Before Wayne and Dr. Evil: An excerpt from Mike Myers’s new book, Canada

Over the course of his career, Mike Myers has created dozens of memorable, larger-than-life characters on both the small and big screens – but in his new book, Canada, the comedy icon unveils his most passionate persona yet: true-blue patriot. In this exclusive excerpt, Myers recounts his childhood in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough – and why nearly every Canadian kid was jealous of the neighbours down south.

Over the course of his career, Mike Myers has created dozens of memorable, larger-than-life characters on both the small and big screens – but in his new book, Canada, the comedy icon unveils his most passionate persona yet: true-blue patriot. In this exclusive excerpt, Myers recounts his childhood in the Toronto suburb of Scarborough – and why nearly every Canadian kid was jealous of the neighbours down south.

In Canada, you can support even the most outrageous claims of deviant human behaviour simply by saying it happened “somewhere in the States, eh?”

For example, “Did you hear about that lady? That would steal babies from the hospital? And raise them? Convincing them that they’re deaf?”

“That didn’t happen!”

“Yes, it did!”

“Where?”

“Somewhere in the States, eh?”

“Wow, those people are crazy, eh?”

“Right, eh? If I had to live in the States, I’d have to smoke a bag o’ dope every day.”

Of course, we Canadians frequently envy Americans. As a kid growing up in Canada, I was envious of the American space program. How come Canada didn’t have a rocket? How come Canada didn’t have a NASA? And come to think of it, how come Canada didn’t even have its own car?

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