Yukon Humour Stories

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    Issue: 2019-05-01, PHOTO: Gerald Lacroix / Pixabay

    Homesick in Alberta

    I was up in the Yukon last week working with Gwaandak Theatre on a series of radio plays based on legends from Old Crow. It was great to see all my Vuntut Gwich’in relatives and meet the famed Paul Kennedy from the CBC radio program, Ideas... Read more

    May 01, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-20, PHOTO: WUY file photo/John Henderson

    A raven conspiracy?

    I was reading in the news the other day about the ice bridge in Dawson City and how $200,000 worth of engineers couldn’t figure out why there was no ice forming on their makeshift bridge in the middle of winter. It reminded me of a time back in... Read more

    Mar. 20, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

    So long, smug Victoria. Welcome to Canada.

    The allure of even a well-crafted, lightweight shovel begins to pale after days upon numberless days of snow upon snow upon snow. There is wisdom in the old saw that everybody likes to complain about the weather, but nobody does anything about it... Read more

    Mar. 13, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-03-06, PHOTO: courtesy of the Yukon Comedy Festival

    Focus on the funny folk

    Ricard Eden makes no apology for putting the focus of the Yukon Comedy Festival on the performers as much as on the audience. “We obviously want to bring up talent that residents are going to want to see and we want to make our ticket price... Read more

    Mar. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Seed dreams are made of these

    Beyond the windows of my study/greenhouse, the temperature is still in deficit mode and falling. Another skiff of snow arrived overnight—the dry, fat, fluffy kind I have no trouble ignoring. It will either blow away, or it will not. It doesn’t... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2019-02-06, PHOTO: Pixabay

    ‘The greatest living history in the North’

    I was walking through downtown Edmonton, the other day, when an old-timer in curled-up cowboy boots saddled up to me and bummed six bits off of me for a glass of draught. I was so happy to hear that particular vernacular that I almost gave him a... Read more

    Feb. 06, 2019

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    Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: James Moore

    Shine those Shoes

    If you’re a budding comedian who’s burning to go on the road with Lars Callieou, pay attention to your appearance. Oh, and don’t forget to show up for the sound check. These are some of the signs of professionalism the Edmonton comic looks for in... Read more

    Dec. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-12-19, PHOTO: Pixabay

    At least I’m not a giraffe’s backside this time

    The time-honoured English tradition of the Christmas pantomime (known affectionately as just “panto”) was not part of my childhood. My British father did grow up attending pantos, before going on to become an usher in post-Victorian music halls... Read more

    Dec. 19, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-12-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Like porcupine courtship, timing is everything

    Every now and then, a fella happens to hit the sweet spot, even if it is more by good luck than good management. I rest my case on a recent example. Early in the week, I casually mentioned to “Herself” that it was time to consider remounting the... Read more

    Dec. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Percolating with ‘the guys’

    I work with federal inmates at an institution in central Alberta. And of all people, you would think they would know how to make coffee in an old-style coffee percolator. You know the ones ... you put your coffee grounds in a round metal filter... Read more

    Nov. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-11-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

    It’s time for Mr. Green Jeans to hang it all up

    It’s official. Apart from a few hardy species that relish cold weather for some absurd reason, backyard garden 2018 has now been decommissioned. Several less-hardy species—tomatoes, peppers, et alia—clung valiantly to life in their wheeled, rodent... Read more

    Nov. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-31, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    I concur: contrition may be consolatory

    It’s confession time in Geezerville. I recently spent my allotted 450 words in this space musing about some of the beguiling delights to be found in the “be” section of the dictionary. Read more

    Oct. 31, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-17, PHOTO: Danny Macdonald

    Let be whatever may befall

    To be, or not to be. For advocates of plain writing, Shakespeare’s most famous monologue is a touchstone. Its opening sentence consists of nine one-syllable words in a row, followed by one containing just two (depending on whether one reads... Read more

    Oct. 17, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-10-03, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Sometimes language smacks you in the microphone

    I’ve already mentioned how easy it was to provoke calls on my radio open-line show in Charlottetown in the 1970s, by inviting listeners to share either recipes or gardening tips. One desperate morning, I stumbled across a topic that lit up the... Read more

    Oct. 03, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-26, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Driverless cars, ‘all that and a bag of chips’

    I was listening to the radio this morning as I was repairing my snowshoes. The host was trying to convince his listeners of the benefits of driverless cars. He was saying people will have more time to make use of, rather than driving. He gave... Read more

    Sep. 26, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-09-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Advice to the unwise: I have the questions, if you have the answers

    One of the more interesting jobs I’ve ever held was hosting an open-line show (we secretly called it “open-mouth”) on a private radio station in Charlottetown, PEI. Unlike some parts of Canada—especially B.C., with its tradition of brash (often... Read more

    Sep. 05, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-06-13, PHOTO: courtesy of Baked Laughs

    ‘Serving laughs straight from the oven’

    The Whitehorse comedy scene is on a roll as of late. There have been pro comic events at the Guild Hall, the Ride for Dad Comedy Night, the creation of the Yukon Comedy Collective and the Yukon Comedy Festival. Seasoned Yukon comics have also been... Read more

    Jun. 13, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-05-02, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Zombie Preparedness 101

    Back in 2013, with the height of the romanticized and highly popular topic of zombies and the fateful demise of the world and humanity, emergency organizations have utilized the zombie craze opportunity to get out their message of Emergency... Read more

    May 02, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-28, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Am I really ready to face off against this change of life?

    A few days from now, I will undergo a frightening transition from this life to another. Please don’t misunderstand. As far as I know, I’m not about to kick the bucket, cash in my chips, turn toes-up, shuffle off the coil, turn in my Bingo dabbers... Read more

    Mar. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-21, PHOTO: Michael McCall

    The Winterlong Podcasting Co??

    On March 24th the Winterlong Brewing Co. will be slinging more than beer when they play host to two popular Los Angeles based podcasts. They’ll be slinging jokes as well, when the podcast shows Goods from The Woods and This is Rad are recorded at... Read more

    Mar. 21, 2018

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