Review: The Devil’s Mischief

Throughout human mythology, the Devil, in all of his guises, has possessed (pun intended) an immense sense of humor. Through such manifestations as Loki and Coyote, the capacity for tricks and laughter has been keenly aligned with the Satanic for millennia. In stark contrast, the fictionalized character of Jehovah is far too busy smacking humanity on the wrists at every possible turn for being themselves to have even a smidgen of humor inside of him. Simply stated, the Biblical god is no fun.

Church of Satan Reverend Bill M. knows these facts as well. He also knows that there is a wealth of comedy and novelty music that has a whole lot more to do with the Satanic philosophy than most purportedly upstanding citizens would like to discover or admit. Gathering up the best bits from all of the clown princes of Hell, a show of hilariously diabolical proportions is born. And its name is The Devil’s Mischief.

True to its moniker, TDM keeps it carnal in all matters funny. From thoughtfully sinister routines by such greats as George Carlin, Doug Stanhope, Lewis Black, David Cross and numerous others all the way to classic and sometimes forgotten gems of yesteryear including those of Groucho Marx, Bob Newhart, Spike Jones, Weird Al, Steve Martin and more. And Bill certainly makes sure that content is varied, almost never repeating the same clips twice — except perhaps for his occasional themed episodes, which have included such brilliant motifs as the Gay Eskimo episode, the Anti-Valentine’s specials, the Best of Blasphemy, and those darned Banana shows. Ring-ring-ring, indeed.

Making regular appearances on the roster of Radio Free Satan for many years now, you can certainly listen to the show from their site, or download it from there or from TDM’s iTunes page — though, in the last instance, only the most recent episode appears on iTunes due to RFS’s primitive use of RSS, so download it from there quickly before the following week comes, if that’s your choice. But, you should definitely tune in. It could mean your immortal soul… or missing out on some really funny jokes. You decide.

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Matt G. Paradise is Executive Director of Purging Talon, a media company responsible for releasing groundbreaking and often imitated audio, video, print, and Web work since 1993, including the internationally respected Satanic magazine, Not Like Most. Paradise is also a Magister in the Church of Satan and, since the early-1990s, has also done media representative work for the CoS through all major media forms — network television, radio, print publications, and the Internet. He is the author of Bearing The Devil’s Mark, a collection of writings on Satanism; as well as editor of The Book of Satanic Quotations (First and Second Editions). He was also producer and co-host of Terror Transmission, a horror movie commentary podcast; and is currently the producer and host of two podcasts (The Accusation Party and Strange Moments in Cultural History) on The Accusation Network.