Only a clever Human can make a joke about virtue

The Screwtape letters

We interrupt our coverage of Al Franken to talk about…comedy.

If there has been one staple of modern humor from our cultural “betters” it’s been the willingness to belittle and berate Christianity. Over the decades we have seen stand up comics, TV and movies gleefully make Christianity the butt of jokes and insults galore. Nor has Christ himself been immune from bad jokes on Family guy to Jesus as a mythical figure on Southpark in a way that would have been unthinkable just 60 years ago. All of this is protected of course by the 1st Amendment in the same way that my critique of them is and while I am all in favor of rebuking such humor I would not dream of forbidding it.

Now I’m a big fan of comedy from the Three Stooges to Monty Python to Blackadder and I even admire the folks at South Park because they at least are willing to hit everyone equally (They are practically the only folks to hit Islam in the way they’ve hit Christianity) but as a person who has always insisted that the proof that God has a sense of humor is his creation of man it got me thinking. “Can one portray or reference Christ in a humorous non blasphemous way and still be funny?

I thought about it for a while and could only think of three instances over the last 40 years that meet this bill. They now follow in reverse order with the best job of not insulting Christianity, not perverting Christ message and still being funny. Here are are

#3 Mel Brooks The meaning of Life, the private dinner

It’s 33 AD and Mel Brooks is Comicus a “stand up philosopher” who with his friends have escaped execution in Rome and fled to Judea. On their arrival they get employment at an in where Comicus on his first day is assigned to serve at a private party.

Best exchange

Jesus: Yea Yea so you say, but one who sits among us has already betrayed us this night.
Various Disciples: Who? Who? Who Who could it be?
Comicus: [Pointing] Judas! [Judas jumps startled] Would you like a beverage try the Mulled Wine it’s terrific!

Now one might object to the “Jesus!” “What?” exchange but it’s such a mild thing that it doesn’t take away from the Humor or the comedy.

#2 Monty Python The Life of Brian Arms for an ex-leper 1979

Brian and his mother have just left a stoning and pass by several lepers begging along with one ex-leper

Best exchange

Brian: Who cured you?
Ex-Leper: Jesus did, sir. I was hopping along, minding my own business, all of a sudden, up he comes, cures me! One minute I’m a leper with a trade, next minute my livelihood’s gone. Not so much as a by-your-leave! “You’re cured, mate.” Bloody do-gooder.

The quick banter and physical humor of Michael Palin as the ex-leper is great but it’s the writing that makes this work. Jesus doesn’t appear in this sequence at all but the character of the ex-leper is not only funny, but biblical as you might recall from Luke 17 where Jesus cures 10 lepers and one of them comes back in thanks and Jesus exclaims in verse 17 and 18

“Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”

I can’t speak for the other eight but as far as the Monty Python crowd is concerned one is wishing he still had a better begging selling point than being an ex-leper.

 #1  Mad TV 1998  Movie Trailer  Terminator 3  The Greatest Action Story Ever Told

Arnold returns as the Terminator is sent back in time to protect one of the most figures in history however the man he is trying to protect is not willing to dodge his destiny.

This is a complete winner. The production value of this skit very high for a TV show, it’s well written but most importantly there is not a single part of this skit that isn’t hilarious from the Terminator’s encounter with the wise men in Bethlehem, to the final line (“Don’t worry, he’ll be back.”) said to a wailing woman as Jesus carries his cross. Even more amazingly there is not a single scene that either mocks the Christian message nor perverts the message and mission of Jesus.

This is best illustrated by the best exchange and funniest scene Arnold/Terminator breaks into the last Supper repeatedly killing Judas while an increasingly frustrated Jesus keeps healing him while trying to explain that it’s necessary for it to happen for the salvation of the human race. The entire exchange is classic but his bit in the middle is just incredible

Jesus: Stop! Stop Killing Judas!
The Terminator: But he’s going to betray you.
Jesus: I know! Look look I’ve got a lot on my mind right now and you’re really starting to stress me out Ok? OK!

Not only is it absolutely hilarious but it fits in so perfectly with the scriptural anguish that Jesus is going through My soul is sorrowful even to death.” MT 26:38, MK 14:34 ” He was in such agony and he prayed so fervently that his sweat became like drops of blood falling on the ground.)” Luke 22:44 that it even becomes poignant reminder of what Christ went through spiritually to save man, in the same what that the Passion of the Christ on a much grander scale illustrated what he went though physically.

