Tomorrow night on the show, we travel to Newfoundland — to the majestic Snug Harbour in Gros Morne National Park, to be exact — for a special on-location interview with Bell Island, Newfoundland native Allan Hawco.
To whet your appetite, we thought we'd bring you a taste of one of that province's most celebrated exports: its comedy. Below, five of our favourite moments in Newfoundland humour.
CODCO: Anne of Green Gut
This pioneering Newfoundland comedy troupe actually grew out of a 1973 stage show in Toronto called Cod on a Stick, but is most famous for its half-hour CBC show, which ran from 1987 to 1992. The troupe included famous names like Mary Walsh and Cathy Jones, both of whom went on to This Hour Has 22 Minutes. This clip reimagines Anne of Green Gables transported from Prince Edward Island to a rather grittier Newfoundland, with Walsh as Anne.
Rick Mercer: Best Story Ever
Rick Mercer is probably Newfoundland's best known comedy export. In this vintage Best Story Ever, he tells us about an extremely awkward encounter in a hotel in Winnipeg.
Mark Critch: Danny Williams Resigns
In this hilarious bit from This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark Critch takes the news that Danny Williams is resigning as premier very, very badly. "I make fun of you for a living! This is two Newfoundlanders out of a job." The two of them then turn to the "Supreme Newfoundlander, the High Commander, the Codfather" to help arbitrate the dispute.
Shaun Majumder: Newfoundland Directions
In this clip, the Burlington, Newfoundland native (and red chaim alum) explains how Newfoundlanders give directions.
Allan Hawco: How To Speak Like A Newfoundlander
Sure, Hawco's not a comedian. But this 2012 clip of him instructing George in the finer points of Newfoundland pronunciation is priceless.
To catch George's special on-location interview with Allan Hawco, tune in to CBC TV at 7 and 11:30 p.m. on March 19.