Bonnie McFarlane on the comedic side of weird childhoods

What's so funny about growing up in Cold Lake, Alberta? "Feral comic" Bonnie McFarlane chronicles her journey from farm girl to filthy comedian.
Bonnie McFarlane has been described as a "feral comic". She developed her sense of humour without many influences, while growing up in rural Alberta. (Bonnie McFarlane)

Funny people sprout up in many different places. Richard Pryor was raised in a brothel. Amy Schumer's family went from Manhattan wealth to Long Island bankruptcy. 

And for Bonnie McFarlane, the story starts in rural northern Alberta. 

The comedian grew up near Cold Lake, with an upbringing that included a can as a toilet, a close friendship with a cow, and odd little puppet shows in the middle of farm country. 

That personal history now informs her comedy, as showcased on TV's Last Comic Standing and her podcast My Wife Hates Me, co-hosted by her husband Rich Vos. McFarlane joins guest host Piya Chattopadhyay to discuss her new memoir You're Better Than Me, her humble and humorous roots, and why she included frank talk about sexual assault and abortion. 


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