Religious Jokes by Dave Allen

Dave Allen was a frequently “controversial” Irish comedian who was active from the late 1950s through the very early 1990s.  He worked with everyone from just-starting-out Beatles to Maggie Smith (in a production of Peter Pan, with Allen playing  “Mr Darling” and “Captain Hook”) to vaudeville star Sophie Tucker.

He was briefly banned from Australian media in the 60s, and criticized in Parliament for “offensive language” after a joke on the BBC in the 90s.  (“We spend our lives on the run.  We get up by the clock, eat and sleep by the clock, go to work by the clock, get up again, go to work –– and then we retire.  And what do they fucking give us?  A clock.”)

As a “practising atheist” who frequently satirized religion in his comedy, Allen managed to alienate both Catholics and Protestants.  He’d end his act by toasting the audience with the words “Goodnight, thank you, and may your God go with you”.

A long time ago, PBS ran some of his shows in the US.  I doubt they’d do that today.

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