At Tiny Frog the question is asked: “Are comedians more likely to be atheist/agnostic?”
I’ve also wondered, why would so many comedians be atheists?
I have no empirical evidence for any of this, but here’s a few possible reasons:
They are relatively smart
They are widely read
They question everything
They see the funny side of things
They are quick witted
I think the way they look at the world and poke fun at it, lends them to look at religion and poke fun at it.
Tiny Frog’s site lists a few comedians, here’s a few more: Ross Noble, Paul McDermott. Any more?
What other jobs (beside sciences) lend themselves to have a higher proportion of atheists?