Debut of Henry and Doris

(The skits performed were written for us and it was only after that was I informed of these names as characters from the 70’s under the general title Pillars of the Assembly. I have no current access to that material.)

Today was our first skit, oh excuse me, drama as Henry and Doris. Since many of my readers could not make it to Tennessee today, let me fill you in.

Henry and Doris are the worst hypocrites on the planet put here to teach us all how not to behave as Christians. They are the ones non Christians point to when they say that the church is full of them, or “it,” depending on your level of experience. It was fun to ham it up as them. We are not Henry and Doris (anymore), but let me tell you, we have met them, sometimes outside our home, sometimes in our rotten old natural selves.

Henry and Doris are sitting in their house. Henry is reading his paper, Doris is clipping coupons. The dog barks, needing to let out. Without repeating the entire script verbatim, here’s the nutshell.

They are sniping at each other using scripture as ammo. She had told him to take the dog out. He had told her to take the dog out. “Wives, obey your husbands.” Ohhh, but “Husbands, love your wives.”

She thinks he should be doing something, anything but sitting. He likes doing nothing. She quotes Proverbs 19:15. “Laziness brings on deep sleep and a shiftlessssssss man goes hungry.” Ohhhh, but Proverbs 21:9 says “It is better for a man to live on a corner of the roof than to dwell with a quarrelsome woman.”

At this point two people from the local church call on them. Suddenly they put on their church faces and fake smiles just until the door closes after the visitors. She snaps at him for even answering the door. He reads the scripture from the pamphlet, Colossians 3:12-14 “So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (The Message translation).

Being Henry, he pointed to Doris, saying how amazing it was that God knew just what she needed to hear, then seeing her face, apologized.

I’m looking forward to what Henry and Doris are up to next.

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27 thoughts on “Debut of Henry and Doris

  1. I like many who have responded on the doris and henry skit,
    I too am looking for a copy of the original transcripts or tape of the skits on Doris and Henry = Pillars of the Assembly. Can you tell me how I can get a copy?

    • Did you (or the others on this thread) find a copy of Doris and Henry. I have it on cassette tape and am trying to get it copied to CD.

  2. Wow! I have been searching for the Doris and Henry – Pillars of the Assembly material for a long, long time! Have I finally found a tape or transcripts? I sure hope so.
    Hope to hear soon.

    I am on the drama team at my Church, and hope to be able to use them as skits.

  3. I have two record albums of the one and only record album of Henry & Doris, Pillars of the Assembly. One of the albums is still unopened! As a matter of fact, my wife and I are to do a couple of the skits this month at a church dinner event.

    I do know that Gary S. Paxton produced the album on the NewPax label. I got to talk to Gary three years ago in Branson, Missouri.

    Email me if you want more information.

    Thanks
    Steve
    steves7@microdsl.net

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  5. After some research on the recording, I tracked down the original “Henry & Doris” artists who are still alive and living in North Carolina. I was blessed to have the opportunity of talking via phone to the “Henry” for about a half hour. He and Doris are still married and in their early 60’s. Doris currently has severe health issues. She wrote all of the scripts for the characters as well as many full-length dramas.

    I talked with him about making available some of the old recordings of the “Pillars of the Assembly”. He told me they made three different albums and a VHS Video. Evidently, they were regular performers at the PTL Club’s Heritage Center back in the early 1980’s. They ran a dinner theater and did cameo 20-minute skits around the grounds throughout the day. He has all of the Henry & Doris and other drama scripts available, but no CD recordings.

    The original “Henry” on the first album, “The Pillars of the Assembly”, was played by a guy by the name of Billy Squires. Sherry Zimmerman played the original Doris. She wrote all the material for the skits and she and her husband, David put together the publishing company. From my visit with David he told me that after a short time, Billy Squires fell out of the picture and David began playing the role of Henry. He said you would never know any different from the two people playing the character of Henry aside from a couple of voice inflections.

    He and Sherry went on to produce and record several other recording projects. The original recording was produced by Gary S. Paxton through Tempo Records Company, which is now not in existence. Finding and securing permission from Gary, the owners of Tempo Records, and Billy Squires would be a monumental task and one that David is not desirous of taking on at this time.

