|Born||1960 (age 53–54)
Bremen, Indiana, United States
|Medium||Stand-up, observational comedy|
|Subject(s)||Everyday life, politics, Christianity, situational, neoconservatism|
|Influences||Denis Leary, George Carlin, Alan Keyes, Bill Cosby, Sam Kinison, Robin Williams, Bill Hicks, Steve Martin|
|Notable works and roles||Put a Helmet On! (2003) and Wussification (2007)|
Brad Stine (born 1960) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and author. Relatively unknown until 2003, Stine first gained exposure when he was identified as a conservative Christian on his debut album, Put a Helmet On!
Stine was born and raised in Bremen, Indiana by Jerry and Nancy Stine. His father was an auto-body repairman and front man for a local musical combo called the Regents, and his mother was a housewife. He is the second of four children.
Stine's parents divorced when he was eight, but they later remarried and moved to California, only to divorce again. He stayed with his father, who briefly left the auto-body business to travel with his brother to carnivals in the Midwest. His father later remarried and returned to his previous work.
Stine started practicing magic tricks at age 13, which later led to his performing magic in Southern California bars and restaurants. Stine also learned to perform sideshow stunts and began honing his comedy skills.
In the late 1980s, Stine was hired by a manager and toured colleges across the country with comedians Craig Anton and Emery Emery. His first television appearance was on Showtime’s "Comedy Club Network."
Stine continued to work in comedy clubs and on TV, and eventually dropped his magic tricks and stunts. He started taking acting lessons and auditioned for movies and television shows. On the advice of a fellow comic, he eventually made his Christian faith and conservatism the focus of his act.
Stine's style has been described by Newsweek as "conservative " with a "rat-a-tat delivery" and by The New Yorker as "frantic," "conservative," and "ADHD," with echoes of Robin Williams, Sam Kinison, George Carlin, and Alan Keyes." However, unlike these and a lot of other comedians, Stine does not use profanity or sexual humor because of his conservative Christian faith. He has been described as "a clean Denis Leary" and his material targets "liberals, humanists, political correctness and judgmental Christians." Stine has claimed that his conservatism has sometimes resulted in the loss of appearances.
Stine has appeared on several stand-up comedy shows, such as A&E’s Evening at the Improv and MTV's Half Hour Comedy Hour, and has appeared on news programs such as Fox News' Hannity & Colmes," CNN's Paula Zahn NOW and Glenn Beck, and the NBC Nightly News. Stine has also been interviewed on National Public Radio and has been featured on FOXNews.com and in Newsweek, the New Yorker, USA Today, and several other newspapers nationwide. He was a featured performer for Promise Keepers in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007 and once again in 2012. Also in 2004, he performed for "R: the Party," a party hosted by Jenna and Barbara Bush during the conservative Republican National Convention in New York City. Stine has also appeared with Go Fish (Christian band) for the song Christmas with a Capital "C", which convicts the politically correct term "happy holidays" and supports the use of the traditional term "Merry Christmas." In July 2011 he was a featured performer for the Western Conservative Summit. Beginning in the fall of 2011, Stine has made weekly appearances on the show Fox & Friends to discuss current events and issues.
Inspired by author David Murrow, Stine founded GodMen, a proposed alternative to Promise Keepers that emphasizes "spiritual conservatism". GodMen's inaugural event was held on October 28, 2006, in Nashville, Tennessee, and drew 200 men. Their second event was held on March 10, 2007, in rented space at a Franklin, Tennessee, mall and drew about 300 men. Many more events were scheduled for 2007 and 2008. As of spring 2012, Stine has returned to Promise Keepers.
Stine has appeared in minor roles in a handful of big and small screen movies, including the films Welcome to Paradise, Sarah's Choice, Homeless for the Holidays, Christmas with a Capital C and Persecuted.
Stine currently has two books and five performance videos/recordings available. In September 2008, he was featured in the multi-comedian DVD The Apostles of Comedy, which also features comedian/actors Ron Pearson, Jeff Allen and Anthony Griffith. The four comedians have been touring the country as The Apostles of Comedy since 2008 and are scheduled through May 2009.
- Live from Middle America: Rants from a Red-State Comedian. Hudson Street Press. (Mar 2006). ISBN 1-59463-015-1.
- Brad Stine - Put A Helmet On! (DVD, VHS, Audio CD). Word Distribution. (2003).
- Brad Stine - Brad Stine - Conservative Unleashed (2004) (DVD, Audio CD). Word Entertainment. (Sept 2004).
- Brad Stine - Tolerate This! (DVD, Audio CD). Warner Bros. (Aug 2005).
- Brad Stine - "Wussification" (DVD, Audio CD). Word Entertainment. (Sept 2007).
- Brad Stine - "The Best Of Brad Stine" (2 DVD Set) (DVD). Word Entertainment. (May 2008).
- Brad Stine - "God's Comic" (DVD). The Adams Group. (August 2012).
- Brad Stine - Rebel Without a Clue (Nationwide church tour exclusive) (VHS).
- Adam Green, STANDUP FOR THE LORD, the New Yorker, 2004-08-02
- Catherine Donaldson-Evans (September 1, 2004). "Growing Group of Comedians Veer Right". FoxNews.com Foxlife.
- Bob Faw (May 27, 2005). "Christian Comedian Brad Stine". PBS's Religion & Conservative Ethics Newsweekly.
- Anita Wadhwani, Spiritual event wants GodMen, not girly men, The Tennessean, 10/26/06
- Fresh Air from WHYY audio interview (September 2, 2004). "Christian Comedian Brad Stine". NPR.
- "A guy walks into a church…". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. January 23, 2007.
- "Coulter, Limbaugh Team Up For Comedy Show". ABC News Local. February 17, 2007.
- Hannity & Colmes (September 6, 2004). "Transcript" (PDF). Fox News.
- Paula Zahn NOW (August 11, 2004). "Transcript". CNN.
- Glenn Beck (June 6, 2006). "Transcript". CNN.
- Talk of the Nation audio interview (August 30, 2004). "Live from New York: Comedy at the GOP Convention". NPR.
- Eileen Finan, Newsweek Web Exclusive (October 30, 2006). "Real Men Talk About God". Newsweek.
- "Comedian Brad Stine joins Rick Santorum, Herman Cain & Rick Perry at the Western Conservative Summit 2011 | The Grable Group"
- Brandon O'Brien, A Jesus for Real Men, Christianity Today, 4/18/2008
- Jenny Jarvie and Stephanie Simon, Manliness is next to godliness, Los Angeles Times, December 7, 2006
- Paul Coughlin, New Male Spirit, Crosswalk.com, Feb 21, 2007
- ABC News, Group Advocates Macho Christianity, March 15, 2007
- ABC News, Christian Men...Too Wimpy?, March 15, 2007
- Godmen Events
- Brad Stine's page on the Internet Movie Database
- Jim Weiss, 'Apostles of Comedy Movie' World Premieres on GMC June 19 & 20, Christian News Wire, 2008-06-17
- JEFF STRICKLER,, 'Apostles deliver their comedy sans crudeness, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, May 1, 2009
- Brad Stine's official website
- God's Comic (Stine's blog)
- Brad Stine's Blog Nation (old blog)
- GodMen website
- Brad mentioned in The History of Christian Stand-up Comedy
- Interview with Brad Stine on The Joe Cook Program