(james benedict brown) on the road

Canada nostalgia: Taxi 0-22

Posted in Posts by James Benedict Brown on 30 April, 2007

In the last few weeks, it’s been a real pleasure to rediscover the Québecois tongue. In attempting to explain this special variety of the French language to my Strasborgeois and foreign friends, I’ve frequently turned to Québecois TV. In this clip, from the TVA series Taxi 0-22, the actor and comedian Patrick Huard plays brings a long running stage character – the politically incorrect and talkative cab driver – to the TV screen. The series features a number of special guests who ride the cab as if they were regular fares. On board today (and playing himself) is another Québecois comedian and actor, Louis-Josée Houde. Huard’s character starts the banter by complimenting Houde on his rôle in the film Bon Cop Bad Cop… the in-joke being that Huard himself played one of the two lead roles in that film. If you speak French but aren’t familiar with the Québecois joual I’d be interested to hear how much of this conversation you catch…

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