Comedian, television writer and Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival Al Rae.
Al Rae’s family immigrated to Canada from Glasgow, Scotland when Al was a young boy.
At an early age he gravitated towards drugs & alcohol to deal with his mental health issues.
Al is a recovering alcoholic, who came out of the closet a few years ago, and we discuss how that has influenced his comedy.
Al & I discuss writing & performing comedy for the stage and TV. Al worked on a TV show
with David Steinberg, and Al does a great impersonation of Steinberg, on the set, calling for a lunch break.
He also mentions comedians who influenced him including Ronnie Corbett, Dave Alan, Tommy Smothers and Bob Newhart.
Finally, he mentions how the careers of Burroughs & Bukowski inspire him.
Don’t miss this podcast with one of the most successful guys on the Canadian comedy scene.