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The Best of White Label Humour 5 CD Set - The FAQs






White Label what?

Fifteen years ago, one fateful Saturday afternoon in June 1987, Karl Mamer and Terry Brown cracked open a couple mikes in the on-air booth of CJAM 91.5 FM and introduced the people of Windsor to White Label Humour. They inherited CJAM's comedy slot left vacant by University of Windsor alumni and internationally famous comedy stars Corky and the Juice Pigs. Hrmmm.

For over three years, Mamer and Brown brought CJAM's listeners an hour of biting satire with a strong local bent. Mamer and Brown lampooned local luminaries like Mayor David Burr, Charles Mady ("Windsor's developer king Charlemady"), Pat "Windsor's Only Lawyer" Ducharme, Karen Hall (holy cow, those bastards made fun of Karen Hall?) and Councilor Tom Toth (reputed Maximum Leader of City Council's secret police force "the Tom Toth Macoutes"). They poked fun at Windsor's lunchbucket mentality, the Freedom Festival, the Conklin Carnival, the Peace Fountain, and of course Jason's.

After doing some 153 one-hour shows, Mamer and Brown hung up their headphones and went on to write for cartoonist Bob Monks (including CBET's aborted Bob Monks' Animated Christmas Special project) and edit the University of Windsor's student newspaper The Lance. At The Lance they turned out the four greatest April Fools parody issues ever produced by a student newspaper in Canada. They were responsible for the highly controversial Pennysaviour (April 1990), The Globe & Mail & Windsor Star (April 1991), The Lance: A SAC Run Spirit Paper (April 1992), and The Border City Lance - A Windsor Centennial Commemorative Issue (April 1993).

Fearing they were having too much fun in school and noticing their student loans were fast approaching a figure that would make even an Argentinean finance minister wince, they matriculated and joined the Real WorldTM. They joined the brain drain to Toronto.

In Toronto, Mamer was a columnist for the Toronto Sun for six years. Mamer's Cyberspace column, which ran between 1994 and 2000, was the first column published in a Canadian daily paper to take on the emerging world of online culture. Between 1995 and 1996, he wrote 4 books about the Internet for Reed Publishing. Along with Canadian cartoonist Tak Bui, he wrote a weekly editorial cartoon for the Toronto Sun called Border Line. He founded/wrote Canada's longest running daily web awards, Eye magazine/Microsoft Canada's "Webbies". Mamer now lives in Seattle, Washington and writes for a dot.com as well as Sara Waxman's Luxury magazine. (Karl is not terribly wealthy.)

After a stint as The Lance's Editor-in-Chief, Brown moved to Toronto and took a job as a proof reader for an advertising firm. He is satisfied being not homeless.

Together Mamer and Brown wrote for the Washington Post Writers Group's PC & Pixel daily cartoon strip.

Yes but what are you selling?

Nothing. However, after 15 years, time, technology and boredom have caught up with White Label Humour creator Karl Mamer and he has embarked on the ambitious "White Label Humour Digital Archive project", an attempt to transfer some 75 C120 tapes to CD.

All of it?

Well, not all of it. Just the best of it.

Why not all of it?

Not all of it is that great. You try writing an hour of comedy every week, 50 weeks a year, for over three years, while going to school and holding down a job. Some of it sucks.

Oh, so out of 153 hours of tape, you've only managed to fill 5 70 minute CDs? Seems more than "some" sucks.

This is only the first five CDs. Karl has only managed to listen through about 20 shows.

More CDs are coming?


The sound quality is pretty crappy in parts. Isn't that digital stuff supposed to sound, like, great?

Hence the reason it's being transferred to CD. To keep it from getting even more crappy. A lot of these tapes have sat on the dashboard of Karl's car in the hot sun for the last 15 years. The sound quality has degraded somewhat.

What's with that name "White Label Humour"? It sounds kind of, you know, not politically correct.

We assure you there is nothing supremacist about the name. It's a reference to a line of low-cost generic "white label" grocery products that used to be available on store shelves a couple decades ago. Growing up in broken homes, we were quite familiar with the white label brand.

Who are all those people on the CD covers?

People from Tibet.

Did you guys, like, go to Tibet to find yourselves, like, a spiritual leader or something?

No. Karl stole those photos from a friend of a friend of a friend.

So, you're not selling anything?

No. We just thought you had a right to know.


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