In the news: That’s My Time airs tonight

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 – a five-time Gemini nominee for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and a respected standup performer nationwide – 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: