Road 2 Eternity, a television, radio, and movie production company based in Joliet, contacted the group on Instagram and then arranged to shoot the five-episode pilot at Video Studio 317 in Lockport.
It’s Christian comedy and Christian Improv,” Dave Ebert of Crest Hill, founder of Gifts for Glory Ministries, the parent ministry of Well Versed Comedy, said. “We perform very clean comedy, similar to “Whose Line is it Anyway?'"
Ebert said Road 2 Eternity plans to “pitch it around” to see if any Chicago area networks would be interested in picking it up. He hopes any interest generated will allow Well Versed Comedy to film more episodes.
a live format, each episode began with a Chicago area comedian performing standup comedy. The format then switched to improv by Well Versed Comedy.
“Then we bring the comedian back to perform with us,” Ebert said. “Improv is out of their comfort zone, so it’s fun to see them experiment and play with short form with us.”
Well Versed Comedy filmed 45 minutes of material each time so it could wind up with a high-quality, 30-minute show, Ebert, who wrote the scripts, said.
The stand-up comedians who appeared in the episodes are Leonard “L” Williams, Eva Ruwe (caccn ove e) and Clarence “Sonny” Hogan.
icci Hejnar of Plainfield, a member of Well Versed Comedy and a “multi-talented comedian,” Ebert said, also performed stand-up comedy for the last episode.
The other members of Well Versed Comedy are Lanore Podolske of Round Lake and Anna Yee and Essie Taylor, both of Chicago.
Ebert called Well Versed Comedy’s meeting with Road 2 Eternity a “God meeting.”
“They reached out to us to see if we’d be interested in doing a show,” Ebert said. “I’d been praying and a vision formed that I wanted to take my improve team to do a “Whose Line is it Anyway?” show.”
“I just think there’s a need for clean entertainment the family can enjoy together without having to cover little ears or explaining certain things to kids,” Ebert said. “We want the whole family to come together and laugh freely without having to look at each other and ask if it’s OK to laugh.
“There are things that adults will appreciate and things kids will appreciate. So we’re able to serve everybody in the audience because we’re able to cover a wide variety of topics. Everybody will get something out of it.”