Happy Canada Day! Today is the day when, in 1867, three colonies were united to form Canada within the British Empire. In honor of Canada's birthday, here's a list of my top five personal favorite Canadian comedians. This is a tough list to make, so let's just just say it's a loose top five, since on a different day, depending on my mood, this list could have been totally different.
5) Rick Moranis - I have a soft spot for this man, from his work in SCTV, Ghostbusters, and Spaceballs. And now with the release of his great new album My Mother's Brisket and Other Love Songs last month and this engaging Nerdist podcast I have a newfound respect and appreciation for Rick Moranis - and let's not forget Little Giants, his masterwork.
4) Phil Hartman - The bedrock of SNL basically from 1986-1994, and the voice of Troy McClure and Lionel Hutz from The Simpsons.
3) Martin Short - Every time I watch a clip of Martin Short I am blown away by his brilliance. He is a true talent, a diminutive, Canadian Robin Williams. He brings something special to everything he does, from Three Amigos to Father of the Bride to Arrested Development.
2) Norm Macdonald - Another personal favorite, Norm is an original. Excellent Weekend Update host, hilarious stand-up, and a dude that pleases in every film role he takes. He's one of a kind.
1) Dan Aykroyd - What can you say? An original SNL cast member, and the writer of Ghostbusters and The Blues Brothers, Aykroyd has given so much to comedy since he emerged from Second City. Without him, who knows if the four comics above even have careers?
Here are some other really amazing Canadian comedians that didn't make the top five, but probably should have: John Candy, Jim Carrey, Tommy Chong, Joe Flaherty, Tom Green, Eugene Levy, and Mike Myers. There's more, too. What do they put in the water up there?
Happy Birthday Canada!