The Top 5 Comedy Bits (for an Atheist)

When it comes to religion and the absurdities within it, there are a number of ways to tackle the issues with sharp, biting humor. These are my personal favorite comedians or comedy bits:

  • 5) Even Stephven (Stephen Colbert and Steve Carell) on The Daily Show
  • Comedy Central yanked the video off of YouTube. But you can still watch the brief debate between Islam and Christianity here.

  • 4) Ricky Gervais
  • Gervais originated the role on the British TV show The Office that Steve Carell now plays in the US version. Here is Gervais giving us an analysis of the Book of Genesis (broken up into two separate videos)


  • 3) Julia Sweeney
  • Ok, ok. She doesn’t do stand-up comedy. But she’s still a fantastic storyteller. Her show Letting Go of God is funny and brilliant. And she doesn’t swear. A shorter excerpt from her show is below:

    The following excerpt has a little more backstory to the previous video (and it’s about twice as long):


  • 2) David Cross
  • Cross asks how a newspaper got the information for a particular story…

    One more. It’s a bit longer. Personally, it doesn’t get funny until the 2:18 mark, but after that, there’s some great stuff. Listen especially for his version of “Footprints“:

    My favorite David Cross/Religion bit is still the following (which I can’t find on YouTube, but I can imagine him saying it…):

    David Cross: “[What's] the show where the… uh… there’s the guy on stage and then everybody in the audience believes that he… uh… has contact with the dead and spirits talk to him?”

    [Audience members shout out: "Crossing Over with John Edward!"]

    David Cross: “Crossing Ov-? No no no no no. It was… um… it was Church.”

  • 1) George Carlin
  • On not needing all ten Commandments:

    Carlin has had some classic bits ripping on religion throughout his career. They’re timeless and hilarious. This next piece is about religion in a more broad sense:

Did I leave anyone worthy off the list? If you have a link to audio or video, I’m sure we’d all appreciate it!


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