The Immaculate Big Bang
religion, science, laughs
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About The Show
Sparked by the death of his father and birth of his daughter, Comedian Bill Santiago goes in search of answers and laughs at the border of science and religion, exploring the comic nature of the cosmic quest for understanding existence, life and death (not necessarily in that order).
Soad Kader Thank YOU Bill, not only did I laugh during your entire show, but my Catholic Mom and Muslim Dad (non-practicing), one on either side of me did too... they loved it, and I was so happy to feel them laughing like that... it's been awhile and it felt awesome! Thank you, thank you, un abrazo!
Tina Valentine Bill, your show last night was GREAT and hilarious! Nan said she had to take ibuprofen 'cuz her face hurt from laughing so hard. Love
Yollanda Gonzales Bill, your show was awesome tonight! You have an incredible talent of creating humor out of anything and everything. It was my first time to see your show and I can`t recall laughing so hard or so long as tonight. I hope to see your Spanglish show sometime...hugs and love
Lata Maddipati Bill, I can't tell you how absolutely brilliant your show was last night!!!!!!! Of all the shows I have seen that one was the best!. I like. We all liked. You walked that line of sensitivity, and humor. You made people laugh about what makes them cry. This is why we are alive. To be touched and to laugh. You have a gift -- probably inherited from a previous lifetime but I'm glad to know you in this one.
The venue was also so intimate and perfect. You were so witty and natural and warm. What I loved most was how sincere it was and all the personal stories you shared touched me and made me laugh at the same time. I think you have touched on the whole point of life -- to enjoy the craziness -- not take it to seriously and to evoke our hearts.
My friend is Muslim and she thought you were amazing and I wanted you to know. That is a very fine line to walk and you did with your expert sensitivity and humor. You made something very heavy very light, without painting broad brush stokes about all Muslims -- you still touched on the obvious, without being offensive. That is what makes you brilliant. I don't really know how you did that.
Thank you so much for making me laugh until I hurt. You are so amazingly smart and talented and I am so proud of you! Looking forward to bringing a bigger crowd out to Yoshi's! Everyone needs to be touched by your talent.
With love, Lata
Cathryn Domros Hi Bill, I just wanted to tell you again how much I enjoyed your show at La Pena last Friday, and how much it has stayed with me. I especially liked that it was a really thoughtful as well as funny show. Gabriella and I both agreed it was extremely moving, especially the stories about your dad. And I loved the way you interwove those stories with your hilarious takes on death and the various religions, starting with the oldest (I especially liked the way you talked about the “Holy Ghost” –-that concept now makes me think about Caspar with a halo), moving through the newer ones, and finally to the technology cathedral, looking for answers. And the lovely irony that all the while, by telling stories about your father and bringing him to life (in front of a live audience no less), you were answering your own question—it is not science or religion that brings our loved ones back from the dead, but memory and the art of story-telling (which also favors the turtle theory of world creation). What a wonderful, poignant message!
Remember way back in SF when you went to see Spaulding Gray and wanted your work to approach what he was doing? You’ve done it! Fabulous job!!!!
I'm touring my latest show, The Immaculate Big Bang (religion, science, laughs) at Fringe Festivals around the country.
READ THE REVIEWS:
2016 Capital Fringe Review:
‘The Immaculate Big Bang’
by Amy Kotkin on July 8, 2016
No cosmic question is too challenging to escape the laser wit of Bill Santiago. In The Immaculate Big Bang, which he wrote and performs, Santiago ruminates across a philosophical spectrum ranging from quantum physics to Catholicism, Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle to Islamic images of Paradise, as he probes under the hood of science and belief and discovers both their profundities and absurdities. Along the way, he explores the existential properties of Dr. Seuss’ immortal Green Eggs and Ham, the concept of parthenogenesis as a possible explanation for the virgin birth, and the apotheosis of Apple products.
KANSAS CITY FRINGE
The Immaculate Big Bang
– Hephzibah Dutt
Comedian Bill Santiago delivers a witty, engaging stand-up show that blends religion, grief-triggered existential musings, and the confounding joy of being father with a layman’s grasp of Quantam Mechanics. He opens with a question, “where do you fit on the spectrum of belief?” only to immeidatley dismiss the query and all possible answers: “I don’t care what you believe. It doesn’t matter; I’m still figuring out what I believe!”
Over the next 50 minutes, Santiago intricately connects micronarratives about his father, mother, baby mama and daughter—using each story as launching points into audacious expositions on a variety of phenomena (Confirmation Bias, Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle, Schrödinger’s Cat, The Law of Attraction). Admitting to Wikipedia being his sole source of research on most of these topics imbues all adds a layer of laughable audacity to the whole.
Santiago delivers the show in true stand-up style—no staging, mike-in-hand, direct delivery. His malleable face and fluid brow accent the comedy in the script, and is strangely reminiscent of Jerry Seinfeld. Irreverent without being obscene, few entities are beyond Santiago’s comic meddling: Deepak Chopra as “half-Gandhi, half-tech support,” a series of “yo’ mama” jokes to be used in a smack-down against Jesus, and irresistible charms of Joel Olsteen are just a few of the topics he riffs on. Nevertheless, as if with invisible sleight of hand, Santiago returns us again and again to the “trinity” of his musings—his deceased father, his daughter, and his conviction that that the three of them are linked…perhaps through the number 33.
A fine example of the genre, this is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys their Ridiculous with a splash of Existentialism.