Saturday, November 8, 2008

What makes you laugh?

Is it wrong that I think this guy (and this bit in particular) is hilarious? If so, please pray for me...


Beth said...

HILARIOUS! And I pray for you anyway.... :)
This reminds me, I have a Dane Cook video I need to post when he talks about church...but I think it might be worse. We'll see how brave I am.

Beth said...

Well, this may be somewhat hypocritical because I don't quite feel comfortable posting it on my blog, but I still think it's about the funniest thing ever. I just keep thinking:
A) My mom will see it.
B) Some really smart 4 year old will stumble upon it and repeat something to their parents.
And I don't think I can be ok with my mom knowing I've heard the f bomb even though it's bleeped. And my four year old has more computer skills than I do.

Anyway, here's the link. Watch at your own risk!!
Christ Chex

Sherri Murphy said...

You hypocrite!
(Just Kidding)I feel the same.

Kat Dish,
I also enjoyed the video.
If I could ever figure out how to post a video, I'd put up a couple too. (On THIS site, of course, NOT MINE- I'm totally relating to the Mom and kid thing! You won't mind,
would you?

Helen said...

Some of it is funny, but some of it doesn't sit well with me. Do you think this if just generally funny, or do you really believe Catholics in general are like this? I could see some humor in it, but then I also fear that people judge me by this be I am Roman Catholic. I love the Mass, and I don't feel it is too long or being dragged out. I have never been discouraged from reading the bible. Actually, I could honestly claim quite the opposite, whether we are talking about home, Church, CCD (like Sunday School, only we might pick another day of the week if we want), or the Catholic High School I went to for four years. I do flinch when people do the "Let me talk to you about Jesus" thing, mainly because I assume that when I tell them I am Catholic, they are going to assume that they have Him and I don't. It hurts when a brother or sister in Christ doesn't recognize me as a brother or sister in Christ. I am sure you have met Catholics that make the same assumptions and haven't treated you as a brother or sister in Christ, so I realize no one group holds a monopoly on the pain caused by the divisions amoungs ourselves as Christians. I just find myself asking, is this how you see me?

Helen said...

By the way, I know you have no more to do with word verifications than I do, but it does not help that my word is pagon. :-)

katdish said...


I absolutely do not see you this way! He could have just as easily been talking about traditions in the Baptist or non-denominational church. I plan to update this post with a disclaimer -- something I should have done before I posted it. In the meantime, I'm sorry if it offended you, that was not the intent. I love you as a sister in Christ and I know I will see you in heaven (but hopefully sooner).

Mare said...

hilarious. love it.

Helen said...

We are okay. I am not offended now that we have cleared everything. Like I said, I can see the humor in his routine, but, having gone to a State College, I actually experienced meeting some people who thought this is what Catholics are like. Maybe some day I'll do a post on my experiences as a Cathlolic Christian in College.
As you said, see you in Heaven, but hopefully sooner.


Stacey said...


Jim Gaffigan is my favorite comedian! He is hilarious. My husband particularly loves his bits on bacon and hot pockets. :)

Beth said...


Thank you for reminding us about how we see others in the body of Christ. I have to admit that growing up I DID hold to stereotypes like this about Catholics. I didn't know any personally, and just drew conclusions from the media, what others said, etc. But I was fortunate to have a friend that invited me to go to mass in college, and what a different story I saw!! When I worked at the youth center, I was an employee under Catholic Charities Terre Haute, and I got the chance to participate in Catholic conferences, masses, etc. I gained so much spiritually and always LOVED prayers at staff meetings. I was very touched that one year I was asked by the archdiocese to read scripture for our Catholic Charities staff retreat, even though I was not Catholic. The Arch Bishop was there! Nuns who had been missionaries all over the world were there! And they chose me? I still am very humbled by that. All that being said, I really wasn't thinking about how these bits could perpetuate a negative stereotype of Catholics when I posted my link and I apologize if it was offensive to you or anyone else!

katdish said...


I like cake !

Helen said...

It's okay, I'm not offended. I was sort of borderline offended before, if that makes sense. I was trying to talk myself out of it by reminding myself that I like to tell jokes too. I have some great Catholic jokes that I love to share when I know that I'm not feeding into someone's stereotype. I tried reminding myself that I know you all better than that from your posts and comments. I still was borderline, so I said to myself that if I put my feelings out there now, I won't find myself tipping over the wrong side of the borderliine and then festering anger where none is needed, you know.?
I am not offended and I hope I haven't hurt anyone by putting the question out there. Like Katdish said, some of those jokes could have been said about Baptists or any other denomination. Here's a multidenominational joke.

Jews don't recognize Jesus.
Protestants don't recognize the Pope.
Baptists don't recognize each other at the liquour store.

I know that when I tell that joke, I don't see Baptists as secret tipplers. So like I said, we are all okay. Okay?

Beth said...

I am very glad you posted your comment, Helen! It really made me re-examine WHY I laugh at things to make sure it's for the right reasons. We're all okay! Love the joke! Sometimes I feel left out of religious jokes. I've been non-denominational my entire life. Anyone have a good joke about non-denoms? I don't think I've ever heard one.

katdish said...


I had to do some research on that one. (I consulted my "Comedy Thesaurus".) These are general Christianity jokes:

"I think what went wrong with Christianity is exactly like what happens when you try to get your dog to look at something on TV. Jesus pointed to God and everybody just stared at his finger."

"Jesus had 12 disciples who followed him everywhere he went. Do you think he ever turned to them and said, "What?!"

On prayer:

"When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bicycle. Then I realized that the Lord, in his wisdom, didn't work that way. So I stole one, and asked him to forgive me."

On being holy:

"If you want to be a holy man, you have to be committed. When you make a decision, you cannot waver in any way. You'd never see Gandhi during a hunger strike sneaking into the kitchen in the middle of the night. "Gandhi, what are you doing down there?" "I, um, thought I heard a prowler and I was going to hit him over the head with this giant bowl of potato salad."

On Judiasm:

"My mother is Jewish, my father Catholic. When I went to confession, I'd pray, "Forgive me father for I have sinned, and I think you know my lawyer, Mr. Cohen."

Pam said...

Jim Gaffigan is one of my fave comedians...I do feel bad laughing at some of that stuff and even he says he may be "going too far" for some people, but at least he keeps the language pretty clean. When I hear the 'f' word, it makes me maybe my Mom is gonna pop up behind me and I'm gonna be grounded for listening to "that filth" (I'm 42~lol~I realize this is an irrational fear). And as much as I laughed at the video, I laughed twice as hard at this:

Jews don't recognize Jesus.
Protestants don't recognize the Pope.
Baptists don't recognize each other at the liquor store.

Mainly because I grew up Baptist and I know people that really believe all Baptists are like that and the bad/sad part~ a lot of them are! But it was still funny! Thanks for the laughs~ I really needed 'em.

Beth said...

Thanks, Stacey. I went and looked up the hot pockets bit and now I've been going around the house singing (in a slightly breathy and scary voice):

"Hooot Pockeeeeet."

Oh, and I made my husband watch about 13 Jim Gaffigan videos and we were crying we were laughing so hard. I think I really WOULD eat a whole pan of bacon...