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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. 





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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 


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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 
and
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
President
Leacock Associates (2014)


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

Adrian Raeside
Editorial Cartoonist Victoria
Times-Colonist
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