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AHMED KNOWMADIC – NATIONAL CHAMPION SPOKEN WORD POET, COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, DYNAMITE BROTHER (MF GALAXY 041)

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Stunning performer combines stand-up comedy & theatre background with socially conscious verse & community organising

Ahmed Knowmadicis an award-winning performance poetwho—unlike most writers and performers—has been earning his living through his craft for the last three years by entertaining and enlightening people around the planet.
He’s performed for audiences in the thousands, and in March 2015 the British Council and the Norwich Writer Centre invited him to represent Canada during the International Literature Network conference.
Born in Mogadishu, Somali, in 1984, Ahmed migrated with his three older brothers and his mother to Italy during the collapse of the Somali state. Finding Italy inhospitable to his culture and religion, Ahmed and his family moved again—this time, to Canada.

After a troubled stint in Ontario and an even more troubling trip back to Somalia, he returned to Canada to study theatre and comedy writing, and even performed for Second Cityand various open mic …

JENNIFER ABBOTT ON THE CORPORATION, THE DOCUMENTARY ON HOW PSYCHOPATHS HAVE TAKEN OVER THE WORLD, AND HOW TO STOP THEM (MF GALAXY 040)

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Corporate crime wave on a global scale that corporate media doesn’t want you to know about
The Canadian feature The Corporationis one of the most acclaimed and electrifying documentaries in recent memory, which examines corporations as one of the most dangerous institutions on the planet.
Beginning with the legal principle in the United States and Canada that corporations are “persons,” the documentary then asks the question, “If they are persons, what kind of persons are they?”
According to the fourth Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association, corporations as persons meet the definition of psychopaths, that is, people unable to experience remorse.
Such a psychological defect turns such individuals into parasites and predators. A smaller number of them become killers. While the word psychopath and its one-time synonym sociopath have been replaced by the wordy phrase “Anti-Social Personality Disorder,”the meaning remains the sam…

RICK GREEN, SKETCH COMEDY LEGEND + PEERLESS SFF LITERARY INTERVIEWER (MF GALAXY 039)

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Co-founder of The Frantics, host of History Bites and Prisoners of Gravity, talks sketch comedy, TV production, and how Garry Shandling killed Four on the Floor

Rick Green is a legendary sketch comedy writer and actor and literary TV journalist. He co-founded the comedy troupe The Frantics with Dan Redican, Paul Chato, and Peter Wildman, and co-wrote and co-starred in their short-lived but superb TV show Four on the Floor. He also worked on The Red Green Show, The No Name Show, and All in Good Taste. WhileGreen may be best known as the host of the science fiction and fantasy literary show Prisoners of Gravity and the history-media-satire History Bites, he’s received widespread acclaim for ADD & Loving It, a comedic-scientific look at Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder that The Globe & Mail called “brilliant.”
In today’s episode, I speak with Rick Green about:
The similarities between History Bites and The Daily ShowThe unproduced, but fully-written second season of Four on t…