“Put down those pens, authors! Put down those brushes, artists! Why not go into the service industry? Or banking?”
Apologies to non-Canadian readers, but I need to address our national broadcaster. Dear CBC, Canadians need much more Seán Cullen on CBC radio, and much less Stuart McLean. Why do we have to wait until summer to listen to Simply Seán on the radio? Why only in the summer, CBC? What is the logic of giving us the oily, faux-down-home Stuart McLean all year, and the droll, off-offbeat Seán Cullen only in the summer? Is this supposed to remind us of high school – 10 months of annoying and sometimes embarrassing drudgery, followed by two months of happy enjoyment? It is? Well, it’s working.
PS Sean Cullen collaborated in the UK comedy scene with Julian Barrett and Noel Fielding of The Mighty Boosh; major comedy pedigree. Do we have anyone like this in B.C.?
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