Question: In Chapter 9, Blum and Harvey discuss the many competing versions of Christ that all exist at the same time in the United States. How do these themes parallel to the representations of Jesus in comedy?
Answer: One of the popular images of Jesus in modern times is his depiction as a Middle Eastern man, especially noticeable after the attacks on September 11, 2001. With the increasing amounts of Middle Eastern people on television, believers had to reconcile these images with their idea of Jesus from that same region. As seen in Paul Mooney’s stand-up routine, he joked about the fear of terrorism and suggested that Osama Bin Laden probably looked like Jesus. Another trend in depictions of Jesus was the sexualization of his body, creating