Comedian Martin Cloutier is proud to be originally from Louiseville. He told me that we must never forget the people who forged the path for us, who helped us and who loved us.
Father Gérard Cloutier owned a dairy and raised pigs. He made his children discover the love of work and taught them to always make an extra effort to be successful in their work. Her mother, Gisèle Trahan, had to retire prematurely from teaching as she no longer had the right to teach since she got married.
You have a request Martin.
I would like to start by using the pronoun “you” when you talk to me, because I listened to the voices of Jacques Doucet and Rodger Brulotte on the radio describing baseball games when I was very young. You are like childhood friends to me.
You were ten children.
Unfortunately the first of ten children, Petit Pierre died three days after his birth, but he is always present in my mother’s heart and life.
Mom kept telling us: “If you have any doubts, search.”
My mother always challenged us so that we could improve our knowledge. Also, I read all the reviews of her from the Sélections du Readers summary from 1948 to 1990.
Did the family have time to take a vacation?
Absolutely not, because a farm is 365 days not years.
However, you are currently traveling with your mother.
Whenever I drive my car to do a show, I use my hands-free phone to describe the scenario to her, because my mother currently has a vision problem.
You have learned several construction crafts.
Before I was born, my father worked in construction and on the farm. This allowed the children to learn how to weld, drive tractors and other aspects of construction.
The alarm was at 3:30 every morning.
My brothers and I took the train to the farm, meaning milking the cows from 3:30 am Once we finished our work, we took a shower before going to school.
You were in great physical shape.
When I came to the retirement of my hockey team, the Louiseville Jets, my physical strength was greater than that of my teammates.
You were picking up your first car, a used 1988 Chrysler Valiant, in the parking lot.
If there were people around, I didn’t park the car well. I got out of the car and gaped as I lifted the back of the car to move it to the right place.
You raised a car in a perpendicular position.
I was in college, so to prank one of my friends, I raised his Colt machine to move it perpendicular between two machines.
Go back to your youth.
At school I had teachers, Lucille Arsenault, Jacquelin Lacoursière and Daniel Béland, who inspired me to become a comedian.
You liked playing sports.
At school, during high school, I played handball and five-a-side football. Unfortunately, for baseball, I worked on the farm in the summer.
You played baseball in the senior league CRBM.
After I turned 20, I faced former Aigles de Trois-Rivières, the Canadian Junior Champions, including Alain Noël and Patrick Gervais who had signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Then I played ball in tournaments.
Guy Lafleur, Gilles Villeneuve and Björn Borg are your idols.
Guy Lafleur and Gilles Villeneuve were intense athletes who wowed the audience with their skill. The other is the legendary tennis player, Björn Borg, whose sport I have never played.
The death of Guy Lafleur and that of Gilles Villeneuve moved her enormously.
Even today, I am still saddened by Guy Lafleur’s death. Gilles Villeneuve was like our family, that is, a poor family that never gave up to overcome challenges.
Your first summer jobs.
My first job was at the golf club of Bobby Rousseau, the former Canadian player. Then I worked at the Saputo factory and at Kruger.
Have you ever had a room just for you?
I always shared my room with one of my brothers until I arrived in Saint-Hyacinthe to start my studies at CEGEP. For the first time, I had a room just for myself.
Twice you have been turned down from the National School of Humor.
I think I was too young at the time, but it allowed me to study later with Dominic Sillon, who has become my comedic partner for the past 30 years.
Gilles Latulippe and Claude Blanchard have had a great influence on your career.
Claude Blanchard called us his grandchildren. He gave us good advice, because like us he has had a career in duo.
You are garlanded by Gilles Latulippe.
With great tenderness, Gilles kept repeating to us that in the duo there was the white clown, Dominc Sillon, the serious, intelligent and rational character, and the august, me, the stooge who in the end triggers laughter. When we did not play the assigned role, Mr. Latulippe let us know.
Your son is in high school.
Zachary attends Esther Blondin College in sports studies. He loves playing basketball and soccer. He loves geography, but above all he loves defending people’s rights.
Your bride, Nathalie Ayotte, is a dynamic woman.
She is an independent, generous, loving and brilliant woman. Her presence allowed me to pursue my career, because she has always accepted me for who I am.