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Is there a Canadian sense of humour ? How can we write with more humour ? And what can humour writing teach us about ourselves ?  

What’s So Funny? Lessons from Canada’s Leacock Medal for Humour, Dick Bourgeois-Doyle's review our premier humour writing award answers these questions and hints at the personal nature of what is funny. 

Podcasts, Reviews, Media - See Below


May 2015 - Click Here
“That was a brilliant … a one-man Canada Reads, very impressive.”

Alan Neal, Interview on CBC All in a Day – January 2014

CBC Radio "Canada Reads-style" Leacock Medal Challenge

CKCU Literary Landscapes Half Hour Interview  

Trent Radio - Part 1 (May 22, 2015)

Trent Radio - Part 2 (May 22, 2015)

Orillia Packet and Times

Metroland Community Newspapers  

Ottawa Public Library Guest Blogger

Metro News  

Daytime - January 22, 2015
The Fulcrum

CBC Ottawa Morning Interview  

CFRA Drive Show 9-1-2015
CHUO Click-Here  
Talk-to-the-Hand 1310News

Comedy Night for Parkinson's
Sat. 24 January 2015 

Scroll for More Reviews and Kudos - also see Editor Bio above 

Remarkably Interesting and Perceptive … significant
contribution to the field of Canadian Studies.”
T.H.B. Symons, Founding President Trent University, 
Chair National Commission on Canadian Studies

“A really fine, original work and writing
 ... I will be dipping into it again and again.”
Gerald Lynch, University of Ottawa, 
Author Stephen Leacock: Humour and Humanity

“Bourgeois-Doyle informs, educates, and entertains
… in the tradition of the best of creative non-fiction."

Cassie Stocks, 2013 Leacock Medal for Humou

"A lovely book, well worth such a monumental effort
of reading and research. I enjoyed it very much. To anyone tempted to feast on one (or all) of the Leacock medalists, this book is a perfect hors d’oeuvre – gives a bit of a taste, and enhances the enjoyment by arming the reader
with insight on the author’s background techniques.”
J.A. “Sandy” McFarlane
former Senior Editor The Globe and Mail
and co-author Globe and Mail Style Book
A herculean project !  I am inspired by your insightful pieces on those early books to dig them up and give them a read …  it was nice to have someone "get" and publicly comment on my devilishly clever cover  and  I enjoyed the way you paid homage to (parodied?)
my anecdotal introductory style !
John Levesque
Author of Waiting for Aquarius 
Stranded on the Information Highway
Winner of the 1993
Leacock Medal for Humour
I love it ! This may sound very grandiose,
but I think you’re really adding
something to Canadian literature
with this kind of analysis and thought."  
Michael Hill
Leacock Associates (2014)

“a monumental task – with writing
and ideas that are a breath of fresh air!”

Adrian Raeside
Editorial Cartoonist Victoria
and syndicated comic strip
The Other Coast

“a thoughtful, erudite kind of Canadian humor code
... makes you feel good about our country.

Roy Mayer
Best-selling Author of Inventing Canada

Success Magazine Breakthrough Ideas Winner