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Sunday, August 21, 2011

August 21: Blaine Thurier

You may have noticed I changed the description of the show under the header recently. I decided to go with "Canada's longest-running radio show/podcast about comedy..." because I figured it's gotta be true. And if it isn't, whoever is will contact me and set me straight. But really, we've been doing this thing since 2004. It also got me thinking how comedy has damn-near exploded over the years. When I first started writing about comedy, it was practically invisible. Just getting an article in on a fairly big name coming to town was next to impossible, let alone any stories on locals, whom nobody knew. Nowadays every paper writes about it and there are almost as many comedy podcasts looking for comedian guests as there are comedians. There was a time I thought I could get just about any guest I wanted. Now, because of the demand on their time, it's not as easy as it once was. So there you have it. We're Canada's longest-running comedy podcast whether it's true or not.

Okay, that was a big digression. The point of this post is to tell you about tonight's live in-studio guest. Blaine Thurier is a film maker/writer/editor/actor/producer/cinematographer/sound man/production designer/casting director. His latest effort is a comedy called A Gun to the Head (starring former WSF? guest Paul Anthony), which debuts in Vancouver at the Denman Theatre on Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 pm. We'll talk about that, his other films, being portrayed by Wyatt Cenac and working with the likes of Tom Scharpling, Paul Rudd, Bill Hader, Horatio Sanz, Jon Oliver, John Hodgman and Todd Barry in a video for his band New Pornographers. Or is it The New Pornographers? I never know about the definite article with rock bands. And we'll talk about more I haven't thought of yet.

Tune in tonight at 11 at 102.7 FM in Vancouver or livestream it at

Trailer for A Gun To the Head:

Moves, by New Pornographers:

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