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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta April TMi tITNMMMf HMALO 7 Canadians don't show humor of the country HALIFAX (CP) Barrie Baldaro likes to think of him- self as "something of an ex- pert in making people laugh." But the actor-comedian can also talk about humor se- riously.. For 'openers, he says it's a pity Canadians "don't demon- strate what humor we have in this country." Also the CBC "has a great record of dropping a good show and then spending five years looking for a replace- ment." Baldaro, interviewed while in Halifax for performances in two comedies at Neptune Theatre, has been involved in top-flight humor shows. One of the best-known was Funny You Should Say That, a Sunday radio series broad- cast from Montreal in the late '60s, which featured Baldaro along with Joan Stewart, Ted Ziegler, Dave Broadfoot and Peter Culle'n "Funny You Should Say That was one of the few vari- ety shows ever to tour Can- ada. We were a sold-out hit across the country People loved it. Five months later the CBC dropped the show. "I wish CBC had been a little more adventuresome. We did three seasons, 150 shows. But the CBC just lacked the imagination. We couldn't 'get enough money from Toronto which controls everything." Baldaro is a short, chunky 41-year-old who is unable to sit DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC HOS8HOSACK CMIHtod Mechanic a 304 Sth St. S. f h. 327-7244 LMhbrWga still. While talking, he fidgets, then gets up and paces around the room, stopping occasionally to emphasize a point and then moving on while continuing: his dialogue. He came to Canada in 1960 after serving in the British Army where he specialized in veterinary medicine and com- edy reviews. In Toronto, he got involved in the Bohemian Embassy, a coffee house, but as it devel- oped an entourage of serious poets and songwriters, he left feeling a need for "a little light-heartedness." Baldaro considers his forte to be humorous writing and in the years following he was in- volved in numerous reviews and radio and television shows. His appearances at Neptune were among the few oppor- tunities he gets to perform in theatre, his first love He likes radio next then TV and film. Among his best-remem- bered TV shows were Zut and Nightcap. He also played the part of Paddy in Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Another funny show Bal- daro saw die was Charlie Had One But He Gave It To Us, a CBC-TV summer replacement program Paul Soles and he did in 1966, "It was a popular program but at the end of the summer the CBC just said thanks. Many of our ideas were later copied by Laugh-In which -A as very popular in Canada." Baldaro said he feels that instead of concentrating on a couple-of big national produc- tions, the CBC should develop regional humor shows and televise them nationally on an alternating basis. CROSS SECTION QUARTET IN SACRED CONCERT Saturday, April 6th p.m. LETHBRIDGE ALLIANCE CHURCH 1202 3rd Avenue South April Easter Holiday Disneyland Tour u low u 11 days transportation and accommodation Reno Fisherman s Wharf San Francisco Hollywood. Disneyland. Las Vegas Disneyland, San Francisco, Palm April -a 14 days as low as Dltneyland, Grand Canyon. 16 days transportation and accomodation Reno. San Francisco, Fisherman s Wharf, Hollywood, Knotts Berry Farm, Disneyland, Pilm Springs, Grand Canyon and Las Vngas Florida 8 at low at 27 days, transportation and accommodation Washington, D C Cape Kennedy Space Centre, Coco Beach. Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Walt Disney World. Pensacola Nassau in the Bahamas, New Orleans El Paso. Texas. Juarez, Mexico, Phoenix, Las Vegas and Expo 74 Spokane (2 days) EMtern Cinada 7th 23 At low at Ditmyland and Expo Tour Aug 1tt at low M 17 Enqulr. about Expo 74 In Spoktnt. A. tow M SlOa S day Transportation and aceomodtllon. NORTHERN BUS TOURS LETHBRIDGE, ALTA. PHONE 327-3536 SOUTHERN ALBERTA THEATRES CARDSTON Mayfair Theatre "GODSPELL" in color. Saturday, April flMWS It ftri FAMILY. FORT MACLEOD Empress Theatre "JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR" in color. Saturday, April 6, show at p m. FAMILY. "THE MACKINTOSH MAN" in color. Starring Pavi Newman. Sunday. Monday and Tuesday, April 7, 8 and 9. Sunday show at p.m. NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. MILK RIVER Sunland Theatre "PETE 'N' TILLIE" in color. Starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett. Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7. Shows at p.m. ADULT, NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN. PINCHER CREEK Fox Theatre "DEAF SMITH AND JOHNNY EARS" in color. Starring Anthony Quinn. Saturday shows at and p.m. ADULT. ?DIRTY LITTLE BILLY" in color. Starring Michael J. Pollard. Sunday, April, 7 show at RESTRICTED ADULT. TABER Tower Theatre "FISTS OF FURY" In color. Starring Bruce Lee John Saxon and Jim Kelly. Saturday, April 6 show at and p.m. RESTRICTED ADULT. "Now all the money is spent on the big shows when it should be spread around the country for, use in regional ones would reveal the humor and personality of various parts of the country to' the rest." Baldaro also said that while there are Canadian actors who are as talented as any in the U.S or Britain, film pro- ducers have to look out- side Canada to get name ac- tors. "Movies are a money-mak- ing business and backers al- ways want a name star. And there's something peculiar about Canadians and their re- action to Canadian per- formers. "I've worked with just about all the leading Ameri- can comedy actors and they've always been im- pressed with the quality of ac- tors and directors in Canada. "But whether it's acting or writing, Canadian material has to be much stronger to get by Canadian audiences because Canadians are much more demanding about them- selves." Baldaro finds comedy espe- cially frustrating "A writer or actor can seem to be on top but as soon as the show ends, he's right back on the pile." And then there's the per- sonal frustration. "People in the street recognize me and a show I've been in but they don't remember my name." Tribe wins KINSHASA, Zaire (AP) For a long time the Bambute tribe of the eastern Kivu prov- mce fought to end its degrading status as a tourist attraction. The Bambutes won their battle in the end. The government banned the word pygmies and outlawed photographing them. Then 74 Bambutes were called up for military service, from which they had previously been exempt STILL TAKING REFUGE SANTIAGO (AP) More than 200 Chilean leftists still are taking refuge in foreign embassies here, fugitives trom the military junta that deposed Marxist president Salvador Allende six months ago Fi7m to 6e made on B.C. Japanese-Canadians ordeal Film maker Lawrence Malick, who wrote, directed and pro- duced the movie checks a camera angle for a crucial scene. Malick also raised the money to produce the film, which won rave reviews at the New York Film Festival last year. Warner Brothers, which paid off the production costs, is releasing the movie and Malick share the revenues. Opera company had big deficit TORONTO (CP) Although the Canadian Opera Company (COC) sold 87 per cent of the seats for its six- week Toronto season, it still wound up with a 1973 operating deficit of the Canadian opera association annual meeting has been told. Montague Larkin, association president, blamed the timing of grants from the federal, provincial and municipal governments. The company had to commit itself to budgets for the season of six operas before government grants were announced, he said. Then it received less in grants than it had requested. "It is most important that this method of financing be changed although I recognize it will involve a major alteration of procedures in Ottawa." Mr Larkin said box office ART SHOW A Display and Sale by Members of the Lethbridge Sketch Club will held in CENTRE VILLAGE MALL APRIL 8th THRU 13th GERMAN CANADIAN CLUB REGULAR DANCE Sat., April 6th p.m. Muaic By: "JACK BLECH" Members and Invited Guests Only MY AN 74 QRAD SPECIAL! CApV flHO wvWRQ SptcM AWMDto to AH A. E. CROSS STUDIO receipts from the company's six-week season, attended by persons, plus revenue from the COC-'s touring production of La Boheme, met 54 per cent of total expenditures which for the first time exceeded million. Other income was in the form of government grants and donations from companies and individuals. INFLATION HURTS Herman Geiger Torel, the company's general manager, said the 1974 season promises to be the COC's most ambitious but he also had bad news because of "staggering inflation The company's touring program would be reduced 50 cent and a planned 1976 Wignanan season, which was to have included the complete ring cycle, has been postponed indefinitely, he said. "How is it possible to come up with a realistic budget when materials needed for sets, props and so on have increased 30 to 300 per cent compared with the last he asked. "Grants and subsidies fail to come up to expectations with the new Canada Council policy of passing increased grants to other than the large organizations Ottawa now refers to as dinosaurs Royal dud LONDON (CP) The jQueen, said to have the world's finest stamp collection, suffered a dis- appointment when she invited an expert in to inspect the al- bums He decreed thaT her treasured 1872 Shilling Green was a phoney. Acquired by King George V, it was thought to be worth about SMOKERS SECLUDED WASHINGTON (AP) Tobacco smoking bus passengers will have to ride in the rear of all U.S. interstate buses after March 22, the Interstate Commerce Commission has announced. Show Times Saturday, April 6 PARAMOUNT THEATRE STING 70091S TWO COMPLETE SHOWS' 7 00 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINEMA Short Subjects 7 15 9 15 NO SEX PLEASE WE'RE BRITISH 7 40 9 45 LAST COMPLETE SHOW 9 15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT COLLEGE CINIMA Short 7 00 DAY OF THE DOLPHINS. 7 35 9'50 LAST COMPLETE SHOW. 9.15 FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT Sunday, April 7 PARAMOUNT THEATRE STINO: 0 15 ONE COMPLETE SHOW- 8-15 ADULT ENTERTAINMENT PARAMOUNT CINIMA i Short 8.15 ;