Canada Comedy

I'm Actually Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

This is what it actually feels like to be not a girl not yet a woman. You're young enough to go out drinking on a Monday afternoon and old enough to take a good hard look at yourself in the mirror the next morning. You're young enough to still wear leggings as pants but old enough to realize you really need to start doing some squats.

Why Youngest Siblings Might Be Detroit's Best Hope

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

For those of you who know me personally, you'll know that I'm in a pretty serious relationship with Detroit. Detroit needs to make a call for actors, writers, artists, comedians, photographers, to work on a sense of community through laughter, joy and creative expression! It's not a solution but it certainly wouldn't hurt. Detroit needs a younger sibling to make sure that they don't get swallowed up in their own sadness.

Dating a Comedy Nerd: A How-To Guide

Hannah Jack | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Living
Hannah Jack

People are literally always trying to date me (that's a lie). So, I thought I would just streamline the whole process and give everyone a few tips and tricks on how to deal, play along, keep up, and woo that special little comedy nerd in your life. Follow these how to's and you wont just be sitting front row at your close friend's shitty improv show, you'll be sitting front row at your girlfriend's shitty improv show.

Want to Understand Comedian-Speak? Try This Handy Glossary

Ward Anderson | Posted 04.06.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Sometimes comedians will be talking with one another and, to an outsider, it may seem like they're speaking their own language. That is why I offer this simple glossary for everyone who has ever wondered just what "Comedian-Speak" is all about.

Five Things You Might Not Know About Comedians

Ward Anderson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

I never tell people the kind of money I make. Mostly, that's because it changes all the time. Some clubs pay very well, some not so much. There is no industry standard and the money changes from week to week, depending upon everything from experience to location to number of shows performed per week.

Why Conservative Comedy Does Not Work

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

Simply put, it's funnier to laugh at those who Have than those who Have Not. If it surprises anyone that there is not more Right-Wing humour out there, ask yourself this simple question: When have you ever gone to a movie and rooted for the popular jock to beat the unpopular nerd?

Five Things I'm Happy The Internet Is Making Obsolete

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Ward Anderson

In all fairness, The Internet isn't killing porn. Just the way we obtain it. A man used to go to great lengths in order to enjoy porn in the privacy of his girlfriend's home. He had to acquire a magazine or a DVD or (shudder) a video tape of other people having sex. He couldn't just get that stuff anywhere; he had to go to specific stores and buy them from fat guys with awkward mustaches.

Ford Nation Deserves Better Than Rob Ford

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
Ward Anderson

People keep saying "Toronto deserves better." But there's more to it than that. Ford Nation deserves better. Forget your politics for one second. Forget left or right or suburban or urbanite. This guy shouldn't be your guy, no matter which side of the fence you fall off of during a drunken stupor. Ford Nation should want better than Rob Ford, because Ford Nation should be better than Rob Ford. If our leaders are supposed to be shining examples of the people they represent, surely Ford Nation can find someone else. Not just for Toronto, but for themselves.

WATCH: 'Owen Wilson Loves Vancouver'

The Huffington Post B.C. | Posted 11.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

From the same man who brought you those hilarious 'A Boston Bruins Fan In Vancouver' YouTube videos comes an impersonation so spot-on we're almost ask...

Five Things You Might Not Know About Halloween

Ward Anderson | Posted 12.30.2013 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

It's almost All Hallow's Eve and people from age three to age 99 will be dressing up in costume, eating candy, and partying the night away on this spooky, festive occasion. Most people know the history of Halloween at this point but here are five random facts about Halloween you just might not know.

When Doctors Say "Scooch" It's Never a Good Thing

Deborah Kimmett | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Kimmett

The doctor entered with his miner's light and didn't even say hello. He said, "Scooch." Scooch is never a comfortable word for a woman. Why does he get all chatty when he's south of the border? Once he's got out the salad servers, he starts talking about his golf game. One time he said, "Oh, you've been to the beach."

The 5 Most Annoying People at the Gym

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

As Halloween and the holidays fast approach, the urge to indulge in candy. For that reason, many people wind up doing extra shifts at the gym. But there are annoying people at that gym and we all spot them. They are so common that it's likely you easily recognize the following five fitness fiascos from your local health club.

Five Things Hollywood Pretends Are Affordable

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Ward Anderson

If you spend a lot of time watching movies, you begin to notice a trend: movies are about Average Joes. Yet it seems Hollywood apparently would have us believe that John Q. Public has easy access to all the things people with money tend to be doing. Here's a list of five examples of pricey things that we keep seeing Average Janes doing on TV and in the movies.

