When it comes to making hilarious speeches, Arthur Black has more ‘material’ than most. He’s had more jobs than most people have had hot meals. Everything from deck hand on a Liberian oil tanker to editor of a British children’s’ magazine; from cattle prodder at the Ontario Public Stock Yards to host of Basic Black, one of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s most popular national radio programs ever. He also writes, narrates and hosts two award-winning television programs - Weird Homes and Weird Wheels - on the Life Network and is the voice of Consumer Update, a radio series that broadcasts on over 30 radio stations throughout Canada.

In addition to cross-country speechifying, Black writes a monthly humour column for CARP magazine. His weekly syndicated column is carried by more than 50 newspapers from coast to coast. He is also the author of twelve books - three of which won the coveted Leacock Medal for humour.


All of the above and more. Black takes a wry look at the perils and pitfalls of being a Canadian at this challenging time in our history. But it’s not gloom and doom. Black bills himself as “Comic Relief”. His talks are designed to make audiences relax, laugh until they get damp and generally recover from the stress and tension of workshops, study sessions and all the serious stuff that goes on at conventions, conferences, symposia and other business get-togethers. He also makes a point of ‘customizing’ his talks with particular references to the group in question. Black’s motto: BELLYLAUGHS GUARANTEED OR MONEY REFUNDED.

To read some rave reviews of a few of Arthur’s speaking engagements, take a look at the Testimonials page.


“On behalf of the Ontario Public School Boards Association, we would like to thank you for being a wonderful presenter. Your humorous speech was key in helping to make this one of the most successful meetings we’ve had to date. The feedback from attendees was very positive.”

Gail Anderson, Associate Executive Director, Ontario Public School Boards’ Association

“…Thank you so much for being our guest speaker at the recent Gala. People are still talking about how much fun the evening was and how very entertaining you were (and are). You certainly delivered a “funny bone massaging” experience and on behalf of the committee, the board, and staff, I THANK YOU!!!”

Corinne Bokitch, Executive Director, Family Service Bureau of Regina

“On behalf of the International Board of Directors and the members of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International, I wish to express our appreciating for your outstanding presentation as the keynote speaker….Your lighthearted humor and easy delivery bespoke turning vision into action, providing the perfect ending for the conference…I truly believe that your presentation was one of the best our association has ever had, leaving everyone with a smile on their face.”

Barbara C. Worth, Marketing and Communications Manager, Scottsdale, Arizona

Thank you so much for your wonderful participation at the Vancouver International Writers Festival…this year’s Festival was an unprecedented success. I feel fortunate to have met you, Mister Black. Your humour, charm and good grace were all wonderful additions to this little festival on Granville Island. Thanks again.

Christopher Dallin, Vancouver International Writers Festival

“On behalf of the Steering Committee of The Third National Literacy Conference, I would like to thank you for helping to make our conference a success…Your keynote on Wednesday night and the Thursday workshops provided conference participants with a delightful glimpse into the…state of Canadian ‘folk’ culture. Personally, I appreciated working with you. Your company is delightful both in person as well as on the airwaves.”

Irene Schmidt, Coordinator, The Third National Literacy Conference

“I’d like to thank you for participating in the opening of The Group of Seven: Art for a Nation. You are a fabulous Master of Ceremonies and added much to the event. We’ve never had so many people attend an opening ceremony and actually want to listen.”

Lenore Swenerton, Marketing Coordinator, Vancouver Art Gallery

“Thank you very much for helping to make this year’s event so special. We received very positive responses from the participants, and our applause goes out to you, for sharing your enormous talent in the spirit of good fun for the holiday season. As Master of Ceremonies, you kept the mood light and lively and helped to create a weekend that participants will remember for a long time to come.”

Catherine Malcolm, Director, Public Relations, Chateau Whistler Resort

“Thanks again for coming to our event…it broke the record for fundraising…You’ve had nothing but great reviews, Arthur – both as storyteller, host and as an auctioneer!”

Gary Ockenden, Director , Red Cross, Nelson, BC

“It is with sincere gratitude that we acknowledge and thank you for your contribution to our recent Diner Auction.

It was a fabulous evening. Those in attendance really enjoyed your wit and whimsy; your presence certainly contributed to the success of the evening.”

Dorothy Gregory, Co-ordinator, Nanaimo Festival Theatre

“Thank you again for your tremendous contribution to the success of our conference. As you would know, most of the delegates are very busy people leading highly stressed lives, and such an opportunity to dissolve into howls of laughter was the best therapy any of us could have had.”

Beverley Stefureak, Conference Co-ordinator, National Association of Board Chairs and Secretaries, Lakehead University