This is a pretty long list for a period of 40 years but as Lewis said through screwtape it takes a really clever person to make a joke about virtue and our culture and despite the high opinion people of today have for themselves, as a culture we are not as clever as we once were.

But if you can think of a skit or scene that fits the bill that I might have missed, feel free to include it is comments.

Ran into Evan Sayet on CPAC day one and he told me about a screening of his new video Evan Sayet a Deplorable Mind:

I’ve been missing events right along but I happened to get back to the room the next day in time to join Stacy & Cynthia in the viewing.

The act looked like a the show I covered in Boston in it’s final form

After the show Evan took questions on camera, my apologies for the poor lighting

As the video says the dvd will be available any day but is not up yet however you can purchase the Kindergarden of Eden here:

DaTechGuy at CPAC 2017 (all videos not blogged about yet here). Be aware that due to the sheer volume of videos to upload if I interviewed you it might be days before you see it here

DaTechguy Meets Students TBS & Fake news at Donald Trump’s CPAC 2017 Speech
Voices of CPAC 2017 Author Matt Margolis On DaTechGuy’s Midnight Court

Voices of CPAC 2017 Tom Wenzel of EWTN & Alberto Calamaro of Radio Maria
The Media Narrative Hunt at CPAC
Voices of CPAC 2017 Donald Trump Single lines from CPAC speech as he makes them
Voices of CPAC 2017 the Indefatigable Kira Innis

Voices of Cpac 2017 Steve & Shen, Ed Morrissey of Hotair and a Kellyanne Conway Cannoli Story
Voices of CPAC 2017 Radio Row Sharon Angle & Rick Trader Daria Novak & Frank Vernuccio
CPAC 2017 Photos & Brief videos from the Sean Hannity Taping

Voices at CPAC 2017 Advocates: Melissa of Able Americans, Matt of American Majority
Voices at CPAC 2017 Yvonne (from almost #NeverTrump to Evangelical Coordinator) & Michael
Voices of CPAC 2017 Joe on Life behind the Berlin Wall


Voices at CPAC 2017 Liz a Cook County Republican (and Kasich delegate)
CPAC 2017 First Interviews Theresa an Attendee and Rob Eno of Conservative Review

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The last few years have proven that the left can convince a low information voter of a lot of things, but even the full power of the mainstream media and the strongest zealots from the War on Women® brigade would not be able to convince the American public that Bill Clinton would have no interest or business on a private island where orgies took place.

DaTechGuy:  Private Islands, Orgies, Bill Clinton? Nothing to see here 4/14/2014

Let me begin this post by saying that I think by running nude pictures of Donald Trump wife and the possible next first lady the NY Post has managed to achieve a new low in journalism which given the state of journalism in the United States these days is quite an accomplishment.

But having said that the NY Post has also inadvertently thrown a gauntlet down to every late night comic on TV.

What gauntlet? The obvious Bill Clinton Melania Trump skit test.

It is completely impossible to look at the NY Post’s photos of the possible future first lady and not imagine Bill Clinton’s reaction to it and start laughing.

Furthermore is it almost impossible to not picture a skit whereby Bill Clinton is ogling the NY Post Melania Trump cover and Hillary walks in.

The possibilities, from Bill Trying to hide the newspaper, to Hillary getting jealous (to Monica getting jealous), to Bill deciding to submit an absentee ballot for Trump over it, are practically endless.

For a comic writer it’s a fatter pitch than Denny McLain’s final toss to Mickey Mantle in Sept 1968.  Such a skit practically writes itself.  It’s a total no brainer.

At least it would be if this wasn’t true:

Johnny Carson delivered, and he did so without revealing his party affiliation.

That was then. Now, we have late night comics choosing sides. Some, like Trevor Noah, Larry Wilmore and Seth Meyers, are essentially signing up for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.

We’ve already seen Stephen Colbert perform damage control for the DNC leaks. You’d be hard pressed to think how a DNC operative would handle the crisis better.

And that’s the problem here, while the Bill Clinton jokes write themselves the last thing Hillary Clinton needs is something to remind the world, particularly women under the age of forty who might not remember Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky or Juanita Broaddrick of her husband’s ahem interesting extracurricular activities.

That’s why this  move by the post, while in itself horrible, is extremely revealing in a completely unintended way.

If the late night comics do the skits and the jokes concerning Bill Clinton and the Melania issue then we know that no matter what their political opinions, they still understand their primary job as a comic is to make people laugh.

