The star best known for “The King of Queens” has a new show debuting this month on Netflix, and talks about it in National Catholic Register:
Kevin James is not shy about sharing his Catholic faith in his life, to the media, or even on the screen. His 2012 hit Here Comes the Boom showed fighters and trainers, hands linked in prayer, before a fight. When I asked him about his faith and his willingness to witness to others, he said it is very important to him. Speaking to Catholic media in 2012, James said, “I was born and raised Catholic and absolutely love my faith and learn more and more about it all the time. It’s nice to have that going into whatever you do, whatever part of life you take upon yourself.”
James seems to be a normal fixture at Catholic events, not as a speaker typically, but in attendance; he is usually seen palling around with well-known Catholics. Social-media posts spied him attending the 2020 SEEK conference sponsored by FOCUS. He is also close to several Catholic authors and speakers, including Dr. Scott Hahn, who has hosted him at some of his retreats. James’ career reflects his desire to stick to the tenets of his faith — even in his early days performing stand-up, all of his comedy was clean. Of course, James is no stranger to the sitcom. Most people know him from his role in CBS’ Queen of Kings.
His new show on Netflix, The Crew, is set inside the inner workings of a NASCAR racing team, starring James as crew chief. In watching the first few episodes, this workplace comedy showcases a tight-knit racing team, but it really does seem more like family, with loads of laughs along the way.
…James says bringing a fun family-friendly show to the public is crucial to his career in comedy, especially as a man of faith. It’s what he sets out to do. As a father of four, he takes it very seriously.
“Basically, family-friendly comedy that can transcend all so it’s not just, you’re watching it with the kids, it’s boring for the adults — but it’s engaging for adults, but it’s also fun for kids, and you’re comfortable watching it with your whole family. And that’s — you don’t find too much of that now — so it’s hard to do that. And I know when I sit down with my kids, I don’t want to be uncomfortable watching stuff. So it makes it grand, and Netflix was fantastic with this.”
Anyone who caught his last comedy on CBS, “Kevin Can Wait,” may remember one detail that was prominently featured on the set: a cross hanging on the kitchen wall. When was the last time you saw that in a sitcom?