McGill Institute for the Study of Canada annual conference, Montreal, Que., February 14, 2008. The 2008 conference is entitled “Are We American?”
This conference session focuses on humour in Canadian culture. Pierre Landry (CBC Radio) makes opening remarks and introduces a panel of speakers.
Joya Balfour (online producer for NBC) discusses her experience as a Canadian living in the United States. Andy Nulman (president and CMO of Airborne Mobile) briefly comments on his perception of Americans. Beverly Rasporich (professor emeritus at the University of Calgary) speaks about Canada’s history of creating humour that is well-received by American audiences. Drew Hayden Taylor (playwright, author, and columnist) describes the characteristics of Native humour in Canada.
Following the speeches, panellists field questions from audience members.