The Canadian Imagination

What it means to be Canadian; examining and reworking Canada as a nation.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008


Since the birth of television, Canadian comics have been at the forefront of their profession. Maybe it has to do with being located at the border of a more powerful entity (and maybe that is also why so many Canadian comics hail from Newfoundland, and so few from Qu├ębec). Maybe it is simply that Canada's multicultural fabric almost always allows a clean fit into senses of humours around the world.

Certain it is though, that Canadian comics have been successful on the world stage far beyond the size of the population would suggest.

Here, then, are offerings from three iconic sets of Canadian comics, whose careers together have spanned the entire lifespan of mass television and much of that of radio.

A Shakespearean baseball game (Wayne & Shuster)
Dave Broadfoot's Canada
The Rick Mercer Report

"We demand that the government of Canada force Stockwell Day to change his first name to Doris. Why do this, you may ask? Because it'll be fun."
- Rick Mercer


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