Intelligent Design: "The Dick and I"
The comedy arises not from Dick's belief in ID, but from the consequences of Dick's innate mode of thought.
You see, belief in ID doesn't spring fully formed into the mind of its adherents -- It just fits neatly into their mental landscape. It appears that some people are born with a peculiar form of logical deduction already embedded in their brains. I'll call this "Id-logic." All conclusions of an Id-logician follow the FUNDAMENTAL AXIOM of ID-LOGIC (or "FAIL"):
CONCLUSION: Therefore, that object is the thing that it looks like.
Of course, when FAIL is applied to the most important question in the world (the existence of God) you get the FIRST COROLLARY of ID-LOGIC:
CONCLUSION: Therefore, that object was made by an intelligent designer.
There are many other instances of FAIL logic the world over. Some good examples are the face on Mars ("it looks like a face, therefore it's a face) the moon landing hoax ("I can't comprehend how a rocket got to the moon, therefore a rocket didn't get to the moon") and holocaust denial ("I didn't see the holocaust, therefore there was no holocaust.")
As revolting as past applications of Id-logic may be, I think it could be great fodder for comic (and tragi-comic) situations. Here are a few scenes I've whipped up to give a taste of the humor in "The Dick and I."
This scene takes place in a biology lab on campus. Julian think's he'll play a joke on Dick, and gives him a piece of mystery meat...
JULIAN: Hey, Dick, taste this!
DICK: Mmmmm... tastes like chicken.
JULIAN: Well, actually it's--
DICK: It's chicken. If it tastes like chicken, then it is chicken.
JULIAN: Dick, I don't know if you should be eating that stuff...
DICK: [Gulp, gobble, smack]
JULIAN: [Turns a pale shade of green, gags a bit, leaves room.]
This scene takes place at the apartment. Julian walks in with a piece of abstract art...
JULIAN: Hey Dick, look at this old painting I got at a junk sale.
DICK: Wow, that looks like an authentic Picasso.
JULIAN: Actually, I think it's a reproduc--
DICK: It looks like a real Picasso. Therefore it's a real Picasso.
JULIAN: Uh, yeah. Yeah, that's it, a real Picasso. I'll sell it to you... Thousand bucks!
DICK: Why, what a spectacular deal! [pulls wad from pocket] Here's your cash sir. Aren't you going to count it?
JULIAN: Uh no I trust you thanks a lot I gotta go now! [Julian exits quickly, sound of bootsteps, car engine starting, car revving off into distance.]
This scene takes place at a bar in Thailand, where the roommates went for spring break...
DICK: Hey Julian, that girl on the dance floor, I think she likes me!
JULIAN: Oh yeah, that "girl" likes you.
DICK: So, you think I should go for it?
JULIAN: God, you're such an idiot sometimes.
DICK: You always say that. I'm gonna ask her to dance.
JULIAN: Go ask "her" then. Good luck, stud boy.
DICK: [Several hours later in a dingy hotel room, hiding in bathroom, looking skyward]... NOOOOOO!!! WHY HAST THOU FORSAKEN ME????
Comedy gold, I tell ya! So, who do I talk to?