Funny & Inspirational Moments with Comedienne Wanda J

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“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Funny and Inspirational Moments with Comedienne Wanda J

Kitta recently had the pleasure of meeting a funny woman with a heartwarming story to share. A few weeks ago Kitta attended the very lively and festive 2 Year Anniversary Celebration for Trunetta Atwater’s TruImage photography company.

While there, Kitta interviewed some of Tru’s previous and current clients and came across the entertainment for the evening, Comedienne Wanda J.

*Watch the hilarious clip of Kitta and Wanda J’s hair style tips. All you Remi/Remy wearers and invisible part violators, Wanda J has some advice for you!

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After just a few minutes of speaking with Wanda J, Kitta knew that this bubbly woman with a big personality had an amazing story and Kitta wanted to share it with all of her Laughers. So here it is!

Wanda J, a comedienne, public speaker and 1 of 25 children (she has the picture to prove it!) was the entertainment for the evening. This air personality turned stand-up comedian, has opened for Mo’Nique, Eddie Griffin, Earthquake, Pierre and many more along with an appearance on Def Comedy Jam.

Wanda J revealed some very startling news that evening; the day before performing at Tru’s anniversary celebration, she received a call from her doctor informing her that she has stomach cancer. (Kitta was amazed that Wanda J was able to still perform and laugh on stage after receiving such devastating news just the day before)

Wanda J recounts that it all started when she realized that it had been a while since her last bowel movement. Ok, some of you might be thinking too much information, but Wanda J explains how important it is for the body to rid itself of waste after every meal. Well instead of immediately going to the doctor, Wanda J decided to listen to others and try home remedies. (You know we’ve all done it)

After still no relief and a case of vomiting, Wanda J sought out a doctor. She says that by the time she finally did make it to the doctor she looked like she was 9 months pregnant from all of the backed-up waste in her system!

Wanda J looks back on this and urges us to listen to our bodies. No one knows your body better than you; when something is out of the ordinary, check it out! wj1

While keeping a brave face, wearing a smile and sharing laughter, Wanda J revealed to Kitta the difficulty of sharing the news with her family. The most difficult by far was letting her children know. Wanda J realized that her children really did not know what to say, so they mostly chose to not say anything.

Kitta expressed her amazement at how Wanda J was still smiling and laughing; Wanda J admitted that while she was laughing during the interview, it was a good chance that she would go out to her car later and cry. While Wanda has asked “Why Me?” and questioned her trust and faith in God, she has resolved that “if God is gonna use me to prove to somebody that the devil can bring you to something but He can bring you right on through it, then use me ’til you can’t use me no more!”

Wanda J’s parting words of wisdom:  “I want everyone to love themselves and love somebody just as much as you love your own self, spread the love.” 

Kitta and CILN feel so blessed to have made a friend in Wanda J. Please join us as we continue to pray for her and keep her lifted up. Feel free to contact Wanda J on Facebook (she loves meeting new people) and send her some encouraging words or some inspirational stories of your own. Like Wanda J said, spread the love.

-Belle

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Belle is a freelance writer and co-founder of Can I Laugh Now?, LLC. She is pursuing a Masters at the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, she looks to pursue a career in consumer behavior research.

Clearly a Comedienne

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Clearly a Comedienne- Yes, Comedienne ’cause I’m female!

Can I Laugh Now? had the privilege to sit down with a very talented and funny individual, Mzzz. Kecia. (That’s right, 3 z’s. One for the Father, one for the Son, and one for the Holy Spirit. Or 3 z’s because she’s always tired. Lol, you choose.) Either way she is one funny lady!

A Very Funny and Interesting Start

Mzzz. Kecia is from Gary, Indiana (no, she does not know the Jacksons but she can Moonwalk). So in 2003, she was asked to be part of a Singles Ministry program. Well she was listed as a comedian. Mzzz. Kecia knew she made the program director laugh over the phone but she had no idea she was going to be listed as a comedian for the show!

Mzzz. Kecia began to wonder,”is this the Lord speaking to me?” Because she had always been told that she was funny and should pursue a career in comedy. Well this was her big shot! She never took the show seriously until afterwards when people came up asking for her business card. And thus Mzzz. Kecia was born!

Christian Comedienne? Mzzz. Kecia does not see the need to be labeled a “Christian” comedian. Being a Christian is a part of who she is and is in everything she does, not just comedy. So keep the labels because Mzzz. Kecia tells more than just “Jesus Jokes”!

Lessons Quickly Learned the Hard Way

Mzzz. Kecia now uses contracts when booking a show. Why? Because of the following things that have happened to her that she does not want to happen again!

Being offered to be paid in food! Yes, fish and chicken! Mzzz. Kecia is a recession comedienne; she will work with you! Lol. At least give her gas money to make it back home!

