Are Canadians Funny?

This is an important question worthy of exploration.

large_flag_of_canadaCanada – a large, cold, and often unnoticed country to the north of us (and which many stupid Americans apparently believe is a state) – has a lot of people. But are those people funny?

Preliminary evidence suggests no, they are not.

Exhibit A: The Canadian Comedy station on XM/Sirius radio (I don’t know which is the proper name any more). With XM, the best station by far was channel 150, but now that they are combined, there are about 10 different comedy stations, all weak in their own way (e.g. old school, filthy, blue collar/redneck, and the weakest of all, Canadian Comedy).

I don’t have a specific example of why it’s not funny. It’s just not funny. In the same way that those two sentences aren’t particularly funny. They aren’t particularly anything, but we both know they’re not funny. Ergo, Canadian comedy.


Nope. Not funny.

Nope. Not funny.



Exhibit B – Jim Carrey. Not funny. I don’t care what you say, making faces and acting like an orangutan isn’t funny. The only time I can tolerate the man is when he’s NOT trying to be funny (i.e. in the recent movie Yes Man, where he was mostly ‘normal’ except for a brief plot line where he drank too much Red Bull. I recommended this movie to someone and had to promise them that there was only this one derivation into the annoying, manic, rubber face stuff so that they would even consider watching a film he stars in. That’s how not funny Jim Carrey is.)

Exhibit C – Leslie Nielson. Need I say more?


Between the goatee and the two earrings, he looks like some kind of Marvel Comics villain.

Between the goatee and the two earrings, he looks like some kind of Marvel Comics villain.

Exhibit D – Howie Mandel. Gag.


Exhibit E – Bob and Doug Mackenzie, a.k.a. The Mackenzie brothers (of ‘shut up, you hoser’ and Strange Brew fame). I admit I once found this funny – and I even named a poor, helpless Himalayan cat Hosehead – but in my defense, I was 17 years old at the time and not particularly wise. And the cat was Canadian and thought the name was rather hilarious.

Exhibit F – Tom Green. Need I say more?

The defense rests.

On a related note, who’s that awful comedian in the Hawaiian shirts who has the bit about being ‘fluffy’ (a.k.a. fat)? Can we blame Canada for him? Gabriel Iglesias (thank you, Google). I can’t stand that guy, but sadly, he’s our problem.

Although he sounds to me like he speaks with an ESL accent, apparently he was born in San Diego. Tomorrow’s topic: Are Mexican Americans funny?


Cheech and Chong – funny

Carlos Mencia – not even

(Unless, of course, I get distracted and go off on a totally unrelated tangent instead…)

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10 Responses to “Are Canadians Funny?”

  1. EarthHawk

    Maybe it has to do with cooking?

    Canadians can’t cook to save their lives.
    Now Mexicans can cook and I must say, they have some pretty funny comedians.

    Moose burgers aren’t quite in yet, I don’t care how many ciders you pour down me Hoser!

  2. Maxxy

    Ok, I’m thinking that maybe I have issues. I actually do find both Jim Carrey AND Leslie Nielson pretty funny. It’s true that I have to be in the right mood for Carrey, otherwise, as you say, he just becomes annoying. And maybe I’m just juvanile, but Nielson lines like ” Nice Beaver ” , to be presented with a stuffed beaver are obviously very classy. The old police Squad’s were hilarious. As I say, obviously I just have issues….. LOL

  3. Zrocks

    You’re on to something here. It’s a discussion that will be hard to have without offending. It shouldn’t be, different cultures have different characteristics and maybe there’s good reason. Probably hard to come up with a good joke when living in for example Somolia, but Canada has no such excuse. I wonder what’s funny in Russia.

    Maybe they’re just never funny doing standup comedy. Norm McDonald, he’s funny in a strange way.

    OK, somebody write in a good Canadian sourced joke for us. John Candy, Canadian, more depressing than funny. Yea, you’re onto something.

