An irreverent, insightful take on our First Nations' great gift to Canada, delivered by a stellar cast of contributors.
Humour has always been an essential part of North American Aboriginal culture. This fact remained unnoticed by most settlers, however, since non-Aboriginals just didn't get the joke. Indians, it was believed, never laughed. But Indians themselves always knew better.
As an award-winning playwright, columnist and comedy-sketch creator, Drew Hayden Taylor has spent fifteen years writing and researching Aboriginal humour. For this book, he asked a leading group of writers from a variety of fields -- among them such celebrated wordsmiths as Thomas King, Lee Maracle and Tomson Highway -- to take a look at what makes Aboriginal humour tick. Their challenging, informative and hilarious contributions examine the use of humour in areas as diverse as stand-up comedy, fiction, visual art, drama, performance, poetry, traditional storytelling and education. As Me Funny makes clear, there is no single definition of Aboriginal humour. But the contributors do agree on some common ground: Native humour pushes the envelope. With this collection, readers will have the unforgettable opportunity to appreciate that for themselves.
"The book's strongest pieces tend to...lead by example. These, and the between-chapter jokes labelled 'astutely selected ethno-based examples of cultural jocularity and racial comicalness,' collectively make the book worth its cover price."
"A wonderful exploration into the humour of First Nations people in North America."
"By using humour to defuse stereotypes and dispel presumptions, more over, this fine and funny book invites listeners across conventional cultural divides."
"Looks at how and why native humour pokes fun at the dominant culture and also turns the joke on itself."
"A puncturing of pomposity, a willingness to reveal the uncomfortable and the politically incorrect."
"Me Funny begs for more examples of Native humour at work rather than at the dissection table. ...there is much in Me Funny to value, enjoy and, of course, laugh at."
"Each [contributor] offers informative, amusing - and often challenging - thoughts on the use of humour in everything from stand-up comedy and fiction to storytelling and education in Aboriginal culture. Most of the contributors agree that Vative humour pushes the envelope."
"[Me Funny] pokes a sharp-witted talking stick at Native stereotypes and issues."
"A bitingly witty -- and wildly politically incorrect -- collection of articles from the likes of Thomas King and Thomson Highway, two of the funniest writers in Canada."