If the late night comics avoid any joke concerning Bill Clinton & Melania Trump, and leave the skits and videos for the likes of Steven Crowder,  then they are declaring for all the world to see that for the next hundred days their only purpose is to elect Hillary Clinton.

By Tuesday morning will know which it’s going to be.

Closing thought #1.  A really edgy comic would do the skit with Hillary doing the oogling and Bill Catching her or Hillary catching Bill, scolding him then when he leaves the room embarrassed ogling the issue herself.  That is about as likely to happen on late night as God deciding to have the hair on my head spontaneously grow back.

Closing thought #2  If the Comics do NOT touch this (as I suspect they won’t) If I was Donald Trump I’d make the joke myself, saying  he can picture Bill or even Hillary ogling the photos and when the MSM gets outraged (particularly on the Hillary thing) have him ask bluntly if they think there is anything wrong if Hillary preferred women?

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I’m a big fan of the Producers (although I go for the Zero Mostel / Gene Wilder version more) and Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are always funny.

But after seeing this video

via Instapundit. Isn’t the “Plan” being listed pretty much what happened with Jeb Bush and to a lesser $ degree Rick Perry and Chris Christie? A candidate that wasn’t going to win that raised tens of millions dollars from a lot of suckers that made said consultants rich?

Isn’t that pretty much what the Marco Rubio team is doing right now?

That’s the problem with the skit, the reality the “secret plan” is actually what goes on all the time. A more accurate video would be this from the 1983 movie Trading Places.

Now in fairness a political campaign is hard and long like Max Bialystock many consultants put in a lot of effort for that money in the political version of little old lady land.

But in the end compared to Mike Murphy Bialystok & Bloom are pikers.

Closing Thought 1: The reality is the skit isn’t about attacking Trump, it’s about attacking the Trump voter, isn’t the contempt for said voters by elites what motivated our current situation in the first place?

Closing Thought 2: Given what we’ve seen from this skit could have easily been made in 2008 about Obama, but the makers would never have the guts.


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(Our story begins at The home of Bob & Brenda Bystander near the University of Missouri they hear a loud noise and see the glow of a light outside their door)

Bob Bystander:   What was that?  It sounds like it came from Fred’s house.

Brenda Bystander:  (Runs to a Door and Opens it)  Oh my God!

Bob Bystander:   (runs to the Door sees a group of people in white hoods on horseback lighting a cross with the torches they’re carrying burning a Cross with a rope around their neighbor Fred waist.)  Oh My God!  It’s the Klu Klux Klan!  And their burning a Cross in our neighborhood!

Hooded figure one: [Overhearing Bob , Points at Him]  Trigger warning Trigger warning! (The group of riders turn at look at Bob and Brenda)  That man violated my safe space!

Hooded Leader:  [Rides over between Bob and the first hooded figure who is now in tears]  Now now, what happened?

HF1: [Sobbing]  That man there, he said [sob] we were the Klu Klux Klan!  He triggered me!

Hooded Leader: Calm Down , deep breaths, go into your safe space

Hf1:  [Hyperventilating into his hood]:  My safe space…Bully proof windows , ‘

Hooded figure two:  That was a terrible thing to do

Hooded figure Three:  Yeah, don’t you care about his self esteem?

Bob Bystander:   [Utterly confused]  I’m Sorry What?

HL:  How could you ever say such a thing about an open minded gender studies major?

Bob Bystander:   You mean you aren’t guys aren’t the KKK?

Hooded Leader:  Of course not, We’re the Campus Cares Crew, the CCC.

HF1:  Did he say “Guys?”

HF2:  Don’t you be imposing heteronormative constructs on us!

HF3:  what a sexist

Brenda Bystander:    The Campus Cares Crew?

Hooded Leader:  That right.  [Turning to Bob]  Why one earth would you think we’re the Klu Klux Klan?

Bob Bystander:   Well,  those look like Klan Robes and Hoods.

HL:  Ridiculous

HF1:  [still breathing into a bag] We ARE not

HF2:  Nothing of the sort

HF3:  What an idiot

Hooded Leader [self righteously]:  What we’re wearing are cloaks of equalization.  So many people in society use white privilege in order to oppress people of different colors and gender, we of the CCC wear these robes to symbolize equality, so that everyone no matter what race, sex or gender preference can not be oppressed by anyone using white privilege.