Mzzz. Kecia’s favorite line from clients when it comes to being paid: “I thought you were a Christian.” ATTN:  “Christians eat! Christians have bills! I can’t call Memphis Light Gas and Water and say ‘Hey, I’m a Christian!’ They won’t write that off!” Stop expecting Christians to do everything pro bono, people! Lol!

Scheduling conflicts:  Expecting to go on at noon and not hitting the stage until midnight.

Security issues:  One time while on stage, Mzzz. Kecia saw a guy going through her belongings in the back of the room! Really, dude?! She had to call security on the security! Lol!

MC’s introducing her by the wrong name! Or as Mzzz. Kecia says, “a whole ‘nother name!”

But through all the ups and downs, Mzzz. Kecia knows that she has hit it big because she now has her own stalker. “I understand you coming to my announced shows, but how do you know about the unannounced shows?! You showing up to the women’s conference and you’re a man! Lol!”

From Small Town to Big City

4 years ago, Mzzz. Kecia entered the B.E.T. contest, A Time to Laugh (the clean version of Comic View).

Now Mzzz. Kecia had talked herself out of even going to the audition. But she decided to pray about it because she prays about everything- from lost keys to finding a matching outfit. Lol! Once she prayed, things just started falling into place:  people volunteered to drive her, to buy her outfit, and even offered her a place to stay.

If nothing else, Mzzz. Kecia figured the audition would look good on her resume so she gave it a shot. And would you know, she was selected to be a featured comedian on the show! Mzzz. Kecia definitely stood out from the pack. While everyone else told “Jesus jokes” Kecia talked about it all. Mzzz. Kecia figured “clean comedy” went beyond jokes about church and the judges noticed. Well like I said, Mzzz. Kecia was selected, and this woman who once suffered from low self-esteem was now to be the focus, commanding the attention of a room full of people. “I’m national funny now!” Lol.

The Motto

Pray & Go! Surprisingly, Mzzz. Kecia wasn’t nervous for her big B.E.T. gig because of her motto, Pray & Go. One of the best shows she has ever performed came from a show that she didn’t want to do. She was having an awful day. Her car “blew up,” enough said! When she arrived to the venue she did not have a thing prepared. Before walking on the stage she says “God, if I’m a comedienne, she better go forth and if you’ve called me to do this then please give me something to say!” And He did just that! Mzzz. Kecia still remembers that night as one of her best shows yet.

Mzzz. Kecia is very humbled that God chose her to help carry out His work. And she loves what she does. And while it has not brought her millions (yet) she says that God told her to make his people laugh; he didn’t say go get rich.

“God told me ‘go make my people laugh.’ I wouldn’t trade if for the world. I love, love, love what I was called to do!”

And to all the female comedians out there who may be discouraged to break into this male dominated field, Mzzz. Kecia says “do something with all that personality and funny! Get you a check, chile!” Lol!

Check Mzzz. Kecia out on Facebook, Twitter, and check out her YouTube videos. Just search Mzzz. Kecia!  

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-CILN

Watch Your Back!

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Watch Your Back!

Ever been stabbed in the back by a friend? Well this next Laugher has, LITERALLY! And he has the pictures to prove it! This Laugher gives a whole new meaning to “back stabbers”! Read his amazing story below!

CILN was able to sit down with a remarkably blessed young man and hear his amazing story. Eric Maurice Clark is the author of The Experience (Near to Death) which recounts his brush with death. So before we get into that, let’s find out a little more about Eric Maurice Clark.

Eric describes himself as a passionate individual who wants to “ignite people’s passion to fulfill their God-given purposes.” With Eric’s book he stresses the importance of encouragement, believing that encouragement is what helps people press on when life deals them some devastating blows.

So here’s the story:

*Eric is on his way to church with a friend
*He and his friend get into a heated disagreement (Understatement of the year!)
*Next thing Eric knows he is on the ground with the friend pounding on his back repeatedly
*The friend soon runs off toward the church
*Eric stumbles into the church where he decides to inspect his aching back
*To his surprise, horror, and shock his hand comes away bloody
* “When I made it into the church I finally snapped into reality”
*Eric realizes that he was not just punched but that he was STABBED!
*While recovering in the hospital, Eric is informed that he was stabbed 13 times!

Check out the video for Part 1 of “Watch Your Back!” As Eric shares his story I dare you to try not to break out into a shout!

So why did Eric decide to write The Experience (Near to Death) and share this painful moment with the world? After the attack Eric began to write because there was so much on his mind. Eric says, “If God could save my life from such a vicious attack and heinous crime, how dare me sit on my rear and not even express to the people and give them a relevant word of what I went through. And I know it has to be relevant ‘cause if God brought me through it, it’s definitely going to encourage and help people along their way.” Eric just wants people to know that “whatever you are going through know that God is able to see you through.”

Can Eric Laugh Now? “Yes! Yes, we can laugh now at the enemy ‘cause you thought you had me but you didn’t! Your trick didn’t work!” (Eric was literally about to break out into a praise session in the middle of the interview; can you blame him?!)

