Two priests’ carpool karaoke with bishop in backseat is worth the entire 7 minutes (VIDEO)

James Corden has nothing on Father Kyle Manno, Father Keith Romke and Bishop David Malloy of the Diocese of Rockford Illinois, who belt out Justin Timberlake, Meghan Trainor, and DJ Snake like nobody’s business.

From left to right: Father Keith Romke, Bishop David Malloy, and Father Kyle Manno.

If you’re a comedy fan, you’ve probably heard of James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke, in which Corden gets stars to ride in his car with him and sing. (Our favorite? Carrie Underwood.) But now two hilarious priests from Rockford, Illinois are giving Carpool Karaoke a run for its money. Father Keith Romke and Father Kyle Manno made a video of themselves ostensibly driving to the diocese’s annual Youth Summit, and along the way they stop to pick up their Bishop, David Malloy, whose car supposedly broke down.

Hilarity—trust me, hilarity!—ensues. The two priests sing along with Justin Timberlake and Meghan Trainor, go through a drive-through, order literally every mix-in available for their milkshakes and nearly forget to say the blessing over the ice cream before digging in. When Bishop Malloy hops in, the three engage in a wide-ranging conversation about the older man’s path to becoming a priest and now a bishop: “Does that feel heavy?” one asks, and the bishop replies “It doesn’t feel heavy so much as sacred.”

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They talk about their favorite pets (dogs), and one of the priests asks Bishop Malloy, “Can you declare, as a bishop, that no one can have cats, because they’re self-centered animals—that everyone should have dogs?” and the bishop replies, “I think the greater point is that we need to convert cats.” And, of course—this being Illinois—the three sing the Cubs song in full Chicago gear.

In the final approach to the youth summit, the priests belt Taylor Swift while the bishop relaxes with a Nicholas Sparks novel.

Who says priests aren’t funny? I dare you to not dance along in your seat with these three guys. And then, of course, try to evangelize your cat.


Leigh Anderson
Leigh Anderson

Leigh Anderson is the author of “The Games Bible: The Rules, The Gear, The Strategies” (Workman, 2010) and has written for Vox,, and Popular Science, among others.

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