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Click the damn links!

Yesterday’s post was uncharacteristically somber, so I thought I would lighten things up here and simultaneously promote myself. So it’s a win-win for everyone! Especially me! First up, over at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, I was inspired by all the books … Continue reading

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A meeting with my internal editor

Ross’s Internal Editor: Hello, Ross. Happy New Year. Thanks for taking the time to see me. Ross Murray: Well, the mirror was right there, so no problem. RIE: Is this a good time? You seem to be struggling with that … Continue reading

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How to write a humour column

People sometimes come up to me and ask, “Excuse me, what’s the price of this cabbage?” to which I reply, “Sorry, I don’t work in the Produce Department; I simply enjoy the refreshing mist when they water the lettuce.” But … Continue reading

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Support McSweeney’s

I set a goal for myself this year to get back on McSweeney’s Internet Tendencies after a two-year hiatus. McSweeney’s is still the top-tier humour site in North America, in my opinion, and striving to get a post there was … Continue reading

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Finding some direction

My high school piano teacher would often become exasperated with me, and not just for the usual reasons that go along with being an exasperating teenage smart ass (me, not my piano teacher). She would become exasperated when I couldn’t … Continue reading

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For humour writers, 15 years is called the “banana anniversary”

This week marks 15 years that I’ve been writing this column for The Sherbrooke Record, and it’s the longest thing I’ve ever committed to outside of marriage, fatherhood and not watching the Harry Potter movies. I never get tired of … Continue reading

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What, me Murray? or how Mad made me

There is very little that remains from my youth, least of all my youth. I still have the vinyl records that I purchased until succumbing to the folly of cassette tapes more suited to my transient lifestyle. (Cassettes are gonna … Continue reading

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