Comic Jim Gaffigan discusses religion

Yesterday, Hemant put up a video of Patton Oswalt doing stand up “Sky Cake”.  I thought it was ok, but I much prefer Jim Gaffigan:

“I don’t know much about the bible myself.  I haven’t read it.  ‘Cause I don’t have to.  ‘Cause I’m a Catholic.

And to show that Cake is a recurring theme in religious talk:

“An apple?  Have you ever been tempted by an apple?  I would have been like, ‘cover it in caramel and come back to me.  You got any cake back there?”

About Dr. Denise Cooper-Clarke

I am a graduate of medicine and theology with a Ph.D in medical ethics. I tutor in medical ethics at the University of Melbourne, am an (occasional) adjunct Lecturer in Ethics at Ridley Melbourne, and a voluntary researcher with Ethos. I am also a Fellow of ISCAST and a past chair of the Melbourne Chapter of Christians for Biblical Equality. I have special interests in professional ethics, sexual ethics and the ethics of virtue.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I thought Jim Gaffigan was GREAT. I want to hear more of him.

  • Amyable Atheist

    I adore Jim Gaffigan…I have an aunt who is a fundamentalist/evangelical/etc. Catholic (I own a bracelet of ‘Job’s Tears’ thanks to her!), so I get a lot of shocked and amused giggles when I quote Jim’s ‘Shiite Catholic’ bit to explain this to people…

  • Jim

    And don’t forget Eddie Izzard’s brilliant “Cake or Death?!”

  • Demetrius Of Pharos

    @Jim:

    Uh, death, please. No, cake! CAKE!… I meant cake!

  • Wes

    That was kinda funny. But it was annoying that he kept referring to how “offensive” his own jokes were, and how he’s going to hell. Those jokes were actually very tame. Even many conservative Christians I know would have got a kick out of them.

    EDIT: Of course, my favorite comedians are George Carlin and Bill Hicks, so what’s “tame” to me might not be so to everyone else.

  • Revyloution

    Brings an entire new dimension to the phrase

    “The Cake is a lie!”

    … any other portal fans here?

  • Marc

    Revyloution,
    absolutely.
    Portal: not a computer game but a work of art.

    “The cake is a lie”, indeed. My “companion cube” still haunts my nightmares :-)

  • anonymouse

    Re: long Catholic services.
    He’s spot on. I was raised Baptist but went to mass with some family members a few time. It lasts forever! Even their wedding ceremonies are like 2 hours.

  • Zar

    That was kinda funny. But it was annoying that he kept referring to how “offensive” his own jokes were, and how he’s going to hell. Those jokes were actually very tame. Even many conservative Christians I know would have got a kick out of them.

    Tame as Jim Gaffigan is (well, to us anyway), he did manage to offend somebody. He handles it hilariously well, of course. My favorite quote: “Are you sure you don’t have an abortion doctor to kill or something?”

  • ChameleonDave

    Mildly amusing. He just sounds shallow to me. If the Bible really is the word of God, why is he laughing at it? If he doesn’t really believe in all the nonsense, why doesn’t he have the courage to come out as unambiguously atheist?

  • Carlie

    His whole schtick is being extremely mild in his mocking, so the “I’m so offensive” is kind of a self-mocking of his mocking thing (along with the joke that fundies will be offended at anything, no matter how mild). He’s one of those comedians who seem like you’re not supposed to like if you’re hip, but then you do anyway. Check out his “Hot Pockets” bit. It’s dumb, but I dare you not to laugh when he’s describing the slogan board meeting.

  • http://religiouscomics.net Jeff

    I thought his “little voice” saying what some people may be thinking was a great tool to defuse tension and enabled him to engage in controversial comedy to a diverse audience. For example, there would be no way that he could be heckled because the heckler would become part of the joke. He criticizes religion “from the inside” where most people are. I liked his humor. Most people in his audience probably self-identify with being part of a denomination but not being particularly religious. He makes fun of religion as being “one of them”.

  • http://www.limetwists.com Cole

    I, too, clicked to reply to this solely to say “The cake is a lie!”

  • JGaffFan01

    “Jesus, if you could cure our son’s blindness, and we’d love some shelves right here. I don’t know if you wanna do the blindness, then the shelves. We need the shelves by Tuesday. Of course, we’d love our son to see those shelves . . . “


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