WHAT: Comedy Night
WHO: Glen Foster
WHERE: Buffalo Bills
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 11
Hes a straight talker. An honest observationist. But dont let his unassuming demeanor fool you. Beneath his average appearance, beyond his jokes about average Canadians, is a raging comedian who draws anything but average laughs.
Perhaps you dont recognize the unremarkable and average name, Glen Foster. Hes appeared several times at the renowned Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, been a semi-finalist in the prestigious San Francisco International Comedy Competition, hosted Global TVs satirical golf show, Get a Grip, performed on A&Es An Evening at the Improv, and recently starred in his own Comedy Network special.
Still cant place the face? How about "That Canadian Guy?" Ah, yes, that rings a bell! Isnt he the guy who loves to poke fun at our government? Who can find something funny about every culture in this mixed up country? Who loves to take shots at our neighbours to the south, who are even more messed up?
"The name, (That Canadian Guy), really came about when I was in England," explains Foster. "Ive had a Web site for quite some time, glenfoster.com, but in England, it just didnt seem to be getting through. But when I would come off stage, I would hear, That Canadian guy, he was good. And it hit me at that point that people really dont have that great of an attention span. And unless youre going to see people a lot, youre probably only going to see them once and you need something they can hang their hat on. I went home and changed the name of my Web site. From that point, you wouldnt believe the number of e-mails I got from people saying I couldnt remember your name, but I remembered That Canadian Guy."
His schtick as the critic of all things Canadian had already been developing before the new Web address. Foster was always fond of political and politically correct humour, but his new tag thrust him to the forefront of recognizable Canadian comedians. "My Canada Includes Every Bitching, Whining Province, Aboriginal, Feminist, Minority and Special Interest Group," reads one of the more popular pieces of Foster memorabilia.
And Canadians love it. We have no hesitation laughing at our own short comings, especially when the disparagement is coming from one of our own.
"We like to laugh about ourselves much more than Americans do. The Brits are also very self-effacing," observes Foster. "Americans have commented to me that they can come up here and get away with more jokes than they can at home. We just have a better attitude about it. Actually, I dont know if its attitude or apathy. The whole thing about humour is that its a defence. If were making jokes about ourselves, maybe its because were resigned to the fact that we cant really do anything about it."