Eric believes that God shielded him “even in the midst of the attack.” God shielded Eric’s mind in that he didn’t even realize he was being stabbed, which Eric views as a blessing because he knows that he would not have been able to mentally process what was happening to him. He also could have easily gone into shock and could even be traumatized to this day.

Eric is a passionate man who just wants to show the goodness of the Lord and how God has been good to him (Well we all can relate to that! So what are you waiting on to share your story? It doesn’t have to be on the scale of Eric’s but we all have experienced God’s goodness in one form or another, so share! ) Eric says, “[I’m] happy for every opportunity to share ‘cause it’s a chance to SLAP the devil in his face and tell him he’s a liar!” Amen to that!

Want to read more from Eric Maurice Clark? (Of course you do!) His second book, Addicted to Pain, is due out this fall. Eric deals with something he calls the “familiarity of pain.” Eric says that when we get tired of feeling the same pain, we won’t come back to the same (painful) spot! (So simple yet so profound!)

Eric is also working on I Made a Mistake. Eric states that there is nothing wrong with making a mistake because with mistakes come experience and wisdom. However, it’s when these mistakes become habits that we need to do some internal reevaluation.

Find more about Eric on his Facebook Page #1 and Page #2. (Yes, he has two pages. Lol.)You can find The Experience (Near Death), Addicted to Pain, and I Made a Mistake at Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Amazon, and iTunes.

Has this post blessed you? Has Eric’s amazing story helped reveal something in your own life? In your relationship with God? If so, please share by commenting below 🙂 

And now for a little something extra:

When asked to choose between the following, Eric responded…

Last or First? First
August or April? April
Under or Over? Over
Good or Bad? Bad (You’ll have to watch the video to see why he chose bad, lol!)
Hot or Cold? Cold

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

Do you have a remarkable story to share or do you know a remarkable person CILN should meet? If so, shoot us an email at http://www.canilaughnow2@gmail.com.

Guest Post: Trey, I’m Ready! Pt. 2

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Below is the conclusion from our guest blogger Amy of Silent Confessions of a Southern Belle. She finishes telling us all about her celebrity encounter with R&B superstar, TreySongz! (Don’t hate!)

TREY, I’M READY! – PT.2

Where Part 1 left off:  Trey started walking around the stage and scanning the crowd. I was determined to be the girl that he chose so I jumped up in my seat and started waving my hands. Finally Trey stopped in the middle of the stage, pointed his finger out in the audience and said, “You!” Everyone looked around to see who he was talking about. I saw his security guard walking in my direction and my heart started to race. He came up to my seat, reached for my hand and

…led me towards the stage. I was in total disbelief and my heart was racing like crazy! Omg I thought to myself; this is my moment!!! When I was halfway towards the stage I heard Trey say, “I didn’t say her; I said the girl in the blue dress.” The security guard immediately turned me around and took me back to my seat and grabbed my sister’s hand. I was so pissed and not to mention embarrassed!! Trey smiled, looked at my sister and then looked back at me and said, “they look alike though!” WTH!! I thought to myself that’s because we are twins! You just met us a couple of hours ago, uuuuughhhhh! As I watched my sister walk up the stairs towards Trey my anger slowly dissipated and I became excited for her. Trey led my sister to the massage chair and put on quite a show. The girls in the crowd were screaming like crazy while I recorded the whole thing. After Trey finished giving her a massage the security guard led her offstage. A few minutes later she was back at her seat with a huge smile on her face. She looked at me and said, “This was one of the best nights that I have had in a long time!” I looked at her and said ,“Yea, I bet! You just got a massage from Trey Songz!!”

Click here to view the famous massage!!! You won’t believe this video!   

