The Catholic Church (and the Jesuits) Owe “MASH’s” William Christopher a Debt of Gratitude

As 2016 ended, the world was shocked and saddened by the passing of many famous actors, including “Brady Bunch” star Florence Henderson, “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, and soon thereafter, her mother “Singin’ in the Rain” star Debbie Reynolds. But another actor also died at the very end of the year – December 31st, to [Read More…]

Humor for the Soul

(The following is the text of the Christopher News Note “Humor for the Soul.” If you’d like a pdf or hard copy, see the end of this post.) “Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” — G.K. Chesterton In his stand-up comedy routine before hundreds of thousands of people awaiting Pope Francis’s visit [Read More…]

Is NBC’s Afterlife Comedy “The Good Place” Heavenly Fun or a Devilish Dud?

(This review was based on a screener which was missing some special effects shots and a few scenes.) “Welcome. Everything is fine.” Most of us would likely be happy to be greeted by that message when we enter the afterlife. Eleanor Shellstrop sure is. But as time goes by, it turns out things are not [Read More…]

Jeannie Gaffigan: Comedy Helps Lift People Out of Despair

Over at Verily magazine, Mary Rose Somarriba shares an insightful interview with Christopher Award winner Jeannie Gaffigan, who discusses her marriage to husband Jim, being a mom to five kids, comedy’s power to lift people out of despair, integrating real life into “The Jim Gaffigan Show,” her approach to being a successful and empowered woman, [Read More…]