Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Learn About Your Neighbors: Canadian Comedy -- Not Too Bad, Eh?

When you see the words "Learn About Your Neighbors" in the post title, it probably means we'll be focusing on something completely Canadian. For you Canadians out there (You know who you are!), this will probably be like remedial math. You could do it in your sleep. While you're sleeping, try and understand that we're doing this as a public service for Americans. Even though the may live in a powerful country (for the time being), most of them probably couldn't find Wyoming on a map -- let alone Canada.

When it comes to providing America with celebrities, Canada isn't doing so well. In fact, they still are trying to atone for the whole Bryan Adams mess. At least if you ask Matt Stone and Trey Parker of South Park fame.

When it comes to providing us with comedy, Canada is doing quite a bit better than Bryan Adams despite Mike Myers' best efforts to embarrass the country. Of course there still great comedians coming from the North, such as Bob and Doug MacKenzie, Jim Carrey, Lorne Michaels (of Saturday Night Live) and Rick Mercer's awesome Talking to Americans videos to name a few.

Adding to all that is a show I just stumbled upon, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. I haven't seen enough of it to make any sweeping generalizations, but hey, it seems funny enough for me. The video clip accompanying these typed words is of Raj Binder (real name Shaun Majumder), who does sketches for the show. Apparently some time last season he visited Scotiabank Place at a time when the Senators were good, hence his reference to them being the best team in the league. In the end, things didn't work out so well for the Sens -- probably a finish to the year their fans are still trying to forget -- but luckily for us the rest of the video was quite a bit better than their season. It certainly would have won the division if it was an actual hockey team. Enjoy!


  1. 'Trailer Park Boys' is probably one of the funniest - if not the funniest - show I've ever seen. Completely Canadian. Check it.

  2. I think that was actually two years ago but the even better video is this one where he actually talks to the players.

    "Is it me, or is it getting Dany Heatley in here?"

    If you like Rick Mercer, he has his own show now called The Mercer Report. Very Canadian, but still just as hilarious.

  3. Thanks for the tips, guys. I'll be sure to check out that show. And Sherry you're right, that video is hilarious!

  4. The funniest part is John Muckler saying that they have a bunch of Slovaks and Checkoslovakians on their team.

    Checkoslovakians? Is that how you spell it?

    Great Blog by the way.

  5. The All Star version of this is hilarious. He makes a lot of people really uncomfortable.