A year and half later I was now finished with grad school and living back in my hometown of Madison, Mississippi. I thought I was finally off of my Trey Songz high until the dates were announced for his Anticipation 2 Tour. The closest city on the tour from Madison was in Southaven, MS which is right outside of Memphis. My sis and I bought our tickets; now all we had to do was come up with a plan to get me on the stage. After being at quite a few Trey Songz’ concerts by now I realized that in order to be the lucky girl that he selected to bring onstage you had to do something that would get his attention. Whether it be a t-shirt, a sign, or an outfit, you have to do something that will catch his eye! I decided to go with a sign but I wanted to make a sign that would really stand out. My sister came up with the idea to make a sign that had one of his cd titles in it. I brainstormed for about 10 minutes and it came to me! My sign would say, “TREY, I’M READY.” Lol, I know what most of you are thinking but I didn’t mean it in a sexual way. Trey’s third cd is called Ready and I definitely knew it would be a sign that would catch his eye. My sister and I went to work making my sign. We cut out silver and gold glitter letters and glued them onto a huge lime green poster. There was no way that he would be able to miss this sign.
The night of the concert my sister and I made our way into the Desoto Civic Center for the big show. As we walked into the building I became a little embarrassed for having a huge sign. After all I was 26 years old and the idea now seemed a bit juvenile. The usher led me and my sister to our seats and to our surprise we were very close to the stage. I didn’t see anyone else with a sign so I looked at my sister and said confidently, “I got this!” Trey hit the stage and the crowd went crazy as usual. He flashed that gorgeous smile and two minutes later panties were being thrown onto the stage! Lol that was the effect that Mr. Trey Songz had on the ladies! Towards the middle of the show Trey announced that he was about to bring a luck lady onstage. As usual Trey started scanning the crowd and I noticed that girls started popping up with signs all over the place. Oh crap, I have to get him to see my sign! I started waving my sign back and forth like crazy only for the stupid security guard to run over to me and tell me to put it down because the people behind me couldn’t see. When the security guard was close by I would put my sign down and when he would walk away I would start waving it again. Trey was still pacing back and forth across the stage and I started getting nervous! He hasn’t seen my sign yet!! Finally he stopped in the middle of the stage and pointed at a girl three rows in front of me wearing a Trey’s Angel t-shirt and holding up a sign that said “Can I have your shirt?” I couldn’t believe it; this was not the way things were supposed to go! I was supposed to be the girl that he brought on the stage! Disappointed and pissed I sat down for the rest of the show and watched as he hugged on the girl that he brought onstage.


At the end of the show Trey came back onstage and started giving shout-outs to different women in the audience. The lights came on and he said, “let me see who we got in the building tonight.” He was calling out everyone who had a sign or a t-shirt. I held up my sign but Trey still didn’t see it. I told my sister to help me hold it up. We pushed it up together as high as we could and we heard him say, “I see you with the sign that says ‘Trey, I’m Ready.'” Trey formed a slight smirk on his face and asked me what the hell I was ready for. The camera zoomed in on my face and there I was on the big screen. All eyes were on me and I froze up like a deer caught in some headlights! Trey told the band to turn the music down so he could hear me but I couldn’t say a word. I just pointed at him as a response to his question. He smiled and asked me what I was ready for him to do. I said whatever he wanted to do. He smiled again and said we will see about that. He then moved on to the next person. I couldn’t believe it; he actually saw my sign! My sister and I were laughing like crazy. She looked at me and said, “Well, hey, at least you got your moment.” I replied and said, “ Yeah, but that wasn’t the moment I was hoping for.” After the concert was over I folded up my sign and placed it on the ground; I’m getting too old for this I thought to myself laughing. I started to walk off but then I turned around to pick it back up. Hey, there is always a next time I thought to myself with a smile. Plus third times a charm!…

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Wow! Well we at Can I Laugh Now? sure hope Amy get’s her “third time”!

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-CILN

*Read more of Amy’s Silent Confessions

A Trip Down Memory Lane…

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments. 

“Resist him, standing firm, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you according to his purposes, after you have suffered a little while will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Until Next Time, Laughers!

As CILN prepares to make some changes on its way to the next level, I thought I’d look back and countdown my favorite moments thus far…

Favorite Interviews:

12. Raph Small – Not only is he interesting to watch but he gets us (CILN), I mean really gets us! This is still by far one of my favorite clips. Check him out on Twitter.

11. Kitta’s Interview – So real and so honest and so transparent. She really put it all out there and opened herself up to your criticism!

Craziest Stories:

10. Light It Up – This guy’s own sister helped his ex burn up his clothes! Crazy!

9. Zoology – This Laugher thought his girlfriend would be cool with him watching animal porn! Really?!

8. Next Room Bedroom Boom! – This story is absolutely UNBELIEVABLE! This guy was bold enough to cheat with his girlfriend asleep in the next room!

Favorite Blogs:

7. Top Ten Things Learned in Jamaica – This was a really fun post to write! Many of the lessons I learned the hard way; now that I think about it, all of the lessons I learned the hard way! Lol!

6. Can a Cheater Change Her Spots? – This post gave me the opportunity to be transparent and get some things off my chest. I appreciate this blog for giving me the space and outlet to do so. And thanks to all of you for reading!

Favorite Videos:

5. Bloopers – I will never get over introducing myself as “Kitta”! Lmbo! Pay close attention to Kitta’s face as I make this hilarious blunder!

4.  I’ve Got a Crush On You – Kitta and I bear our hearts just to have them thrown back at us!

3. Valentine’s Day – Kitta and I share our worst Valentine’s stories. And I thought I had it bad!

2. 12 Play:  Part 1 and Part 2 – My first time back behind the camera in a while and this story definitely was worth it! You won’t believe the twists and turns this first date story takes!

1. Just a Girl I Met on Facebook and 3-Way Call – This was our first video! So many memories and you can definitely see that we have come a long way! Kitta has learned to do some amazing things behind the camera since that first video!

