“I love to make people merry,” Canadian humorist Arthur Black announces in Black Gold. “I’ve written eleven books with no greater purpose in mind.” As a three-time recipient of Leacock Medal, Canada’s prize for humor, Black has accomplished his goal - and then some.
Black Gold collects the best rib-ticklers from Black’s earlier books. His targets include the masochism of cross-country skiing, the absurdity of computerized jogging shoes, and the joys of being bald. Black punctures the pretension and absurdity of his various subjects with both wit and comic exaggeration.
Narrator Pete Larkin’s wry, tongue-in-cheek delivery make these comedy-gold nuggets shine.
The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour is Canada's top award for humour - and nobody has won it more times than Arthur Black, who carried off his third medal in June 2006. Now, in case there is anyone left standing who still disputes Black's claim to the title of Canada's funniest man, Harbour presents the laughing proof: a retrospective of Black's best hits, high-graded from eleven previous collections stretching back over the past 20 years. The result is a landslide of laughter, a pageant of puns, a tsunami of silliness, a cornucopia of corn, in short, a bonanza of Black humour.
From pointers on the medical application of duct tape to uses for that ancient Commodore 64 stashed in the closet to people who seek immortality by naming bugs after themselves to plans for a combination gambling and fitness machine so you can lose pounds as you lose money, Black holds nothing back.
What did you like best about Black Gold? What did you like least?
Reading was well done but too many times the stories left me uninterested. It took me forever to get past the opening yawner about ski wax. Many stories had Canadian references that I just didn't get, or care about. The dog story was pretty good but dogs are kind of universal. Couldn't find it in my heart to finish this.
What do you think your next listen will be?
Something not by this author.
Have you listened to any of Pete Larkin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Performance is good. Haven't heard any others but would listen to more stories from him.
Did Black Gold inspire you to do anything?
Inspired me to do my first return, if I can ever figure it out. The online return doesn't give you any other option than calling the toll free number.
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