May 25, 2022

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The lights did not light up

Patrick Hart descends from his tower

The trinkets and furniture were full and the condo was empty. After two seasons, enough water mixed discussions and Snacks Swallowing in the corner of the counter, Patrick Hart put the key under his upstairs door Tower Thursday evening.

Released at 7:15 p.m.

Nostalgia, fifties, depending on the project, do the actor, screenwriter, comedian, presenter, producer and director wear hats? “I do not know what to expect. I felt a kind of pressure to know how I was going to live my last day Tower. But it was emotional. I’m not so used to saying goodbye. When you make a movie or a series, you know when it’s over and at the last party it will always be festive. We go on another boat and have your crew members who will follow you on other adventures. There, in fact, it’s over, “said Patrick Hart over the phone.

Tower It may have lasted many more years. The daily meeting of common sense, humility and curiosity delighted the audience, which they sometimes deceived. District 31 (Guilty!) With Patrick Howard’s gang.

Decided to get down from Tower He was taken away with his wife Anik Jean and their 10-year-old son Nathan. “If my eldest daughter [Jessie, 24 ans] I was still at home and would definitely have talked to him about this. My work touches my family. And it is not possible for me to make a film in the summer Tower Throughout the year. This is too much. I am the person who invested the most. My son is 10 years old and TowerIt reflects 20% of his life, ”says Patrick Hart, who also appears in the best TV series. Respected Club Illico.

Photo from Anik Jean’s Twitter account

Patrick Howard was surrounded by his wife, Anik Jean, and their son, Nathan, 10

With Tower On TVA, the comedian-interviewer shakes up the codes of the traditional talk show. With no orchestra, no music stand, no formal introductions, guests entered, raised a retro-chic musical theme and left his apartment. Oceans Eleven.

Patrick Hart says he “worked backwards” to avoid being animated on a regular basis. He recreated a closed space with four walls, which acted as a bubble of intimacy for the many stars he visited.

Captain Tower Most of his interviews were conducted intuitively. He wrote the words “draw a plan, a kind of road map” on a piece of card, but he did not impose any scaffolding in front of him. “The path of conversation was figured out by emotional logic. Yes, I read the search files before, but there was no point in forcing things with a crow. I took what guests were offering and listened to what they had to say,” explains Hart, 53.

Very rare qualities in Quebec TV, the listening and the openness of the presenter, dyed all the episodes. Tower From September 2020. Without pretense. Mostly, the show ended at 7:30 pm and I wondered why Tower Not lasting an hour or 90 minutes. It seems to me that we would have taken more.

According to Patrick Howard, 22-minute design is allowed Tower To keep a certain mild character. “If there had been an emission for an hour, I have the impression that I would have had the reflex to go into more dense subjects, I know myself,” notes Patrick Hart.

Photo courtesy of Mark-Andre Lapierre, TVA

Patrick Hart on set Tower

After the first three weeks of airing TowerA friend of Patrick Howard’s pointed out to him that he was directing “the most beautifully decorated podcast ever”.

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This observation is very accurate. Tower It matched this atmosphere of hope and freedom that we rarely see on television.

Patrick Howard is particularly proud of the March 2021 episode of systematic racism that Ian Lafrenier, the Minister in charge of Indigenous Affairs, received from Michael Adette and rapper Quentin Condo. “We saw people talking to each other face to face, directly, but with the utmost respect,” he recalled.

For continuity Tower, Patrick Howard will not be acting as a mother-in-law with Gilder Roy, who will succeed him next September. “We do not like mothers-in-law already in politics. In creation, we like them even less. It is the Guild’s responsibility to obtain the rights to the show, ”says Patrick Howard, who has no” right to explore “any changes that may be made to the original concept.

Humor is about the “whitening” controversy Team 99, What he did for Club Illigo two years ago, Patrick Hart talks about a bug, a bad character, yet it made possible an important conversation in the representation of cultural communities.

In our radically divided world, he begs, and I 100% agree with him that we collectively have “more patience for subtlety”.

“In the beginning, there’s always been a lot of noise, it’s screaming. Everything is black or white, and then it’s gray,” says Patrick Hart, who is not on all social networks.

Why does he avoid Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? Because he will absorb all the negative comments, for example Guy A. He will not be able to “hug” like LeBeau.

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Although he wants to retire in the coming months, Patrick Howard’s professional agenda is already being filled. Will host a comedy competition LOL (One last laugh): Who will laugh last? To the Amazon Prime video site.

At Bell Media, he works for a major television series, where he plays mercenary pilot Raymond Bowler. He is also editing a series about former SPVM star analyst Benoit Roberz who sold information to a biker in 2013.

Patrick Howard is one of the rare free spirits of Quebec showpieces who does not connect himself to any network. Our star system needs more people like him: friendly, generous, talented and loud, yes. But a big mouth is known to sound like its rookie dubois chat.