By Trevor Hatter
Ed the Sock
Dec. 6, 2018
In the beginning, Ed the Sock was a low-budget gag. A crappy sock puppet spitting hardened opinions perfectly capturing the jaded ‘90s ethos of putting big messages in stripped down packages. The disarming notion of taking a whimsical symbol, the sock puppet, and having it tell dirty jokes worked so well Ed became a mainstay on MuchMusic and bona fide B-list icon. After 10 years of being lost in the dryer, Ed the Sock has returned with a live show called “The War on Stupid.” A coast-to-coast show that is eager to highlight absurdities in politics, pop culture and hotel room cleanliness.
After riffing on Canada’s leadership, and pointing out Trudeau’s suspect habit of showboating his progressiveness, our grouchy host points out the real meaning of “stupidity.” It’s not about ones IQ, it’s about willfully operating on a lower level. It’s when someone knows they’re being “an idiot” and yet they do it anyway. Ed cut the bullshit and got right to the point with criticisms on outrage culture, the alt-right all while taking playful jabs at Calgary’s national image leaving no political leaning unscathed. The show highlights that often, the truth hurts, but the beauty of wrapping it in comedy is that it doesn’t have to be cruel. We can find connection in the knowledge that we are all a bit warped, shrug our shoulders and swallow the bitter pill easier with a laugh.