- they make up and embellish stories about their friends, relatives, strangers.... and priests.
- they can't keep secrets. They convert private conversations into fodder for their comedy acts or routines.
- they never stop joking. Imagine confessing a serious sin to a comedian. He's likely to poke fun at you every time he sees you in the congregation from the pulpit.
Heeere's Father Johnny... .
God must have a sense of humour... He created us.
Holy Scripture presents some of the Lord's very effective word plays:
salt (melach) and kingliness (melekh, king), St. Matthew 5:13: You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.
camel (Aramaic=gamla; Greek=kamilos) and rope (Aramaic=gamala; Greek=kamêlos; rope made of camel hair), St. Matthew 19:24: Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.... but turning the Mass into a nightclub act turns the temple into a sideshow, and we all know how our Lord dealt with those who defiled the Temple (St. John 2:15).
The occasional (rare?) use of humour to instruct and engage the faithful is one thing. The habitual telling of corny and even off colour jokes that draw attention to oneself and which distract from the solemnity of the Mass is quite another. Just say 'no' to comedian-homilists!