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Simon Boulerice: TV memories with a background of “lip-sync” and the smell of Kraft Dinner

During his childhood, Simon Boulerice “religiously” watched television.

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His interests were varied, ranging from Quebec classics to talk shows and even wrestling! Intense moments, he lived a lot!

Simon, what are the youth programs that have marked you?

I am from the generation Master key. I felt like their accomplice: I had the impression that the trio of fantasists was just talking to me. I never thought one day I would write for them! Otherwise, two other shows are memorable to me. First of all, Iniminimagimo, where we revisited classic tales with creativity and talent. Looking back, I am convinced that my novel Javotte sprouted when I saw their Cinderella with the formidable Louise Lavoie and Christine Séguin. Then Robin and Stella for friendship and those cupboards which communicated together between the two neighboring apartments. I probed the walls of my closet for a long time; the disappointment of not having discovered any back door still haunts me!

What are your fondest childhood TV memories?

Definitely watching wrestling as a family on the weekends, eating Kraft Dinner. It was the birth of my love for the theater: I deduced that everything was scripted and directed. I loved the hypertrophied presence of the ultra-typical wrestlers (Hulk Hogan’s gestures, Brutus Beefcake’s barber shears, Ultimate Warrior’s neon laces…) and, my god, how beautiful I thought they were! Apart from the colossus Undertaker who terrified me. I was also watching diligently Rooms in town and I worshiped the character of Lola. I felt smart to love her more than Annick, who was sweeter. I was essentially fascinated by Anne Dorval.

Is there one that stands out more than the others?

But my most amazing memory is my love of talk shows that I watched with my mother. Sonia Benezra’s was my favorite. My absolute moment of grace: one day, around 1992, Fabienne Thibeault came to sing Stone on the show, but his voice is hoarse. She has to go back to the beginning – a capella! – twice before the big cursed cat came out of his throat! Thibeault asks if it’s live. Sonia, sorry, says “yes”. And I, who observes the scene, fascinated by the “live blooper”: “Mom, it’s not going well, madam, huh? To date, this is the greatest TV moment of my life: vulnerability in all its glory.

Is there a character who influenced you?

Not a character as much as someone: Karine Vanasse and her two formidable “lip-sync” at the 100 watt club. Illegal by Marjo and Words that sound by Celine. I found her so precise and charismatic. I was horribly jealous of her. I wanted to lip-sync so much in life! Therefore, I consider that Ariel Charest is living the life that I would have liked to live.

What do you think of today’s youth TV?

I find it more inclusive than ever. And it unfolds from every angle. The joy that I would have had, me, for example, to see the drag queen Barbada make me discover musical instruments!

Series geolocate loveadaptation of the poem novel by Simon Boulerice, is offered on ICI Extra where it is also possible to watch the second season of six degreesanother series written by the author.