So, last year I spent 4 months driving across Canada, performing my shows (see below.) It was great (see below.) And in 2008 I’ll be doing the exact same thing, only different shows, sorta. See, I won the Canadian Association of Fringe Festival (CAFF) touring lottery, meaning, basically, that I get to tour Canada again with my shows.
But when I tell people this, as a response to the generic “what’s going on” question, they just kinda chuckle.
“They sure love you in Canada, huh? Ha ha…”
Kind of a verbal pat on the head of something that’s cute. Canada? Awww…that’s adorable…
Right after I got back from my tour, and actually told someone about the tour I’d just done, they said, “Canada? Well, I guess that’s a good place to start, right?”
The implication is that Canada is not actually a real place. I understand why Americans think this, being an American myself, but I think I’m going to stop telling people about my tour, past and future. The verbal head-pat is getting tiresome, and I don’t have the energy to be the ambassador that Canada deserves.
Q: Hi Barry, what are you up to?
A: Why don’t you just leave me the fuck alone, you condescending motherfucker?
…or maybe a nicer, more Canadian version of that…