Picks and Pans Review: Breakfast in Heaven

updated 09/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/1986 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Father Guido Sarducci

The good father—well, maybe he's more like the mediocre father—seems to have mellowed since the days when he was the ersatz chaplain of Saturday Night Live. There's certainly a gentle tone to this album, which was recorded during a concert at Notre Dame, outside South Bend, Ind. Don Novello (as Sarducci is known in his more profane moments) often wanders far out of character, doing basic stand-up bits, such as one about the singing of Happy Birthday: He suggests that by substituting a shorter version of the song, everyone can save six or seven minutes during a lifetime. There's some sacrilegious humor in his listing of the commandments that Moses lost when he dropped his stone tablet. They include, "Wait a half hour after eating before you go swimming...Whistle while you work...It's okay to eat chicken with your fingers." In his traditional question-answer session with the audience, Novello notes that his favorite sin is "original sin—that means you thought it up yourself." There's also a brief discussion of contraception, but for the most part, this is by modern standards an innocuous comedy LP and a funny one. (Warner Bros.)

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