Five Things Grown Men Should Never Wear

Ward Anderson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Style
Ward Anderson

I saw someone wearing parachute pants the other day. It reminded me that clothing and fashion goes out of style and then comes back in again. Yet there remains several fashion choices that need to forever say in the "DO NOT RESUSCITATE" category. What follows are five things you won't see me wearing...and that no grown man should be wearing.

Oh, Canada: Are They Laughing At Us, or With Us?

Devon Murphy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Devon Murphy

2013-09-26-JFL42banner.jpg I love seeing non-Canadian comedians in Canada, because they always let the nation-specific jokes fly. Sure, we're easy to laugh at -- if you don't actually know anything about us. Some people, however, like Janeane Garofalo are up on their Canadian trivia.

5 Types of People Who Suck

Ward Anderson | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada
Ward Anderson

You're a good person. I can tell this about you already. You're kind to your neighbours and the people you work with say nice things about you when you're not around. This isn't about you. It's about the type of person that ruins your day by sucking the life out of a conversation, sucking the enthusiasm out of a room, and just plain sucking.

Why I Don't Picket or Chain Myself to Anything

The Lapine | Posted 09.21.2013 | Canada Alberta
The Lapine

Unless you've been living in a sleeping bag with your smartphone and a bag of Skittles, you know that there are some pretty squirrely things going on in the world right now. Big, big things that shout out to be shouted at. And smaller just-plain-wrong things that we all encounter every day as we go about our daily chores and chuckles.

What Is a Fringe Festival Anyway?

Mooney on Theatre | Posted 09.07.2013 | Canada
Mooney on Theatre

Fringe festivals are all about providing an accessible avenue for independent theatre artists to produce and perform their work in front of an audience. The Fringe is really the essence of theatre; virtually anybody can submit a show to the Fringe and the festivals place no limits on content so shows can be bold, raw and uncensored.

It's Not the Bad Food That Gets Me, But the Good Desserts

Mary Dimino | Posted 09.03.2013 | Canada Living
Mary Dimino

I'm fairly health conscious. Oatmeal for breakfast, whole grain breads, salad, chicken, tuna, salmon. I know what to do. It's not the bad food that trips me up. It's the good desserts. What's incomprehensible to me is the idea of having a fantastic dinner without dessert. It finalizes the whole process.

Summer Fun in a Turtleneck

Mary Dimino | Posted 08.21.2013 | Canada
Mary Dimino

Women usually start summer with a weight loss goal. And like most of us, I work tirelessly to achieve that weight loss goal before summer fully arrive...

Challenging "Blackface" Is Not Quebec-Bashing

Charmaine Nelson | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada
Charmaine Nelson

If the whites in Quebec who are donning blackface are claiming to have no prior knowledge of the practice, how and why exactly are they coming to partake so frequently in its disturbing revival? Are some commentators then claiming that some white people are born with an inherent desire to spontaneously paint their faces black to stereotype, dehumanize, and ridicule the physical characteristics of their fellow citizens? Most people are intelligent enough to deduce that blackface is a popular form that you no longer tend to see on TV or in film anymore for a reason.

Why The Hell Are Quebec Comedians Wearing Blackface?

Nydia Dauphin | Posted 05.30.2013 | Canada
Nydia Dauphin

Quebec comedians have a strange affliction. It sporadically resurfaces time and again and it's proven almost impossible to cure. The affliction in question is the Quebec comedy scene's' sick, inexplicable obsession with blackface. Last Sunday it exposed itself yet again.

Creed Bratton Legit Rocks 'The Office'

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Music

Creed Bratton has some interesting theories. "I've always thought, if aliens came to Earth, I wouldn't want to ask them anything. I'd want to know ...

For Carla Collins, Laughter is the Best Medicine

Susan Ponting | Posted 07.14.2013 | Canada
Susan Ponting

Carla Collins spends her time whirling in and out of comedy clubs and charity events, on and off film and TV sets, and basically anywhere there's work...

Life Lessons From My Second City Improv Class

Shannon Skinner | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Shannon Skinner

2012-06-18-ShannonSkinner.jpg This morning, I woke up with a sore face from laughing bloody hard over the past two weeks: I just completed my first intensive improvisation course at The Second City, the world's premier comedy club/theatre and school of improvisation. As it turns out, I did learn some skills to help with my public speaking.