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Meet the 22 Minutes writers: Mike Allison

To prep for next Monday's Twitter Challenge, we're getting inside the comedic minds of This Hour Has 22 Minutes all this week. Meet Mike Allison, who can make even H1N1 funny.

Tell us about yourself.
I'm in the coveted 18-35 year old demographic, but only for another two years. (I had to use a calculator do the math on that.)

How did you get into comedy writing?
I spent ten years working for dinner theatres in the Maritimes. It's the Canadian comedy equivalent of the Catskills.

When did you first know you could be really funny?
Maybe when the first dinner theatre script I wrote got some laughs from an audience that was only half drunk.

Canadian Tire or Home Hardware?
Canadian Tire for the superior camping section. And it's got the word "Canadian" in the title which makes me feel... I don't know... at home.

Dutchie or Maple Dip?
Maple Dip, for sure, but I don't understand why the Maple Dip even exists when the Canadian Maple is far superior. 

When you write a joke, how do you know you've nailed it?
When the legitimately funny other writers in the room laugh.
 
What's your favourite sketch that you've written for 22 Minutes so far and why?
My favourite sketch I wrote would have to be the P.E.I. Witness News segments I cowrote with Mark Critch and Albert Howell. P.E.I. is dear to my heart and small-town news is always funny. 




Also the "Vaccine Nation" H1N1 song is another favourite. I wrote the music and co-write the lyrics with some of the cast and other writers. It was one of the first things I ever got on the air. 



The Canada Writes/22 Minutes Twitter Challenge is being held on Monday, April 2. Stay tuned to Canada Writes for more tantalizing details!
 
Read our Q&As with fellow 22 Minutes writers Albert Howell, Rupinder Gill and Bob Kerr (and watch their favourite sketches, too).  



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