The Blasphemy Tour

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Two Canadian atheists go on a cross-country speaking tour of American Bible Colleges.

The Blasphemy Tour — where philosophy essay meets stand-up.

"Irreverent. Definitely irreverent." Anon. More
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About Jass Richards

Jass Richards ( has a Master’s degree in Philosophy and for a (very) brief time was a stand-up comic (now she’s more of a sprawled-on-the-couch comic). Despite these attributes, she has received four Ontario Arts Council grants.

In addition to her Rev and Dylan series (The Road Trip Dialogues, The Blasphemy Tour, License to Do That, and The ReGender App), which has reportedly made at least one person snort root beer out her nose, she has written This Will Not Look Good on My Resume (shortlisted for the Rubery Book Award), followed by its sequel Dogs Just Wanna Have Fun ('nuff said). She has also written the perfect cottage-warming gift, TurboJetslams: Proof #29 of the Non-Existence of God (watch for the sequel, Satan Takes Over), which, along with License to Do That, made it to Goodreads' Fiction Books That Opened Your Eyes To A Social Or Political Issue list, and a (way)-off-the-beaten-path first contact story, A Philosopher, A Psychologist, and an Extraterrestrial Walk into a Chocolate Bar, to which Jane Smith's Translation Dictionary is a 'companion' book. Lastly, she has written Too Stupid to Visit¸ a collection of funny bits from her stand-up non-career.

Excerpts from her several books have appeared in The Cynic Online Magazine, in Contemporary Monologues for Young Women (vol.3) and 222 More Comedy Monologues, and on Erma Bombeck’s humor website. Her one-woman play Substitute Teacher from Hell received its premiere performance by Ghost Monkey Productions in Winnipeg.

Her worst-ever stand-up moment occurred in Atlanta at a for-blacks-only club (apparently). Her best-ever stand-up moment occurred in Toronto when she made the black guy fall off his stool because he was laughing so hard at her Donovan Bailey joke (the guy set a world record for running the 100M in 9.84 seconds, yeah? Big wup. My dog can do better than that. 'Course, she's black too).

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Reviews of The Blasphemy Tour by Jass Richards

L. K. Killian reviewed on Jan. 22, 2013

If I were Siskel and Ebert I would give this book Two Thumbs Way Up. I must admit toward the end, I was dragging my feet, like you do when a book is really good and you don't want it to end.

Yes, it is blasphemy toward organized religion but it gives you tons of Bible verses to back up its premises. And besides, it's pure entertainment.

There's a prequel which I recommend you read first. The Road Trip Dialogues.

Ms. Richards is a great writer and has certainly done the homework - for you! And you don’t have to dig out and dust off your Bible. She lays it all out for you.

I only hope there will be a third book.


(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Alex Bell reviewed on July 6, 2012

I have mixed feelings about this book.

On the one hand it enabled me to stretch my mind by grappling with alternative points of view, particularly about the relevance and basis for religious belief, and supported my own beliefs in the stupidity of war and of mindless patriotism.

On the other hand the views expressed are selective, not to say bigoted, and express only one point of view. Some of the situations and events described seem unbelievable even for the US. And I think it weakens the case the author presents to use two people who have fried their brains with drugs as the protagonists.

Worst of all, to someone who designs ebooks, is that plonked down in the middle of chapter one there is a several line shill from somebody or other offering his services as a proof reader.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)

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