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Top Five

Bryan Webb’s favorite Canadian comedy shows.


The fictional television station where John Candy, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, Harold Ramis, Catherine O’Hara and Rick Moranis got their start. Best sketch: “Great White North” with Bob Doug McKenzie.

The Kids in the Hall
Toronto-centric surreal anti-satire madness from five odd fellows. Soundtrack by the greatest Canadian band of all time, Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet.

Four on the Floor
Maritimers with an even more awkward sense of humor than the Kids in the Hall. Best sketch: “Mr. Canoehead.”

The absurdist sketch-comedy show that introduced the world to indestructible daredevil Super Dave Osborne.
Abstract social satire, controversial to the point where founding member Andy Jones quit over the CBC’s censorship of a particularly volatile sketch. Best sketch: “House of Budgell,” an ongoing soap opera set in a Newfoundland boarding house.

SEE IT: Webb’s band, the Constantines, plays Doug Fir Saturday, June 13 with Crystal Antlers and I Was a King. 9 pm. $12. 21+.
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