At Tiny Frog the question is asked: “Are comedians more likely to be atheist/agnostic?”

I’ve also wondered, why would so many comedians be atheists?

I have no empirical evidence for any of this, but here’s a few possible reasons:

They are relatively smart

They are widely read

They question everything

They see the funny side of things

They are quick witted

I think the way they look at the world and poke fun at it, lends them to look at religion and poke fun at it.

Tiny Frog’s site lists a few comedians, here’s a few more: Ross Noble, Paul McDermott. Any more?

What other jobs (beside sciences) lend themselves to have a higher proportion of atheists?

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2 Comments to “Why would comedians be atheists?”

  1. dallenia says:

    personally i think most comedians are people who have tramas in their past. they cover their pain with jokes . which in most cases are not even funny. like sarah sliverman she not funny at all but she got a show on tv. i dont get that she has no teast in jokes. she feel she entertainng lol not!!!!!!!!!!!!
    by making fun of religion, brit kids. idont think so
    for the most they might feel that questioning everthing might be therapy.

  2. Efrique says:

    In the UK, besides Ross Noble, there’s Billy Connolly, Eddie Izzard, Griff Rhys-Jones and Ricky Gervais. (I suspect a whole pile of others are too, but these are definites)

    There are a number of American comedians, including George Carlin (he does some great bits on religion, including “There is no God”), Kathy Griffin (“Suck it, Jesus!”), Janeane Garofalo and Julia Sweeney (“Letting go of God”).

    I’ve seen Andrew Denton referred to as an atheist, and stuff that he’s done and said are certainly consistent with that, but I haven’t seen anything where he explicitly states it.

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