CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago Roman Catholic priest takes a leap of faith tonight when he’s show trying his hand at stand-up comedy.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the Rev. Tom Hurley of Old St. Pat’s Church on the city’s Near West Side is the latest amateur comedian to give it a go at Zanies in Old Town, for WTTW-Channel 11’s “Chicago Stand-Up Project.”

Father Hurley is trying to win laughs instead of souls.

“I even have an iPhone, you know?” he quipped to the audience. “Somebody called too. It’s the cardinal. I think I’m in deep weeds right now.”

Hurley said trying standup comedy was a very appropriate thing for him to do, given that there has been so much negative attention on the Church and its priests over the years. He wanted to bring some joy and laughter.

The Chicago Stand-Up Project airs at 8:30 p.m. Friday on Channel 11. To learn more, click here.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Bernie Tafoya reports

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