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Son of a Critch


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A heartfelt and outrageously funny memoir about Newfoundland, family, and being the weirdest kid in school.

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MARK CRITCH is one of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy and has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For fourteen years, he has starred on CBC's flagship show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and "roving reporter," he has brought celebrities and politicians to Canadian living rooms across the nation. He is the host of CBC's Halifax Comedy Festival and has written for and appeared in CBC's world-renowned Just for Laughs series.


"Not since the first one pulled his boat up, has there been a scribbler of such fine and unusual emanations pouring out of one man. Yes, he says he's from the big island, but where he was washed up, would be worth finding out. And I'd love to know where he gets his ink, I am such a fan." -Gordon Pinsent, actor and playwright

"Son of a Critch explains a lot. Mark's wondrous imagination and unique vision of the world is almost completely explained by his young life. This book is a one of a kind adventure from one of my favourite people in the world. I had to read most sections twice as either I could not believe what I had just read, or my eyes were flooding with laughing tears. It is Wicked and Deadly."
-Alan Doyle, musician and lead singer of Great Big Sea

"Finally, a book that answers so many questions about Critch: "Why is he like that?", "Why does he say stuff like that?", and "What's something from Mark's childhood we can use to make him cry?" If you read only one book by a famous Newfoundlander who was raised next to the highway, it pretty much has to be this one. You'll be amazed at how funny Mark is. Also, that he's not dead."
-Barry Julien, Co-Executive Producer/Writer, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

"Son of a Critch is everything you would expect from the smart, urbane, and imaginative mind of Canada's grooviest satirist."
-Greg Proops, comedian and actor

"Do not read this book on an airplane because you will be smiling and laughing like an idiot, which would be the most unCanadian thing to do while reading the most hilarious book by Canada's most charming storyteller." -Caroline Rhea, comedian and actor

"Having done many shows in Newfoundland and being a devotee of Codco, I have long been captivated by Newfoundlanders-their warmth, grit, and forthrightness, but especially their humour. Mark captures all of that so cleverly. I laughed from start to finish, often uproariously."
-Anne Murray, singer

"I haven't read this book. I'm sure it's funny. Mark is funny. Except when he pretends to be me. Then he's just a jerk."
-Peter Mansbridge, news anchor and broadcaster

"There are so many strengths to his writing but I'd note his flair with metaphor and simile...this is nimble, nuanced writing...thoughtful and honed for laughs" -The St. John's Telegram

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