God Help Us – Dark religious comedy scripts



It turns out Nietzsche was wrong: god isn’t dead; he’s just been tied up at a meeting – a cosmically long meeting – at the Galactic Council. Now’s he’s back and bucking harder than ever to George-Jefferson his way out of his middle-manager post in a third-rate galaxy. As god works to polish his Milky-Way resume, one nasty, black smear threatens to doom his ladder-climbing plans: the atrocities perpetrated by the inhabitants of third planet from its sun in a rinky-dink solar system – all with his supposed seal of approval.

As god speeds through Earth’s CliffsNotes from his two-thousand year absence, he decides this planetary stain on his cosmic ledger cannot stand. His solution is simple: eliminate the problem by erasing Earth from his bottom line altogether. One snag in his divine business plan is the obscure DaVinci Clause which states god cannot wipe Earth from his spreadsheet until every inhabitant renounces their faith in him. So, he sets out to disabuse his fans of the myth of his benevolent nature – with extreme prejudice.

“God Help Us” recently received a two-performance staged reading at Fierce Backbone theater in Los Angeles and was also selected as the featured play by the Alliance of Los Angeles Playwrights for its New Works Lab (Eclectic Company Theater). This “DOGMA” styled religious dark comedy may be offensive to sensitive readers.

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Author: Jeremy Kehoe

Genre: Comedy, dark religious comedy scripts

Type: Two Act Comedy

Number of Actors: Eight, Five onstage, 3 offstage, 4M 1 F onstage, rest N.

Ages of the actors: F older, young M and the rest fit the cliches of god, Jesus and St. Peter.

Suitable for: PG 14 – blasphemy, language

Level of Difficulty: 7/10 – playing characters convincingly

Set: Act 1: A WHITE STAGE doused in a bright, but soft, WHITE LIGHT. A CNN-style PRAYER TICKER scrolls across the back wall. Interspersed among the scrolling prayers are requests for God’s help resolving larger issues – bringing peace to Middle East, ending hunger, etc. – but most are requests for personal favors. There is a small LAPTOP on top of a WHITE DESK; two WHITE CHAIRS sit perpendicular to the audience.

Act 2:  INTERIOR of the FERGUSON home. The space is plain: a sagging leather COUCH, a yard-sale T.V. STAND, and wobbly BOOKSHELF fill one space. On the wall above the BOOKSHELF is a framed PORTRAIT OF JESUS. On top of the BOOKSHELF are a group of lit TEA CANDLES. A small KITCHEN TABLE and two CHAIRS occupy the rest of the stage.

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Like this play? Have a look at some of our other dark comedies and religious plays:

Blasphemous rumours – a tongue in cheek drama comedy. Set in hell
The Appointment with God – a one act drama
John Paul excluded from Paradise – a drama of faith

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