Bob Bystander:   But your cloaks, they  have a cross on them like the KKK

HFO:  That is definitely NOT a cross.

HF1:  Of course not

HF2:  Christofacist

HF3:  He’s violating MY safe space now!

Hooded Leader [even more self righteously]:  We would never use a symbol so intolerant of other faiths and creeds not to mention one so unfriendly to our gay, lesbian, transgender and gender neutral members.  That is a letter “T” for “tolerance”.

Bob Bystander:   It looks like a cross

HL :  Well it’s not!  It’s a lower case “t” symbolizing tolerance.

HF1:  Of course it’s obvious

HF2:  Yeah stop trying to impose your Eurocentric, Christocentric views.

HF3:  Fascist

Bob Bystander:   But why is it on his lawn… and burning?

HL:  Well he left a terrible comment on our blog concerning our manifesto.

HF1:  He contaminated our safe space.

HF2:  I still feel violated!

HF3:  It’s important that people understand that you can’t go around saying things that make people uncomfortable

Bob Bystander:   So you’re burning a  Cross, sorry a lower case “t” on his lawn, because he let a comment on your blog?

Brenda Bystander:     What did he say?

HL:  He said that the entire campus should be a free speech zone!  No matter who it triggers or offends!

HF1:  Can you believe it?

HF2:  You can’t just say intolerant things like that!

HF3:  I’m still triggered by it!

Bob Bystander:   But, burning a (catches himself) lower case “t”?

HL:  Yes it’s coated in vegetable oils

HF1:  Very green friendly, good for the earth, that’s why we have the horses too.

HF2:  Yes by riding horses we’re able to reduce our carbon footprint and avoid fossil fuels.

HF3:  We’re saving the planet one step at a time.

Brenda Bystander:  What about the rope?

HL:  Well of course there’s a rope around him we’re taking him to face the campus counsel

HF1:  He has to answer for what he’s done to all the people he’s been intolerant to

HF2:  And we made the rope ourselves!  It’s our own campus renewable hemp farm

HF3:  That’s where the horse manure goes

Bob Bystander:   But do you have to take him away.

HL:  We can’t take any chances, we have to make sure he understand the true message of tolerance.

HF1:  After all what’s point of having a safe space on campus if people can violate it from the internet?  Or in letters to the editor

HF2:  We need to spread the flame of Tolerance, not just on our campus but on campuses around the nation

Hf3:  It just takes a  little muscle.

Brenda Bystander:  Well, that’s a load off of my mind. We’re sorry to have seemed so judgemental.

Bob Bystander:  I’m so glad to know Fred isn’t being taken away by hooded members of the KKK burning a cross in front of his yard because he’s black and they want to silence him.  He’s being taken away and silenced by unprivileged members of the CCC putting a symbol of tolerance in his yard to protect the student body from harmful biases and teach him tolerance for other people’s views

Fred Freedom:  Well that makes all the difference doesn’t it


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 Yesterday I took a ride into Boston Ma to see, at the risk of putting myself in Matt Lewis’ Ghetto  comedian Evan Sayet who appeared at Laugh Boston club in the Westin Hotel.

I arrived very early and was told that taping was going on.  I waited in the bar area as he sat on stage while a couple of cameras were running presuming that Laugh Boston was doing taping of a visiting comic, it seems to run quite a while which surprised me, however it turned out that all that filming was being done by former Politico reporter Patrick Gavin

who after his last movie Nerd Prom is making a short film about Evan.  He recorded for a considerable amount of time and before the start of the show planted cameras to get the show recorded from many different angles.

After a while people started to show up at the bar. The first person I talked to was Clark:

He, like me was armed with a camera and was stand a standard section as the price difference was only $5 I bought premium tickets and took a spot right in front.

The first couple that was let in sat right next to me:

the couple to the right of me actually moved to Massachusetts from NY to be closer to their grandchildren (shades of Chris Christie’s speech) and noted that compared to NY Massachusetts was actually less expensive.

Evan came on at 7:30 and for the next ninety minutes regaled us with jokes and stories based on a couple of basic premises

1. The stupidity of Liberals.

2. Liberals don’t actually do anything.

I immediately thought of the clip from Ghostbusters that Stacy McCain posted a bit ago

He also talked at length about the hatred of liberals for both Catholics & Jews (at least those who follow their religions) which was something near and dear to my heart. While a lot of what he said were things you might have seen before he also invited us to  throw out a few topics, I mentioned Pam Geller & Garland and the media and Stacy McCain being hit for suggesting getting drunk at college parties is a bad idea if you are a woman and he took those pitches and improvised those pitches right off the green monster.

