Sundays 8pm to 11pm on Radio 2

New Episodes at CBC Music

New Episodes at CBC Music

Need more Strombo Show? Head over to our page on CBC Music for new episodes, playlists and video extras.

CBC Music Past Shows



Video of the Day
Henri The Existential Cat Does Not Like Halloween
October 31, 2013
submit to reddit

Let's be honest: not everyone loves Halloween.

But not many people can express that dislike with the wit and existential ennui of Henri.

In fact, maybe no person could do it. It's clearly a job for a very depressed cat.

In 'Henri 4, L'Haunting' - the fourth video from filmmaker Will Braden starring Henri, Le Chat Noir - Henri rails against the "banal symbols" and "meaningless decorations" of Halloween, and points out that a human dressing up a spaceman is only proving Albert Camus right.

The idea for the Henri videos, which have generated more than 8 million views so far, first came to Braden back in 2006 when he was a student at the Seattle Film Institute.

He had to create a class assignment, and decided that his cat Henry (the actor's real name) would make a great star.


He wrote, shot, and edited the original film in 11 days, but he never expected it to become an internet sensation.

"I thought only film students would see it. YouTube just came out and something like this going viral wasn't expected," he told ABC News.

At this point, Braden is doing pretty well helping Henry express his darkest thoughts. He's selling Henri merchandise through his website, and has plans for more videos in the future.

He probably won't run out of material. As Henri knows, the list of things to be existentially miserable about is practically endless.


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.