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Are You Having a Laugh? Comedy and Christianity (2013)



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Widdecombe Ann Widdecombe ... Herself - Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alixe Bovey Alixe Bovey ... Herself - University of Kent (as Dr Alixe Bovey)
Frankie Boyle ... Himself (archive footage)
Marcus Brigstocke ... Himself - Comedian
George Carey ... Himself - Former Archbishop of Canterbury (as Lord Carey)
Ricky Gervais ... Himself (archive footage)
Anil Gupta Anil Gupta ... Himself - Producer: Goodness Gracious Me / Writer: Citizen Khan
Bill Hicks ... Himself (archive footage)
Terry Jones ... Himself - Director: The Life of Brian
Paul Kerensa Paul Kerensa ... Himself - Comedian and Writer: Miranda
Mark Lawson Mark Lawson ... Himself - Critic and Broadcaster
Gordon Lynch Gordon Lynch ... Himself - University of Kent (as Professor Gordon Lynch)
Cole Moreton Cole Moreton ... Himself - Author: Is God Still an Englishman?
Steve Punt Steve Punt ... Himself - Comedian
Paul Turp Paul Turp ... Himself - St. Leonard's, Shoreditch (as Rev Paul Turp)


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27 March 2013 (UK) See more »

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Color | Black and White (archive footage)
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food for though

In the Britain of the 1960s everyone could have a chuckle at family comedies about plummy vicars. The comedy became more contentious in 1979 when Monty Python released "Life of Brian" and upset the Christian community. These days though, that community harks back to the educated comedy of the Pythons while stand up comedians base a whole show on Christians and Christianity. To be a Christian is to be an object of ridicule. That is Ann Widdecombe's contention anyway and this documentary is her attempt to explore comedy in the 201x's.

So is Ann right or is she just an old fuddy duddy who can't face reality? I can't give an opinion on the outcome of the program as that is up to the viewer. What I will say though is that the show has been well researched and the interviewees all have something valid to say – both for and against. We get to see a former Archbishop of Canterbury, a political comedian and a number of other figures from the world of British comedy.

Widdecombe presents the program in a reasonably balanced manner without leaving you in any doubt as to her position. Overall I think the program is biased towards her viewpoint but then her viewpoint, after all, it isn't meant to be "that" balanced. The object of a documentary such as this is to get the viewer thinking and it does that. None of the interviewees scores a direct hit but there is plenty of food for though provided. I don't think the content will change many people's minds but it is stimulating nonetheless.

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