November 28, 2020

Comedian Muses on Canada’s ‘Hoser’ Style

TORONTO — Happy Canada Day, eh!
Come July 1, every Canadian with a hoser in his or her heart — and there are millions of them — will take to their cottages, stretch out on those sun-warmed decks, beer in hand, and let those words trip off their lips in celebration of the Great White North’s 150th anniversary.
Indeed, for actress Ann Pornel, one of the new generation of actors performing in The Second City in Toronto, Canada’s milestone birthday offers the perfect opportunity to revisit the very essence of that “bad in plaid” persona made so famous in the Seventies and Eighties by SCTV’s hapless hosers, Bob and Doug McKenzie, portrayed by Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas. (Details about Pornel’s milestone performance for the company will be released in July.)
“I was five years old when I immigrated to Canada from the Philippines, so plaid flannel shirts and bed linen did not fill my home or define me as a human being. I never wore denim on denim. And my go-to stores were never Hudson’s Bay or Roots — although the stuff they sell is top drawer. But when you look past all those ‘eh’s’ and brewskis [slang for beers], there’s definitely more to

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