Those lucky enough to have seen one of a handful of New York performances of Tom Leopold’s one-man show A Comedy Writer Finds God already know the story. For the rest of us, thankfully, there is now this great article by Mark Pattison of the Catholic News Service.
The details of how Leopold, a veteran NYC-based TV comedy writer (Seinfeld, Cheers, The Muppet Show), came to recently ditch the Jewish faith in favor of Catholicism are rich and, as you can imagine given this believer’s background, richly told. It started, appropriately perhaps, against a desert backdrop:
“My daughter had this very serious, life-threatening eating disorder,” Leopold said. She was in treatment in Arizona, where the hospital would not release her until Christmas Day. On Christmas Eve, he recalled that he and his wife went to bed.
“We’re trying not to let the other one know how sad we were,” he said. But for Leopold, “that’s the first time I prayed.” However, since he had, by his own count, “one day of religious training” in his life, he said he prayed “like they prayed on (the old TV western) Wagon Train: ‘Lord, I’m not a prayin’ man, but if you’ll just see us through Comanche territory.'”
We urge you to read or bookmark Pattison’s article, which goes from the above to a Christmas Day encounter between Leopold and motorcycle rider named Shepherd, and much more. It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to learn about someone who’s “Jewish with an asterisk, like Roger Maris.”
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