‘22 Minutes’ with John Crosbie

Tara Bradbury tbradbury@thetelegram.com
Published on November 7, 2011
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.



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