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One man's odyssey into the weird world of religious satire

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One man's odyssey into the weird world of religious satire

    The Comical Heathen Q&A #2 — “Does God Exist?”

    The Comical Heathen Q&A #2 — “Does God Exist?”

    In this special Q&A edition of the podcast, with the help of guest co-host John Hensler, I answer some of the questions we collected through social media, including:  "Is there a god?", "If there is no afterlife, why not just go all MAD MAX?!", and "Who should be added to the list of gods, besides yourself?"  And many more!  Join in on the fun.  This was our second ever-live show, originally broadcast July 19 2020 (this is edited for clarity and time).
     
    If you have a question you'd like me tackle on a future edition, email us at: 
     
    Find this podcast on ITunes, Stitcher, and now Spotify.
     
    You can support this podcast with donations using the donate button on this website (which is for my other podcast, GOLD STAR CLASSROOM!):  http://www.goldstarclassroom.com/
     
    Follow Jerry and John on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
     
    Our theme music is Bahc played ont he organ by Mark Bell.
    Thank you to Jeff Gedert for all of his audio production advice.
     
    Mentioned in this episode:
     
    The Church of the Invisible Product tin the Sky, on the satiric news site, The Trillion Dollar Dreadful:  https://trilliondollardreadful.com/2020/05/22/the-church-of-the-invisible-product-supports-ohio-pastors-in-banning-yoga-from-public-schools/?fbclid=IwAR1zXQMGjM6YWtLVDJhOGQBlQW2TUV4EIOaEOFVE_0ynSTc8iBTSTw6mBBI
     
    Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschool by Emily Oster:  https://www.amazon.com/Cribsheet-Data-Driven-Relaxed-Parenting-Preschool/dp/0525559272/ref=sr_1_1?crid=3V3VU8A048R1Z&dchild=1&keywords=cribsheet+a+data-driven+guide+to+better%2C+more+relaxed+parenting&qid=1595351776&sprefix=data+driven+guide+to+parenting%2Caps%2C188&sr=8-1
     
    "Cross-National Correlations of Quantifiable Societal Health with Popular Religiosity and Secularism in the Prosperous Democracies A First Look" by  Gregory S. Paul:  http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/2005/2005-11.pdf
     
    Pew Research on the rise of the "Nones":  https://www.pewforum.org/2019/10/17/in-u-s-decline-of-christianity-continues-at-rapid-pace/
     

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    The Comical Heathen Episode 21: John Fugelsang

    The Comical Heathen Episode 21: John Fugelsang

    This episode features my interview John Fugelsang!  John is a Drama League nominated actor, comedian & broadcaster who hosts the acclaimed "Tell Me Everything" series on SiriusXM Insight. Bill Maher called him "One of my favorite comedians." As 1/3 of 'Stephanie Miller's Sexy Liberal Comedy Tour' he's played to sold-out houses around the country, including The Chicago Theater, LA's Pantages Theater & New York's Beacon Theater.   We discuss satire, parody, religion, propaganda as well as getting some background into John's life and career.  This episode also includes an update from the rabbit hutch and my rant about how a whistleblower has accused the Mormon Church of being tax cheats! Plus, more details about upcoming performances of the Comical Heathen Live Show.
    John’s website: http://www.johnfugelsang.com/
     
    John’s TedTalk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fh1Sv3JbKSs&feature=emb_logo
     
    John on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JohnFugelsang?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
     
    Newsweek article of Mormon whistleblowers: "Mormon Church Stockpiled $100 Billion Intended for Charities and Misled LDS Members, Whistleblower Says". BY PAUL GLADER 
      https://www.newsweek.com/mormon-church-stockpiled-100-billion-intended-charities-misled-lds-members-whistleblower-says-1477809
     
    Video on controversy produced by Lars Nielsen:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXOWRN19i-4
     
    Wikipedia entry on the Parable of the Talents:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_talents_or_minas
     
    Kansas City Fringe website:  https://kcfringe.org/
     
    Donations are humbly accepted through the website of my other podcast, Gold Star Classroom:  https://www.goldstarclassroom.com/
     
    Email us at: comicalheathen@gmail.com

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    The Comical Heathen Episode Twenty: Alice Fraser

