419. Fun In the Son – Isaac Air Freight

FUN IN THE SON (1978)

Isaac Air Freight

If you want to be the very best at something…be the only one doing it! For Isaac Air Freight, true pioneers in Christian sketch comedy, not only were the pretty much the only ones doing, they were actually VERY good at it. Original, edgy, inventive and very, very funny. This is not stand up comedy but rather sketch comedy in the vein of Firesign Theatre or a “radio version” of Saturday Night Live.

Yet hidden (or in many cases not so hidden) within the laughs were some spiritual truths aimed at both the Church and lost. Many are single sketches while others are multiple part routines scattered throughout the project (and even projects). One just multiple sketches is “Rapture Hotline” where a young man continues to call a phone hotline just to make sure the Christian “are still around.”

The “Religion Store” is not a Christian bookstore but rather a store that sells “religions” and pokes fun at man’s attempt to create a religion that meets their needs. “Let’s Trade Your Salvation” is a game show a la “Let’s Make a Deal” where contestants can trade their salvation in for “tempting” games and prizes.

The highlight for more subtle comedy fans is “Bible Junkie” where the Alcoholics Anonymous type confession is played out with the Bible replacing the current drug of choice. Very well put together and smart. Most importantly…funny!

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  1. Brian
    October 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    How many hours did we all listen to IAF? Classic stuff.

  2. Chad
    October 20, 2010 at 2:51 am

    I too am a “bible junkie”!

  3. November 14, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    This was an underground hit in our youth group with ever-decreasing in quality tape copies making the rounds at our Sunday night pool parties. Nothing went better with sloppy joes and brownies than Buck Wheezer.

  4. Don
    April 10, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    Random punchlines I liked

    “Have you seen Alwyn?”
    “Someone burned a hole in the map”
    “Kind of a sci-fi high”
    “That’s the trouble with Christians – they don’t make no concessions”

    Out of context these lines are just weird !

    • Tim
      February 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm

      Correction for quote 2. It should read: “I would pa, but some darn fool burned a hole in it.”

  5. Greenchili
    May 18, 2011 at 9:43 am

    I remember hearing the “Rapture Hotline” on the radio… waaaayy back when.. 🙂

  6. Tim
    February 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    I disagree with including this album (and Mike Warnke’s) on the sheer principle of the thing. This is, after all, a musical album countdown. However, ranking it does give a nod to the popularity of Isaac Air Freight. But don’t pick their first album just because it’s first. Their best album in my opinion is Snooze Ya Looze (or perhaps In The Air, On The Air). Any non-musical album would have been better represented in your forthcoming “almost made it, should have made it, I forgot about this one” listing.

    • Andrew J. Persac
      April 1, 2013 at 3:50 am

      TOTALLY agree with you on that, Tim! NON-musical projects should NOT be included unless perhaps there was some sort of musical elememt or even individual song(s) on it besides the comedy. Mark Lowry & his song parodies would be sdmething that fits this exception, for example (though I wouldn’t include any of his projects in a Top 500 list)….

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