May 17, 2012 - What do you get when you cross a writer, a comedian, and a columnist? Solid social commentary, slips of self-loathing, and a whole lotta laughs as everyone in attendance at PEN's spring Ideas in Dialogue quickly found out. Calvin Trillin, Seán Cullen and Charlie Foran held nothing back as they explored Mordecai Richler's legacy of biting satire in Canada.
Should comedy be topical or poke its finger into the love handles of the human condition? Do you know more about the Meech Lake Accord than Calvin Trillin? By default, are all comedians and satirists outsiders, relegated to misfit status for life? To find out watch the video or listen to the full audio of the event below.
IN THE MEDIA: Funny Strange: Calvin Trillin and Charles Foran on satire and Mordecai Richler…read. The National Post, May 16, 2012
Calvin Trillin, Sean Cullen and why Mordecai Richler is funny...read. The Globe and Mail, May 15, 2012
Toronto Review of Books live tweets the event, read here.
PEN Canada thanks the following sponsors for their support of the event: Sarah Band Norton Rose LLP Canadian Writers Group
As well as our sponsors in kind: The Globe and Mail