Comedian Betsy Salkind – Irreverent In All the Right Ways

  • May 26, 2013 · 11:00 AM
  • Center for Inquiry - Los Angeles

If you love to laugh, be at the May 26 meeting of Atheists United. Don’t miss this special appearance by one of America’s funniest comedians—Betsy Salkind.

Betsy is an actress, comedian and former staff writer for “SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL” and the sitcom “ROSEANNE” and a joke writer for Anthony Robbins. She has appeared on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and SHOWTIME’s “Fierce Funny Women” and is the author of Betsy’s Sunday School Bible Classics and other children-style books for adults, and a contributor to the just-released No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Motherhood.

The Boston Globe said, “There are countless ways to make someone laugh, and Betsy Salkind knows most of them. Want sarcastic wit? Political humor? Or maybe just a good animal mime? Salkind can pull all that off and more.”

Andrea Kittelson, on, said, “What I admire about Betsy’s humor is not just her straightforward delivery but its keen intelligence. There are no fart jokes here. No racist how-many-Slavs-does-it-take-to-make-a-pie bon mots. No cheap I-don’t-know-what-to-say-next-so-I’ll-go-gutter defaults. Betsy writes material that is smart and delivers it in a way that’s funny.”

A complimentary lunch is provided after the talk. We’ll get a chance to meet, talk and get to know one another.

This meeting is free and open to the public. We rely on donations to keep it that way. The monthly meeting costs about $10/person to run. If you are able to, please contribute online or at the meeting.

AU Kids
Children are welcome to join our AU Kids program. The children have another area where they play and learn during the main event. Parents are free to attend the main event or stay with their children during the meeting. After the main event, we all come together for lunch.

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  • Miguel T.

    Forgot, and I don't know if it's been said already:
    Doug Stanhope is the person who set up the fund for the OK atheist.
    (We are all OK atheists, now that I think about it) :)

    1 · May 28, 2013

    • Maureen N.

      Yep, Miguel, we are all OK athiests! Thanks for the info re Doug Stanhope. When June 1st comes around, I want to donate. I really enjoyed Rebecca Vitsmun in the video. She is one lucky person and I imagine one grateful person!

      May 28, 2013

    • Mike M.

      OK as in Oklahoma, in case anyone is confused by this discussion...

      June 4, 2013

  • Alex B

    Hey Kazuko, it was marvelous to see you at the meeting and having lunch with you the other day was lots of fun!
    My son is looking forward to meeting you...
    Let's hang out again soon!

    June 1, 2013

  • Elizabeth C.

    Thanks so much for having great childcare!

    May 28, 2013

  • Carl

    This issue came up during the Shelley Segal performance on Thursday night. The bible specifically forbids getting any tattoos in Leviticus 19:28, which says:

    “You shall not make any gashes in your flesh for the dead or tattoo any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

    1 · May 24, 2013

    • Carl

      Someone asked Shelley about her tattoo. She was "raised" as an orthodox Jew.

      May 26, 2013

    • Maureen N.

      just to borrow from Betsy: Are you saying "raised" or "razed," Carl?

      2 · May 27, 2013

  • Alexis C.

    I do love to laugh! This sounds like a great event. I'm curious to learn about her 'Sunday School Bible Classics.'

    2 · May 9, 2013

    • Maureen N.

      I'm purchasing her "Sunday School Bible Classics" at the next meeting because, after thumbing thru it at yesterday's meeting, I want to add it to my library. It's a great book!

      May 27, 2013

  • Gary H

    Betsy Salkind on Health Reform

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • Maureen N.

    Betsy is hilarious! As always, very enjoyable company at the meetup on Sunday.

    May 27, 2013

  • Carl

    The name of the Oklahoma Tornado Survivor in the video is Rebecca Vitsmun. She did not ask for donations, but atheists raised $91,665 so far, as of 5/27/2013 5:13 AM, to help her rebuild. If you wish to donate to this fund, go to The American Humanist Association donated an additional $10,000. More info:

    The Priest and The Concubine, mentioned by Betsy Salkind, at

    “Really? The Lord? Look what that f***in bastard did to my house!”

    4 · May 27, 2013

    • Maureen N.

      Carl, thanks for posting such relevant and important info on a regular basis. I appreciate your efforts and thorough, thoughtful behaviour!

      1 · May 27, 2013

  • Juan G.

    I love the way comedy enhances the learning experience and how, through absurdity, points out the inefficiency of religion.

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Smart and funny!

    1 · May 27, 2013

  • Buck B.

    Audience member: Do you ever draw from Richard Dawkins?
    Betsy: Only blood.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Miguel T.

    Glad I skipped church. *wink*
    Betsy was much funnier.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much better than Sunday School. Thanks AU!

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fantastic! I had a great time. Betsy was hilariously funny.

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Alex B


    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Kazuko

    Great animal mimes and sarcastic wit. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    May 26, 2013

  • Sarah B.


    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Alma Jill D.

    I really want to go, but we just can't this time! When Ariel goes to camp this summer, I will definitely attend more!

    1 · May 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to meeting some fellow Atheists and having some good laughs :)

    1 · May 23, 2013

  • alan

    I don't know what the big deal is, all one needs to do is think for a couple of minutes-something americans are not trained to do-and you will realise you are an atheist

    1 · May 22, 2013

  • Michael Antonio D.

    i'll probably have to work

    May 22, 2013

  • David S.

    I have another commitment that weekend

    May 18, 2013

  • Christine K

    Looks good! I hope I can make it!

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Rosalind M.

    Looking forward to it.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Michael K.

    I'll be there along with many other Atheists United members who are not on Meetup.

    1 · May 13, 2013

  • Howard B.

    Been meaning to come.

    2 · May 10, 2013

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