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Part 2: Canadian Humour

Posted in on a + note by flickfancy on August 11, 2014

I had no idea you were so interested in humour and what makes folks laugh. Thanks for all your very funny emails and in response, listed below are some examples of great Canadian humorists……enjoy!

Arthur Black perhaps best known as the author and host of the much loved radio program Basic Black.

Max Braithwaite won the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour in 1972 his, perhaps autobiographical The Night We Stole the Mountie’s Car.

Terry Fallis wrote the hilarious The Best Laid Plans about a political strategist’s inept candidate who becomes unexpectedly popular with voters.

Will Ferguson author of Why I Hate Canadians and Beauty Tips from Moose Jaw are both great examples of Canadian humor and highlight our national fixation with the weather.

Don Harron author, playwright, comedian and aka the lovable Charlie Farquharson

Stephen Leacock is author of the iconic Sunshine Sketches of a Small Town and godfather of Canadian humour. For my American readers, he is Canada’s Mark Twain.

Rick Mercer political satirists and most recently inducted into the Order of Canada

Stuart McLean best known as the story telling host of the very popular The Vinyl Cafe

W.O.Mitchell penned the 1947 prairie classic Who Has Seen the Wind which has sold over a million copies.

Farley Mowat author of the book every Canadian kid read and loved in the 1960’s and 70’s, The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be.

Richard J. Needham the author of 3 Leacock medal winners, including the hilarious Letters from Wingfield Farm.

Librarian Bill Richardson moderated Canada Reads  for many years, and his book Bachelor Brothers Bed Breakfast won the Leacock medal in 1994. He is perhaps my all-time favourite Canadian author!!!

Cassie Stocks won the 2013 Leacock award for her debut novel Dance, Gladys, Dance. It’s a great read.

Mary Walsh the amazing actor, writer, producer and irreverent comedian. Her political satire and Newfoundland humour have made her a Canadian super star. I refrain from calling her an icon, as I can’t imagine what she would say to such a lofty and stogy title. LOL

 

Canadians are a funny lot!

 

Kitty Pope                                                                                                #33 August 2014

kpope@library.guelph.on.ca

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