How do you get SIX MILLION followers on Twitter? As someone who spends all day most days on social media, I’m staggered by the very notion. It must require divine intervention… of sorts.
David Javerbaum has achieved it, with help from above, with his satirical but often deeply profound @TheTweetOfGod account, which he started in 2010 on the back of his comic book, The Last Testament: A Memoir by God, and which subsequently spawned the hit 2015 Broadway play An Act of God. Beyond pseudo-religiosity in 140-280 characters, Javerbaum is also a 13-time Emmy Award-winning writer whose credits include The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Late Show with James Corden and some of the Tony Awards’ most memorable recent opening numbers (including “Broadway: It’s Not Just for Gays Anymore!”).
But back to God… After successful New York runs in 2015 and 2016 – with Jim Parsons (TV’s The Big Bang Theory) and Sean Hayes (Will & Grace) as the Almighty – and numerous other US and international productions, An Act of God now receives its British premiere with comedian Zoe Lyons as the Almighty, assisted in her efforts to clarify the Ten Commandments by Archangels Matt Tedford (best known as own comic creation Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho) and Tom Bowen.
After last night’s performance (on Thanksgiving by the way, as duly noted by Americans onstage and in the audience) at The Vaults, I was joined by writer, cast and director Benji Sperring for more blasphemy and belly laughs. Amongst the big issues covered:
- Why is Twitter crack for comedians?
- Does Catholicism make you gay?!
- How has An Act of God been anglicised?
- Does a female divinity differ from a male one?
- What does it feel like to play God?
- Just how shocking are some of the stories in The Bible? (Do you know what happened to Lot?)
- Why can God thank Stephen Hawking for his highest retweet ratio?
- What does the social media wrath of God look like?
- Why does Jesus attract more protests than his dad?
- Should Donald Trump be banned from Twitter?
Watch and share the full video below. Unforgettable!
Event photography by Peter Jones.
Production photography by Geraint Lewis.