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Video: The Comic Side of Ash Wednesday

Video: The Comic Side of Ash Wednesday

I’d almost forgotten that Conan O’Brien had a show, tucked away at 11:00 and competing with Jon Stewart, but I’m glad I caught his Pee-wee Herman interview last night. It ends with Conan, Pee-wee (who was promoting next week’s HBO special, recorded from his recent Broadway show) and a cast ready for a school pageant in a silly, funny sketch explaining the meaning of Ash Wednesday.

Fast forward 5:45 minutes into the video to find it.

And for Lent, practicing Catholic Stephen Colbert gives up something he cares about: Catholicism. Like Conan, he manages to make jokes about religion without being anti-religious.

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