Here’s one of the ballsiest things I’ve ever seen on television.

It’s a December, 2011, performance from Jonathan Ross’ immensely popular UK television show, with a guest list that included Tom Cruise, the ladies from “Downton Abbey,” and singer/songwriter/satirist Tim Minchin, who wrote this song specifically for that final show before Christmas. He played it, everyone laughed, the audience applauded, Ross complimented him, and then Peter Fincham (ITV’s director of television) yanked it.

The song never aired — because we certainly can’t have religious satire at the holidays. Fortunately, Minchin got a copy of the video and posted it on his site, along with the behind-the-scenes story