Here’s a little Quiz for you (answers will be at the bottom) …
- Did you know that “Martin” is the most common surname (family name) in France?
- But in Québec, “Martin” is not the most common surname. What is it?
- Montréwood’s, Québec’s and Canada’s Francophone pop-culture scene has three well-known “Martins”. Most Francophones know them. Who might they be?
- The first one is Franco-Manitoban (from Winnipeg). His surname is “Martin”.
- The second one is from Québec. His given name is “Martin”
- The above two guys look very similar (their physiques are so similar that some people actually mix them up).
- The third one is also from Québec. His given name is also “Martin”, but he looks nothing like the first two.
- All three are stand-up comedians, but they also have their own television programs — either as actors or as hosts.
- All three are in high demand for television and event appearances; so much so that we have seen them as regulars on the talk show circuit, in gala events, and as invited interview guests for years. Bluntly put, all three are staples of the Montréwood and Francophone pop-culture scene.
- Additional hints:
- The first one has an adolescent daughter, Livia, who is regularly referred to in the media when they talk about her dad.
- The second one likes to talk (I mean really likes to talk)
- And you would think that the third one likes to fish.
- All are around the same age
Here are the answers:
- Most common Québec surname: “Tremblay”
- The three famous “Martins” :
- Maxim Martin
- Martin Matte
- Martin Petit
See if you agree with everyone else that Maxim Martin and Martin Matte look alike. Here are google images of them:
We’ll learn more about these Martins in the next three posts.
In the meantime, I’m off to see if I can still get tickets for Maxim Martin’s big comedy show here in Montréal tonight (I drive back to Toronto tomorrow… so tonight’s my last chance to take in his show). Talk to you again soon!!