Yukon Humour Stories

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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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    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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read 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... Read more

    Jan. 17, 2018

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