Swedes enjoy 'Jesus in Guantanamo'
Peter Vinthagen Simpson · 3 May 2008, 10:49
Published: 03 May 2008 10:49 GMT+02:00
The controversial show, depicting Jesus Christ as a prisoner at the US prison Camp in Guantanamo, Cuba, has become something of a cult hit in Sweden and is currently in the top ten of downloaded comedy shows on itunes/charts/top10comedyalbums.html">iTunes.
The youtube.com/watch?v=972KIlxh4jM">live version of 'Jesus: The Guantanamo Years' has already proved a sell-out hit at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Abie Philbin Bowman has also performed the show in Pakistan under a state of emergency.
The show depicts a bearded Jesus returning to Earth only to meet the full force of US bureaucracy as he is held at US immigration.
"He's a bearded, Middle-Eastern Guy, on a mission to die as a martyr....and he has just walked out of a cave."
What's more Northern Ireland's largest political party - Ian Paisley's DUP - called for it to be boycotted.
Abie Philbin Bowman attributes the show's success to its irreverent take on an important subject.
"Guantanamo Bay is like a maximum security prison designed by Kentucky Fried Chicken: it has tiny wire-mesh cages, soulless uniforms and teenage staff with no other career options."