Picks and Pans Review: Father Guido Sarducci

updated 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/26/1980 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Don Novello

When the Blues Brothers split Saturday Night Live last season, the show could well have been facing Last Writes. But Don Novello as the Vatican gossip columnist of "Weekend Update," Father Sarducci, has done his irreverent bit for its salvation. Now he has pulled off a media transubstantiation—from video to vinyl—with this droll collection of monologues. Some of the material drags, but Novello's timing and ingratiating struggle with English are perfect. His SNL rundown of the restaurant check for the Last Supper is not included here, but there is commentary from his book, Guide to the Confessional, which offers the sort of advice on sinning that CPAs give taxpayers—"weasel and maneuver" so that you can "screw around your whole life and still get to Heaven." The Father also sermonizes about a newly discovered planet moving both toward and away from the earth at 30,000 miles per second. Its inhabitants can't tell "who's a-comin' and who's a-goin'," he says, adding that they age to 100, then go back to the womb. The worst part is facing puberty—"in the opposite direction—verrrry difficult...would be just terrible, look down and a-just see yourself shrinkin' away...day after day...a little a-less of you. They can have it." Novello is a truly entertaining new comic.

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