‘22 Minutes’ with John Crosbie

Tara Bradbury
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Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie chats with comedians Mark Critch and Shaun Majumder during a taping of a sketch for this week’s episode of “22 Minutes” at Government House in St. John’s Saturday afternoon. — Photo by Tara Bradbury/The Telegram

The boys of CBC TV’s “22 Minutes” were in town this weekend, giving Lt.-Gov. John Crosbie a taste of his own medicine.

Comedians Mark Critch and Shaun Majumder — dressed as his profusely-sweating Indian sports reporter character, Raj Binder — filmed a sketch for the satirical comedy show with Crosbie at Government House for an episode to air Tuesday night.

As the Telegram first reported last week, Crosbie told a series of jokes during the official swearing-in ceremony of the new provincial cabinet, one of which later earned him national criticism.

“This fellow said, ‘I was so depressed last night thinking about the economy, wars, jobs, my savings, social security, retirement funds, etc., I called a suicide hotline and got a call centre in Pakistan. When I told them I was suicidal, they got all excited and asked if I could drive a truck,’” Crosbie said.

Crosbie originally told The Telegram he was “just trying to give the crowd something lighter to be amused about,” and later apologized to anyone he may have offended.

Telling Critch and Majumder he had been waiting a long time to be asked to appear on “22 Minutes” with them, Crosbie — who had no script for the sketch, but who had agreed in advance to film it — brought his own notes with him, making quips like, “Don’t make a blunder, Majumder; you’re in a hitch with Critch.”

Dressed in a sealskin vest, Crosbie sat with the pair as Majumder told him a series of jokes poking fun at Newfoundlanders, asking him how they made him feel.


The skit ends with Crosbie wearing a muzzle.

The only thing the lieutenant-governor refused to do for the sketch was go with the comedians to make an appearance at Yuk Yuks comedy club.

 “People might think the Yuk Yuks are a new political party and I’m supposed to be non-partisan,” Crosbie joked.

 Crosbie appeared on “22 Minutes” once before, a number of years ago, in a skit with then-star Rick Mercer.

 The show itself has been in the centre of controversy recently, after guest star Mary Walsh, dressed as character Marg Delahunty, ambushed Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in his driveway with cameras rolling last month. Ford called the police after his five-year-old daughter got scared, he said. He later came under fire for swearing at 911 dispatchers and allegedly calling them “bitches.” Ford denies making the insult.

 “22 Minutes” airs Tuesdays at 9pm.



Twitter: tara_bradbury

Organizations: CBC, Government House

Geographic location: Pakistan, Toronto

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  • Peter Austin
    November 08, 2011 - 06:23

    As politicians go. John is a good one for sure. He was always a no B.S. kind of politician, who seemed to tackle the issues head on. He was brave and straight up with the Cod Moratorium and had to deliver a pretty ugly message to a potentially very ugly crowd, but he stood his ground and told like it was, and I expect most people still respect him for it too. It should also be said that his son Ches Crosbie can fairly be called a local hero, and this will be echoed by many for years to come. He pioneered class action law suits in NL, and professionally represented many devestated individuals on issues that many folks couldn't possibly have ever dealt with otherwise. In a few cases I expect his actions and initiative prevented people from ending their own lives. I thank John for being John, and I thank them both for producing the latter day Ches!! Cudo's to both and God Bless !!!!!

  • Petertwo
    November 08, 2011 - 05:36

    Unbelievable! It's wrong to pass comment on suicide bombers, no matter how relatively benign? Perhaps if they were as vociferous in stopping this explosive activity, -that really does not prove anything, except perhaps there's a lot of very gullible people - then there would no reason to mention it at all. Or are they all too afraid? What a way to live, if that can be called living.

  • CB
    November 07, 2011 - 21:02

    I don't know why every one is getting their panties in a bunch over the joke. Can't wait to see the 22 minutes episode though. He is indeed a great Newfoundlander and LOVES how he always integrates the sealskin to me, that's pride in Newfoundland! Keep being who you are, true to yourself!

  • Jackie Logans
    November 07, 2011 - 19:00

    How very, VERY sad. Newfoundland's Lieutenant-Governor is now just an embarrassment to all Newfoundlanders who hoped the era of idiot NEWFIE jokes had ended. Not so, apparently. He wants to continue belittling Newfoundland to the absolute JOY of the "upalong crowd"! You know, it REALLY is time to send this old codger to a retirement home.

  • albertaclipper
    November 07, 2011 - 18:29

    When are they coming to Calgary to punk Nenshi for his comments about people who are mentally ill?

  • Rod Croskery
    November 07, 2011 - 17:40

    First, John Crosbie was a Rhodes scholar. He's definitely not lacking in intellect. But he does have a mischievous and irreverent sense of humour. He's still a funny man, and the last Tory leadership candidate I have respected.

  • B Sneyd
    November 07, 2011 - 17:06

    Glad to see MR. Crosbie still has his wit you go John!!!!!!!

  • Mindy
    November 07, 2011 - 16:00

    Two thumbs up!! John Crosbie shows that he is human and people need to lighten up...life is too short for all the political correct crap. As far as wasting our tax dollars ...not so I work an 8 to 5 job and there is time for me to do a few personal things, so I'm sure out of a long day JC has a little time to spare also.

