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Get ready for Possum Lake's biggest celebration yet, folks! Our very own handyman hero, Steve Smith, has been inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame for 2023! He is the first inductee in two categories for both Creator and Performer categories. That's right, the man who taught us the finer points of fixing things with duct tape, apologizing to inanimate objects, and living a life of purpose is now officially enshrined among the legends that have shaped this great nation.
The Canadian Comedy Awards, established in 2000, included the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame. The first-ever inductees were chosen and honored at the inaugural Canadian Comedy Awards ceremony that same year. So, in that sense, the recognition aspect through the Hall of Fame has existed since 2000.
However, the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame as a dedicated entity with a permanent physical location is a more recent development. In 2013, the search for a permanent home began, with proposals presented to various cities. It took some time, but in 2024, Hamilton, Ontario, became the official home of the Hall of Fame. So, in terms of a physical space and dedicated organization, the Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame is fairly new, only entering its second year in 2024.
From the iconic Possum Lodge to the legendary adventures of the Possum Patrol, Steve Smith has given us a world where laughter and learning go hand-in-hand. He's inspired countless Canadians to get outside, get their hands dirty, and make the most of every situation.
We here at Possum Lake couldn't be prouder. Steve's contributions to Canadian culture go far beyond just entertaining us with his quirky humor and backwoods wisdom. He's a reminder that a good heart, a can-do attitude, and a roll of duct tape can get you through just about anything. He's shown us the importance of community, respecting nature, and always keeping a sense of humor, even when the fish aren't biting and the possums are on the loose.
The three-night festival has Eugene Levy, Jim Carrey, Jo-Anna Downey, The cast of SCTV, Billy Van, Steve Smith, Martin Short, Rose Ouellette, Marie Dressler, and The Happy Gang among the newest Canadian Comedy Hall Of Fame inductees. Pat Mckenna and Graham Greene host night two on Feb 23rd, the night we get to finally see Steve take his rightful place among the country's finest, and we know you won't want to miss it either. So raise a glass of maple syrup, crank up the banjo, and join us in celebrating the Great One's well-deserved honor!
Here are a few ways you can join the celebration:
Congratulations, Steve! You've made Possum Lake proud, and you've left an indelible mark on Canada's heart. Here's to many more years of laughter, learning, and duct tape adventures!
We'll leave you with one of Steve's most famous quotes, a fitting sentiment for this momentous occasion:
"Remember, if you can't be nice, be useful. If you can't be useful, be quiet. And if you can't be quiet, well, at least you can duct tape something to your forehead."
-Now, go forth and make Canada proud!