From Alex Strachan of Canwest News Service:
- Defying death with a laugh, comedian faces cancer
“Irwin Barker was given 12 months to live, he tells his standup audience at the beginning of the heartfelt and heartwarming W-Five Presents documentary That’s My Time: A Comedian’s Stand-Up to Cancer. ‘But my lawyer says he can get it down to eight.'” Read more.
From Garnet Fraser of the Toronto Star:
- Laughter’s the cure for comic with cancer
“Comedy may be tragedy plus time, but ‘I need the `plus time’ part,’ Barker says in an interview from his CBC office, where he writes for Rick Mercer Report. The fiftysomething funnyman â€“ a five-time Gemini nominee for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a respected standup performer nationwide â€“ still has terminal cancer. It’s enough to make him wonder aloud onstage: ‘Why didn’t this happen to a hack?'” Read more.
From Kathy Rumleski of the London Free Press:
- There’s no time like the present to catch Liley’s That’s My Time
“When London filmmaker Adamm Liley found out his CBC colleague Irwin Barker had terminal cancer, the news hit him hard.” Read more.