Angela Mombourquette

25 Years of 22 Minutes

“A great read for anyone who is a fan of the long-running Canadian comedy series—or just TV comedy in general.” —
The final chaotic season of Codco had just wrapped when Mary Walsh sat down at a Toronto bistro with George Anthony, then creative head of CBC TV’s arts programming. She’d been thinking about a news-based comedy show—did he think that would fly? He did. That was the early ‘90s. Twenty-five seasons later, hundreds of thousands of Canadians continue to tune in weekly to This Hour Has 22 Minutes for its unashamedly Canadian, biting satirical take on politics and power. 
25 Years of 22 Minutes takes readers backstage to hear first-hand accounts of the show’s key moments—in the words of the writers, producers and cast members who were there. Readers will have a front-row seat to the birth of the show—including a crisis that had producers scrambling in the very first episode—and offer an insider’s take on the highs, the lows, and the daily grind behind the scenes at 22 Minutes
“A book that stands as a shining testament to the many ‘behind-the scenes’ figures who’ve made the show tick for 25 years.” —Halifax Examiner
“The book includes unvarnished accounts of cast rivalries, off-air pranks, fast food with prime ministers and satirical moments that influenced the real Canadian news cycle . . . an inside look at the people, characters and moments they’ve come to know intimately through their screens.” —Atlantic Books Today
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