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Me funny
2005
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Humor 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. For most of written history, a stern, unyielding profile of "the Indian" dominated the popular mainstream imagination. 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 15 years writing and researching aboriginal humor. For Me Funny, he asked a noted cast of writers from a variety of fields -- including such celebrated wordsmiths as Thomas King, Allan J. Ryan, Mirjam Hirch, and Tomson Highway -- to take a look at what makes aboriginal humor tick. Their hilarious, enlightening contributions playfully examine the use of humor in areas as diverse as stand-up comedy, fiction, visual art, drama, performance, poetry, traditional storytelling, and education.
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Introductionp. 1
One Big Indian    Allan J. Ryanp. 5
Teasing, Tolerating, Teaching: Laughter and Community in Native Literature    Kristina Faganp. 23
And Now, Ladies and Gentlemen, Get Ready for Some (Ab)Original Stand-up Comedy    Don Kellyp. 51
Whacking the Indigenous Funny Bone: Political Correctness vs. Native Humour, Round One    Drew Hayden Taylorp. 67
Cree-atively Speaking    Janice Acoose and Natasha Beedsp. 85
Subversive Humour: Canadian Native Playwrights' Winning Weapon of Resistance    Mirjam Hirchp. 99
How To Be as Funny as an Indian    Ian Fergusonp. 123
Buffalo Tales and Academic Trails    Karen Fromanp. 133
Ruby Lips    Louise Profeit-Leblancp. 145
Why Cree Is the Funniest of All Languages    Tomson Highwayp. 159
Performing Native Humour: The Dead Dog Cafe Comedy Hour    Thomas Kingp. 169
About the Contributorsp. 187
Acknowledgementsp. 191
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