The Russians invading, ISIS beheadings, killer cops and race riots? 2014 seemed like a terrible version of Hot Tub Time Machine, that took us all the way back to the fucking stone age. So needless to say, it’s been a tough year, which is why we needed comedy more than ever to help us digest all the bullshit. Thankfully there was an abundance of it coming out of Canada. Here’s what kept us going….
10. Spun Out
Hey look everybody! Canada’s got a sitcom…and it’s not Corner Gas! Though it is on CTV. Still, we can’t expect everything to be as scandalous and ball-gaggy as the content on CBC, right? Whatever the case, Season 2 of Dave Foley’s multi-camera hit show is on the way, starring our man Darcy Michael. Let’s hope they unleash the beast and let his character Gordon Woolmer mess around a bit more.
9. The Roast of Ron Jeremy
We’re crowning Tyler Morrison Canada’s Roast Master as he recently co-produced the show back in November alongside one of our other favorites, Dark Comedy Festival’s own Rob Mailloux. It must have been a thrill for Tyler to be so close to that legendary hog. We hear Ron Jeremy’s no noodledick either.
Anyway you slice it, 500K is a lot of scratch, so CBC’s “incubator” brought out every content creator in the country. The good news is there’s loads of talent out there. The bad news is the only way for them to find funding is to jump through a million hoops and enter online popularity contests. (SORE LOSER HERE!) This network “FRACKING” for talent is horrible for the environment and has gotta stop. Thank Jah VICE is moving to town later this year, to crush everyone. We can’t imagine it’ll be long before they sink their teeth into comedy.
7. Rank & Vile
If you don’t know who Kenny Robinson and Darren Frost are, fuck off right now. Congrats to Kenny for winning the Phil Hartman award at the Canadian Comedy Awards and Darren for producing his 4th album Emotional Terrorism. Sometimes you gotta turn to the edgiest comics around to help you digest all the shit out there in this world, and for that, we owe these guys a world of gratitude!
6. The F-Word.
Or What If in the States or in my case a 75 cent Mexican market, bootleg version called Solo Amigos? Whatever the name, it’s been fun to watch this film gain traction during development, rock TIFF, gain a wide theatrical release, and rack up loads of accolades. All of this is a sure testament to Elan Mastai’s tight script and the fucking awesomeness of director Michael Dowse.
5. Trailer Park Boys
– The boys returned in a big way with a bonus season on Netflix and Swearnet the Movie. Shout out to hot as shit director Warren P. Sonoda and for the team capturing the guinness record for most cuss words in a movie.
4. Sirius XM’s Ben Miner
A comedy warrior whose been championing the Canadian comedy scene for as long as I can remember. A seasoned producer and comic, Ben’s been with Sirius since day one, and hosts Laugh Attack, Comic Stripped and brought us another instalment of Canada’s Next Top Comic. He also has the2nd best blog around. We’re very grateful for the work he does. You should be too.
3. Kenny Vs. Spenny Live on Tour
Sure he might play a fuckin’ dick on TV and in real life, but Kenny Hotz knows how to put on a show. I’m putting him and Spenny down as one of the greatest comedy duos EVER – sandwiched in between Laurel and Hardy and Cheech and Chong. That’s right I said it.
2. Just for Laughs – Montreal
It was another banner year for Canadians in Montreal with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg picking up Director of the Year awards at the Red Carpet ceremony, while others like Nathan Fielder, Mark Forward and Debra Digiovanni rocked the festival. DJ Demers won the homegrown competition. My personal highlight was hearing a 10 minute bit about Cap’n Crunch by Interac’s Holiday Bill, and the Man Mountain of Comedy, K Trevor Wilson. So much talent, there’s really no better showcase in the world and no where you’d rather be as a comedy fan. We’re really looking forward to next year and lobbying hard for an all Canadian Nasty Show!
1. Rob Ford.
Toronto’s mayor went Bulworth on us and it was wildly entertaining. Let’s just set aside the bigotry, misogyny and homophobia for a second and pay homage to the punchline of the year, “I’ve got more than enough to eat at home”. It was all loads of fun until he fucking ruined everything by getting cancer – proving once again that there’s a fine line between comedy and tragedy. We hope he’s happy and healthy in 2018 to make another run for the gold. I’ll just make sure to watch all the action from Vancouver.
Here’s to a new year full of lots more laughs and great Canadian comedy.