event where people can get together and have a good time,” Conover said.

Wiley said he is a comedian who happens to be Christian. He has no problem joking about himself, his family or his faith.

“I do keep it real. We are in a time now when people are tired of the lies,” he said.

While the Bible says one will know a tree by its fruit, Wiley joked it depends on the season.

Wiley grew up in Houston, Texas when bullying was considered joking. Surrounded by such jokesters, he had to learn to be funny so they didnt “joke on him.” He jokes about marriage, death and every facet of church going.

One of his routines is about the challenges of crawling out of bed to make it to church on Sunday. Unlike the Lionel Richie song “Easy Like Sunday Morning,” something will inevitably go wrong and the devil can get extra busy on Sunday morning.

“Women get a run in their stockings, and the car might not start,” he said.

Although the Bibles a serious document, Wiley likes to find the humor. He speculates Eve had to be pretty “fine” for Adam to go along with her shenanigans.

Married for 20 years, Wiley jokes how it can be a challenge to be roommates, best friends, lovers and business partners with a spouse. When pastors say for better or for worse, Wiley jokes sometimes people act like they never heard about the “worse.”

His appearance will be Wileys first time in Beloit. He often likes to visit in a church when he visits.

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