Sacred Art of Joking

The Sacred Art of Joking is a book by James Cary about how jokes can go horribly wrong, especially in the realm of religion.

The devil may have all the best tunes. But does he have all the best jokes?

Was Jesus funny? Why does religion have to be so serious? Maybe it doesn’t.

Award-winning BBC Comedy writer and stand-up theologian James Cary explains why Christians should be able to take a joke and how the Bible is way funnier than it first appears. Seriously.

James has contributed to BBC shows like Miranda, Another Case of Milton Jones and Newsnight. In The Sacred Art of Joking, he delves into the Bible and finds that ultimately, the joke’s on us.

The Sacred Art of Joking is published by SPCK in UK – and by IVP in USA in March.

How can I buy the book?

You can buy a signed copy of the book directly from the author here here. (UK Only) Please consider doing this as it makes the author considerable more money than your purchase via Amazon!

You can also buy copies of James’s previous works, including a DVD of his romantic comedy about science and faith, The God Particle and an audio CD of his comedy about Martin Luther and the 95 Theses, A Monk’s Tale. These could make excellent unexpected presents.

An unsigned version of The Sacred Art of Joking can be pre-ordered via Amazon here. (And Amazon USA here.)

About The Author

James Cary has twenty years’ experience writing all kinds of comedy for BBC, ranging from mainstream hits like Miranda and My Family, and BBC Radio 4 shows like Hut 33 and Another Case of Milton Jones to CBeebies shows like Something Special and Gigglebiz. No stranger to controversy, James c0-created Bluestone 42, a sitcom set in bomb disposal unit in Afghanistan.

James hosts a podcast about comedy called Sitcom Geeks and has performed comedy at Spring Harvest, Greenbelt and The Brighton Fringe. He has also appeared on Newsnight (BBC2), the Today programme (BBC Radio 4) and various BBC news programmes, often talking about comedy and offence.

James is also a Christian, has a degree in Theology and is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England for Bath & Wells. Having written a column for Third Way magazine for over a decade, as well as stage shows The God Particle and A Monk’s Tale, he now co-hosts a podcast about the Church, the Bible and culture with Barry Cooper (Cooper & Cary Have Words).

James also has a one-man show based on all of the above, also called The Sacred Art of Joking, which can be booked for your church. Please contact him via this website for more details.

You can see James do his Sacred Art of Joking show on:

13th Feb 2019 Leicester Comedy Festival, Leicester Cathedral

8th March 2019 St John The Evangelist, Bromley

9th March 2019 Belmont Chapel, Exeter

14th March 2019 St George’s Church, Shrewsbury

15th March 2019 St John the Evangelist, Oulton, Stone, ST15 8UB

You can hear a small slice of the show below:

Here’s James on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme on 18th December 2018.

And here, James talks to Glen Scrivener about why Easter is funnier than it might first appear: