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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 April, 2004, 06:32 GMT 07:32 UK
City's hunt for comical clerics
Father Ted
The organisers have not yet found a comical Catholic priest
The nation's self-styled comedy capital is looking for gurus who can raise a giggle or clerics who have their flocks rolling in the pews.

Liverpool's Comedy Festival 2004 is searching for the city's funniest faith leader and has attracted Sikh, Hindu, Methodist and Anglican would-be comics.

But it has yet to find a rib-tickling rabbi or comical Catholic priest.

The Liverpool Comedy Trust is hunting for another three or four stand-ups for a series of special workshops.

It is hoped the comical canons and Jewish jesters will make the same switch from synagogue to stand up like American comedian Jackie Mason, a former rabbi.

Comical clergy

The festival is hunting for wise-cracking spiritual leaders who will be given master classes by professional comedians ahead of a one night gig at the city's comedy festival in July.

"This project is a unique way of celebrating the many faiths in Liverpool," said Gillian Miller, chair of the Liverpool Comedy Trust.

"We have encouraged all faith groups to take part and we've worked closely with them to make sure the event is both acceptable and accessible to them."

The city's Lord Mayor Councillor Ron Gould promises the show will be done in "good taste."


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