Comedy in religion LEARNING OBJECTIVE  – To consider the role of comedy in religion. By the end of the lesson All must  – ...
Starter <ul><li>List any mainstream comedy television programme or film which has religion as a main theme or which has a ...
 
Key words <ul><li>Blasphemy  – disrespecting holy people, religious artefacts, customs, and beliefs. Some countries have l...
TV clips <ul><li>Here we watched clips from four comedy programmes/films which have a religious theme, or include religiou...
Clip one – Dave Allen <ul><li>Dave Allen was particularly well known in the 1970s and early 1980s. </li></ul><ul><li>He ca...
Clip two – Four weddings and a funeral <ul><li>The vast majority of this film is set at the weddings and funeral. </li></u...
Clip three – Vicar of Dibley <ul><li>The Vicar of Dibley started just after the time women became priests in the Church of...
Clip four – Father Ted <ul><li>Father Ted ran for three series from 1995-1998. </li></ul><ul><li>It shows the life of thre...
<ul><li>Overall, would you say that all or some of the clips used religion in an appropriate way in their comedy? </li></u...
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  1. 1. Comedy in religion LEARNING OBJECTIVE – To consider the role of comedy in religion. By the end of the lesson All must – be able to explain the role of comedy and satire in religion. Most should – be able to form opinions on the suitability of using different types of comedy in relation to religion. Some could – consider whether religion is a legitimate subject for humour.
  2. 2. Starter <ul><li>List any mainstream comedy television programme or film which has religion as a main theme or which has a religious character or at times uses religion for sketches. </li></ul>
  3. 4. Key words <ul><li>Blasphemy – disrespecting holy people, religious artefacts, customs, and beliefs. Some countries have laws to punish blasphemy. </li></ul><ul><li>Heresy – an opinion or belief that contradicts established religious teaching, especially one that is officially condemned by a religious authority. </li></ul><ul><li>Satire – the use of wit, especially irony, sarcasm, and ridicule, to criticise faults </li></ul>
  4. 5. TV clips <ul><li>Here we watched clips from four comedy programmes/films which have a religious theme, or include religious sketches. </li></ul><ul><li>You should have notes on the following: </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the programme or film. </li></ul><ul><li>How religion is used in the clip. </li></ul><ul><li>What is being laughed at, religious people, attitudes to religion, perceptions about religion, religious behaviour? etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Whether the programme is offensive or insults religion. </li></ul><ul><li>Is anything in the clip blasphemous or heretical? </li></ul><ul><li>How you think religious people would view the clip. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Clip one – Dave Allen <ul><li>Dave Allen was particularly well known in the 1970s and early 1980s. </li></ul><ul><li>He came from Ireland and a lot of his comedy involved the Roman Catholic Church. </li></ul>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxo81Ok9Urk
  6. 7. Clip two – Four weddings and a funeral <ul><li>The vast majority of this film is set at the weddings and funeral. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wm0XqDm8Uh0 </li></ul>
  7. 8. Clip three – Vicar of Dibley <ul><li>The Vicar of Dibley started just after the time women became priests in the Church of England. </li></ul><ul><li>Many Christians were offended that a serious issue was being trivialised with comedy. </li></ul><ul><li>Much of the comedy is concerned with the characters in the village rather than with religion itself. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fz6ILmFl3zE </li></ul>
  8. 9. Clip four – Father Ted <ul><li>Father Ted ran for three series from 1995-1998. </li></ul><ul><li>It shows the life of three Irish Roman Catholic priests on the fictional Craggy Island. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.channel4.com/programmes/father-ted/video/series-2/episode-9/bad-sport </li></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Overall, would you say that all or some of the clips used religion in an appropriate way in their comedy? </li></ul><ul><li>Based on the clips you have watched and other religious comedy you know; is religion a legitimate subject for humour? </li></ul>

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