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Comedy picks for your mid-week viewing

Comedy picks for your mid-week viewing

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May 13th, 2020

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Comedy picks for your mid-week viewing

Today’s guest curator is Canadian hip-hop legend Michie Mee. The pioneering rapper released her breakthrough debut album Jamaican Funk — Canadian Style back in 1991 when the music genre was still fighting for recognition and respect in this country. Now, with Canadian hip-hop at the top of the charts worldwide, Michie continues to record and perform her genre-blending mix of reggae, rap and rock. While finishing up her latest release, she’s been isolating with her favourite stand-up comedy specials.

Michie's pick: Russell Peters: Deported (67 minutes)

My viewing choice for this isolation time is Russell Peters' stand-up comedy special Deported. I love his jokes in general but I especially like his light-hearted approach to the topic of health for men his age (which is also my age). It's a message we need to hear right now, as life has us so busy that the first thing we can forget about is taking care of our own health. Comedy specials are easing some of my pandemic pressures, and this one feels good coming from one of Canada’s hometown heroes. Russell Peters always includes his elderly parents in his routines too, which I love. I feel like I know his dad! At this time when family is at the top of our priorities, this is great show to share, even from a distance. Bring out the popcorn. — Michie Mee

You can watch Russell Peters: Deported on Amazon Prime.

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Staff pick: Qallunaat! Why White People Are Funny (52 minutes)

Canada is known internationally for our stand-up and sketch comedians. But how funny are everyday Canadians? This unique 2006 documentary-comedy, created by filmmaker Mark Sandiford and Inuit writer Zebedee Nungak, pokes fun at the ways in which Inuit people have historically been treated as “exotic” by anthropologists and filmmakers. In comedic sketches, Sandiford and Nungak turn their lens onto the strange behaviours of Qallunaat (the Inuit word for white people) — the kind of Canadians who complain about being cold and have curious mating rituals and an obsession with owning property. While some moments can be uncomfortable viewing for Inuit and non-Inuit alike, good comedy pushes buttons, and Sandiford and Nungak do so with deft satirical hands. — Liisa Ladouceur

You can stream Qallunaat! on nfb.ca.


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Staff pick: Aisha Brown: The First Black Woman Ever (42 minutes)

Reading Michie Mee's comedy pick, I was reminded of another fantastic Jamaican-Canadian woman performer: Aisha Brown. The first time I saw Brown she was performing at a tiny club, reciting a poem about anxiety in which she screeched like a hawk. She was bold, weird, and perfectly hilarious. She is now the first Black comedian to record a stand-up special for Crave. Her jokes rarely go where you expect, and she often throws a curveball into territory one might call Not Safe For Work — making it perfect for solo isolation viewing. — Liisa Ladouceur

Aisha Brown is available to subscribers on Crave.

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