Monday, December 24, 2007

Stuart McLean


If you're burdened down with trouble
If your nerves are wearing thin
Pack your load down the road
And come to Holiday Inn

Well, we can't all go to the mythical, wonderful Holiday Inn featured in the 1942 movie, but here is an alternative if your "nerves are wearing thin" on Christmas Eve day. Head over to the CBC and download podcasts of Stuart McLean's stories of Dave and Morley. Scroll down, and hit the ? at the Vinyl Cafe area to find out how to do it. If you can get old ones, which I hope you can, listen to December 15 and 22. These will get you into the Christmas spirit, and help you laugh off the stress and strain of the past few days or weeks.

I think Stuart McLean is the best humorist, the funniest writer since P.G. Wodehouse. His humor is warm, without sarcasm or satire. He tells stories about people you may know, or people you wish you knew. They are filled with the love of family and the foibles of everyday life. I mentioned the story I most adore in an entry last December. I hope you can either get the album or find it online because it is very, very funny.

4 comments:

  1. I listen to this broadcast (on cd) every year now. I absolutely love it. Such marvelous humor. My favorite is when Dave goes up on the roof to string the Christmas lights and gets stuck. ;)

    Thank you for introducing me to such a hilarious show.

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  2. Les, the podcasts are just terrific! What a wonder the internet is. They are just the right length for a little walk on the treadmill.

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  3. I love love love Stuart McLean and Vinyl Cafe.

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  4. Kittie Flyn, I'm so pleased that you love him, and that you took the time to write!

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