“Patrick is one of the funniest people in Canada, period.”
- Steve Patterson, Host of CBC’s The Debaters
“If Stephen Leacock and Woody Allen had a baby, they would name it Patrick Ledwell.”
- Richard Side, Creator and Producer of CBC’s The Debaters
No man is a Prince Edward Island. That’s a good thing, because the tiny province is eroding a metre per year. In his new collection of side-splitting essays, I am An Islander, Patrick Ledwell explores the hilarity of life viewed from the country’s crumbling Eastern edge. Raised in a big family, the Island comedian looks back at his rural roots. I am an Islander is a funny and heartfelt stockpile of standup, sketches, and rants, banked up to defend your good humour against everything that might erode it.
Review by Elizabeth Cran, The Guardian
I Am an Islander is equally worthy of distribution across Canada. Three things make it successful: it's very funny (but seldom vulgar), it's well-written and it gives one of the best pictures of the Island we've seen.
One cannot describe humour, but here are a few titles that give some idea of its nature and range: Plasticine Nativity; Signs of Intelligent Life on Prince Edward Island; The Island Wooden Clock and P.E.I. Voter Turnout.
You may not always agree with Ledwell, but you'll read him and like him anyway.
Thanks to this writer for his contribution to the "gaiety of nations" (including the Island)!