Charles Macurdy

Charles was born and raised in Vancouver. For over a decade, he worked as a chef before leaving the industry to attend university. Charles has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from UBC. He has written on a range of culinary topics, such as food trends and cooking to restricted diets, and has published numerous original recipes. He has also written extensive criticism, covering television, film, and music, with a particular focus on television comedy as a developing art form. His most recent work is as a culture critic and humorist in his blog, The Red Couch Report. Charles is committed to fostering respectful, intelligent, and rational democratic discourse. Failing that, he is prepared to supplement the conversation with jokes.

The General Public revamps Main Street sushi scene

The General Public brings quirky decor, a “psychedelic sushi bar” motif and pop culture icons to corner of 17th and Main, with unconventional dishes to boot.

Spelt flour crepes for Valentine’s Day

My wife loves crepes, but struggles with wheat. My mission was to find a crepe recipe that I could make for her without resorting to wheat. As I did my research, another mission came along: find a...

Embattled ‘Community’ returns tonight for Harmon-less premiere

Tonight is October 19th. That’s when Community was originally set to return, so while the rest of us are living in February, the Greendale Seven will be preparing for Halloween. Weird, yes. Silly,...

Republicans and Iranian government in heated idiot contest over women's and animal rights

Well, folks, it is officially heating up. And I’m not referring to this non-event of a winter we’ve had. The race for dumbest jerk on the planet is in full swing, with Republicans and the Iranian...

Canada’s new drug laws deliver a blow to dispensary operators

Lawyer Kirk Tousaw represents many medical cannabis dispensaries. Last week, he spoke to an audience in downtown Vancouver, outlining his concerns about recently revised Canadian drug policy.

Estevan Tuna is a great find at Nat Bailey Farmer’s Market

At first, it might seem crazy to pay $5 for a can of tuna. Canned tuna is a common, unremarkable product, most often found in casseroles and stinky sandwiches. So why pay $5 for a single can of the...

The new year’s food begins with soup

Starting out a new year, with all of those grey January mornings, calls for some good old comfort food. And if there is one truly essential variety of comfort food, it’s soup. The foundation of every...

Canada makes early push for 2013 World Cup of Stupidity

When I called for a World Cup of Stupidity, you probably thought I was joking. You may have looked at other jokes within the same article and thought “Oh, I guess he’s just kidding here as well.” No...

Failed apocalypse cries out for stupidity award

Many concerned citizens went to great lengths in preparation for the Mayan apocalypse of 2012. For the record, it didn’t happen. And while most of us are simply left with an overstocked pantry full...

A logic lesson from the gun debate

A couple of days ago, I was walking my dog when a good friend of mine texted me that he had just seen a story on CNN about professor James Tracy and his theory that the Sandy Hook massacre never...