    The Comical Heathen Episode Twenty: Alice Fraser

    Had a great time Skyping with Alice Fraser, comedian and podcast.  From Australia, but based in London, she is a regular panelist on The Bugle podcast, hosts her own daily news satire podcast called The Last Post, and just released a new special on Amazon Prime called Savage.  In addition to discussing satire, religion, and all fo her projects, she describes how comedy has shifted over the years be more concerned about comedy might be affecting some people negatively and also we discuss the difference between American style comedy club comedy and Festival style solo show comedy (like Edinburgh Fringe, where she regularly appears).  This episode also includes an update from the rabbit hutch and my rant about how different religious groups are responding to the coronavirus by either not meeting (faith healers) or meeting anyway (some evangelicals).  Plus, more details about upcoming performances of the Comical Heathen Live Show.
     
    Alice’s website: http://www.alicecomedyfraser.com/
     
    Alice’s TedTalk:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=M4MlaRGcFHI&feature=emb_logo
     
    Trailer for Savage:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2fb0InQS1I
     
    Faith Healers cancel meeting:  https://friendlyatheist.patheos.com/2020/03/17/faith-healers-had-to-postpone-an-event-due-to-the-coronavirus/
     
    Solid Rock Church story:  https://www.journal-news.com/news/local/solid-rock-church-continues-public-worship-services-during-coronavirus-outbreak/SmzNNNAitDfm2oetMWJRpI/
     
    Email us at: comicalheathen@gmail.com

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    The Comical Heathen Q&A #1 -- "Is 'Jedi' a religion"

    The Comical Heathen Q&A #1 -- "Is 'Jedi' a religion"

    In this special Q&A edition of the podcast, with the help of guest co-host Gaz Simmons, I answer some of the questions I've been hearing at my live shows (which includes a Q&A session).  Some of the questions tackled include:  1) Is Jedi a religion? 2) What is the worst defense of believing in god you've ever heard? 3) As a person from a Jewish family, how does your family feel about you being an atheist? 4) Can I tie you to a spinning table and throw knives at you? And many more!  Join in on the fun.  
    This was also our first ever-live show, originally broadcast March 22 2020.
     
    If you have a question you'd like me tackle on a future edition, email us at: 
     
    Find this podcast on ITunes, Stitcher, and now Spotify.
     
    As mentioned in this episode, you can support this podcast with donations using the donate button on this website (which is for my other podcast, GOLD STAR CLASSROOM!):  http://www.goldstarclassroom.com/
     
    Follow Jerry and Gaz on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
     

    • 43 min
    The Comical Heathen Episode Nineteen: Curtis Cook

    The Comical Heathen Episode Nineteen: Curtis Cook

    Hanging with Curtis Cook while he headlined the 2019 Cleveland Comedy Fest. We started comedy at approximately the same time, 10 years ago in Cleveland. Since then, he has written for the Jim Jefferies Show and Crank Yankers, while appearing on Portlandia. We talk satire, writing, and I awkwardly explain his jokes back to him, like the giant dork I am. This episode includes an update from the rabbit hutch, my rant about the phony “War on Christmas” and an extra treat—my explanation of the song “Winter Wonderland.” Plus, more details about upcoming performances of the Comical Heathen Live Show.
     
    Find out more about Curtis on his website: https://www.curtiscookcomedy.com/
     
    Follow Curtis on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Curtis_Cook
     
    Email us at: comicalheathen@gmail.com

    • 42 min
    The Comical Heathen Episode Eighteen: Bill Squire

    The Comical Heathen Episode Eighteen: Bill Squire

    For today’s episode I travel to the WMMS 100.7 studios in Cleveland Ohio to interview Bill Squire. Bill is co-host of The Alan Cox Show and a popular stand up comedian. He appears regularly at Hilarities and The Funny Stop as well as touring all over headlining. In this interview we discuss him being raised Mormon and his now historic missionary work. He describes his approach to religious satire, which is to disarm the audience and his approach to joking about religion on air, which is to mess with people! This episode includes my rant about evangelical preachers and an update from the rabbit hutch—Oct 13 is Kelvin’s gotcha day!
     
    Bill’s website: https://billsquire.com/
     
    Bill’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/billsquire/
     
    The Comical Heathen live show: https://www.clevelandcomedyfestival.com/product/the-comical-heathen/ 
     
    Email us at: comicalheathen@gmail.com

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