Bonus Moments:

*Our 1 year Anniversary Dinner where our friends and family got in on the fun 🙂

*Tru’s Anniversary Dinner – It was nice to help out a friend who has done so much for us! It was also my first time at a bed-and-breakfast!

*Our first Laugh Party – That was definitely an interesting night! Many laughs and many “oh, no, he didn’t!” Lol!

*Photo Shoot with Tru – It was fun to play dress-up with Kitta!

*Team Jesus concert where we first heard “Momma?!” – Also Kitta and I performed our first live re-enactment of Is That a 40?!

*Speaking Engagement at First Baptist where we shared our humble beginnings.

*1st Blog

*1st article with Defender of Truth magazine

*Fan Page on FB reaches +300!

Special Shout-Outs!

Special shout-out to Tall Brunette who was our first Laugher!

Shout-outs to Amy aka Ms. Silent Confessions of a Southern Belle and Ashley aka Ms. My 2 Cents and a Biscuit for always being supportive.

Shout-outs to Kiuanna and Jamie who are our extended staff.

Shout-outs to Tyone and Eddie who are our male extended staff (our muscle, lol).

Shout-out to my #1 fan, Mike, who knows my blog backwards and forwards and is always supportive.

Shout-outs to Megan, Tru, and Karen for speaking life into CILN and for their supportive and encouraging words.

And last but not least shout-out to Kitta who first suggested I start a blog.

I wish CILN much continued success, praise, favors and blessings in the future!

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

*Want to read more from Belle, check her out at Belle and the Beast.

Guest Post: Trey, I’m Ready!

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm, and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

This week we have a guest post from Amy of Silent Confessions of a Southern Belle. She tells us all about her celebrity encounter with R&B superstar, TreySongz! (Don’t hate!)

TREY, I’M READY! – PT.1

I have had many celebrity crushes in my lifetime but none like the one that I have on R&B singer Treysongz. I remember when Trey first came on the scene back in 2005 with his hit single “Gotta Make It.” I thought he was cute and enjoyed his music but it wasn’t until 2007 when he released the cd Ready that I fell in love! Y’all remember the video for “I Need a Girl” when he was running on the beach with his shirt open and flashing that beautiful smile!?? Goodness I smile just thinking about it, LOL!! I remember thinking to myself how great it would be if I could just meet him.

In 2010 the opportunity to meet Trey finally presented itself. I was living in Memphis, TN attending graduate school at The University of Memphis and TreySongz had just kicked off his tour to promote his upcoming cd Passion, Pain & Pleasure. He was scheduled to come to Memphis so of course I had already bought my ticket. One day when I was getting ready for class I heard a commercial on K97 about a contest to meet TreySongz. Devin Steele, one of the DJ’s for K97 announced that the rules of the contest were to upload a one minute video explaining to everyone in Memphis why you were TreySongz’ biggest fan. The city would vote on the videos and the five people with the highest amount of votes would get to bring a friend to a private sound check pamper party to meet Trey and would also win tickets to show. I almost passed out!! I immediately called my sister and told her the good news!! We only had a week to make the video so we both started brainstorming up ideas. My sister and I are twins so we decided to use that as a gimmick for our video. We did a competitive video going back and forth with each other about who was the biggest fan! LOL we even had matching t-shirts made! (Don’t judge me!) We uploaded our video to the contest website and the voting began. After looking at the other contestants’ videos we knew we had this in the bag! Our video was the best hands down!! We immediately hit up our Facebook and Twitter friends and sent harassing text messages to everyone that we knew telling them to vote for our video. Me and my sister even worked in shifts sometimes staying up all night to vote on the video! (Psychotic, I know. LOL!) Finally after a week of voting the contest was over and we came in second place.

The day of the pamper party we could hardly control our excitement; reality sunk in that we were finally going to meet the man of our dreams! We arrived at the private location inside of the Orpheum Theater where we met the other winners. The party room was decorated with pictures of Trey and music was playing from some of his past and present cd’s. We were all given gift bags, served champagne and food, and were offered free massages. After socializing for about an hour everyone started to question where Trey was. With only 30 minutes remaining for the party Trey’s manager finally announced that he was on his way. She told us to act like adults and requested that we not scream when he walked in the room. A few minutes later Trey walked inside of the room and everyone stared at him and smiled. Trey went around the room and greeted all of us with a warm, friendly hug. Afterwards we were instructed to line up for individual pictures with him. I was at the end of the line and my heart was racing a thousand miles per hour! I had so much that I wanted to ask him but when it was finally my turn to get a picture with him all I could muster was a measly “hey.” He looked at me and then at my sister and asked were we related. I told him yes and that we were twins. He smiled and said that we were some cuties. I shyly looked down to the floor and said thank you. We took our picture and after about 30 seconds it was over. After everyone took individual pictures with Trey, we all took group pictures with him and afterwards we were instructed to line up for autographs. The process was so rushed that all we had time to say to him was hello and goodbye. After only about ten minutes it was all over. Trey gave us a wave and he was quickly out the door. I couldn’t explain the way I felt. I was really happy that I got the opportunity to meet him but at the same time I wanted more. After the party was over we left and started getting ready for the concert.

