The Winter season is never kind to Korea, and this year has proven no exception. But in order to warm your blessed little hearts, you need a little inspiration. You need copious amounts of libation. You need belly laughs. To put it another way, you need Glenn Wool.
BUSAN, South Korea — A native of Vancouver, Canada, stand-up comedian Glenn Wool has been slaying crowds the world over since 1995, and we’re glad to announce he’ll be performing for YOU in Busan at 10pm on Saturday, the 22nd of February in the Kyungsungdae area, at Ol’55. Haps got the chance to run a Q&A by Mr. Wool, and here for your edification are the results:
Haps: What’s your current obsession?
Glenn: Jerry Reed. I only ever knew him as The Snowman in the movie Smokey And The Bandit, but later on, I bought an album called Old Dogs which contained Shel Silverstein songs sung by Jerry Reed and Waylon Jennings, amongst others. Absolutely wonderful. That and Mystery Science Theater 3000, which I loved as a teenager and I just recently got back into it. I’m pleased to say it still holds up.
Haps: What’s the world’s best-kept secret?
Glenn: Cambodia. You can have two beers whilst getting an hour-long foot rub, and the whole production will only cost you 11 bucks.
Haps: Name three books you could re-read forever:
Glenn: A Confederacy Of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole, a children’s novel called Owls In The Family by Farley Mowat, and Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath (in no particular order).
Haps: Why do most Canadians say “excuse me” even when they’re in the right?
Glenn: Maybe because excuse me doesn’t always mean “I’m sorry”. It’s just being polite. The world needs more of it, not less. I always try and be as polite as I can. I call people buddy and pal a lot. The other day I did and this dude said “I’m not your buddyâ¦” back to me.”Well you’re not now!” I retorted, and he got a little incredulous in a how-dare-you sort of way but really, he’d earned it. It’s funny to treat people the way they treat others and then watch their hackles slowly rise.
Haps: When was the last time you wanted somebody to suffer?
Glenn: After visiting The Killing Fields. The things that Pol Pot did were unspeakable and really hard to wrap your head around. I wept openly in front of strangers (but hey, give him credit, there are 11 dollar foot rubs in Cambodia, so he must’ve done something right!).
Haps: How do audiences differ (if at all) from the various countries you’ve visited?
Glenn: Not very much. It all depends on the socio-economic background of the audience (read: rich people are pricks).