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One Colbert Nation, Under God: Stephen Colbert Is America’s Cool Pastor

It started out as a joke. It ends as a near institution to the point that this guy guest hosted it earlier in the month.

In the coming days and weeks, much will be written about the cultural impact of The Colbert Report. From tapping into the meta world we live in, to the awe we all share that one performer could pull off the same character nightly for almost a decade without it getting stale. Needless to say, what Colbert and his team have achieved is beyond reproach. Yet in my opinion, the single greatest achievement of his show was bringing religion and faith in to comedy [...]

The Kid from 'Two and a Half Men' Said Some More Religious Stuff, Has a Neckbeard Now

Two and a Half Men's titular half man Angus T. Jones left the show last summer, calling the show "filth" in a testimonial video for a Christian cult he belongs to, and he did a local TV interview in Houston, Texas, out today that gives an update on what's going on with his life:

1) He's still super religious, saying he may return to acting in "Bible-based stories and stuff like that." 2) He still thinks Two and a Half Men is evil ("I was making light of topics in our world that are problems for a lot of people, and I was a paid hypocrite because I [...]

When God and Comedy Meet: Stephen Colbert on Christianity

When he was a young actor in Chicago, Stephen Colbert stood offstage waiting for his scene. He nervously watched an actor perform the bit he was supposed to do next: Tossing a Ritz Cracker into his mouth and calling it "The Body of Christ." Colbert, a devout Catholic since childhood, found the joke blasphemous and refused. As he told a packed crowd of 3,000 Fordham University students, faculty, and clergy last Friday, the director was furious. Almost thirty years later, however, abstaining has worked in Colbert's favor: Besides being a major television star, he was kibitzing about piety with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, while the director "was part of a [...]

Pete Holmes on the Ministry of Comedy

Comic Pete Holmes has some wise words worth considering in his AV Club interview about the similarities between comedy and religion:

This next part is going to be hard for me not to come off like a total dickface, especially in print…There is something proselytizing about comedy. One of the purposes of religion is to alleviate your fear of death. So it is with comedy.

When we’re all together and we’re laughing at the same thing, there’s something connective about that, especially when we’re all laughing about a fear that we have, like the joke on my CD about thinking there’s a person in the back seat of [...]

Ricky Gervais Answers Questions On Being a Godless Heathen

As a followup to his WSJ op-ed about atheism, Ricky Gervais answered some readers' questions about it. For example, when asked how a comedian could be an expert on God: "Since there is nothing to know about god, a comedian knows as much about god as any one else. An atheist however is alone in knowing that there is nothing to know so probably has the edge. An Atheist comedian can make people laugh about belief or lack of it. A good atheist comedian can make people laugh AND think about belief or lack of it." [via]

Jesus, You're Funny: 'Black Jesus' and the Long History of Comedic Messiahs

Wherever Aaron McGruder goes, controversy follows. Black Jesus, McGruder's new live-action Adult Swim show starring Gerald "Slink" Johnson as the title character, debuts tonight amid criticisms from Christians of what they view to be blasphemous material, based not on screenings of full episodes but on footage from an extended trailer Adult Swim posted on July 18.

McGruder's last show, the just-recently-ended Boondocks, offended practically everybody. Conservatives objected to The Boondocks' raunchy material, progressives found the show to be misogynist and homophobic, a few of the show's satirical targets didn't take kindly to being satirized and threatened to sue either McGruder or Adult Swim, and Boondocks viewers were offended [...]

Stephen Colbert Made Some Great Catholic Jokes Last Night

Famous Catholic Stephen Colbert gave the keynote at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner last night, a notorious white-tie charity dinner hosted by the Archbishop of New York, currently Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Colbert is the first comedian to give the keynote since Bob Newhart in 1999, and he was well-prepared. Here are a couple of the choicest quotes:

"I am proud to be America's most famous Catholic. And I'm sure the cardinal is thinking, 'Stephen, pride is a sin.' Well, cardinal, so is envy, so we're even."

On Al Smith, who ran for president in 1928 and is how honored by the annual dinner:

Al Smith was "the first [...]

Stephen Colbert: Laughing with, Not at, Religion

"The brilliance of The Colbert Report is its refusal to dismiss or denigrate the religion with jokes that equate faith with idiocy or churchgoing with bovine surrender. Instead Colbert attempts to extricate what he sees as the essential message of Christianity from the piles of intellectual rot and political carpet bags that have been piled on and around it in the last 10 years." – The LA Times on Stephen Colbert's brilliant walking of the tightrope that is religion.

Jay Leno Causes Diplomatic Incident With Throwaway Slideshow Joke

Big week for NBC late night hosts getting sued for unexpected reasons! The Bol Punjabi All Regions Community Organization is suing Jay Leno and NBC after Leno showed a slide show in which he joked that Mitt Romney's summer home was the Sikh holy shrine Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The suit claims the joke "exposed Sikhs and their religion to hatred, contempt and ridicule because it portrayed the holiest place in the Sikh religion as a vacation resort owned by a non-Sikh." India's foreign ministry has also lodged a formal complaint with the State Department. I guess it's possible that Jay Leno really has it in [...]

Ricky Gervais' Argument for Atheism

In this weekend's Wall Street Journal, Ricky Gervais wrote a long, non-comedic piece on why he's an atheist. You're not going to get many laughs out of it, but it's a really interesting and well-reasoned read. Anyways, not everything needs to be funny, you animals. Why don't you try not hiding behind humor for once??

In any case, here's a taste: As an atheist, I see nothing “wrong” in believing in a god. I don’t think there is a god, but belief in him does no harm. If it helps you in any way, then that’s fine with me. It’s when belief starts infringing on other people’s rights [...]

Due to a Clerical Error, There's Now a Catholic Church on George Carlin Way

It's been three years in the making, but a bill was finally signed into law today to name part of a Manhattan street after late comedian George Carlin. Only a one-block portion of the street was supposed to be named George Carlin Way, but, because of a clerical error, a two-block stretch will be given the name and that second block includes both Carlin's childhood home and Corpus Christi Church. Priests at the church have opposed the plan to rename the street for years and that's why the decision was made to not name Corpus Christi's block after Carlin, a proud atheist who often goofed on religion in [...]

In Response to Your Manuscript, 'The Bible,' by Ben Godar

Dear Authors,

Thank you for the opportunity to read your manuscript, The Bible. After careful consideration, I regret to inform you we are going to pass at this time.

We were all very impressed at the ambition of your writing, tackling the creation of the entire universe and the afterlife. Certainly a tall order! However, we had reservations about several aspects of the manuscript.

The God character seems inconsistent, particularly between the first and second halves of the book. Near the beginning he destroys entire towns and tells a father to sacrifice his son, but by the end he has become very peaceful and forgiving. That transformation may work, [...]

Threats to the South Park Creators Will Get a Guilty Plea Today

A Muslim convert in Brooklyn is expected to plead guilty today for posting online threats against the South Park creators for insulting the prophet Muhammed. A good reminder for all of us to take comedy a little less seriously, maybe.

Miley Cyrus Angers God In New Blasphemy Comedy

The Hollywood Reporter has deets about a Miley Cyrus' God-themed comedy, which, provided they go all Book of Job with it, could be pretty cool. Few details about the the high-concept comedy, which Cyrus will produce and star in, are available, though "it is understood to involve a broken promise to God." For example, a promise like "don't get filmed ripping bong hits" or "cut your damn hair more than once every seven years. Seriously, look at yourself in the mirror. It looks like a Wookie pelt."