Dave Hill on when father and son become "just two dudes"

Humorist Dave Hill is known for his "beguiling mix of delusional bravado and self-effacing frankness" — as showcased in his new book of stories.
His life is a series of unbelievable short stories. Humourist Dave Hill shares highlights from his new collection: Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore. (Mindy Tucker)

"Your father says hello."

For years, that simple greeting — delivered by his mother — was Dave Hill's primary connection to his dad. But when Hill's mother died, the father and son realized that they were just "two dudes" who didn't know each other very well. 

So how did Hill's dad go from "the guy in the basement that I'm gonna hit up for cash in 20 minutes" to a friend, and decent musical accomplice? 
Hill's funny and often touching new book, Dave Hill Doesn't Live Here Anymore, hinges on that rekindled relationship —but also weaves in and out of short stories that seem too crazy to be true. (Like that time he wrote ringtones for Donald Trump. Or that time he wowed inmates in a Mexican prison with a wicked guitar solo.) 

The writer, comedian, musician and radio host is known for his "beguiling mix of delusional bravado and self-effacing frankness". Today he joins Shad to share some of his favourite stories. 


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