  4. Frothy Afterbirth

    So I take it, you’re also not a fan of The Red Green Show or Canadian Air Farce? : )

    I always thought Eugene Levy was the funniest on SCTV. The scene with him wearing assless chaps while walking beside John Candy in drag in ‘Armed and Dangerous’ still gets a laugh out of me. I also like to point out that Tommy Chong is Canadian.

  5. wideawakeinwonderland

    Frothy Afterbirth!
    (I just feel dirty typing the words…)
    I owe you a direct response.
    First, I have been to your MySpace and read about your frisky neighbors. Congrats. (I guess…???) Did you slip some kind of ‘suggested script’ under the door? I say go for it.

    Meanwhile, and as always…I stand corrected.
    Actually, I knew about Eugene Levy, and (due to the fact that Best in Show is my drop dead, favorite movie and due to the fact that I am wildly prone to hyperbole and extreme exaggeration), I failed to mention him on purpose.
    And my dad e-mailed me about Tommy Chong.

    But that’s okay.
    Because in a ‘one must die’ extreme drinking game decision process, I would pick Chong any day over Cheech.

    Lastly, I have never seen the Red Green Show or Canadian Air Force, but I am an easy laugh and would probably enjoy them.

    In conclusion, owing that both the blog needs content and the XM/Sirius Canadian Comedy station seriously sucks, I (kind of, not so much, but more than some topics I’ve taken a stance on in recent months) still assert that Canadians really aren’t funny.
    If they move to America and hook up with one of our hilarious @sses…maybe.
    But still.

    Thanks for caring!!!!!!!

  6. wideawakeinwonderland

    I’m a cheat. I intentionally ignored John Candy (not because I find Planes, Trains, and Automobiles funny, but because I know a bunch of people who think that’s the end all/be all in hilarious) AND Norm McDonald to make my point.
    Call me Dick Cheney.
    I have selective processing when necessary.

    Also, and perhaps more importantly, I’m sure if more people read this blog it would be wildly offensive on a daily basis.
    Deep down, I hate to offend…but at the same time I suspect that’s some sort of personal weakness.

    Regardless, if you’re trying to be amusing and aren’t offensive you’re…Dane Cook? Someone we’ve never heard of because they’re not funny?
    Once again, the defense rests…

  7. wideawakeinwonderland

    Right Mood = Amsterdam?
    Issues = Lifelong love affair with Mary Juana?

  8. wideawakeinwonderland

    I’m drawing a blank on Canadian cuisine (per se), so you may have a point there.

    I will say – to quote my own 100% Irish mother – with respect to bad cooks, “Why do you think they have famous Irish bars, but no famous Irish cooks?”
    Never eaten moose, but have had elk…and it was pretty darn good.

  9. Frothy Afterbirth

    Hey thanks Vanessa, I should try your suggestion. Sadly, the neighbors are now more into bickering than getting luvee duvee with each other. Don’t feel dirty saying my name. It just rolls off the tongue quite easily! Although I really can’t say the same for my classy tagline.

    I assumed since you’re residing in a state on the Canadian border that you have caught the Royal Canadian Air Farce shown (I forgot to add “Royal” previously) playing on the CBC at least once in the past; it’s no longer being aired. The other show is on Seattle’s or Tacoma’s PBS channel on weekly basis. Sometimes that one can be over the top too campy.

    But you’re right most Canadian comedians really are not that funny. Phil Hartman… boring. Martin Short… hardly. Steve Martin… only if it was 25-30 years ago. Dan Akroyd… maybe Ghostbusters was the last time. Tom Green… not really. Rich Little… hmmm? Mike Meyers… he has failed since the 2nd Wayne’s World. Harland Williams… what? But would William Shatner’s portrayal of Denny Crane count? I say yes! Put a mike on him and let him sing the spoken word!

  10. highwaysignpost

    It’s old but it’s got Canadian content so I have to pipe up…we’re not funny. Acutally it’s a mystery to us why others think we are. Perhaps it would be more acurate to say that Canadians are funny to blue collar Americans? We’re just as baffled as you are. Beaver, Mountie, Maple syrup mishaps are no laughing matter as we take these things seriously and are very proud of them. If you want intelligent Canadian humour-Rick Mercer (but then you might need to know our politics and some history).