When we arrived back at the Orpheum for the show we discovered that we had really good seats and were very close to the stage. When Trey hit the stage the crowd went absolutely crazy! He really knew how to interact with the fans and gave people shout outs in the audience. Towards the end of the show Trey announced that he was going to pull a young lady on the stage for a massage. All the women in the crowd started going crazy screaming for Trey to please pick them!! Trey started walking around the stage and scanning the crowd. I was determined to be the girl that he chose so I jumped up in my seat and started waving my hands. Finally Trey stopped in the middle of the stage, pointed his finger out in the audience and said, “You!” Everyone looked around to see who he was talking about. I saw his security guard walking in my direction and my heart started to race. He came up to my seat, reached for my hand and…TO BE CONTINUED!

Now, Laughers, you didn’t think Amy was going to give it away all at once did you?! What kind of girl do you think she is?! Lol! Stay tuned for her hilarious conclusion!

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

*Read more of Amy’s Silent Confessions!

Funny Friday: “Rodney?!” and “We Must be Early”

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Here’s a quick laugh from two of our Laughers!

Rodney?!

Laugher:  Justin from Memphis, TN

Premise:  Got his hopes up!

*It’s Justin’s junior year of high school and he has a crush on an upperclassman

*He is too nervous to say anything for fear of rejection, so luckily for Justin his crush approaches him one day for advice

*She reveals to Justin that she has a crush on a younger guy and doesn’t know if she should tell him since dating underclassmen is frowned upon

*Justin (thinking his crush is talking about him) convinces her to be bold (even though he isn’t) and go talk to the guy she has a crush on

*Justin sees his crush the next day with a huge smile on her face

Justin:  Hey, why are you so happy? What’s going on?

Crush:  I took your advice. I go out with Rodney now!

Justin: RODNEY?!

Yeah, I think it’s safe to say that we have all been there at one time or another. Thinking our crush is talking about us only to see him/her with someone else the next day. I feel your pain, Justin!

Lesson Learned:

Be direct! Justin says he ended up being rejected anyway, at least if he was direct and told her how he felt up-front, he wouldn’t have gotten his hopes up.

Justin shares his story with me:  Rodney?!

*Extra:  I bet you didn’t know that Justin was Ivory Bishop

Our next Laugher learned a valuable lesson about being on time!

“We Must Be Early”

Laugher:  Megan 

Premise:  Better late than never…not in this case!

*Megan’s hard work has paid off and her publication has been nominated for an award

*She and her mom get all dolled up from head to toe and head to the awards ceremony

*They quickly notice that no one is there

*Megan tells her mother, “We must be early.” Megan pulls the tickets out of her purse to discover that the event was actually the night before!

Megan says that luckily she did not win the award; otherwise, she would have missed out on a great experience.

Lesson Learned:

Since Megan is starting to gain recognition she says that she has to pay extra attention to detail! She’s big time but she hasn’t reached personal assistant status yet! Lol. Megan says that she and her mother still laugh about that night to this day. They definitely gave new meaning to “all dressed up with nowhere to go”!

Megan shares her story with Kitta:  We Must Be Early

Check out Megan’s magazine: Divine Magazine

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Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

Guest Post: The Top One Reason Why Living By Yourself Sux Sometimes

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him the be power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

Kitta and I have decided to spotlight our favorite bloggers by inviting them to be guest bloggers for CILN to share a post with all of you, our Laughers! We are going to kick it off with Sonya of Magnet for Foolishness with…

The Top One Reason Why Living By Yourself Sux Sometimes

I’ve always said that my days of having a roommate are over. The next roommate I have will hopefully be my husband, and the only other roommates I want to have after that are our kids. I love being able to use my whole house as a closet and I don’t like having to do…well…anything I don’t want to do. Which is why I LOVE not having a roommate.

But sometimes, when things go bump in the night, I think to myself, “Self, since you don’t have a roommate, then clearly that “bump” you just heard wasn’t your roommate moving around outside your bedroom. And maybe if you had a roommate, you could text her (or him) in the next room to see if she (or he) heard that bump, too.” But, you know, when you don’t have a roommate, you can’t do things like that.

