Saturday, July 21, 2007

Can the rest of us have our planet back? The Now Show, Marcus Brigstocke

Stand-up comedian Marcus Brigstocke delivered a seven-minute rant during this evening's Now Show on BBC Radio 4, on the evils of religion (I think he's been reading The God Delusion).

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Some Great Comments

1. Comment #57719 by Damien Trotter on July 20, 2007 at 6:15 pm

Very enjoyable and succinct! And I would give good odds that he has recently read The God Delusion.

As far as I can remember this is Marcus Brigstocke's first (broadcast) rant against religion. He joins an ever growing number of British comedians who have recently let their feelings be known in this sphere.

2. Comment #57720 by Rtambree on July 20, 2007 at 6:29 pm

That was good, especially the way he gave equal time to all three Abrahamic faiths.

Notch up another one for the New Atheism: Stand Up and be counted.

5. Comment #57733 by Beth on July 20, 2007 at 8:21 pm

Here is a link to post a comment to Marcus Brigstocke - some nice emails could offset the hate mail he is probably receiving from the nutters.

6. Comment #57742 by Kell on July 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm

 avatarYes, truly brilliant and - best of all - truly funny. Beer and Hugs for Marcus!

8. Comment #57749 by LeeLeeOne on July 20, 2007 at 9:56 pm

 avatarThank you Beth - left a positive review. Hope this counteracts any negative "attacks."

I have given many family/friends information regarding this program and regarding Prof. Dawkins' web site.

An excellent broadcast. Brought me to tears with laughter (needed that after a rough week)!

9. Comment #57758 by petermun on July 20, 2007 at 11:28 pm

Superb - needs to be up there with Carlin et al in the Dawkin's Comedy classics.

Certainly worthy of a regular airing on "Thought for the Day" I would have thought.

11. Comment #57778 by Logicel on July 21, 2007 at 1:49 am

 avatarCommon sense delivered with punchy humor. Starts off with a bang and keeps exploding religious nonsense non-stop to the end. Listen to that enthusiastic applause shortly after the beginning of the audio, greeting the comic's plea, "Can the rest of us have our planet back?" We are fed up and sickened by religious believers. Not only has Brigstocke read TGD, he has UNDERSTOOD it. Not a small feat, as the academic, lofty likes of McGrath was unable to pull that off.

Some fave bits:

precious, petulant, pugnacious pricks

If you want a ring that tells everybody that you are not having sex, get married like the rest of us.

find a cure for James Blount

put on a Cat Stevens' record and chill out

Brigstocke's revealing, with distinctive, preemptory flair, what criticism will most likely be directed at him, cleverly deflates the self-righteous, indignant sails of religious believers before they can even puff them up.

And Brigstocke even covered the ground that moderates occupy in silently encouraging extremists.

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