Celebrate: you are a maestro!

A grateful diaconal bow to Joseph Susanka, who discovered this little masterpiece, from Improv Everywhere: For our latest mission, we put a Carnegie Hall orchestra in the middle of New York City and placed an empty podium in front of the musicians with a sign that read, “Conduct Us.” Random New Yorkers who accepted the [Read More...]

A sitcom writer’s conversion: “I prayed, and Jesus was the first to show up. What else am I going to do?”

From CNS: Tom Leopold is a very funny guy. He’s also a Catholic. He has been funny longer than he has been a Catholic. But being a Catholic doesn’t stop him from being funny. “I can’t go more than two lines without getting a laugh,” Leopold told Catholic News Service in a telephone interview from [Read More...]

“Car talk” about the pope’s Renault

Earlier this week, the pope got a new set of wheels.    And now CNS has collected some priceless reaction: Leave it to the slapstick brothers, Tom and Ray, at Car Talk to have a field day with the news of Pope Francis’ recent present: a lovingly used 30 hp 1984 Renault 4. As soon as the [Read More...]

Great moments in the episcopacy: Cardinal Dolan does the Colbert Report—UPDATED

Here’s Part 1 from last night. I’ll add the second part when they make it available. The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive And Part 2: The Colbert Report Get More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Video Archive [Read more...]

“Don’t you dare shake hands with me or offer signs of peace…”

A parishioner shared this with me, and it’s priceless. A little ditty by Richard Stilgoe and Peter Skellern about the Church of England—but it’s easily transferable (though, of course, we don’t have people like this in Catholic churches, do we?) Enjoy. [Read more...]

Worth a thousand words

Source.  [Read more...]

Quote of the day

From Catholic comedian Jim Gaffigan:  “I watch the faces of single people in their twenties after I bring up that I ‘have children.’ I imagine them taking a small step backward as if to avoid contagion, with a look of ‘Sorry to hear that’ on their face. Like I naively volunteered to contract leprosy, forever [Read More...]

Now standard in every Fiat: an Italian family

Hilarious. Just watch the video below. Backseat Italians – watch more funny videos [Read more...]

Why Men Shouldn’t Be Ordained—UPDATE

Remarkably, this little satire has become one of the most popular posts at The Bench, ever.  (Its appeal may be more universal than I ever imagined. It was recently picked up by a Buddhist blog, which thought it had humorous applications to Buddhist monks.) For some reason, the post is getting renewed attention and traffic [Read More...]

VIDEO: Bride Tosses Bouquet from Human Slingshot

You can’t make this stuff up. Just watch. [Read more...]