Although the Bible is a document meant to be taken seriously, there are too many verses, chapters and stories that make for great comic relief. Stand-up comedians and Hollywood as well pull no punches when it comes to taking stabs at Bible verses, rituals and even the deities religious followers pay homage to. In this day and age, secular folk no longer fear for their lives when poking fun at religion or its clergy including priests, pastors, rabbis, imams and even the Pope. In fact, to lighten the blow, many religious clergy have taken to comedy themselves. An example of this is an entire movement of Christian comedians who ensure that their material is clean and is void of swearing in their acts while beating the secular comedians to the punch when it comes to mocking religion. Some of the better known Christian comedians include Jim Gaffigan, David Ferrell and Mark Lowry, and any professional stand-up comic will tell you that in comedy, nothing is sacred and nothing is off-limits.
Then there are the followers of religion themselves who are often found at the butt end of the joke. Many of their behaviors are simply too hilarious to overlook such as passing out during sermons and other religious presentations because they are so mesmerized by their leader's charisma. So without further adieu, I give you the Top 10 Funniest Bible References of all Time.
#10 Sam Kinison
The late Sam Kinison was a US based professional stand-up comic and actor. He was famously known for his crass and high-energy style of comedy that often escalated to an intense round of screaming. A little-known fact about Kinison is that he started his career as a preacher at the young age of seventeen years old and would often record his sermons. The trademark spontaneous screams that he would work into his sermons were a prelude to his transition to professional stand-up comedy. In this clip, Sam Kinison explains why Jesus could never have possibly been married.
#9 Bill Hicks
Bill Hicks was a stand-up comic known for his observational comedy. Also famous for his dark comedy style, Hicks often criticized western consumerism and superficiality. Bill Hicks began performing stand up at the early age of sixteen and dabbled music as a guitarist and songwriter as well. Although Hicks succumbed to pancreatic cancer in 1991, his legend lives on amongst many contemporary stand-up comedians. In the following clip, Hicks outlines the irony of Christian doctrine when it comes to sexual thoughts.
#8 Bill Maher
Bill Maher is best known as the no-nonsense host of HBO's 'Real Time with Bill Maher', but is also known for hosting his former talk-show, 'Politically Incorrect' which was aired on Comedy Central. The controversial political satirist pulls no punches when interviewing guests he considers to be politically correct using his trademark sarcastic wit to win over audiences. Maher has never been shy about his contempt for religion and seldom misses an opportunity to poke fun at radical Islam and Christianity as well. In the following clip, Maher exposes the hypocrisy of Christianity vis-a-vis stem cell research.
#7. Reverend X
Known by many as the "the most influential entity since that nigra jesus" and has made it his personal mission to be the "savior of our race and humanity". The satirical preacher-man has created quite a cult following on his YouTube page featuring an entire channel of outrageous sermons that often end in the 'clergy-man' breaking into dance. I don't know what he's talking about half the time, but this bizarre bit will have you in stitches as he goes from reading Bible quotes to quickly evolving into a rant about the KKK and eventually dance-preaching to gangsta rapper Tupac...Must See TV
#6 George Carlin
George Carlin is world renown for his dark comedy and his controversial thoughts on politics, the English language, psychology, religion, and many other taboo subjects. Carlin enjoyed the title "the dean of counterculture comedians". In 2008, he was posthumously presented with the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor award.
The late Carlin was a proud atheist and a counter-culture icon of the sixties and seventies. In 1973, Carlin was arrested in Oregon for obscenity after his show "7 Dirty Words (You Can't Say on TV or Radio) was aired uncensored on the radio. In this clip, Carlin reveals why he has chosen to pray to American tough-guy actor Joe Pesci:
#5 Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart is best known for his political satire program 'The Daily Show'. But before his Comedy Central hit, Stewart began his career as a stand-up comedian. Stewart eventually transitioned into television hosting the show 'Short Attention Span Theater' on Comedy Central and later, The 'Jon Stewart Show' on MTV. He also enjoyed a short-lived acting career appearing in movies like 'Mixed Nuts, 'The Faculty', and 'Half-Baked'. In 2004, Stewart made a controversial appearance on CNN's crossfire. During the debate, Stewart pulled no punches criticizing his hosts and mocking them for their faux journalism claiming that to say Crossfire is a debate show is "like saying pro-wrestling is a show about athletic competition". The famous showdown quickly became a widespread topic of conversation amongst various media outlets. In this clip, Stewart fails to understand why the Jewish religion forbids the consumption of swine.
#4 Lewis Black
Lewis Black is a stand-up comedian, actor, and voice-over talent known for his angry rants that often give the facade of a nervous breakdown. His jokes will usually spiral into angry screaming mixed with a lot of intense emotion. Black was voted fifty-first out of the 'Hundred Greatest Comedians of All Time' by Comedy Central in 2004. In 2000, Black was arrested for his connection with the "The Naked Teen Voyeur Bus", a bus carrying teenage topless women. Black later defended his arrest on Jon Stewart's 'The Daily Show' claiming that he was "exercising his constitutional rights." In the following clip, Black explains why Christians don't understand the Old Testament.
#3 Louis Ck
Many religious folk often wonder whether or not God is pleased with what we homosapiens have done with all the lovely, natural gifts the big guy upstairs has showered upon us. You can certainly count on Mexican-American comedian Louis Ck to chime in with his two cents on the matter. Although this bit isn't completely Bible related, I could not resist showcasing one of the most cynical comedians of our time offering his divine interpretation of how the same creatures he created (us) are systematically destroying all of his other creations (nature). This bit will have you in stitches as the crass stand-up comedian hypothesizes what would happen if God saw what we humans were doing to our one and only Planet Earth. This is simply too funny not to share.
#2 The Poker Bible
Don't judge a very informative book by its very witty cover. The Poker Bible, a hilariously titled for a book that combines two completely unrelated concepts brought to you by the very creative folks at Titan Trade, an online poker platform provider, is also a card-player's guide that covers practically every aspect of poker. This includes the rules, ranks and provides valuable insight of the value of various poker hands, including (but not limited to) the Royal Flush, the Dead man's hand and Pairs. The guide discusses in depth the fundamental mechanics of poker breaking down strategy while covering how certain strategies could mean the difference between winning and losing. The book also evaluates differences between good hands and losing hands, how to predict odds and the right time to bluff. You can also learn how to read your opponent's bluff. Poker games covered in the book include (but are not limited to)Texas Hold 'em, Omaha, Omaha/8, Seven-card stud, and Seven-card/8.. The book serves as a guide for new and veteran poker players and includes little-known winning strategies and important tips on beating the odds.
#1 Eddie Griffin
Eddie Griffin is an actor and stand-up comedian known for his wide-eyed wit and satirical commentary on the African American community. He is best-known for his roles in movies like 'Malcolm & Eddie and the 2002 flick 'Undercover Brother'. In March 2007, Griffin took part in a charity race where he famously crashed an Enzo Ferrari into a concrete barrier totaling the vehicle. He later lashed out at reporters who accused him of concocting the accident as a publicity stunt. Griffin explained the indecent citing that he accidentally pressed the gas pedal instead of the break. In the following clip, Eddie Griffin explains why he could never possibly be a Muslim.
And there you have it folks. The Top 10 most hilarious Bible references of 2015. Do you have a favorite comical bible reference? Feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section below.