Lovable Atheist Sitcom Characters Win Big in the NO GOD BUT FUNNY Contest

Aug 27, 2015

By Paul Fidalgo

Challenging the negative stereotypes of atheists as heartless, hopeless, or just plain evil in popular entertainment, talented freethinkers were asked to create a sitcom featuring a lovable atheist lead character for the No God But Funny Contest, sponsored by the Center for Inquiry and the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Judges with expertise in comedy and television have pored over the many excellent teleplay and webisode submissions, and the winning entries have been chosen!

Contestants were asked to “contribute to the downfall of civilization” by submitting either a 22-minute pilot script, for the prize of $15,000, or a fully produced 3 to 15-minute “webisode” for the bigger prize of $25,000. In either case, the challenge was to create a show with a likable, funny atheist character that reversed stereotypes of the nonreligious, frequently portrayed as callous, amoral, or as “lost souls.”


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17 comments on “Lovable Atheist Sitcom Characters Win Big in the NO GOD BUT FUNNY Contest

  • we’re convinced that finding creative ways to present atheists as charming, funny, and warm will help to break old stereotypes and usher in greater social acceptance

    Yes! “Charming, funny,.. warm” and adorably young and attracticve! Here’s looking at you, Earth Angel! (clink)



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  • Gee, that was almost good…. Sesame Street presents atheism for the feeble minded. The whole thing seemed forced, bloodless and stylized nearly devoid of conflict and humor dramatizing the premise. The encounter with the “religious” gay guys, though contrived, had a few good moments. The “not that there’s anything wrong with that [being gay]” line was lifted from a Seinfeld episode. Though all the actors were game, the tone and presentation had the ersatz earnestness of an “Abstinence Only” video. (B-/C+)



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  • Not sure you were the target audience Melvin.

    I’m sure I was not. I applaud the creative efforts of the young men and women who stepped up, created this video and offered it to the YouTube public. I wish them progress with every subsequent production. No artist wants her first work to be her last work.



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  • David. Just click on “source” at the bottom of the intro above, that will take you to the CENTER FOR INQUIRY
    announcement page. Scroll down the page to a few inches from the STILLS ( frame photos) from the video and click on link identified here in bold type: Check out the complete pilot script for THANK GOD I’M AN ATHEIST here, and watch EARTH ANGEL here.



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  • Thank God I’m an Atheist : These people are supposed to be in their mid to late thirties? Holly sounds like a frightened child surrounded by playmates who are fixated on potty-training humor. Pretty “fu..fu..fucking” lame.



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  • Melvin
    Aug 30, 2015 at 2:07 am

    These people are supposed to be in their mid to late thirties? Holly sounds like a frightened child surrounded by playmates who are fixated on potty-training humor.

    It’s a sitcom!!!!



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  • @OP — Challenging the negative stereotypes of atheists as heartless, hopeless, or just plain evil in popular entertainment,

    https://www.richarddawkins.net/2015/08/bill-oreilly-blames-decline-in-spirituality-for-the-deaths-of-wdbj-journalists/

    The negative stereotypes are maintained by preaching media delusionists like this idiot!

    Mentally unstable individual takes out his murderous resentment and frustrations on being sacked on ex-colleagues!

    Blame it on the clear thinking atheists and secular, culture which lacks sweet delusional religious self righteousness!

    It seems that in using brain-addled “faith-thinking” there is no obvious connection between shootings and GUN CULTURE!



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  • Melvin
    Aug 30, 2015 at 2:07 am

    If you want something a bit more intellectually challenging than a sitcom, I can recommend the movie, The Man Who Sued God. There are also some video clips and trailers on the net if you want a sample.

    .The Man Who Sued God is a 2001 Australian comedy film starring Billy Connolly and Judy Davis, and directed by Mark Joffe. The film was considered a financial success, debuting at number one at the Australian box office in the week of its launch and as of 2013 remains the 28th highest grossing Australian film of all time.



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  • It’s a sitcom!!!!

    No. it’s an adolescent skit. I went to a prep school where clever kids wrote and performed better stuff than this on our rickety auditorium stage. Behind the hipster contrivances trying to project identities in limp repartee, lurk a coterie of young adults coming of middle age, who give up on the art of comedy in favor of forcing laughs by talking about poop and pee pee.



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