January 12, 2006


Stick a fork in 'em (Edmonton Sun, 1/12/06)

[I]t's obvious that the death-spiralling Liberals are so out of touch with real Canada that no one in the party bothered to point out before the ad was initially released that there are already plenty of soldiers in Canadian cities - cities like Edmonton, which has its own military base. Those soldiers are valued members of our community, and rightly so.

Strangely enough, though, the Liberals might have gotten away with this ridiculous ad if it hadn't been for the fact that the party posted a big batch of new TV spots on its website Tuesday and then scant hours later pulled the one about the military, thus drawing extra attention to it. Various Grit flacks insist that the ad was never supposed to air on television, but we don't buy that for a second.

No, this is the last-ditch attempt of a dead party walking to scare Canadians into sticking with the shameless, corrupt and completely arrogant Liberals.

There's a reason that while Mexicans come here to be manual laborers Canadians come here to be comics--there aren't many jobs in Mexico nor much humor in Canada. So when you make your party the butt of actual jokes you're in deep trouble.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 12, 2006 9:52 AM

Let's get the gas pipeline built from Alaska through Alberta. They need the energy to extract the oil sands. Then let's make Alberta the 51st state, and bring in Puerto Rico as no. 52. Then the Saudis can drink their oil, for all we care.

Posted by: GaryS at January 12, 2006 11:48 AM

With all due respect to Brother Judd, there is plenty of comedy in Canada...and Montreal hosts the largest comedy festival in the world every July.

However, it can be said that Canadians seem to favor the sketch comedy variety, as opposed to a single comedian doing standup.

Some famous comedians from Canada? Howie Mandel comes immediately to mind. There are many fine comics who hail from Canada. Many of them ply their trade here, basing themselves mainly in L.A.

It might be said that the comedians who've had the biggest impact on the US comedy scene are those comics who gained fame via SCTV and Kids In The Hall. (More comic actors than standup comics.)

There is also a thriving comedy club scene throughout the country.

Posted by: Brian McKim at January 12, 2006 12:51 PM

Howie Mandel is unfunny and kept his Canadian citizenship. Jim Carrey is a genius and became an American.

Posted by: oj at January 12, 2006 1:01 PM

How can you talk about Candian comics and not mention Rick Mercer? As I've said here before, there's a law that says he has to appear in at least 50% of all CBC "comedy" shows.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 12, 2006 1:56 PM


My intent wasn't merely to "talk about Canadian comics," but to merely cite an example of a famous one who crossed the border and gained fame in the modern era. Believe me, after gigging in Montreal more than a dozen times over the past 20 years (and gigging in three Canadian provinces) and after covering JFL for the last seven years, I could talk about Canadian comics!

Posted by: Brian McKim at January 12, 2006 3:28 PM


Posted by: oj at January 12, 2006 3:31 PM

Giggling more than a dozen times in ten years in Montreal no less and in three different provinces! Now, that's some impressive numbers ya got there Brian.

Just teasing.

Posted by: erp at January 12, 2006 5:48 PM