Yukon Humour Stories

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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... 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... 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... 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... 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... more

    Mar. 21, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-14, PHOTO: courtesy of Kyle Clark

    A weekend of laughs

    The Yukon stand-up comedy scene can be fickle. Some years comics will perform to packed houses that turn people away at the door. Other years, not so much. Whether it’s a lack of comics, audience, or both, northern life can bring a number of... more

    Mar. 14, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-03-07, PHOTO: Christian Kuntz

    Stand up for Stephen McGovern

    On March 9, Yukon comic Stephen McGovern will be gearing up to take the stage at the Just for Laughs Northwest comedy festival in Vancouver. The 10-day event beginning March 1 offers a wide variety of shows that highlight Canadian and... more

    Mar. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-28, PHOTO: Robert Couse-Baker on

    Turning a new (gold) leaf for Valentine’s Day

    I need a little help here, folks. Valentine’s Day has already come and gone, but it’s left me in a bit of a quandary. This isn’t an event Herself and I normally celebrate with a lot of folderol and fiddle-dee-dee. A nice card, a special hug, a... more

    Feb. 28, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-02-07, PHOTO: Pixaby

    Whatever happened to the artful riposte?

    We all know nostalgia ain’t what it used to be. My concern is that the noble art of the insult is also on the skids these days. When I was a kid, one of the worst taunts you could throw at someone was, “Ah, your mother wears army boots.” Stupid... more

    Feb. 07, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-01-24, PHOTO: Jessica Eden

    The Birth of the Yukon Comedy Collective

    The Yukon is about to get a whole lot funnier if Richard Eden has his way. Relatively new to the territory, Eden is the president and creator of The Yukon Comedy Collective – a new non-profit organisation that’s dedicated to providing top quality... more

    Jan. 24, 2018

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    Issue: 2018-01-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

    The humiliation of having a 5-cent timepiece

    In the hyper-sensitive world of childhood, an ill-chosen word can sometimes have a devastating impact, even if no harm is intended. I’m not talking about the kind of taunting, bullying talk that was unfortunately common on the playgrounds of my... more

    Jan. 17, 2018

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    Issue: 2017-12-20, PHOTO: courtesy of Ride for Dad Yukon

    Ride for Dad Comedy Night will tickle your prostate and your funny bone

    The 2018 edition of Ride for Dad Comedy Night returns to the Yukon Convention Centre on January 19 and 20. Celebrating it’s fifth year, the comedy gala has grown into its own as one of Ride for Dad Yukon’s premier fundraising events... more

    Dec. 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-12-06, PHOTO: Rina Pitucci/Flickr

    Calling both the pot and the kettle black

    I could be wrong, but I’ve never bought into the notion of predestination – that the cosmic fix is in, and our ultimate fate is set by forces beyond our control. By the same token, I don’t subscribe to the idea of karma – the Hindu-Buddhist belief... more

    Dec. 06, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-15, PHOTO: George Maratos

    Debaters Bound

    On June 20, 2016, Jenny Hamilton sat in quiet awe trying to take it all in. Her stand up career was about to take a significant leap in front of a packed house at the Yukon Arts Centre. When it was her time to go, Hamilton focused and told herself... more

    Nov. 15, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-11-01, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Three little words on the same little page

    Just for the heck of it, let’s take a look at three English words that, on the surface of things, appear to have a lot in common. Before we start, I want to mention once again my amazement that anyone can actually understand the English language... more

    Nov. 01, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-18, PHOTO:

    Watching for things that go snap in the night

    The first week of September, the mice fled the fields and snuck indoors, as mice are wont to do. It happened in the quiet hours of one night. The day before, the kitchen drawers and cupboards were spotless. The next, they were festooned with... more

    Oct. 18, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-10-04, PHOTO: William Warby - Flickr

    It seems we can’t always tell what comes first

    It’s the age-old debate about the chicken and the egg. Sometimes, we simply don’t know what is cause and what is effect. This is especially true when it comes to matters that touch on personal feeling. As a for-instance, do you love cream of... more

    Oct. 04, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-20, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Heed the Lore When You’re on the Move

    Until very recently, I had never heard the expression “hitchhiker’s thumb”. Oh sure, there was that weird guy in Grade 9 named Pete Moss, who had double-jointed thumbs. He also had a habit of turning his eyelids inside-out, a truly gory sight that... more

    Sep. 20, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-09-13, PHOTO: Pixabay

    Thoughts of Hitchhiking Sometimes Follow Strange Trails

    One of my favourite pastimes is exploring the origins and meanings of common English words and expressions. Our language is such a hodge-podge (dare one say “hotchpotch”?) of thefts, borrowings and adaptations from others, that an etymologist can... more

    Sep. 13, 2017

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    Issue: 2017-08-30, PHOTO: Pixabay

    On Market Day, Everything Old is New Again

    The way some people talk, you’d think farmers’ markets were a recent invention by eco-conscious millennials spurred to action by reading a book about the 100-mile diet. Nothing could be further from the truth. more

    Aug. 30, 2017

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