Canadians like to think of themselves as funny....AND nice. But can we have it both ways? Does comedy have to be cruel to be funny?
Canadian TV columnist Rick McGinnis recently staked out his position on the matter: "The best comedy is cruel and irreverent ... anyone hoping to make a comedy that 'treads sensitively' would have to either be a fool -- or a Canadian." Those are fighting words, especially in the face of the success of Canada's kinder, gentler comedies, like "Corner Gas" or "Little Mosque on the Prairie."
Q invited the Gemini-nominated writer Al Rae, who helped develop CBC's "Little Mosque on the Prairie," to go head-to-head with Rick McGinnis. You can listen to the debate here.
But we want to know what you think -- Can we be funny AND nice? Is the best comedy always a little bit cruel?
Examples most welcome. (Insert evil laugh here.)