What is it about Canada that fuels the comic mind?
After fresh water and lumber, one of our nation's top exports to the United States is comedians.
When a man who became famous for speaking out of his ass has his roots north of the border, one can find few reasons to be more proud.
Thank-you Jim Carrey. Bless your soul, you wily little jester.
Carrey and fellow Canadian comic Mike Myers are two of the most recent Canucks to achieve celebrity status in Hollywood, with Myers pioneering one of the most successful films of the summer in
Austin Powers: Goldmember.
The culture of comedians in Canada is hard to diagnose. What are its root causes? Is it our nation's self-perceived underdog status, our perpetual insecurity complex as the younger brother to the United States?
The beloved John Candy got his start with Second City in Toronto, which provided us with the classic Canadian sketch comedy TV show, SCTV. That show's alumni list also includes Dave Thomas, Martin Short, Rick Moranis and Eugene Levy.
And who can forget Canadian Michael J. Fox, who provided us with the role of the lovable Alex P. Keaton on the '80s sitcom
Kids in The Hall. Tom Green. Dan Akroyd. Pamela Anderson (unintentionally funny). The list of successful Canadian comedians is striking we have brought the world some of the biggest names in the business.