Open Book: Little Thoughts from a Big Head

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Doubleday Canada, 1999 - Canadian wit and humor (English) - 231 pages
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Signs You Might Be Canadian
1. You don't feel the urge to purchase maple syrup at the airport.
2. You've plugged a car in overnight.
3. You assume the channel you're watching the Super Bowl on probably isn't showing the really good commercials.
4. When in Niagara Falls, you scoff at how pathetic the American Falls are compared to the Canadian.
5. You fly into a rage at a Los Angeles 7-Eleven because they don't sell Crispy Crunch.
6. You would feel safe leaving your children alone with a grown man in a leotard playing to a rooster.
7. You know the names of every breakfast cereal and Vachon Cake in both English and French.
8. You can't name five Canadian prime ministers, but you know the first name of everyone related to Wayne Gretzky.
9. The fact that some of the victims of the "Titanic disaster are buried in Nova Scotia is a source of pride.
10. You're reading this list to kill time in a hospital emergency room.
In "Open Book, Mike Bullard, the host of the immensely popular late-night show, "Open Mike, leaps from the small screen to the printed page, and does what he does best: takes on his audience.
No celebrity has ever caught the attention of Canadians the way Mike Bullard has. Why? Because after a decade of playing to crowds across the country, Mike Bullard knows Canada.
Using the e-mail he receives from his fans as a jumping-off point, Mike Bullard addresses those trenchant questions that keep Canadians awake at night: What distinguishes Canadians from Americans? Why does the rest of the country hate Toronto? How do you know when you are Canadian? How can Mike, a national icon, hate hockey?
With his usual irreverence and wit, MikeBullard gives us his personal take on Canada, comedy and culture. "Open Book should be savoured by teenagers, senior citizens, baby boomers, Gen-Xers, used car salesmen, real estate agents, dogs and, hopefully, a whole lot of other people.
In "Open Book, Mike Bullard makes it his business to poke fun at our foibles, to state the obvious, to offend everyone (at least once) and to keep us laughing at ourselves.

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About the author (1999)

Mike Bullard is from Mississauga, Ontario. He briefly worked as a police officer before taking a job at Bell Canada. While he was working his way up to the corporate offices, he was also performing on comedy club stages as a stand-up improvisational comedian, eventually becoming one of the country's favourite and most in-demand live entertainers. His series, "Open Mike with Mike Bullard," debuted on the Comedy Network in the fall of 1997 and quickly moved to CTV where it has since been given a permanent late night slot.

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