H2O Comedy Tour is a clean, Christian-based comedy production heading to the Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center June 14.
PINELLAS PARK – H2O Comedy Tour heads to the Performing Arts Center, 4951 78th Ave. N., Saturday, June 14, 7 p.m.
But don’t expect the typical comedy show. You won’t hear any vulgarity or foul language. In fact, the comics, who also openly embrace their Christian faith, are known for keeping it clean.
“It’s totally clean,” said Pinellas Park-based comedian Juanita Lolita – yes, that’s her real name – the troupe’s founder. “But we don’t want people to think we do Christian comedy. We just happen to be clean and Christian. Our humor isn’t Bible-based.”
She added, “We do have joy in Christianity but our shows don’t cram it down your throat.”
The four comedians who make up H2O – Lolita and Bill Ohse, also from Pinellas Park, Lakeland’s Johnny Roberts and New Port Richey’s Rahn Hortman – each perform regularly on their own, bringing their squeaky clean acts to comedy clubs throughout the state.
“Being clean in a comedy club is already something completely different,” Lolita said. “When we perform, you don’t even realize we’re clean because you’re so busy laughing.”
They primarily cull their material from relatable experiences of day-to-day living. And audiences must be enjoying what they hear. Last year, Lolita was named Tampa’s Funniest Female in Florida’s Funniest Comedian competition. Hartman was named Tampa’s Funniest Comedian overall in the same contest.
Lolita founded H2O – Humor to Outreach - in January 2013. Eventually, her husband Rick Williams, a music and sound engineer, built the group an eye-catching stage display.
“He took us from being four comedians with a microphone to being a full-scale production,” she said.
Often, they bring their quick-paced act to churches whose patrons are more used to humorists telling longer stories rather than jokes with punchlines.
“When we get into a church setting, they’re blown away,” Lolita said. “They’re not used to anything like it.”
They also perform for more mainstream audiences, like at the upcoming PAC show. But their shows still benefit the community. Tickets to the June 14 show cost $12, and part of the proceeds will benefit a variety of organizations, including the Pinellas Park Thunderbirds and Children’s Miracle Network.