Andrew Clark frequently appears on both radio and television expounding on comedy and cars.
Praise for Stand and Deliver: Inside Canadian Comedy
What makes Canadians so funny? No one is better qualified to answer that question than Andrew Clark, Canada’s first full-time comedy columnist. Stand and Deliver features the inside stories of such famous Canadian comics as Jim Carrey, Sandra Shamas, the cast of “SCTV,” and The Kids in the Hall, and profiles major behind-the-scenes players Lorne Michaels (“Saturday Night Live”) and Mark Breslin (Yuk Yuk’s).
Wry and witty, Stand and Deliver is an insightful, no-holds-barred look at the serious business of being funny.
“Clark’s writing is sharp, clear and infused with wit.”
“The most incisive take yet on the Canadian comedy front.”
“The most comprehensive history of comedy in Canada to date.”
“The best chronicler of Canadian comedy.”
— GLOBE AND MAIL COLUMNIST JEFFREY SIMPSON IN STAR-SPANGLED CANADIANS
Praise for Andrew Clark’s A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle
Andrew Clark spent two years investigating the little-known story of execution of Canadian Second World War private Harold Pringle.
“…meticulously researched… Instead of a straightforward black-and-white story, Clark offers a personal look at the kid from a small town in Ontario and the relatives and war veterans who were affected by [Pringle’s] troubled life and untimely death.” —The National Post “[A] powerful debut, written in a vivid but admirably controlled style, which only serves to intensify the passion for the truth, and compassion for the soldiers, that burns through its pages.”
“Using personal correspondence, court documents and interviews with many of the principal characters, Clark masterfully tells the story of Pringle’s final days. …He does a wonderful job of putting the tragic story of this young soldier into a more complete historical context.”
“In what may be one of the best biographies of the year, reporter Andrew Clark strips away the darkness around one of the sorriest episodes in Canada’s military history: the execution of a deserter accused of murder under dubious circumstances in the months following the Second World War. It’s a fine detective story, a tribute to the courage of the Canadians who fought in Italy, and a stirring indictment of political betrayal.”
—New Brunswick Reader
“Andrew Clark, an award-winning journalist and documentary filmmaker from Toronto, has pieced together this troubled life through relentless detective work, strong investigative research, and sheer good luck….Clark has shed important and substantial light on [the] tragic episode [of Pringle’s sentence]….A Keen Soldier tells a disturbing story, and Pringle’s case may represent injustice at its absolute worst….By helping to reopen the Pringle file, A Keen Soldier may be a catalyst for the reassessment of a matter that represents an unfortunate footnote to Canada’s superb war effort in Italy.”
“Reading this book is no easy feat, knowing that within its pages a very real young man will die. He is not some fictional hero who lays down his life for his friends in a noble cause, or some diabolical villain who, in the end, gets his just deserts. This is the story of a young man who could easily be the father, brother, friend or husband of any of us. … The execution of Harold Pringle is truly one of the great tragedies of Canadian military history, and Andrew Clark is to be commended for allowing a shaft of light into this dark corner of our country’s past.”
—The Telegram (St. John’s)
“With this troubling tale of a Canadian soldier in World War II, Andrew Clark calls into question the ideals that are said to have motivated the Canadian effort in that war — of justice, decency, open-mindedness, and virtue. The enormously sad and sobering story of Harold Pringle is told here with grim panache and poetic flair.”
—Modris Eksteins, author of Walking since Daybreak and The Rites of Spring
“It’s precisely the slow pace and quiet language in this fascinating account of a bizarre Canadian military execution in Italy fifty-five years ago that so powerfully convey war’s awfulness and absurdity.”
—Ernest Hillen, author of The Way of a Boy: A Memoir of Java and Small Mercies: A Boy after War
“Andrew Clark has written a heartbreaking book on the quality of mercy. A Keen Soldier gets to the essence of modern warfare — to the faceless, pitiless bureaucracies that wage such war and convey utter disregard for the qualities that make us human. The ‘keen soldier’ is the boy whose soul is lost in every war, no matter what his fate.”
—Jack Todd, author of The Taste of Metal