Jim Parsons Tests New Caitlyn Jenner Joke in 'An Act of God' on Broadway
"How about that Caitlyn Jenner?" says Jim Parsons as God. "The first Kardashian woman I can tolerate — honestly!"
Caitlyn Jenner has made it to Broadway — sort of.
Formerly known as Bruce Jenner, the Olympian-turned-reality star made her debut as a transgender female on Monday via a Vanity Fair cover.
She is now referenced in An Act of God, the new Broadway play that delivers a revised version of the Ten Commandments and stars Jim Parsons as God.
"How about that Caitlyn Jenner?" Parsons asks the audience with a thumbs-up. "The first Kardashian woman I can tolerate — honestly!"
The punchline of praise arrives just after God reveals the new second commandment, "Thou shall not tell whom to fornicate." He informs the audience of the correct creation story: how the Garden of Eden actually housed Adam and Steve, but the latter had to undergo a "routine" transgender surgery after encountering the "Tree of the Knowledge That Your Lifestyle Is Sinful." God then turned Steve into Eve for reproduction purposes.
Previously, the line was, "Bruce Jenner is the first Kardashian woman I can tolerate," according to the New York Daily News. At Thursday night's performance, the updated joke was met with laughter and applause, as God continues, "Gay, straight, bisexual, transgender; thou art all equally smiteable in my eyes."
The irreverent comedy from former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum is directed by Joe Mantello, and also stars Christopher Fitzgerald and Tim Kazurinsky as archangels. The production opened May 28 and runs through Aug. 2 at the notoriously unholy Studio 54.
"To keep up with current events, we have changed the subject of a line in An Act of God from 'Bruce Jenner' to 'Caitlyn Jenner' — we suspect this transition was far easier than hers," Javerbaum humorously told The Hollywood Reporter of the updated line.
Jenner is in good company. Throughout the show, jokes point to president Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Adam Sandler, Liza Minnelli, Mick Jagger and Elizabeth Hurley — as well as Shia LaBeouf, who was removed from the theater during a Cabaret performance last year.
Will more of Parsons' punch-lines change throughout the limited engagement? "The beauty — and fun — of this play is its very contemporary conceit, with God inhabiting the body of a celebrity to talk directly to the audience," producer Jeffrey Finn told THR. "We absolutely will adjust the show, as needed, to keep up with major changes in the pop culture landscape. The topical comedy structure as well as David and Jim's willingness to adjust, gives us amazing room to play. We loved the Bruce Jenner line in the show, and we love Caitlyn even more!"