So one day last week I come home from a hard day’s work and I’m delirious. But I don’t realize just yet, HOW delirious. I step in the door and immediately start to strip (cuz these are the things you can do when you don’t have a roommate) and think about what I’m gonna have for dinner. At this point I realize that I am so focused on getting out of my work clothes and getting into some food, that I haven’t even closed the door behind me. But luckily I’d only taken off my sunglasses, earrings, and shoes, and removed the purse from my shoulder. Other things were still in process. I stop dead in my tracks because I notice something on the carpet about 30 feet from where I stand. Something that wasn’t there when I left this morning. I thought, “Gee. This is not good. Whatever it is, it’s not good.” I move one step closer and become paralyzed. It is the hugest roach that I’d ever seen IN. LIFE. I could not believe it. At that very moment, I start going through the five stages of grief:

(1) Denial. “There is NO WAY this can be a roach. And there is no way that a roach could be in MY house. DOESN’T THIS ROACH KNOW WHO I AM?” Even though it totally is a roach and it totally is in my house.

(2) Anger. “My neighbors suck! I can’t believe that they keep their house so filthy that it attracts roaches and by default, the roaches are now infiltrating my unit.” (Some people might also classify this as denial. And this is totally NOT true, by the way.)

(3) Bargaining. “Lord, if you let this NOT be a roach, I promise to get a roommate so that I’ll have somebody to blame this kinda stuff on.”

(4) Depression. “I’m so disappointed in myself. How could I let my housekeeping slip that badly? Did I let my cereal bowl sit in the sink one day too long?”

(5) Acceptance. “I have roaches. One gigantic, mother-earth sized roach, to be exact. Be a woman and deal with it.”

So I decide to be brave. I’m not going to be a prisoner in my own home, and I don’t have a roommate to call. So I have to deal with this all by myself. I take one step closer to the roach. I do it slowly because I don’t want the roach to see me and make any sudden moves. My heart is beating super-fast and thoughts are racing through my head: “Should I call my Dad and ask him what to do? I know I just called him yesterday when my air conditioner broke, so he might think I’m unindependent and can’t figure ANYTHING out for myself. I wonder if unindependent is a word? Maybe I should call my Dad and ask him. Oh wait…” So then I think, “Nope. I’m not gonna call him. Cuz he’ll for sure think that I’m crazy. But technically, if I am crazy, that would be 50% his fault, right?” And then I think, “There has GOT to be someone else I can call to come get this roach out of my house! I think I wanna put my house on the market…maybe I should call my realtor. I wonder if I do, will she come kill this roach? And then I can tell her nevermind, I wanna keep the house.” Finally, I think, “I should probably put my earrings back on. I think much better with them on.” In hindsight, this was especially important because if the roach moved before I got there with something to disable it (you know, like Pam, Febreeze, or Spray N’ Wash), the likelihood that I would pass out was very high. And when they came to find me (whoever they is, cuz it’s not like I have a roommate), I wanted to be cute.

So I move another step closer to the roach. And I then I start thinking again. “Gee, this is a mighty ROUND roach. And it is quite RED. Not sure I’ve ever seen a roach THIS round and red.” I take one step closer, still afraid that the roach might move. At this point, I’m practically standing right above this roach; I know it can see my shadow and it still hasn’t moved! So then it hits me. This might not be a roach at all. It might be a dried up piece of turkey pepperoni I dropped on the floor. On this particular morning, I was in such a hurry, I didn’t have time to fry any turkey bacon. So I just grabbed a handful of turkey pepperoni to munch on, on the way out the door. Apparently, I dropped one.

THIS is the roach.

And that is the top one reason why living by yourself sux sometimes. And it can also be the reason why you might need to get glasses.

Hey Laughers! Do you have a roommate? If so, what are some things that you like or don’t like about having a roommate? If not, have you discovered any advantages (or in my case, disadvantages) of living alone?

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Wow! That was the most interesting “roach” I’ve ever seen! Lol! Thanks, Sonya!

Laughers, be sure to let us know your take on the roommate situation. For it or against it? Why or why not? (I don’t think anyone is for roach roommates, but I wouldn’t mind turkey pepperoni as a roommate.)

If you’d like to read more from Sonya (and I know you do) check out her blog, Magnet for Foolishness.

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

*Want to be a guest blogger for Can I Laugh Now?, shoot us an email @ www.canilaughnow2@gmail.com.

the R. Kelly said it all…

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.” 1 Peter 5:9

Red Flag! Red Flag! Red Flag! Will you take heed or proceed full steam ahead?

Red flags. How many times have you ignored these warning signs of danger? Was the outcome really that disastrous? The following story sent in from one of our Laughers is a great example of MISCOMMUNICATION and misreading all the signs or in this case red flags! These two definitely had different agendas! Did she lead him on? Or was he just too thirsty? You decide…

Laugher:  Sister to the Night from Jackson, MS

Premise:  Came over for “drinks and conversation” (Is that what they call it these days? lol)

12 Play

*While bringing in groceries one night, Sister notices a note on her windshield. It is from her downstairs neighbor. The note says he thinks she is “cute” and would like to get to know her.

*After asking around about her neighbor she discovers that he is actually her friend’s cousin. Her friend speaks highly of him (of course) so Sister decides to contact him.

*They text back and forth occasionally, but never have a phone conversation.

