The 20th Wellness Show

Posted in All, Credits & Appearances with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2012 by Monique Hurteau

Monique Hurteau & Lorne Cardinal will be presenting a Humour For Health workshop on the Living Well stage, sponsored in part by Fresh Magazine, on Saturday February 18, 2012 at The 20th Annual Wellness Show at the Vancouver Convention Centre!!

Want to book a Humour For Health workshop? Click here!

Abolish Columbus Day, Vonnegut thinks so too

Posted in Aboriginal, All with tags , , , , , , , , on November 7, 2011 by Monique Hurteau

*boo hiss* Columbus Day. I know it’s already passed but there’s always hope it won’t ever come again. I came across this Vonnegut quote and it inspired me to share.

“1492. As children we were taught to memorize this year with pride and joy as the year people began living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America. Actually, people had been living full and imaginative lives on the continent of North America for hundreds of years before that. 1492 was simply the year sea pirates began to rob, cheat, and kill them.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Breakfast of Champions
US novelist (1922 – 2007)

Why no posts in so long? Well, thanks to a car accident on October 16, 2010, I haven’t posted in quite some time as even short periods of time exacerbate my whiplash injury. My third accident and third time rear-ended. To all the tailgaters & idiots who talk on their cell phones while driving…STOP IT!!! People like that don’t deserve to drive if they’re going to take others lives in their hands so frivolously. I’m getting better slowly but surely and will be back posting regularly soon! Safe driving y’all.

The latest: Bill C-3 & Gender Inequity in Indian Registration Act

Posted in Aboriginal, All with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2011 by Monique Hurteau

I’ve been asked about the status of Bill C-3 on several occasions.
Here’s the latest on the INAC site:

“On December 15, 2010 Bill C-3 Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act received Royal Assent and is in effect as of January 31, 2011. Bill C-3 will ensure that eligible grand-children of women who lost status as a result of marrying non-Indian men will become entitled to registration (Indian status).”

I haven’t applied as of yet but will keep you up-to-date.


Posted in All, Randomish-like with tags , , , , on February 8, 2011 by Monique Hurteau

Wanted to let you know that I haven’t disappeared! Unfortunately, I was in a car accident. *boo hiss*

It’s my 3rd car accident. In all three accidents I’ve been rear-ended and received a whiplash injury. *boo hiss*

No surprise to say it has slowed me down dramatically so haven’t been posting. This will change as I work through rehab ‘n stuff.

I look forward to being healthy again and blogging up a storm!!!

I’m on ReVision Quest on CBC Radio One

Posted in Aboriginal, All, Artists, Artwork, Cool Stuff, Credits & Appearances, Métis, Press, Stand Up Comedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 25, 2010 by Monique Hurteau

Thanks to Kim Ziervogel for calling me to take part in ReVision Quest on CBC Radio One hosted by Darrell Dennis; this show is called “Humour: what’s so funny about being Native?”

Click here to listen to the Aug 25, 2010 show. The part that I’m on is at about 17:41 but the whole show is good though!

I’ll definitely write more about being an Aboriginal comedian but, for now, will say that it has been interesting and challenging indeed. When I say I’m Aboriginal and a comedian, seems there is often an expectation I’m going to do “Bannock, Bingo & Rez Dogs” and lots of Native stereotypes the whole time. I don’t.

I find the best way to describe what I do is that I’m an Aboriginal person who does mainstream comedy. I do have jokes about my Aboriginal-ness and other Native-related things but I don’t push myself to do material on anything in particular. What I do depends on many things – the audience, what seems appropriate (comedy club vs. corporate gig) and/or if it is an Aboriginal event or not.

A big thing for me, I don’t want to be disingenuous. I’m not going to force myself to manufacture a certain amount of ‘Aboriginal’ content to try to emulate something only because it is sometimes (or often) expected of me. Feels dishonest and it’s not authentic. I’m trying to do things in ways that feel right for me because that’s when I’m at my best.

Reminds me of a talk with artist Brian Joseph Grandbois. He does a lot of traditional Aboriginal art work and some non-traditional. Apparently, he painted a Monarch butterfly on a drum and an art broker told him it wasn’t Aboriginal. Really? Huh. I guess I get where the broker is coming from but I also find that idea horribly stifling for an artist to have any suggestion they shouldn’t be creative in certain areas because it doesn’t fit someone else’s paradigm. Knowing Brian’s work, I’m sure it was a gorgeous butterfly…so what’s the problem with that?!?!!!

There are many comedians who do what might be deemed more to be “Native comedy” than what I do. Many are hilarious and get great laughs doing what they do too! Vive la difference!! That is what is so beautiful about creativity and individuality; there are SO many ways to be artistic and funny.

For me, I like to go wherever my creativity takes me. I’m often surprised by it too ;-P


Pretty pencils & a pencil crayon forest

Posted in All, Artwork with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by Monique Hurteau

I get so excited looking at my pencils all lined up so prettily like this.

And feast your eyes on these!!!

It’s like a pencil crayon forest.

I can’t believe I brought myself to actually use them.
They are art unto themselves.

I heart pencil crayons.
I want the ones with recycled paper on the outside too.

As my friend Melanie said, you can never have too many colours.


New pencils=Ugly Sister & Platform Cheese Shoe

Posted in All, Artwork, Stand Up Comedy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 15, 2010 by Monique Hurteau

It was an exciting Friday night and I just bought some new pencils and had to use them right away.

I have always loved the painting hanging on my living room wall of a dark-haired girl in a blue dress; I bought it at a thrift store over 10 years ago for only a few dollars.

Here’s the painting with the sketch (done with my new pencils!).

Comparing the two, I decided to call mine “Ugly Sister”

She is smarter. She’s never been considered quite as attractive as her sister. She’s always overlooked.

Still looking for inspired ways to use my new pencils I thought of the recent Facebook story I told…

I posted this video, with this caption, “Most people don’t know that I used to do the voice of Rusty in The Friendly Giant. Also, I can do a round-off back handspring while wearing platform shoes made out of cheese.”

Some guy actually wanted to ‘set the record straight’ to which I responded “Yes, I’m sure gymnastics in dairy footwear made this completely plausible, along with me being a comedian.”

Anyhooooo, I decided to bring the shoes more to life!
Here’s the result…

Platform Cheese Shoe Prototype

Ready for mainstream consumption…

Voila, a Platform Cheese Shoe!

I quite enjoyed doing these sketches. I have a bunch of ideas for other projects. I am truly filled with excitement to do them too!

I just started getting into drawing ‘n stuff again fairly recently. Read more here about a key moment with an acrylic painting kit (for ages 5+!) that got me rolling.



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