In a religious order known for welcoming men with unusual backgrounds, Jake Martin stands out. Before entering the Jesuits, he was a stand-up comedian in Chicago. He still writes and performs; this summer he appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, which calls itself the largest arts festival in the world. Jake tells the story of how a comic joined the Jesuits in his book What’s So Funny about Faith?, just published by Loyola Press. Read an excerpt here.
You can get a taste of Jake’s schtick in this mock commercial for the Jesuits. After the comic bit, he talks about his vocation.
So what is it about the Jesuits that makes them so attractive to funny guys with the last name “Martin”?
Sorry, couldn’t resist…:-)