Bill Mann
Bill Mann writes a humor column for USA TODAY, . has worked as the Canadian columnist for, has also written the TV and radio column for the San Francisco Examiner, Oakland Tribune, and the New York Times Newspaper Group.

Mann hosted a radio talk show in the San Francisco area and is now Senior Media Analyst on "The Norman Goldman" national radio show.

Mann was a columnist at the Montreal Gazette and hosted a French-language radio show in Montreal while writing a Canadian network TV comedy series.. He also authored a joke book about Canada, The Retarded Giant.He spends lots of time in Vancouver visiting his grandkids and eating poutine.

Entries by Bill Mann

David Brodeur: A Key Player in Lively, Offbeat Quebec Music Scene

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2013 | 5:54 PM

Quebec has always been an oddball music market. Not only does it have its own stars (Robert Charlebois, Michel Pagliaro, Nanette Workman), but some of the foreign groups and acts that never make it anywhere else are supervedettes (stars) in La Belle Province.

British groups like Supertramp,...

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An American in Canada: My Summer Day at The Beach Highlights Canada's Civility

(20) Comments | Posted August 20, 2013 | 6:26 PM

There's nothing better than a summertime trip to the beach in Vancouver to remind one of the major differences in civility between the U.S. and Canada today.

I took in one of Vancouver's big summertime Celebration of Light fireworks shows up in B.C. recently. The fireworks were pretty amazing....

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The Difference Between American and Canadian TV Commercials

(20) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 9:17 AM

Want to know one quick way to tell how different Canada is from the U.S.?

It won't take long. Just watch a few TV commercials. They speak volumes.

These days, it seems impossible to sell anything on U.S. TV networks without the use of explosions, interpersonal violence, gratuitous...

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U.S. Political Bitterness Not The Reality in Canadian Society

(5) Comments | Posted August 1, 2013 | 12:56 PM

Tired of the bitterness and rancor of U.S. politics? Wouldn't it be nice if Americans weren't subjected to the nauseating likes of Mitch McConnell, Lindsay Graham, Eric Cantor, Fox News, or John Boehner on a daily/weekly basis?

There's an escape from this poisonous political environment, and believe it or...

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Americans Are Clueless About Canada -- and Other Countries, Too

(754) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 6:00 PM

My book about Canada wasn't THAT dangerous. In fact, it wasn't dangerous at all.

HuffPo blogger and Just for Laughs director Andy Nulman, in his high-profile Canada Day piece here, called my Canadian-published 1977 joke book about Canada and Canadians, The Retarded Giant, "one of the most...

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Montreal Was Jackie Robinson's Refuge From Racism

(4) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 6:16 PM

I'm pretty sure I did the final interview with Jackie Robinson. I'm glad I grabbed the chance to approach Robinson, already a legendary figure, when I did. He was gone shortly after.

It took place in Montreal, where Robinson loved living and playing baseball. The city was his refuge...

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The Police Call Columns That Tickle My Funnybone

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 5:41 PM

"A man with a ping-pong paddle was reported chasing a pig across Route 19. Deputies responded."

We all love newspaper Police Calls columns (they often appear in weeklies), where you can see what alleged criminal actions have occurred in your neighbourhood.

Some of these interesting columns are weirder...

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How Getting Out of Jury Duty Got Susan Cole on Probation

(1) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 12:18 PM

I'm not proud of the fact that I've tried to get out of jury duty. But bragging about it on the radio? Bad idea.

That's exactly what one Susan Cole, 58, got nailed for recently in Denver. Cole, a local cosmetologist, wore heavy, smeared makeup, curlers in her hair...

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America Puts Politics Before Good Neighbourliness

(25) Comments | Posted December 5, 2011 | 12:23 AM

The headline in Canada's national magazine, Maclean's, is an attention-grabber: "The U.S. and Canada: we used to be friends." Followed by this subheadline: "Why Barack Obama shelved the Keystone pipeline, and insulted Canada (yet again) in the process."

The Nov. 10 decision to again delay a final decision...

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Politics, College Sports Now Completely Monetized by Broadcasters

(3) Comments | Posted September 24, 2011 | 10:20 AM

"Our elections last six weeks," commented a man from Toronto, reacting to one of my Canada columns at "How long do yours last now, two years?"

Longer. But there are "only" 14 more months of pointless political punditry left on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, Fox Business, CNBC,...

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Social Media "Vigilantes'" I.D. Vancouver Rioters -- And Then Some

(0) Comments | Posted July 2, 2011 | 2:31 PM

The June 15 Stanley Cup hockey rampage has accurately been called "the most-documented riot in history. " And many of those who took part in it have felt not just the wrath of police and public officials, but also that of "Facebook vigilantes" who have not only

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Vancouver Ashamed After Rioting, But Damage Is Superficial

(2) Comments | Posted June 17, 2011 | 11:41 AM

"Go home! Go home! Go home! Stop looting our beautiful city!" That Tweet sent to the @CBCNews twitter feed summed up the feelings of an overwhelming majority of Vancouverites after this week's hockey riots that erupted -- and damaged -- the city's downtown.

The CBC reported Thursday morning that "the...

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NHL's "Southern Strategy" of Moving Canadian Teams Is a Failure

(15) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 1:29 PM

It may feel like summer in many places, but hockey fever is gripping western Canada. The Vancouver Canucks began their quest for their first-ever Stanley Cup in the club's 40-year existence this week against the Boston Bruins. Meanwhile, to the east, Winnipeg finally got NHL hockey back after 16 years...

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Will Polar Warming Close Canada's Famed Ice Roads?

(3) Comments | Posted June 2, 2011 | 1:21 PM

The famed Ice Road Truckers might become the Muddy Road Muckers if a new climate-prediction study that looks at the future of Canada's melting permafrost is right. Also, forget the Northwest Passage, at least for now. But new far-north shipping routes opening up might well take up the...

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