Comedy Central's comedians take on religion in Divine Live series

2014-09-10 18:45

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After tackling race and sex, Comedy Central is gagging about religion in its latest live taping in Joburg. Siyabonga Sithole talks to some of the divine talent on the line-up

“Laugh. Read. Say please. Floss. Doubt. Exercise. Learn. Don’t hate. Cut the bullshit. Just chill.”

These are the 10 commandments, according to @TheTweetOfGod, a satirical Twitter account that serves as inspiration for Deep Fried Man’s latest gig.

Next weekend, the singing stand-up will appear on stage in Joburg wearing just a fig leaf and carrying his guitar.

That’s because he’s one of the comedians billed to bring religion to centre stage in the Divine Live at The Lyric theatre show produced by Comedy Central.

He’s pushing a Jewish angle and will be joined by Yaaseen Barnes (the Muslim), Kagiso Mokgadi (the son of a sangoma), Griff (the Christian) and Casper de Vries (the atheist).

In Divine Live, all religions get put to the comedy test for a show that will later be broadcast on TV.

Do they expect a backlash from believers? Sangoma’s son Mokgadi says comedy can offer insight, not just insult.

“Comedy fans are not assholes,” he told #Trending. “They are cool and jokes don’t mess with their beliefs or their faith. They understand funny to be exactly that?– funny?–?and then move on.”

We asked the host of the live taping, radio jock Gareth Cliff, what he would do if he was God for a day.

“I would use my powers to at least show people I exist so that idiots like me would shut up,” he responded.

US comedian and sportscaster Griff is, according to his website, a practising Christian who puts “Jesus Christ ahead of all men all wrapped into one”.

So his inclusion in the line-up is bound to be a revelation of sorts.

Asked to share his favourite religious joke, Griff responded: “I do like how the Catholics can kill somebody?...?go into a closet with a sliding peephole?...?get some beads and say a verse of anything, then get absolved of everything they did. That’s pretty awesome!”

And if he was God for a day?

“I would take a vacation so that the world can see how it feels when they do it to me!”

He said one of the problems with humans is the fact that we are “too religious?...?and sometimes a religious person can’t listen to a person outside of their religion about anything because they’re not in that religion...”

Then he pulls out a quote from Proverbs: “Laughter is good for your soul like a medicine.”

»?Catch Divine Live at The Lyric theatre on Friday, September 13, and Saturday, September 14, at 8pm

»?The show will be broadcast on Comedy Central on November 3 at 9pm

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