Christian comedians rally behind ailing friend


An all-star lineup of comedians will pool their wit to support ailing Christian funnyman Bone Hampton, who’s been hospitalized with kidney and congestive heart failure.

Hampton appeared on Season 13 of “America’s Got Talent.” He also appeared alongside Hollywood star Sandra Bullock in the romantic comedy “All About Steve,” and “Woodlawn” starring Sean Austin and Oscar winner Jon Voight.

“While we’ll be leveraging our craft to raise support for my close friend Bone, his situation is no joking matter,” said Chonda Pierce, who refers to Hampton, a father of one, as her “comedy son.” Hampton opened for Pierce during her Live in Concert Tour in 2020.

“Bone has faced many medical challenges and still has a long recovery ahead with ongoing treatments and therapies,” Pierce said. “Right now the financial burden of his illness is enormous.”

Night of Laughter
The “Night of Laughter” benefit concert Jan. 21 will feature performances by Pierce, Sherri Shepherd, Tim Hawkins, Akindtunde Warnock, Bob Smiley, Chinnitta Morris, Jeff Allen, Ken Davis, Leland Klassen, PJ Walsh, and others.

The show benefiting Hampton will be held at Brentwood Baptist Church, 777 Concord Rd., Brentwood, Tenn., at 7 p.m., For tickets and details, go to

For decades, Hampton has brought his brand of “clean comedy” to people across the country. Since his most recent health crisis, fellow comics have rallied around to support him.

Shepherd, former host of “The View” who returns to her standup comedy roots for the event, said: “I’m sending up prayers for Bone, one of the funniest men in standup.”

Paying It Forward
Comic Tim Hawkins, best known for parodying popular songs, said: “This will be an amazing night of comedy and our chance to pay it forward to Bone.”

Described as “funny as a possum in a petticoat,” Hampton’s trademark style makes audiences feel like family, with homespun humor and sharp wit.

As a Dove Award-winning “Comedian of the Year,” he’s one of the most sought-after performers in the business. His appearance in “Thou Shalt Laugh: The Deuce,” hosted by Emmy Award-winning comedy legend Tim Conway, led to a repeat in the follow-up “Thou Shalt Laugh 5.”

All proceeds from “Night of Laughter” will help with Hampton’s medical expenses.

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