*One night Sister decides to take him up on his offer to come over for drinks and conversation. (Red flag! Do you really go to his place for the first date? Girl, haven’t you watched Lifetime?!)

*Sister walks into his apartment and notices that all the lights are off with the exception of a few candles, the glow from the tv, and a dim light coming from his bedroom (red flag).

*He offers her a drink. She settles on wine. He chooses shots of Patron (red flag).

*Sister isn’t interested in the movie playing on tv and asks him to choose something else. He selects R. Kelly’s 12 Play concert (RED FLAG!)

*Somehow they get on the topic of massages and he offers Sister one. She agrees and he guides her to his bedroom which is filled with lighted candles and slow jams on the stereo (red flag).

*He asks her to remove her shirt. She does because she is wearing a tank underneath. (Do I need to say it?)

*As the massage proceeds he begins to kiss on her neck and ear. Sister is ok with the extra attention until he reaches for her pants zipper (Halt!) She quickly moves away his hand and lets him know that she only came back there for a massage.

*Sister gets up to turn around and to her surprise finds that her neighbor is naked! (“Buckey Naked” as she said, lol!)

*She quickly tells him nothing is going down and he seems surprised and frustrated (well, duh!)

Guy:  “Come on. We’re both into it. Let’s just finished what we started.”

Sister:  “I only came over here for drinks and conversation.”

Guy: “Come on; I won’t judge you. Baby, we’re both grown and we know what we want!” (We’ve all heard that one!)

*Sister laughs to herself because he really thinks she is going to fall for that bull. Sister has heard enough. She grabs her shirt and shoes and heads for the door. Her neighbor is standing there in disbelief (still naked! lol).

*He walks her to the door, hands her purse, and lets her out.

*As soon as Sister makes it back upstairs to her apartment she grabs her phone to let her friend know all about this “great guy” she insisted Sister get to know.

*Before she can dial her friend, she receives a text from the neighbor:  “Could you at least come back and ‘fondle’ me as a courtesy?” (FYI:  he did not use the word “fondle”)

Lmbo! Wow! Can’t blame the guy for trying! *Oh, and she did not go back down there. In case you were wondering. Lol!

At the time Sister to the Night was “pissed” but she laughs harder and harder each time she tells this story. She says, “This situation could have easily turned into a bad situation, but I’m blessed that it didn’t, and I can just add it to one of my many life’s lessons. Every time I hear the words massage or R. Kelly, I can’t help but to think about that night and laugh!”

We are so00 glad that Sister to the Night is able to look back on this and laugh because she really put herself in a compromising situation!

Sister to the Night considered these her “Lessons Learned”

1. Use your own judgment instead of the opinions of others when getting to know a person.

2. Try to have several verbal conversations with a person before actually going over to his residence (Stop texting; call me!)

3. Try to avoid alcohol when meeting up with a person for the first time especially if you are meeting at his place (No Patron shots!)

4. Go with your intuition if you feel that there is something not quite right about a situation or person (R. Kelly? Really?)

So Laughers, what do you think? Was her neighbor out of line for stripping down to his birthday suit? Or was Sister to the Night unintentionally giving him the “green light”?

And to make sure that women don’t continue to send mixed messages… Men, what are some things a woman should NOT do if she has no intentions of sleeping with you? For example, should she accept that massage in your bedroom? (I can answer that, Heck No!)

Comment below!

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle

*To watch the hilarious video to this story, click the “YouTube” tab on the top right. 

Funny Friday Edition: “Momma?!”

Can I Laugh Now? *Encouraging you to see the humor in life’s embarrassing moments.

“Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings. And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 5: 9-11

As Laugh Coaches for Can I Laugh Now?, Kitta and I have two main goals:  1 -to let our Laughers know that they are not alone in their trying times (because we’ve all been there) and 2 -to let our Laughers know that even though they may hurt now, the pain does not last always (they will laugh again!).

Here’s a quick laugh from one of our Laughers.

Funny Friday Edition:  Momma?! (Just in time for Mother’s Day!)

Laugher:  CFA House from Jackson, TN

Premise:  Bad case of mistaken identity

*One day while walking home from school, CFA House noticed a young lady walking about 50 yds in front of him.

*Being the ladies man he thought he was CFA House sprinted to catch up with her.

*As he neared he noticed the young lady was bow-legged. And with closer observation her walk began to look quite familiar.

*CFA House stopped abruptly and called out “Momma?!” The young lady turned around.

*And to CFA House’s horror, the young lady that caught his eye was in fact his own mother!

So funny! So gross! Hey, he’s able to laugh about it now. And that’s all that matters!

Have a funny story to share? Send it in and be featured in Can I Laugh Now?’s Funny Fridays!

*To submit a story click on the “What’s So Funny?” tab on the right which takes you to our website. Then click on the “What’s So Funny?” tab at the top and submit your story!

Until Next Time,

Keep Laughing!

-Belle