Alumnus Uses Laughter To Soften Hearts

October 11, 2017

Liberty University graduate Scott Davis (’84) considers humor his natural gift, one that he uses to prepare people to encounter his spiritual gift — evangelism.

Davis dishes out generous portions of comic relief to audiences at his “Sweet Life Dessert Comedy Theater,” where he shares his singing and comedic talents in church sanctuaries across the country, ending each show with an altar call and an invitation to attend the host church.

“There are a lot of great singers and a lot of great preachers, but this is still unique to church,” Davis said. “I get some emails from churches saying, ‘God can’t save anybody through comedy.’” But then he recalls fellow LU alumni and Christian comedy duo Rick and Mick Vigneulle who said, “If you can get people to laugh, you can get them to listen.”

“I’ve always remembered that,” Davis said. “And that’s true. It’s a tool to break down the walls to get them to hear the Gospel. This is a fun show, but at the end, I’m going to tell them about Jesus.”

Davis also believes laughter is often the best way to cheer a hurting soul.

“I got an email from a lady not too long ago that said, ‘Scott, I came to your concert. Thank you for letting me laugh for two hours, because I just found out the week before that I have terminal cancer, and I needed to laugh,’” Davis said. “So I don’t play down the humor part, because God is using even that to minister to people, which is good. I think comedy is a medicine.”

He does about 75 ‘Sweet Life’ comedy events each year.

“We’re seeing people come to Christ and people getting plugged into church, and that’s what it’s all about for us. That was all instilled in me at Liberty. I can’t give Liberty high enough praise for that.”

As a freshman at Liberty, Davis joined a traveling vocal group that ministered around the country as well as around the world — from Brazil to South Africa, Korea, and the Philippines.

“My whole life was shaped because of Liberty,” Davis said. “I’m an old Champion for Christ.”

Self-deprecating, as many comedians are, Davis considers himself “a well-known sub-celebrity.” He attends the same church — Eagle’s Landing First Baptist Church near Atlanta — where Casting Crowns lead vocalist Mark Hall has served as student pastor for the past 15 years. Davis is close friends with fellow Liberty alumnus and Christian singer/songwriter and comedian Mark Lowry, who was the best man at his wedding.

Recently, Davis co-wrote an autobiography with his pastor, Tim Luke, titled, “If My Body Is A Temple, Then I Was A Megachurch,” a lighthearted look at his journey of losing 132 pounds after once tipping the scales at 309 pounds. Davis and Luke are now working on a devotional based on his two-minute “Monday Mood Changer” radio segments, archived on

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