Monday, 30 August 2010

If you happened to be watching Channel 4 at 7:55pm yesterday (and providing you didn't blink) then you may have seen me on is a series of short - very short - films about 'religion and...'

This week it was 'religion and comedy'

Throughout the week there were films featuring various comedians - Tim Vine, Omid Djalili, Stephen K Amos, Shazia Mirza, Andy Kind and Josh Howie - all discussing how they feel about religious humour and talking about how religion affects their comedy.

I was billed as a controversial humanist, which surprised me a little. During the preliminary interview, when they asked me if I thought anything was off limits in comedy, I sat on the fence and said no - to a point.

My stance is that all subjects should potentially be up for discussion, but if you want to tackle sensitive subjects, you had better have a good reason and be able to justify what you are saying.

I said as much during filming. However, they cut off the end of my answer and I finished up being quoted as simply saying 'nothing is off limits in comedy'.

To be fair, the slot is only 2 minutes and they needed to edit 30 minutes of footage right down, but I wanted to contextualise that quote, as I don't want to look like a hypocrite, given my previous rants on this subject:

Anyway, that aside, I like my film, I had fun shooting it and am glad I came out of comedy retirement to do it.

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

God Trumps

Just a quick blog to let you know that New Humanist is going on sale in selected stores across the UK from 26th August. (It used to be subscription only)

Part one of my God Trumps game ( will be free with the current issue, and part two ( will be free with the next issue, out in November.

So if you didn’t get a set of God Trumps the first time round, now is your chance.