Shane MacDougall is a Canadian stand-up comedian, former columnist, television writer, and documentarian. Best known for his 1999 challenge to Queen Elizabeth II to a kickboxing match or math test for the monarchy of Canada, the challenge resulted in him receiving death threats but also brought much media attention to the burgeoning Canadian republican movement.
He is also known for The Dark Show, which in the late 1990s was Canada's longest running independent comedy show. Held at Toronto's famous Rivoli club, The Dark Show featured some of Canada's top comedians doing material on topics from school shootings to date rape, and also generated protests from some citizens.
From 1999 to 2000, he was a comedy reporter and humorist for Eye Weekly in Toronto, then in 2000 moved to New York City where he worked as a writer for various MTV shows.
In 2005, MacDougall completed filming on a documentary entitled "Wiener Takes All", which followed the competitive dachshund racing circuit. The documentary is currently traveling the festival circuit, and has screened at, or is scheduled to screen at such venues as the San Francisco Documentary Film Festival, BendFilm Festival, the Laguna Beach Film Society/Museum of Art, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
References and Reviews
- Toronto Star profile: "He can offend you and entertain your kids" (August 26, 1999)
- "Dark Comedy Is Just A Joke", by John Oakley, Toronto Sun, May 29, 1999
- "The Lord Is My Straight Man", Toronto Star, Jan 23, 2000
- "Shtick Handling: Shane MacDougall", Toronto Star, March 23, 2000
- "Less Taste, More Filling", eyey Weekly, April 27, 2000
- Variety Review of Wiener Takes All
- SFist coverage of the US Premiere
- Frank Decaro (Sirius Radio) interview with director Shane MacDougall
- Chronicle Herald front page coverage (Canada)
- Cinematical report on BendFilm
- CBC Radio interview
- Globe and Mail article on Kickbox The Queen Challenge
- Canadian Press article on Kickbox the Queen challenge