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Clémence Desrochers, comedian

To Quebecers, she is just Clémence: the funny girl next door who has been on TV and in musical theatre since the 1950s. By the 1960s she had become better known for her music, performing in bôites à chanson and writing the lyrics for Les Girls, a blockbuster musical revue entirely produced by women that made light of woman's issues. In this 1977 TV interview with Peter Gzowski, she gives English Canada a taste of her gentle humour in a monologue about the charms and challenges of rural life. 
• Clémence Desrochers was born in Sherbrooke, Que. in 1933. She began performing at bôites à chanson (similar to coffeehouses) in the late 1950s and was a member of Les Bozos, a group of chansonniers (singers) named for a song by Quebec icon Félix Leclerc.
  • In 1964 Desrochers wrote the lyrics for Le Vol rose du flamant, which the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada calls the first musical comedy written in Quebec. She continued to perform and contribute to other comedies and revues, including Les Girls, which played throughout Quebec.

• Desrochers has hosted numerous programs on Radio-Canada, CBC's French side: Les trouvailles de Clémence (1976-1979), Les p'tits bonheurs de Clémence (1995-1998) et Le monde de Clémence (1999).

Medium: Television
Program: 90 Minutes Live
Broadcast Date: Dec. 20, 1977
Guest(s): Clémence DesRochers
Host: Peter Gzowski
Duration: 10:25

Last updated: February 9, 2012

Page consulted on January 2, 2014

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