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A Take on Tim’s World

with Tim Hawkins | December 29, 2011
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Comedian Tim Hawkins reminisces about his childhood and his mother’s unique ways of disciplining him. Joining Tim by phone is his mother, Nelda, who dispels any fibs Tim might have told about her mothering techniques.

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  • Comedian Tim Hawkins reminisces about his childhood and his mother’s unique ways of disciplining him. Joining Tim by phone is his mother, Nelda, who dispels any fibs Tim might have told about her mothering techniques.

  • Dave and Ann Wilson

    Dave and Ann Wilson are hosts of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program. Dave and Ann have been married for more than 38 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—the Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019). Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as chaplain for 33 years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active alongside Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small-group leader, and mentor to countless wives of professional athletes. The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Comedian Tim Hawkins reminisces about his childhood and his mother’s unique ways of disciplining him.

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A Take on Tim’s World

With Tim Hawkins
December 29, 2011
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Bob: The rest is history.

Tim:  The rest is history, and I enjoy my job.  It is a fun job, but she gets back at me.  You know, women—they have ways of getting back at their husbands.  It is usually questions that husbands have no idea how to answer.

Dennis:  Yes!

Tim:  Like, “Three weeks ago, you gave me a funny look in the car.  Why?”  (Laughter)  “Uuhh?”  “Now, what were you thinking three weeks ago when you gave me that look?”  “Honey, I don’t know what I’m thinking right now!  Can I use a lifeline or phone a friend here?  I don’t know what to say to you, Woman!”  (Laughter)

You know, like late at night, questions that men have no idea how to answer.  Like, “Okay, ladies, look!  We don’t know what that sound is anymore than you do!”  “I just snuggled into a warm spot here. I don’t want to move.  What am I going to do—throw my boxers at him?  You know, give him a wet willie?”  (Laughter)

Dennis:  I have got an assignment.  I have got an assignment for you.  We started out this broadcast with your mom Nelda stinging you with a little surprise introduction, which you really liked by the way.

Tim:  I loved it!

Dennis:  What I want you to do here in a couple of moments—I’m going to give you a chance to collect your thoughts.  I’m going to ask you to do something that’s exactly opposite of what you do for a living.  Instead of being the comedian, I’d like you to close today’s broadcast by giving your mom a tribute, here on FamilyLife Today.

Tim:  Okay, this isn’t in the contract. I didn’t agree to this! You’re playing dirty right now.

Bob:  What are you going to do? Huh? What are you going to do?

Tim:  So, you want me to give Mom a tribute?

Bob:   A verbal tribute.

Dennis:  You’re going to give your mom a tribute as though she was seated across the table from you.  So, you’re not one of my kids, but you fell under the curse.  (Laughter)


Tim:  I can totally do that. I will take you up on your challenge.

Bob:  While you’re thinking about it, let me encourage our listeners to go to our website,  We have the video version of the Chick-fil-A song that Tim did, if you want to watch it.  Click the link and they can watch you perform the Chick-fil-A song.

We also have information about your latest DVD, which is called Rockshow Comedy Tour.   That DVD is available on our FamilyLife Today Resource Center.  Go online at to request a copy; or call 1-800-FL-TODAY, and we can send a copy of it out to you.  Again, the website is; and our toll-free number is 1-800-FL-TODAY. 

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Dennis:  Well, we’ve had fun today, Bob, again, here on FamilyLife Today. 


Bob:  Yes. 

Dennis:  A little more than normal because we’ve had a comedian with us—at least, he thinks he’s funny.  Tim Hawkins has joined us.

Tim:  Wow!  (Laughter)


Bob:  That is harsh—that was harsh!

Tim:  Are you saved?   Are you really a Christian?

Dennis:  I am a Christian, but I gave you an assignment to do something serious.  Can you do this?

Tim:  Right! I can do it.

Dennis:  Can you give your mom, Nelda, a tribute, here on the broadcast?

Tim:  I can!  I tell you what, Mom, the thing I can say about you is that you never—and I’ve told you this—you never had a harsh word for me; and I know that’s hard for a parent.  No matter what I was doing, you just got behind it all the way and you did it.  You’re always just a solid person: I trust you with all my heart.  You didn’t spank me as many times as I tell people you did, but I deserved it when you did; and I’m glad you did because you cared about me and you loved me.

 I so appreciate you getting up every day in the cold, a lot of times, and going to teach kids, and put food on the table, and you always laughed at me.  That was one of the joys of my life; and I’ll tell you what—I just love having you around.  I love the way you love my family, my wife, and my kids.  I respect you and I think love is just not a big enough word for you. 

I hope you know that—because I know I can be a challenge, and I have been—but man, I’ll tell you, if anybody calls me a good person, it’s all because of you, and Dad, too, also. I sure respect you, and you’re a great lady, and I love you!

Bob:  FamilyLife Today is a production of FamilyLife of Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Help for today.  Hope for tomorrow.

Song: Imagine

Artist: Tim Hawkins

Album: Full Range of Motion (p) Tuna Fish Productions 2007

Song: Chick-fil-A

Artist: Tim Hawkins

Album:  Pretty Pink Tractor (p) Tuna Fish Productions 2011

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