Thanks to everyone who supported the Book Launch and fundraiser at the Ottawa Comedy Night for Parkinson’s. With the addition of the Denielle Bassel’s Jazz Quintet, the annual event had a new dimension and made for an awesome way to mark the release of my new book:
What’s So Funny? Lessons from Canada’s Leacock Medal for Humour Writing.
Really appreciated talking to people who had seen or heard media coverage and came out to commiserate about Canadian humour and the Leacock Medal. Of course, it was very gratifying to contribute to the evening’s take for an important cause.
|Alan Muir - Parkinson's|
cool to meet comedians Rob Pue and Alex Nussbaum: both really thoughtful guys
off-stage and slick performers on. Naturally,
I was buoyed by their interest in how Canadian humour has evolved over the
years and in the patterns evident in the Leacock Medal books. Nussbaum, whom you might recognize as a
T.V. and film actor, connected with the audience right away and had people cracking up from the start. Both
he and Pue are great at acting out their bits.
Pue was in full flight when talking about his car accident a few years
ago near Haliburton, Ontario that took his knee cap, shortened a leg, and later
plunged a catheter hose into his manhood (“manhood” is the kind of euphemism we
use in older Ottawa). It's easy
to imagine Pue stealing the show Jim-Carrey-style in film or TV.
|Nussbaum - connected right away|
|Rob Pue - Jim-Carrey-style acting out of bits|
In addition to standard comedy circuit stuff, either of these guys would lift up any corporate event.
Here is Nussbaum’s official website
The video clip accessible here will give you a feel of Pue’s work
a link to more on the book.