A Comedy Show for Atheists, by Atheists

Earlier this week, Religion News Service reporter Kimberly Winston attended a comedy show with an atheist theme. The group putting it on is called “Ha Ha Heathens”:

“Man, this is weird for me too,” says comedian Matt Gubser, his long brown hair flowing freely over a white robe, scarlet sash and a pair of shower shoes. “To be in a room where I don’t recognize a single person. And you call yourself a Christian nation.”

“I am totally cool with hookers,” Jesus continues. “Fishermen and hookers. I got a whole fishnet motif going.”

Friend-of-the-blog Keith Lowell Jensen began the show after going on the “Co-Exist Comedy Show” tour with people from different faith backgrounds and finding that “most of the audience were atheists.”

It’s a common, baseless stereotype that atheists are angry and humorless since we’re always arguing/debating/fighting about something or another. I love that this show turns that myth on its head. Comedy is best when it’s used against those in power and religion has always been the perfect target.

There’s another show taking place in Los Angeles on New Year’s Eve and tickets are still available. You know you want to go.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • Guest

    Seems like atheists cannot stop using the name of Jesus or god. They evoke these names more than most of the Christians I’ve met. It must be an obsession. I’d expect Jesus to say that he is fine with hookers and atheists too as long as they are repentant.

    • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

      There’s no need to repent if you haven’t done anything wrong.

      • JohnnieCanuck

        Listen. Listen, I’ve got this great idea for a con. First we tell people that they are all guilty of… sin. Yeah, we’ll call it sin. Then we tell them there’s a powerful invisible man who only we know about that is going to punish them for being sinners.

        Finally we sell them on what they have to do to make our enforcer happy. That will be things like do anything we tell them to and give us money and stuff and kill anyone we don’t like. We can make it work, I know we can.

        First you invent a problem for them, then you sell them your solution. Snake oil salesmen, they’re gonna be with us forever, aren’t they?

        • http://www.flickr.com/groups/invisiblepinkunicorn Anna

          It’s awful that they buy into it. I guess that’s where childhood indoctrination comes in. You’ve got to make people feel bad about themselves. These types of Christians must go around feeling guilt-ridden all the time, even for things that are utterly harmless.

  • http://www.laughinginpurgatory.com/ Andrew Hall

    I was at a local comedy writers group last Tuesday for the first time, and started riffing on the Book of Job with another guy. After the meeting I told him I was an atheist and he replied, “I thought you must be an atheist because you know so much about the Bible.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Tiffany/100001926356049 David Tiffany

    The Scriptures do say that in the last days there would be mockers.  http://atheistlegitimacy.blogspot.com/

    • Brian Scott

      Considering atheistic mocking of religion has been going on since at least the Enlightenment and the loosening of theonomic grip on the Western World, I think we’re quite past “the last days”.
      Not to mention there were Romans mocking it even at the very beginning.

  • roberthughmclean

    Is there a better source of humour than religion and religious belief? Take a look at the clothing! Or the music, mainly the contemporary crap. They’re funny when they speak and try to be serious and pretend to believe the nonsense they trot out. There’s much to snarl at too, but there’s so much to laugh at. Good on the comedians.


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