Yeah, if I could stop all of these things! Everybody says, "if you could stop all of these things, why don't you just stop them?"... I got things to do, okay?
Mr. Deity is a series of short comedy films that premiered on YouTube before moving to Crackle and then moving back to YouTube again.. They concern the daily existence of the titular Mr. Deity (Brian Keith Dalton), the Creator of the Known Universe, who is presented here as a slightly vague, thoughtless and temperamental Hollywood Executive type (with a startling resemblance to George Lucas) who, although basically well-meaning, has an alarming tolerance for various evils and unpleasantness in his creation. Assisting him in creating and maintaining all existence is Larry (Jimbo Marshall), Mr. Deity's long-suffering and nebbishy P.A, and 'Jesse' (Sean Douglas), an actor hired by Mr. Deity to portray his son, and who really isn't looking forward to that whole crucifixion deal he has coming upnote He doesn't like the sound of the whole 'sinless life' thing either.. On the other side of the table, Hell is maintained by Lucy (Amy Rohren), Mr. Deity's on-off girlfriend, who agreed to manage Hell as a favour to Mr. Deity and really wasn't pleased by those passive-aggressive references to her being a 'snake' in 'the script'.As it sounds, Mr. Deity is all about spoofing organized religion, Christianity in particular, and the various beliefs and peculiarities that surround it - however, unlike many such spoofs, the shorts manage to poke fun without coming off as being mean-spirited or offensive.Provides examples of:
Accidental Misnaming: His name really is Jesus. Mr. Deity just keeps on mistaking it for 'Jesse'. Even a news ticker gets this one wrong on one occasion.
At least at times. Some jokes are pretty friendly, and could easily be shared at church or sunday school, such as Mr. Deity using a clapper for when he said "Let there be light." Others are some pretty biting satire of legitimate concerns about the most common portrayals of the Biblical God, with the first episode featuring Mr. Deity allowing all sorts of horrible things in his creation, even after being told that there was no reason to do so.
Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: 'All the evils in the world are ideologically driven: the Crusades, the Holocaust, no third-party apps on the iPhone..'
This trope is present from the beginning. The very first episode had Mr. Deity deciding whether to allow the presence of evils such as Down's Syndrome, natural disasters, holocausts, CÚline Dion...
The Bible: Referred to as 'the script' throughout; one short revolved around Mr. Deity's annoyance at an 'unauthorized' version going around, with a misprint in which homosexuality is referred to as an 'abomination' owing to a mix-up.
God Is Evil: Mr. Deity is extremely self-obsessed, loves the smell of blood, doesn't like anyone disobeying him, and, in addition to allowing in unnecessary levels of evil 'just because', created Hell.
God Is Flawed: Mr. Deity isn't exactly evil, but he is alarmingly lax in some areas; he'd do something about the bad things in the world... except that he just finds it easier to say 'yeah, leave it in'.
God and Satan Are Both Jerks: The show is somewhat inconsistent on this. Lucy is usually the first to object to anything in "the script" promoting violence or hatred, but she's also completely casual about arranging all manner of eternal tortures for minor crimes in her first appearance, when asked to make an alternative philosophy to Jesus's suggests inventing Nazism, and in a meeting with David Silverman the two resolve to "stop eating babies".
Gods Need Prayer Badly: Averted; Mr. Deity doesn't seem to get anything but enjoyment from hearing his name used or having people pray to him. In fact, he doesn't even bother to listen to more than a handful of prayers each day - the rest, stored as voicemail on his phone, are erased.
Retcon: Season 4 doesn't really fit with earlier seasons. The first blatant case of this was Mr. Deity meeting Jesus.
Rule of Funny: The exact nature of the entities who are the main characters makes no sense unless you just accept that they run on this trope.
Sanity Ball: Gets passed around a lot as Mr. Deity is such a Cloud Cuckoo Lander that pretty much anyone seems reasonable in comparison, but mainly between Jesse, Lucy, and Larry. Mr. Deity himself does get it though on a few occasions, particularly Mr. Deity and the Hat and Mr. Deity and the Philosophy.
Shameless Self-Promoter: Parodied, sort of; at the end of every short since about Season 2, Brian Keith Dalton shows up and both (a) thanks the audience for watching and (b) essentially begs for money. He at least has the decency to be reasonably funny, clever and entertaining about it, though. Except for the end of Mr. Deityand the Hat.
Take That: Again, to organised religion; while it's mostly good-natured and affectionate, the satire can get quite pointed at times.