Ian Harris on Comedy, Skeptical Audiences, and Atheism

May 7, 2020

In this episode of Point of Inquiry, cohost Leighann Lord talks with fellow comic Ian Harris.

Besides being a comedian, Harris is a voice actor, writer, director, and MMA trainer. He is also an outspoken atheist and skeptic who confronts magical thinking and religion in his comedy. In 2019, Leighann Lord and Harris joined forces and performed their mainstage show at Dragon Con. That show, dubbed “The Science and Fiction Comedy Show,” blended nerdom (it’s Drgaon Con after all!), atheism, skepticism, and science.

In this engaging interview with Lord, Harris tells us about what it’s like to perform skeptical comedy for audiences and lets us in on the type of audience that gives the best laughs.  Harris explains how he effectively uses his comedy to teach people skeptical and critical thinking.  He’s seen certain topics, such as climate change, become politicized and divorced from science. It’s his hope to rectify that with his comedy. Lord and Harris also dive into the observation that even within the atheist community, many hold onto their own “religious” beliefs and not everyone in the community is a critical thinker or skeptic. They then discuss the resulting schism or gap that’s been created.

You can follow Leighann on twitter @LeighannLord.
You can follow Ian on twitter @comediocre and check out his YouTube channel, IanHarrisComedian, where you can enjoy videos from his stand-up specials, “Critical & Thinking” and “ExtraOrdinary”, his Reason Rally performances, interviews, and more.

This Week’s Music

“Bon Journée” by Chad Crouch / CC BY-NC 3.0

“Idle Ways” by Blue Dot Sessions / CC BY-NC 4.0

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