Two clown characters are needed for this skit:
Clown 1: a guy or gal can do this as a Lou Costello, Carol Burnett, Jerry Lewis or Tim Conway style comedian. This can be done as a clown character or a person dressed in ﬁshing gear.
Clown 2: is the strait person, trying to help the other understand the Biblical concept.
Props and Preparation
Clown 1 steps out with a big tackle box, net and comical ﬁshing pole (hat and outrageous ﬁshing vest etc.) In his or her bag are a few props that will be shown later. (You could build these or skip that part of the routine.)
Clown 1: (Enters with excitement) Well, I’m all set! Revved up and raring to go! I got everything I need.
Clown 2: (Enters sees what is going on and interrupts) Whatcha doing?
Clown 1: I’m doing what Jesus said to do! I’m going fishin! (starts rambling) I got my line and my reel and my net and…
Clown 2: Oh I see that, so Jesus said go fishin?
Clown 1: Yup, you betcha, yes sir ree bob…
Clown 2: My name is not Bob and hey, where in the Bible did Jesus say to go ﬁshing?
Clown 1: He said to go ﬁshing for men Bob! So I got my line and my reel and my…
Clown 2: I am not Bob, and hey you are right … Jesus said to go ﬁshing for men, but he meant that as a way of saying, go out and tell them about God and his mercy and forgiveness and…
Clown 1: OK Bob, I appreciate your encouragement and all… but I need to get started… I want to do what Jesus said to do. I’m all set and I want to know how…
Clown 2: My name is not… never mind.
Clown 1: You know a lot about ﬁshing, would you give me some pointers? (Clown 2 starts to explain again but is cut off) I got my line and my reel and my…
Clown 2: Well… That is nice of you to ask about ﬁshing for men.
Clown 1: Thanks Bob!
Clown 2: (long stare – then proceeds) Jesus saw Peter and some guys were ﬁshing and he wanted to give them an opportunity to do the most important work. He said that they should leave behind their ﬁshing gear and be a different kind of ﬁsher, one who speaks to people about Jesus and…
Clown 1: I went ice ﬁshing once Bobb, I caught 20 pounds! (Reaches into bag – pulls out and holds up a huge block of ice held by ice tongs. Block of ice is made from clear plastic or white foam about one foot square and the tongs can be plastic or real ones.)
Clown 1: (after a pause while Clown 2 stares with jaw dropped) Whaddya think Bob?
Clown 2: …cool. (sardonically)
Clown 1: I once caught a ﬁsh in my pajamas, how he got in my pajamas I’ll never know!
Clown 2: Wait.
Clown 1: I once met a ﬁsh doctor… he was a sturgeon!
Clown 2: Stop!
Clown 1: (Holds up a ﬁsh – plastic – sniffs it) How do you stop a ﬁsh from smelling?
Clown 2: I don’t know.
Clown 1: Cut off its nose!
Clown 2: Are you ﬁnished?
Clown 1: Good one! (clown 2 is confused) Fin- ished! Yes yes, Fin – ished… I love it.
Clown 2: Wait Wait! Do you like to ﬁsh?
Clown 1: Oh yeah, you betcha, I do, I do! Uh Huh!
Clown 2: Well, if you want to serve God you can tell people about Jesus and that is a great way to be a ﬁsher…
Clown 1: Of Men! Cool… How?
Clown 2: You ﬁrst need to read your Bible and learn about God and become one of his disciples. When you accept Jesus into your life you become willing to do what he wants and one of his main things is telling others about God’s plan for their lives.
Clown 1: So I tell people about Jesus … and then, they too can become followers of Jesus?
Clown 2: That’s right. So let’s read our Bibles and go to Sunday School and learn about Jesus and then go tell others. We can be ﬁshers of men.
Clown 1: I think it’s time to sing to the Lord again.
Clown 2: I love to sing.
Clown 1: Me too. Can you carry a tune?
Clown 2: Of course.
Clown 1: (Pulls out of his sack a tuna ﬁsh! Then hands it to Clown 2)Carry a tuna? Get it?
Clown 2: Oh I got it! (chases Clown 1 off stage swinging the big ﬁsh.)
By Norm Barnhart
Norman is a funny fellow from Minnesota and lectures about comedy at clown and magic conventions across the US and in 4 other countries. normbarnhart.aces-show.biz