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June 2019

Canadian Comedians Unite

2019-06-13T17:36:32-04:00

Canada occupies a unique place in the world of arts and entertain- ment. A government-funded arts infrastructure and a near-total monopoly of American culture in our media landscape have come to define this Canadian life. Part government mandate, part American invasion, this state of affairs has fueled a fragmented Canadian identity that copies more than [...]

May 2019

Interrobang on CASC in Ottawa

2019-05-30T15:39:38-04:00

Canadian Comedians Heading to Capitol to Lobby for Rights. Here’s What They’re Asking For. If you read the original version of “I’m Dying Up Here”- the book not the Showtime tv series, then you know that comedians talking about unionizing, banding together for rights, is not unheard of here in the states. But it’s also [...]

Disappearing Our Culture… by Sandra Battaglini

2019-05-03T13:24:31-04:00

"As an agricultural and industrial nation Canada ranks high in the world. But as a cultured nation exploring the human mind and soul she ranks low. She has excused herself because of the size of her population, her youth and the battle she has had to wage wresting the country from nature. Those last two [...]

March 2018

Stand-up comedians take a crack at government funding – Toronto Star

2019-05-20T12:17:38-04:00

What’s the difference between a one-person stage play and a standup comedian’s performance? The first one is eligible for government arts funding while the latter is not, which is a sad punchline to several of this country’s comedians. It has long been the case that Canadian arts institutions don’t recognize stand-up comedy under the umbrella [...]