Eco-friendly Jihad (3 stars)

This article is from 2008.

Eco-friendly Jihad

Saving the planet with fun

Irish columnist and comedian Abie Philbin Bowman, creator of Jesus: The Guantanamo Years, returns for a second coming. This time, he wants to save the world and like his famous father (Irish broadcaster and historian John Bowman) he believes that real solutions can only be found through the application of historical knowledge. Hairy, scrawny and shoeless, Bowman perches himself on a high chair and issues forth an 11th hour fundamentalist environmental agenda to drag us out the hole we've dug for ourselves.

The laterally thinking and immensely intelligent Bowman seems to take inspiration from both the late comedian Dave Allen and Al Gore. He meanders his way into the subject matter and tells how a chance meeting in a mosque led him to believe that only by the systematic slaughter of the biggest consumers of energy (us, basically) can we really rescue the planet. It's a fantastic gambit, which Bowman then wastes in a flurry of rushed delivery and shambolic attempts at bathos.

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Eco-Friendly Jihad

  • 3 stars

The creator of 'Jesus: The Guantanamo Years' Abie Philbin Bowman returns with an environmental agenda. 'Part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe'.

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