Ricky Blue's Other Life
Ricky Blue
Ricky Blue
is a Montreal-based humorist, singer, and writer. He and partner George Bowser are the famous Bowser and Blue comedy act. Here's his bio from their Bowser and Blue website.

Ricky Blue was born in Liverpool, England, but raised in Maine, New Jersey, and Toronto. He has an MA in English from Concordia University. He has been involved in bands and media music in Montreal for over twenty years. In 1981 he won an international 'Clio' award for excellence in advertising.

He once appeared on television naked.

His life had no real meaning, however, until he began to play with Bowser and Blue. Rick plays guitar, mandolin, and harmonica, and sings in a rather pleasant baritone when George will let him.

His columns are archived here

Posted 03.24.04


Bada bing, bada bang

In preparation for a performance in front of political writers we organized a fact-finding mission to Ottawa. After all, before we performed for the American Society of Colorectal Surgeons they asked us to watch a procedure so that we would get our facts right.

This was the same sort of thing.

We found no smoking gun, just a roomful of smoking journalists. They entertained us at the Press Club with politically incorrect imitations of Alphonso Gagliano: "I'm a-keep a-saying. Paul, you keep a-doing this, we gonna get-a caught! Bada bing, bada bang, bada boom!"

They all agreed that Ottawa was in a heightened state of combat, thanks to the sponsorship scandal. They hadn't seen anything like it since the last Quebec Referendum.

Next year is the 10th anniversary of the second referendum. I wonder if one day we'll celebrate the second anniversary of the 10th referendum?

We were first shown to the Visitor's Gallery of the Senate. The mood was serene, almost comatose. But if the Senate was like Sunday morning, the House of Commons was like downtown on a Saturday night.

Question period in the House was wild!

Gilles Duceppe looked like he was rehearsing for a role in 12 Angry Men. He raised his voice and his fists as he hammered away at the governing Liberals.

The leader of the New Democratic Party, Jack Layton, swaggered as he sent off volley after volley. Things are very bad when even the NDP thinks they have a shot at winning the next election.

And the new Conservatives could really smell blood.

This kind of corruption between Ottawa and Quebec is what ensures the Tories their power base out West. And now they could take Ontario. By the end of this month, they will have a new leader.

Could it be the Ontario princess? If only she spoke better French. Not that we haven't had leaders who don't speak good French. There is a Bad French Club.

John Diefenbaker was the founding member. And Joe Clark is the longest-serving member. It's not fair, Think of all the people in the world who could never govern Canada because they didn't speak good French: Albert Einstein, Jesus Christ, and Belinda Stronach.

They accused the Liberals of a "culture of corruption." And who said we had no culture?

The Liberals should have argued that they were paying a communications company for publicity. And, hey, it worked! Any publicity is good publicity. They are getting headlines for weeks. It was all part of the planů

Poor Paul Martin is trying to meet it all head-on. But it's not just about the public. We think it's quite natural to turf guys like André Ouellet, but party insiders hate it.

It's not only the electorate you have to worry about. The electorate always makes up its own mind. But the party has to be handled carefully.

Maybe these guys haven't realized it's the 21st century and they're still playing 19th-century politics - a little payola. But can we solve this in a way that just doesn't involve hatcheting guys that just happened to belong to Jean Chrétien?

Martin has to hold that party together. Because no matter how bad it gets, the Liberals still see themselves as the only legitimate governing party of Canada. But they must know things are really bad when they look up to the visitor's gallery and see the comedians Bowser and Blue.