    David told me that following a little encouragement from me, he is now working on reproducing the recordings that they do have the rights to, including some videos. He said that most of the original recording was re-recorded on their subsequent albums so there really will be no need to place the original “Pillars of the Assembly” album up for sale.

    Well, after my original post on this site, I started receiving emails from people wanting to know where they could get a copy of the “Pillars of the Assembly” album. I began to forward those emails to Henry and shortly heard back from him that he was working on developing a website and making all of their recordings and publications available to the public once again.

    I have told Henry that there is a generation out there waiting to discover Henry and Doris! I anticipate seeing a website, offering their material, to spring up before the beginning of Fall, 2008.

    Should you wish to have a scanned picture of the front and back of their original album cover, please email me and I would be happy to send it to you. I also will forward you name to David so you can be one of the first ones to purchase their materials when it becomes available.

    Thanks,
    Steve Steiner
    steves7@microdsl.net

  6. My husband and I are part of the ‘BREAK OF DAY’ drama ministries at our church in Springfield, MO.
    Our pastor is from Michigan originally and had some old tapes of Henry & Doris skits that I think were broadcast on radio. We have done a few of the sketches and love the skits! We would definitely be interested in finding out more how to obtain additional tapes/scripts to perform for our church. The ‘Pillars of the Assembly’ are timeless & loveable hypocrits!

  7. THE PILLARS OF THE ASSEMBLY are alive and on audio cassettes, CDs, VHS and DVDs. Steve Steiner’s encouragement caused us to make these products available. We are constructing a website, but can be reached at dlz7808@aol.com
    currently.

  8. I have lost my copy of Doris and Henry Pillars of the Assembly and would like to find another. Help.
    Dennis

  9. you can order the cd’s from David Zimmerman –
    Drama with Direction
    7808 Ellis St
    Charlotte, NC 28216

    They have two CD’s and one DVD
    “Doris & Henry at it Again” $12 + $2 S/H
    ” An Evening with Doris & Henry” $12 + $2 S/H
    “An Evening with Doris & Henry DVD $15 + $2 S/H

    They take checks or money orders

  10. I am so excited to find out that these are now available. My husband I pastor a church and have done, in previous years, many of these sketches. Henry and Doris are the most adored hypocrites that live, and have taught us so much!
    Thanks for the updates.

    Paula Bishop

  11. My husband performed these skits with his puppets probably in the early 80’s and has been wanted the CD’s so he can use them again. This provided great information.

    • I have lost my copy of the Pillars of the Assembly and we have been looking for another copy. I see by the above comments that you have several. Could we obtain a copy from you? Please let me know. Please email me at: mystery7inc.yahoo.com Thank you. vlf

      • No, actually I had one copy, one CD and the preacher hasn’t given it back yet. I know there are DVDs out there but I haven’t accessed the site in months. H&D are on hold at this end.

    • Hi. I am looking for CD recordings of the original Pillars of the Assembly and others available (on CD) Can you help?

  12. I have been looking for a copy of “Pillars of the Assembly” for a very long time. Our local Christian radio station played them. Any suggestions to get copies would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

  13. my husband and I did Doris and Henry skits regularly in the 80’s and early 90’s until his sudden death in 1992. For the past 10 years I now do the skits with a comedic friend and we are the Characters Thelma and Eunice Harper (from Mama’s Family} . We are the same hypocritical people with a twist anf have written and adapted the original skits according to the audience and venue. we are “performing” tonight at a kids crusade at our church. We are doing “Sunday at the Lake” and going to emphasize some of the 10 commandments that we have been teaching all week. I love Doris and Henry!

  14. WayneW,
    Is there any way I could get the mp3 formats of these? If so, how, where, how much? Our 82 year old interim pastor had them perform at his church many years ago and he has misplaced his vinyl recordings. I want to get them for him (and me).
    Thanks,
    Steve Everhart
    Ogden Baptist Church
    7121 Market St.
    Wilmington, NC 28411

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