Episode 7

Published on:

2nd Jun 2021

S2EP7 - Humour

In this episode Bishop Umbers chats with Richard Sharpe and Jeremy McLellan about all things humour, wit, and stand-up comedy in light of the phenomenology of the human person.

Richard Sharpe is a Latin Tutor at the Lyceum Institute. An American and cradle Catholic, his undergraduate and graduate studies in philosophy brought him to a study of the phenomenology of the human person, especially the nature of humour and its role in our lives. He’s also had an on and off addiction to performing at open mic comedy nights.

Jeremy McLellan is an American stand-up comedian and Catholic convert. He was recently awarded a Teaching Fellowship at Word on Fire Ministries and was named a “New Face of Comedy” at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal. Before the pandemic Jeremy completed sold-out tours in the US, Canada, UK, and Pakistan.

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About the Podcast

The Episcopal Podcast
The Episcopal Podcast is a show where, in the context of a friendly discussion and/or interview, we bring the elements of the Christian intellectual tradition to bear on contemporary issues.
The Episcopal Podcast is an initiative of intellectual formation by Bishop Richard Umbers, auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Sydney.
In the context of a fortnightly informal discussion with co-hosts and guests, the podcast aims to bring awareness to the riches that make up the Christian intellectual tradition, which includes philosophy, theology, history, the sciences, languages and the arts. Conversations will last between 30 and 45 minutes and be organised around discussions on specific topics, both historical and contemporary.

The podcast will do more than visit academic museum pieces, but also bring that tradition to bear on the lives of Christians and all of good will. This flows from the basic commitment that genuine intellectual endeavour is not meant to be an opportunity to display the individual prowess of a select class, but works for the common good of all. Because of this, the podcast will make the content of the intellectual tradition as relatable as possible to as many people as possible, without losing sight of the intellectual heart of the program. Because the podcast is aimed for the common good, it also seeks to have an international focus, bringing together guests from Australia and also overseas.

The podcast also aims to partner up with established intellectual formation event providers, including but not exclusive to Scholarship in the Cathedral and the QndA series by the Institute for Ethics and Society at the University of Notre Dame Australia. This partnership could involve interviews with presenters, as well as the distribution of audio recordings arising from these events.