There is no doubt about it Canadians have almost a unique sense of humour. It has a bit of a British humour edge but it's different. There are several wonderful examples of our Canadian humour with one of the funniest being Rick Mercer poking a tongue in cheek fun at how much Americans do not know about Canada. If you haven't seen Rick Mercer in all his Canadian glory, here is a great video clip of him Talking to Americans. Notice how he can deliver the lines without cracking a smile? Well there you have Canadian humour at its finest, eh?
The best part of our Canadian humour is not about poking fun at other countries although we do take a good crack at England on occasion, we really take pleasure in poking fun at ourselves. This can be very, very funny stuff. Why? Well, why not? Hey, we have to do something during the 6 months of winter darkness we enjoy each year, snuggled in our igloos, watching our one and only tv channel (kudos to CBC!) while waiting for Wiarton Willy to come out and tell us that winter will now last another 6 months! This is always a bit discouraging because at some point one does have to fasten on the snowshoes and hit the rough hewn trails to go for maple syrup, peameal bacon, beer, Kraft dinner®, ketchup and poutine. It does not even fizz us that our navy (one canoe) cannot gracefully glide through the iced up waters. Despite all this no we are a friendly, polite bunch ready to poke fun at ourselves every chance we get.
Joel Klebanoff, a fellow Canadian, has been gratiously debunking myths about Canada on his blog. You can read four of his entries here, here, here and here. I will warn you to not be drinking anything while reading his entries unless you need to wash your monitor. His entries are another great example of Canadian humour. Funny, must read stuff!