“Father Joe”: Not Funny, But Wonderful

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I listen to The Moth podcast because it almost never fails to make my whole spirit roil with tittering champagne bubbles of hilarity. I don’t guffaw out loud, mind you. It’s just that frothy happiness that fills me up — not unlike the pool scene in Peter Sellers’ classis, The Party.

Today I listened to satirist Tony Hendra’s recent podcast about his time at a monastery and the monk who changed the way he lived. Although it wasn’t really all that “funny,” the craft of the story made me remember why I love The Moth: the combination of real voices conveying vivid chunks of their life makes such compelling listening.

In the case of this podcast, Hendra uses fantastically subtle juxtaposition — of pedophilia and satire, ironically — to tell a beautiful story about peace.