Ever since I can remember I've heard the comment that there is "no difference" between Canadians and Americans. I respectfully beg to differ as there is a difference on so many levels! We have unique Canadian culture consisting of Canadianisms, a Canadian perspective on world events, Canadian cuisine as well as products and foods only available in Canada. This blog is dedicated to celebrating all things Canadian from "my perspective" as a Canadian. Please enjoy your visit and be sure to visit often.

Garden Gnome
Americans should never underestimate the constant pressure on Canada which the mere presence of the United States has produced. We're different people from you and we're different people because of you. Living next to you is in some ways like sleeping with an elephant. No matter how friendly and even-tempered is the beast, if I can call it that, one is effected by every twitch and grunt. It should not therefore be expected that this kind of nation, this Canada, should project itself as a mirror image of the United States.
- Pierre Trudeau

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

The Mckenzie Brothers: Take Off,Eh!

Bob and Doug McKenzie are a pair of fictional Canadian brothers who hosted The Great White North (originally called Kanadian Korner). This was a panel show playing upon Canadian stereotypes. Bob and Doug were two down-to-earth Canadian, beer-swilling brothers wearing heavy winter clothing and tuques who comment on various elements of Canadian life and culture, frequently employing the interjection Eh? and derisively calling each other hoser. Fans of the show created a social phenomena referred to as hosermania. Other popularized terms from the show were take off, hosehead and beauty!.

The sketch was introduced on SCTV (a hit Canadian comedy show) for the show's third season when it moved to CBC Television network in 1980. Bob is played by Rick Moranis and Doug is played by Dave Thomas. Each improv epidsode was shot live on camera. Those shown in Canada were 2 minutes longer than those syndicated to the US. The show's producers were asked by the heads of CBS to add specific and identifiable Canadian content for hose two minutes. Rick and Dave thought this request was rediculous as the show had been taped in Canada for two years with a primarily Canadian cast and crew so they created a parody to incorporate every aspect of Canadian stereotypes. In 2009 the characters were revived for an animated series, Bob & Doug, which premiered on Global.

Bob and Doug McKenzie became Canadian icons! Here is a great video of Barbara Frum, host of The Journal, part of CBC's The National interviewing Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. Enjoy!


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