In the comedy world, there's no bigger sin than stealing someone else's material. But every year around this time, one show celebrates the fine art of comic rip-offs. Other People's Stuff, conceived by co-hosts Marcel St. Pierre (Theatresports, Short Weird Radio) and Scott McCrickard (the Goatee Boys, The Holmes Show), lets some of the funniest folks of the present pay homage to the greats of the past -- all for a good cause. This year's comedy and music blowout, which includes performances by Slap Happy, Nile Seguin, Andrew Currie, Pete Zedlacher and Lisa Merchant and Janet Van De Graaff, helps support Houselink. Wednesday (December 11) at Clinton's. See comedy listings, this page, for details.
Who'd be the best Scott McCrickard imitator? A young Burl Ives.
Tips for surviving holiday office parties? Get drunk, insult the boss and photocopy your ass all year long. That way it'll seem like normal behaviour.
How have you been naughty this year? Taking a penny and never giving one.
Nice? Mentioning my co-producer, Marcel St. Pierre, in my Comedy Q&A.
Whatever happened to Rita MacNeil? After fighting the Taliban, she finished off that pesky Sheppard subway line and now she's sitting down to a well-deserved cup of tea.
Eminem in 8 Mile. Pitch me the sequel. "Yeah, in Exit 401, Eminem tries to break into the Canadian music biz... but not if Snow has anything to say about it."
If there were a Scott McCrickard action figure, what would it do? Sit like you've never seen sittin' before.
If there were a talking Scott McCrickard doll, what would it say? "One more, then I really gotta go." Over and over.
Who'll replace Richard Harris in the next Harry Potter movie? Nobody. They're going for a Weekend At Bernie's kinda vibe.
Cut or uncut? "Let me check... oh boy, cut!"
If you could cast the nativity play with local comics, who'd play whom? Jo-Anna Downey is Mary, the Bellevilles are the Jesus twins, Richard Ryder is Joseph in his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, the three wise men are Boyd Banks, Harry Doupe and Chris Finn, and Dave Martin is a heckler. Merry Christmas, everybody!