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Stephen Colbert’s TED talk parody with Jesus is almost too real

“We’ve been testing a pilot program where you Turn the Other Cheek.”

Image of Jesus in parody TED talk sketch from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert Screenshot from “The Late Show” YouTube video

You’ve probably seen Pope Francis’s history-making TED talk. The 80-year-old Pope pre-recorded a video message for TED attendees that called on tech companies to be more inclusive.

"How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion," he said to the crowd.

But as impressive and impassioned as the Pope’s message to the conference was, his speech didn’t have all the stereotypical gimmicks we’ve come to know and love from TED talks. Thank the Lord that “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” gave everyone a look at what could be the greatest TED talk of all time from none other than Jesus of Nazareth.

“Now, ordinarily someone slaps your cheek. What do you do? We want to slap them back,” the son of God says on the TED stage. “But we’ve been testing a pilot program where you Turn the Other Cheek.”

He also reminds conference goers that he’s signing copies of his book, “The Holy Bible,” in the lobby.

Head to about 3:06 for the bit to start.

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