  • Kay
    November 07, 2011 - 15:43

    John Crosbie, has always been insensitive, & it doesn't surprise me that he has not changed in the least. This is a global world & anyone in the public eye in the least bit, better be tuned in to the real issues & feelings of others. Better Mr. Crosbie sit back, keep his rambling thoughts to himself & save Newfoundlanders the embarrassment!!!

    November 07, 2011 - 14:38

    What a perfect timing ... just in time for Christmas The Grinch (John Crosbie) on CBC

  • Joe McGrath
    November 07, 2011 - 12:25

    I would like to congatulate Mr.Crobie for his great sense of humor and also for his appearance on a "CANADIAN" comedy show to demonstate that he is far from a racial bigiot.I wish we had more John Crosie types in NL political offices.

    November 07, 2011 - 12:20

    Professional drivers should take offense to this "joke." To me it says that to be a taxi or truck driver you have to be at the end of your rope with no job, no money, no hope, and have it so bad that you feel as if you need to call a suicide line. The punch line of the joke is not a bad Pakistani making a suicide bomber comment, it is about a good Pakistani suggesting a driving career. Professional drivers, may not have a dream job, but many love it and their lives. It is time to cut down on the truck and taxi driver jokes.

  • Grandma
    November 07, 2011 - 11:51

    Can`t wait to see it ,I love John Crosbie.Life is to short not to be able to have a laugh........bring it on Mr. C

  • Would you please ask some pertinent Questions
    November 07, 2011 - 11:08

    Now that you have collared Mr. Crosbie for This Hour Has 22 Minutes Show, would you please ask him why the natural resource base of Newfoundland and Labrador created vibrant economies for other areas of the country, but left the province of NL economy-less. Also try to get a dialogue going on why the "Fish" Resource was exploited as the enabler to conduct International Trade for Central Canada's planned surplusses of Agriculture and Manufactured Goods?

  • Would you please ask some pertinent Questions
    November 07, 2011 - 11:07

    Now that you have collared Mr. Crosbie for This Hour Has 22 Minutes Show, would you please ask him why the natural resource base of Newfoundland and Labrador created vibrant economies for other areas of the country, but left the province of NL economy-less. Also try to get a dialogue going on why the "Fish" Resource was exploited as the enabler to conduct International Trade for Central Canada's planned surplusses of Agriculture and Manufactured Goods?

  • david clark
    November 07, 2011 - 11:01

    as an expat nf living in NB; I respect this man's loyalty to our seal hunt and his unabashed defiance of poltical correctness . People in public office are expected to be androids to the system, I am pleased to see that we have a human being representing us who reflects our culture.

  • p gillam
    November 07, 2011 - 09:51

    John Crosbie is a great Newfoundlander. Still remember his many zingers in the House or on the CBC. by the way, Ford not only denies that he called the dispatcher a name, the chief of police states thathe listened to the recording and that Ford did not use the word. Perhaps the media just chooses to not want to believe it.

  • Corner B'y Tommy Ozburn
    November 07, 2011 - 09:26

    So this is what that high paying position Lt Gov. does! What a waste of taxpayer's money that whole position is and that house would be better off as a women's shelter or a city library. 22 Mins has had it's day with this tired same old crew.

  • axle
    November 07, 2011 - 08:47

    Crosby is nothing more than a bafoon

  • jeremiah
    November 07, 2011 - 08:29

    Uh-oh! Big mistake John. Just how desperate are you for publicity anyway? Are you so insecure that you will do something as stupid as this to get attention. As lieutenant governor, you should not participate in this program. You will just make a bad situation worse. Too late now I guess. The show is already taped. Too bad! Better to keep your mouth closed and have everyone think you a fool than to open it and prove that you really are.

  • Robert Samuel Kirby
    November 07, 2011 - 08:25

    Canada would be drier than splits if it weren't for the Newfoundland spirit of fun!

  • Rob
    November 07, 2011 - 07:50

    Right on John! It has always been refreshing to hear him shoot from the hip with biting wit and disregard for political correctness. Too many politicians and others in public life are so overly concerned about doing and saying the "right" things that they become devoid of personality. He always has been, and hopefully will continue to be for a long time yet, one of the greatest representatives of Newfoundland charm and free spirit. "Long may your big jibb draw" buddy!

  • Scott Free
    November 07, 2011 - 07:37

    I've long viewed JC as a clown and buffoon, so no surpise to me that he'd try his hand at comedy to stay in the limelight. A role more suited for you would be on one of the reality shows John; oh, wait now...you've never experienced reality; you've been on the public teat all your life.

  • P F Murphy
    November 07, 2011 - 06:49

    How many Canadians of any political stripe would waste the time of 911 and take up a telephone line of that emegency agency (He called 3 times apparently.) when faced by Marge, Princess Warrior, whom ALL Canadians know, including, I believe, Mayor Ford. I believe he was afraid of being made to look as dim-witted as he is and cut and ran and then spitefully phoned 911 to get a puerile revenge. Why do people in Toronto elect people like this?

  • TM
    November 07, 2011 - 06:39

    Seems that these days a person can't say anything without someone kicking up a fuss. A lot of ado about nothing. People in this world need to lighten up a bit. John Crosbie was just being John Crosbie.