A Dose of Canadian Humour


Course Description

All Winter 2021 courses will take place on Zoom. Readings will be available online and by in-person retrieval.

Charles Dickens wrote, “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” In this course, we will read infectiously funny books, each of which has won the Stephen Leacock medal, which is essentially the Order of Canada for books that aspire to be funny. And really, what is it about Canada that makes for especially funny books? And what makes Canadian humour so, well, Canadian? What did Margaret Atwood have to say about it? And who the blazes is Stephen Leacock, anyway?

We will read the following Leacock winners, which we are assured are not only laugh-out-loud funny, but also thoroughly Canadian: Gone to Pot by Jennifer Craig, and The Sisters Brothers by Patrick de Witt. We will not weigh ourselves down with many supplemental readings as they are—let’s admit it—not usually all that funny. We will blithely make merry in a transparent attempt to laugh off COVID-19. We will also learn, at some point, who Stephen Leacock was. Charlie Chaplin once remarked that “a day without laughter is a day wasted,” which we may here interpret as a recommendation to stop wasting time and register for this course.

Book to purchase (will be available at Argo Bookshop):

    • Gone to Pot by Jennifer Craig (9781772600346)
    • The Sister Brothers by Patrick de Witt (9781770890329)

Please note that this course has a maximum enrollment of 14 students.

Priority is given to students who pay upon registration.

For fully registered courses, a waiting list will be created. Should vacancies develop, those on the waiting list will be contacted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Course Details

First Session: Friday 22 January 2021

Course Length: 6 weeks, Fridays, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Discussion Team: Linda Benguigui, Martin Baenninger, +1

Degree Credit: Not for credit

Course Fee: 

$120.00 (standard tuition)

$80.00 (promotion for new students)

Administrative Fee:



$145.00 (standard tuition)

$105.00 (promotion for new students)


Course fees are refundable in full before the second session. After the second session, a fee of $50 for the withdrawal will be applied. Refunds will not be issued after the third session. Please note that non-attendance does not constitute a withdrawal.

Students pursuing studies for credit are encouraged to consult with their advisers as they register for courses.

Course leaders, and students wishing to use credit vouchers, should call (514) 935-9585 to pay by phone or to schedule an appointment to pay in person.

If you are a RETURNING student

If you are NEW to TMI

Questions? Stuck? Give us a call at (514) 935-9585
or email us at info@thomasmore.qc.ca