He's been called a missionary to contemporary culture, a thinking-man's comic, and a cleaned-up version of George Carlin, but now comedian Brad Stine finds himself to be a rising star fresh off numerous national TV interviews and an appearance at the Republican National Convention in New York.
"Because I'm a conservative comedian, one of two known to exist in the Western Hemisphere," Stine deadpans during a recent interview on the Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes, "when I die, by an act of Congress, I will be stuffed and mounted and put in the Smithsonian under the 'why he never got his own sitcom display.'"
The Indiana native is raising the bar and eyebrows across the country with his unique in-your-face conservative message. Stine's recent rise in popularity reached new heights with an August profile in The New Yorker, which called Brad's style "frantic, aggressive, and caustic, with echoes of Robin Williams, Sam Kinnison, and George Carlin ... "
A flood of media interest ensued, including appearances on CNN's Paula Zahn Now, NPR News, NPR's Fresh Air, the PBS program Tucker Carlson Unfiltered, and a feature in The Christian Science Monitor. Pending profiles include the CBS news program 60 Minutes.
"Brad is a very gifted comedian," said Frank Breeden, the Republican National Convention entertainment director who booked him for entertainment events. "It takes a lot more skill to have people rolling in the aisles with clean comedy and he pulls it off every time."
Brad's first project, Put A Helmet On, is about to go gold. He has also inked an exclusive distribution deal with WEA in the mainstream market and Word Distribution for the Christian market (or CBA). His new DVD/CD project, Brad Stine a Conservative Unleashed, hits retail outlets October 12. It takes no prisoners -- cutting loose on liberals, whiners, even the country of France:
"Like my grandma used to say, 'if you can't say something nice about a second-rate European nation that would have been wiped off the face of the earth twice in the last century if it wasn't for the U.S., and has brought nothing of value to the culture but wine and cheese ... both of which are made better in California ... then don't say anything at all,'" Stine says. "And I live by that."
Stine has been called an in-your-face modern standup comedian addressing the conservative movement in America in a frank and refreshing way. But, he's also an educated, cerebral, patriot, who is very funny, proving that "clean" and "cutting edge" can come in the same package -- and at full speed.
"Those who use comedy for social commentary tend to be liberal," Stine said in a recent interview. "I represent something different, something I think is more in line with most of America."
Yet one of the refreshing elements of his show that liberals appreciate is his willingness to take pot shots at his own kind, which is demonstrated in his first book Being A Christian Without Being An Idiot.
He has been a big hit at Promise Keepers events the past two years, speaking to tens of thousands of men and getting standing ovations at large arenas across the country. He will be performing at 20 Promise Keepers events next year.
Later this month Stine heads to Hollywood for meetings with Tinsel Town execs about pitching a new sitcom using his unique brand of comedy. He also has been approached about roles in several movies.
"People tell me 'you make it hip to be a Christian and a conservative,'" Stine said. "And they said it couldn't be done!"
Stine's distinctive brand of comedy has brought him standing ovations across the country -- as well as praise from the media. He's been seen on MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, Showtime's Comedy Club Network, and A&E's Caroline's Comedy Hour, Evening at the Improv and Comedy on the Road.