Owensboro native and radio personality JJ Jasper returns Saturday for comedy show


Owensboro native and on-air radio personality JJ Jasper will return home this weekend for a special stand-up comedy event at 7 p.m. at Living Hope Community Church.

Jasper, a comedian and motivational speaker, hosts a national morning show on American Family Radio. The radio personality is also the bestselling author of three books and is known for using humor to bring joy to her audience.

With decades of experience as a radio host, Jasper’s morning show airs on 200 stations in 36 states. He used the tragedy of personal loss to inspire others to find hope while grieving.

His best-selling book Losing Cooper: Finding Hope to Grieve Well has been endorsed by authors like Max Lucado and has been distributed over 400,000 times.

According to its website, “The book chronicles their journey through darkness, but offers real hope to anyone experiencing trouble, hardship or tragedy. It shows how a strong Christian family handles shock, loss, and grief from a biblical perspective.

After losing their 5-year-old son in a tragic accident, the Jasper family took advantage of the tragedy to make it their mission to bring hope to others in the face of loss and grief. The comedian takes serious subject matter and brings humor to the table, calling laughter the best medicine.

“When people laugh, their walls come down,” Jasper said. “It’ll be good for people who haven’t burst out laughing in a while. I guarantee you’ll laugh out loud – big belly laughs.

Jasper is excited to be returning home to Owensboro for a visit and thinks this event is the perfect way to unwind after a long week.

“I don’t visit Owensboro very often. I would love to see old friends again, Jasper said. “I like stand-up comedy. I like to travel and I like to make people laugh.

After moving to Mississippi in 1985, he still remembers the early influence that community had on his broadcasting career.

“All of my colleagues went to broadcasting school. I grew up listening to WOMI and WBIO. When I started, I remember trying to channel my inner Kirk Kirkpatrick,” Jasper said.

The comedian is particularly delighted that the event is offered free of charge to the community.

“A lot of things I do are paid events, so I think it’s especially cool that it’s a free event. I’m excited to be at Living Hope. They love the community and they try to do a lot of outreach It will be an evening of laughter and inspiration,” Jasper said.

In addition to the Saturday night event, Jasper will return Sunday morning to share more of his personal story during the service which begins at 10:30 a.m.

“I will share life’s storms – from high food and gas prices, to political and racial unrest, to people trying to raise a family and pay their bills. I plan to outline practical, biblical ways to navigate the storms of life,” Jasper said.

For more information about Jasper, visit jjjasper.com.


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