While Evan did this Patrick was interviewing those who came to the show (including me).

Once Evan was done he went outside to visit with friends John Larosa, Brad Marston and Angel Fleming three well known conservative names in the area, at which time I interviewed him

By this time the night was pretty late, I had to catch the subway before it ended for the night and Evan who had crossed the country by car doing shows and stops along the way was off next to Rhode Island so it was time to go.

Evan’s Next show is in New York, I’d suggest picking up tickets soon and if you can’t get to New York or don’t want to wait for his next trip to Boston you can buy his book The kindergarten of Eden here.

Dateline:  Seattle Washington

The Green Bay Packers wasted no time after their overtime defeat by Seattle in firing conditioning coaches Hans and Franz after only a single season.

The Austrian Conditioning Team,  known for their occasionally abusive motivational speeches,  were brought in for their reputation but fell out of favor after injuries to Aaron Rogers which reduced his flexibility and ability to scramble.  Whispers within the organization that these injuries were was due to the esoteric training methods involving heavy armor, kayaks and blond women with excessively long locks.

Asked to comment on the quick front office decision in a season where the team made it to the NFC Championship game against the defending Superbowl Champions they referred to the Packers front office as “Losers” & “Girley men”.

They are not expected to be out of work long.  New Bills coach Rex Ryan looking to implement his famous “Ground and Pound” game is, according to sources, already in talks with their agent about the possibility of joining him in Buffalo to work on their offensive line in the off-season.

Asked about that possibility they said it’s too soon to commit to their first offer but stated unequivocally:  “If we go to Buffalo we will Pump them up!”


My son had this on TV while I was doing something else, I looked up saw this sequence and both of us literally could not stop laughing

There is no question that South Park is often vulgar, regularly sacrilegious and crosses more boundaries than a fugitive wanted in every state of the union trying to stay one step ahead of the law.

All that being said they regularly produce brilliant social commentary and this phony ad for booze is a perfect example of it.

We talk about a lot of serious stuff here and every now and then it’s good to stop back and enjoy something.

Something like the movie The World’s End.

This movie is now available on demand and will be over the next few months going though the pay cable channels.

This picture is tightly scripted, well edited, fast paced, well acted and one of the funniest things you’ll ever see.

it’s considered the 3rd of a trilogy of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz which contain many of the same actors and writers but are not actually connected in terms of the story.

The basic plot, a man whose life has been one large disappointment looks fondly back on the best day of his life when he and four pals tried and failed to complete the “golden mile” twelve pubs in a 1 mile area with a pint in every pub.

Two decades later he talks, tricks and cajoles his friends to go back to their home town to give it another shot.

About a 1/3 of the way through the movie it takes an incredible twist that turns the trip into a fight for survival. but that doesn’t sway them from their quest.

Like my Cousin Vinny this is the type of movie that is so good that it can be watched over and over again and it simply doesn’t get old.

So if you’ve had your fill of ISIS, Ray Rice, Breitbart audits etc etc and just want to forget it a day, sit down and watch The World’s end and enjoy a some laughter, it’s the best medicine.

Final thought (contains a spoiler so don’t click more if you don’t want to see it) Continue reading “The World’s End a bit of Fun”

and if you think otherwise you’re a sexist pig beyond the pale, just like Ricky Gervais


Yeah I know there are some people like the Lonely Conservative who say things like:

When Did Common Sense Become Offensive?

Or Stacy McCain who claims:

but that’s just the Heteronormative patricacy talking!

What did the founders of this nations, those who fought in the civil war, those more marched in Selma and on Washington or those tho took Iwo Jima or stormed Normandy Beach fight for but our right to store as many nude selfies as we want on any network device we own without fear!

Do you really want to live in a world where celebrities whose entire fortune is based on the desire of people to see or imagine them naked can’t store nude selfies on their computers and phones without fear?

Closing thought: After all this nonsense I really understand how true this post is

Update: I’m glad to see the feds giving this issue the attention it deserves!

The celebrity nude photo leak scandal has reached a boiling point … and now the FBI is getting involved.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, a spokesperson for the FBI said, “The FBI is aware of the allegations concerning computer intrusions and the unlawful release of material involving high profile individuals, and is addressing the matter. Any further comment would be inappropriate at this time.”