Seriously Funny Night with a Serious Funny Guy

Join us for an unforgetable night of of comedy that goes to support the life changing minstry of Youth for Christ


Reserve Your Seats

Select your show from the options below

March 22, 2019


Franklin County Convention Center

March 28, 2019

Clear Lake

Surf Ballroom

March 29, 2019

Mason City

NIACC Auditorium

March 30, 2019

Des Moines

Des Moines Christian School

About John Branyan


John's 'Shakespeare' version of The Three Little Pigs has been viewed millions of times, and his book "A Triune Tale of Diminutive Swine" is in its 3rd reprinting. John is featured on nine recorded comedy projects with people like Ken Davis, David Jeremiah, Ted Cunningham and Tim Hawkins. John and his wife, Lori, have four children and six grandchildren (so far).

But, more than 25 years later, he still loves making people laugh with his style of speaking that won't leave a filthy residue.

"People didn't invent laughter," John says. "It was given to us by someone who knew we'd enjoy it." And he never gets tired of sharing that gift with others. "Every show, my goal is to hurt people. Seriously. I want people's jaws to ache. I want their sides to cramp up. I want them to experience dizziness from oxygen deprivation. When they are in pain, I've done my job."

When he isn't speaking or teaching, he's playing board games with his family.

Become a Sponsor

Since 2006, individuals, businesses, and churches have made it possible for thousands of people to attend this event, designed to help North Iowa Youth For Christ serve more kids. Event Sponsors help underwrite the cost of the event so that it can be offered at no cost for those who attend.

There are three levels of event sponsorship. In addition, we provide the opportunity for some partners to serve as Matching Gift Sponsors, who provide funds that serve as a matching incentive for the Comedy Café appeal. All sponsors will receive special recognition in our program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Comedy Café?

The YFC Comedy Café is an annual fundraising event that helps fund the on-going ministry of North Iowa Youth For Christ and its ministry satellites. This unique event combines coffee and delicious dessert with family-friendly comedy and a creative program that highlights young people and tells the YFC story.

The YFC Comedy Café started in Mason City in 2006, and has grown each year. Last year, over 1,800 people attended the event.

Where will the Comedy Café take place this year?

This year, the Comedy Café will take place in Clear Lake, Mason City, Hampton, and Des Moines Iowa. Each evening will feature hilarious comedian, John Branyan, and stories from the local ministry in each community and surrounding area.

  • March 22nd, Franklin County Convention Center, Hampton IA
  • March 28nd, Surf Ballroom, Clear Lake IA
  • March 29th, NIACC Auditorium, Mason City, IA
  • March 30th, Des Moines Christian School, Des Moines, IA
  • What does it cost?

    Admission is free. The Comedy Café is underwritten by sponsors.

    What can I expect?

    The Comedy Café provides a perfect blend of dessert and fellowship, fun and laughter, and purpose that inspires people to make a difference with teens. You can expect a quality event that includes a combination of the following elements: Time for social interaction over coffee and dessert, student testimonies, a ministry update, professional comedy act, and a free-will offering. The response from previous years has been extremely positive.

    How long does it last?

    The Comedy Café will run from 6:30 pm – 8:45 pm. The first 30 minutes will provide fellowship time with coffee and dessert, and the program will begin at 7:00 pm. Doors will open at 6:15 pm.

    Who should attend?

    There are two audiences that the Comedy Café is designed to engage. The first are people who have limited or no knowledge of Youth For Christ and want to learn more about it. We simply want to introduce the ministry to this audience. The second audience is the people who know YFC and want to help support its work with students. The program will present a brief ministry report and provide an opportunity to continue to partner with us. Whatever relationship you have with YFC, we welcome you to attend.

    Do I have to be religious to attend?

    No. The Comedy Café does a great job involving people from all walks of life. The program will include faith content as we tell the YFC story.

    How do I reserve my seat?

    You can make your reservations by clicking on the Reserve Seats on the left.

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