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Posted at 8:55 PM ET, 10/30/2010

Father Guido Sarducci at Stewart's rally

By Terri Rupar

Father Guido Sarducci, a fake cleric played by comedian Don Novello, gave a benediction at today's Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear on the Mall. That led a lot of people to their computers to find out who he is.

The good father is Don Novello, or rather a character played by Novello, created in the 1970s. According to Sarducci's "official Website," he is a gossip columnist and rock critic for a Vatican newspaper. He appeared on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" and "Saturday Night Live" in the '70s.

Here he is on "The Colbert Report" in June.

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By Terri Rupar  | October 30, 2010; 8:55 PM ET
 
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He has also been Lazlo Toth, a Colbert-esque pen pal of world leaders and CEO's back in the 1970's. The Lazlo Letters was a family favorite when I was growing up.

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | October 31, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Novello's Hollywood career includes an appearance in The Godfather III sequel where he plays the media coordinator for Mafia Don Michael Corleone.

Posted by: blasmaic | October 31, 2010 5:21 AM | Report abuse

Triva:

He was arrested at the Vatican for impersonating a priest.

(However, rumor has it they let him go when he displayed no tendency to rape little alter boys.)

Posted by: trenda | October 31, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"...gossip columnist and rock critic for a Vatican newspaper..." is killing me. lol Love it!

Posted by: brandip_77 | October 31, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

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