Stand and deliver

Performers in the pulpit

At the annual banquet of the University of Chicago Divinity School, a first-year student knocked ’em dead with a stand-up comedy routine. But then Rebecca Anderson has had some practice: she was a stand-up comic.

“When I tell people here I grew up in a fundamentalist family, they treat me like I just got out of a POW camp,” she said. Her eyes widen, feigning people’s sincere concern: “Oh my God, are you OK? What did they do to you?” Added Anderson: “But then there are some things I miss about the fundamentalists. Like a community that actually believes in Jesus.” Her fellow students burst out with laughter. Comedy comes from recognizing oneself anew, if with slight discomfort.


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