Colorado comedian Lori Callahan sticks it to the Mormons

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Lori Callahan is not a Mormon.
Even though we may have made the "wrong assumption, wrong conclusion" about the onslaught of "I'm a Mormon" billboards across the state, comedian Lori Callahan still sees a correlation. She can't help but think that as the election draws closer, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's faith has a lot to do with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint's advertising, and in response, Callahan has begun her own campaign -- the appropriately titled "I'm NOT a Mormon."

"I have no idea where the South Dakota accent came from," Callahan jokes of the character in the video, but adds that a midwestern housewife-type seemed to fit the anti-"I'm a Mormon" clip.

"To me, it feels like a cult," Callahan says of the LDS Church, going on to say that the sketch was created not only in response to recent advertising, but from previous experience working in comedy clubs in Utah. "If you're not a Mormon, they treat you horribly."

Callahan stresses, though, that she's not necessarily about mocking others' faith, but more calling out the hypocrisy in sects still practicing polygamy. Callahan plans to write and produce more "Not a Mormon" sketches as 2012 election coverage speeds up, and delve deeper into the notion that the diverse "face" of Mormonism portrayed in the LDS Church's ad campaign just doesn't seem accurate.

But for the record, Callahan says there is one type of Mormon she does like -- those of the "Jack" variety. Drink up, Jack Mormons!

Not sure how you feel about Mormons? Read more in our "shallow but helpful but guide to see if you should hate them or not."

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Linda
Linda

Wow, that was so funny, I forgot to laugh. 

Did you know that only about 14% of the world's Mormons live in Utah? Over 50% live outside the United States! Personally, I don't want to live in Utah, too many Mormons. And 

I'M A MORMON

Go figure

Big ol' Mormon
Big ol' Mormon

Me and my seven wives thought she was pretty funny.

Fred E.
Fred E.

You are as about unfunny as she was if you are a big ole Mormon remember your thoughts and actions.

RaymondSwenson
RaymondSwenson

If living in Utah is hell, why do a million non-Mormons live there? There are plenty of religious communities of every kind in Utah, from Baptists to Buddhists, and they get along just fine. Mormons don't put roadblocks in the way of building synagogues or churches using zoning ordinances. They don't picket other churches. They don't attack other religions over the pulpit. They encourage education and support many universities. They work in computer science and medical technology. They donate time and money to help people in Japan and Haiti recover from natural disasters. And about a third of a million people decide to join them every year.

grimalkin
grimalkin

Mormons are known generally for their politeness, good manners, and helpfulness.  I wonder sometimes if those who claim poor treatment in Utah by Mormons just choose to see it that way since the Mormons don't sit around with them getting drunk, smoking, and telling dirty jokes.

Fred E.
Fred E.

I think you may have figured it out!

Jeff Kiser
Jeff Kiser

Anti Mormons.  The last accepted bigots.  One wonders if she made fun of Jews, or perhaps other groups with equal disdain if her comedy spoofs would be considered as funny? 

M65
M65

jews don't advertise like viagara commercials, its not mormons that bother me, its their need to do commercials

Mikesplumbing77
Mikesplumbing77

Mebbe the Utards didn't think she was funny. What a poor sport.

BradDenney
BradDenney

If I owned a club in Utah, I would treat her poorly too, because a bbitch is a bbitch and should be treated as one...even in Utah.

Whaa?
Whaa?

Wow - that is really not as funny as I hope it would be.

Tom W.
Tom W.

Yup, she really stuck it to us Mormons.

Jennifer Wohletz
Jennifer Wohletz

When I lived there I had a running joke that the LDS church should erect a "Great Wall of Nephi" around the entire state of Utah to keep the Momos in, and the Gentiles out. The funny part about that was the few nice Momos I actually talked to agreed with me.

Fred E.
Fred E.

My mother always told me that ignorance is bliss and it is the seed that generates fear. I heard somewhere that a female comic like a male comic would sell their soul to the devil to get a laugh, I am beginning to believe that is true. It is very difficult to find the good ones any more. Makes a person long for Abbot and Costello and Bob Hope and so on.

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