The heartfelt and hilarious story of beloved Canadian comedian Mark Critch's journey from Newfoundland to the national stage--and back home again.
One of Mark Critch's earliest acting gigs was in a Newfoundland tourist production alongside a cast of displaced fishery workers. Since, he's found increasing opportunities to take his show on the road. In An Embarrassment of Critch's, the star of CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes revisits some of his career's--and the country's--biggest moments, revealing all the things you might not know happened along the way: A wishful rumour spread by Mark's father results in his big break; two bottles of Scotch nearly get him kicked out of a secret Canadian airbase in the United Arab Emirates; and for anyone wondering how to get an interview with the Prime Minister and Bono (yes, that Bono) on the same evening, Critch might recommend a journey to the 2003 Liberal Convention.
Critch's top-secret access to all of the funniest behind-the-scenes moments involve many of the charismatic and notorious politicians we love to see blush, including fearless leaders Justin Trudeau, Stephen Harper, Paul Martin, and Jean Chrétien, celebrities such as Pamela Anderson and Robin Williams, and other colourful figures he's met over years of pulling off daring skits at home and abroad. Remember when MP Carolyn Parrish took her boot to George W. Bush's head in an interview? Or when Critch asked Justin Trudeau where the best place to smoke pot on Parliament Hill was before pulling out a joint for them to share? There's more to each of those stories than you know. Though Critch has spent years crisscrossing the country--and the globe--with the explicit aim of causing trouble everywhere he goes, like the best journeys, this one takes him right back home.
About the author
From Prime Ministers and Premiers to movie stars and celebrities, Mark Critch proves that everyone has a funny side. 22 Minutes anchor and roving reporter, Mark is one of the hardest working comedians in show business, winning multiple awards for both writing and performance. Hitting the road every week, Mark brings the powerful and famous down to earth and into your living room.
In addition to 13 years starring on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mark has appeared in CBC's Winnipeg Comedy Festival, is the host of CBC’s Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC's world-renowned Just for Laughs series.
“Mark Critch has written a second book, which is brilliant. How annoying. He writes with a charm and an ease that make you feel like he's writing just for you. An Embarrassment of Critch’s is funny, insightful, and so damn human. It’s like a conversation with your funniest friend. I loved it.” –Jim Gaffigan, author of Dad is Fat
“Mark Critch weaves rollicking tales that both surprise and delight. His words are hilarious, insightful, and oh-so entertaining. Prepare to laugh, cry, and get a glimpse behind the curtain of Canada’s most fascinating man! Everyone in my circle will be receiving a copy of this book.” –Tessa Virtue, Olympic champion and co-author of Tessa and Scott: Our Journey from Childhood Dream to Gold
“Mark Critch and his writing are gifts of authenticity, both completely devoid of preciousness. They are important and vital. Critch is one of the good guys and his books are good books.” –Jay Baruchel, writer, actor, director, comedian, and author of Born into It
"Mark is a proud Newfoundlander and Canadian who understands the human condition. His keen sense of observation and understanding of what makes people tick is the essence of his acting and comedic brilliance. . . . Mark Critch has become a model of what makes Canada special." –Rt. Hon. Jean Chrétien, 20th Prime Minister of Canada