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10 questions for Mark Critch

We're thrilled to announce our celebrity judge for Monday's April Fool's Apology Challenge: This Hour Has 22 Minutes host and master tweeter Mark Critch. Scroll down to watch his favourite sketch that he's penned so far: "The Codfather." 

Tell us about yourself.
I'm 37, from Newfoundland. I write for perform on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. 

How do you use Twitter?
I use to keep an eye on what's happening in the world, but mostly to make lame jokes and tease Republic of Doyle star Allan Hawco. 

What is it about Twitter that works so well for comedy?
Its length of phrase and being topical. It's replacing late night show monologues for our water cooler jokes. 

How did you get into comedy writing?
I started a comedy troupe when I was 15 and rented a theatre before I had a show. I had to write it before the show opened 

When did you first know you could be really funny? 
I guess in school. I noticed the bullies didn't hit you if you were either bigger or funny. I went for funny. 

Canadian Tire or Home Hardware?
Just rent a condo. A guy fixes stuff for you. 

Dutchie or Maple Dip?
Dutchie. I like racist food
When you write a joke, how do you know you've nailed it?
If it feels like it happened organically without any planning. 

Any advice for people taking part in the challenge?
Lying is easy. Keeping to 140 characters is hard. 

What's your favourite sketch that you've written for 22 Minutes so far and why?
"The Codfather." [It's the first sketch of the episode below.] Danny Williams retired and I had a day to pull together a farewell skit for him. I wrote it on the plane even though I had Gordon Pinsent and Danny already confirmed. It's the funniest thing I've done, I think. 

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The Canada Writes/22 Minutes Twitter Challenge is being held on Monday, April 2. Stay tuned to Canada Writes—we'll be announcing the theme of the challenge on Sunday!
Read our Q&As with fellow 22 Minutes writers Jennifer Goodhue, David KerrMike Allison, Albert HowellRupinder Gill and Bob Kerr (and watch their favourite sketches, too).  

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