Frenchie McFarlane (a.k.a. Jacques Le Strap) is an accomplished stand up, comedian, actor, writer, impressionist, dialectician and radio television personality.
Famous for his role as the New York City Cabbie/ Montreal Goalie, his routine is energetic, hilarious and uses current events to split the sides of the people in his audience.
Since moving to Toronto in 1973 from his native Montreal, Frenchie has been the headline comedy act in numerous clubs across the country. Equally at home at the El Mocambo or The Royal York Hotel, Frenchie can provide materials for a variety of audiences ranging from sports banquets, business luncheons, rock 'n roll events to family oriented shows.
The relationship between politics and comedy being what they are Frenchie was ultimately drawn into the political arena. In 1982 Frenchie ran a "dramatically" close and humorous campaign for the office of Mayor of Toronto with the slogan, "If we're going to have comedians in City Hall, then let's have a pro!" He came within a mere 118,000 votes of the winner Art "Eggs" Eggleton. Naturally he demanded a recount! His slogan for "85 - "If we're going to have Eggs at City Hall, then let's have Frenchie... he's a good one!" (2nd. attempt Nov. 7/00, lost this time by 472,000 votes!)
Frenchie has been opening act for Jim Carrey, Buddy Hackett, Robert Klein, Don Harron, Pete Barbutti, Burton Cummings, Bobby Vinton, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Boomtown Rats, The Nylons, The Rolling Stones and Don Cherry, to name a few!
Frenchie's special skills include being a stand-up comic, impressionist, comedy-writer, dialects and accets specialist, Elvis Impersonator, bilingual emcee, after dinner speaker, motivational speaker, roast host and put-on's (where he pretends to be an expert in various disciplines, for example a medical doctor, at conventions).
Versatile, Talented, funny and terrific to work with, hiring Frenchie is like hiring several people at once. Just take your pick...
69 Years Old