Where does faith meet funny?
Just ask Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert – he bantered with Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York earlier this month during a Catholic comedy event about faith and humor.
The event was originally supposed to be widely broadcast, but instead was limited to an audience at Fordham University. Thanks to the students who went, several one-liners made it out to the world via Twitter, and the National Catholic Reporter compiled them.
A New York Times article also has a few of the highlights, such as this gem that followed a response to a question about whether someone considering the priesthood should date: "It’s actually a great pickup line: I’m seriously considering the priesthood. You can change my mind.” (Good one, Mr. Colbert.)
But these two aren't the first to tackle this ground where faith and humor intersect – there's a whole book on the subject by Jesuit writer James Martin. His comedy is easy to come by – it's on Youtube. (Be sure you stick around for the punch line!)
And that's just among the Catholics. Any Prairie Home Companion listeners out there? Garrison Kielor sprinkles the weekly show with Lutheran jokes, and has one episode all about the Lutherans. Christian comedian Chonda Pierce infuses her comedy with her roots as a Southern preacher's daughter. Baba Ali brings laughter to issues that face Muslims. A Mental Floss article lists the top 20 Jewish comedians. And that's just a start.
What about you? When it comes to your faith, how important is a sense of humor? Is faith something you can joke about? How do humor and faith go together?