Allan's been home a lot for the past two weekends - paid time off, what a concept! - and has also had opportunities for some very well-paid overtime. Relaxation generally trumped greed, but he did take some extra hours.
For me, the week between Christmas and New Year's turned out to be very busy. Since I always need to interview kids for Kids On Wheels stories, I took advantage of the school schedule (everyone being home and easy to reach during the day) and got a lot of interviews done. Now there's a pile of tapes waiting to be transcribed. That's the grunt part of my work.
Last night we watched the CBC Comedy special, Comedy Gold, tracing the most famous comedy to come out of Canada. (The second part is tonight.) It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes Canadian connections that I wasn't aware of, and, of course, old clips - David Steinberg's controversial writing for the Smothers Brothers, Dan Ackroyd's Bass-O-Matic, Kids In The Hall in their club days. The older material like Wayne And Shuster was new to us, but I'd love to see a whole Shakespearean Baseball Game. (I'm sure you'll all be posting links to help me.)
I'm always telling Allan that Canada has produced a disproportionate share of comedians, actors and entertainers, given the country's small population. This is generally expressed by the statement, "Everyone is Canadian". (Example: A cartoon version of Michael J. Fox appears on The Simpsons. I point and say, "Canadian", followed by, "See? Everyone is Canadian.") Allan doesn't believe me.
That is, until last night. Enter "Hee Haw". Growing up in the suburbs of New York City, I regarded Hee Haw as a foreign ambassador from some strange land "out there". But Allan grew up "out there", and like millions of Americans, he watched Hee Haw. When he learned (last night) that the show was created by two Canadians, and that this guy is Canadian, he changed his mind: "You're right! Everyone is Canadian!"
I enjoyed the show, and I'm planning on watching Part 2 tonight. Try as I might, however, I don't see anything I would call "Canadian humour" or a "Canadian sensibility". The humour is far too varied; generalizations don't stand up - for me, anyway. And that's a compliment. If you could lump Mike Myers, Jim Carrey, Steve Smith, Brent Butt and Dave Foley into a category called Canadian Humour, you'd be doing each of them a disservice, and selling them all short.