Both the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and The National Film Board of Canada were responsible for an impressive array of artsy looking documentaries in the fifties and sixties, exploring various facets of Canadian life from the life of "a Chinese" in modern day Canada to a young pop singer named Paul Anka and his relationship with the mob.
Diary of a Musician is a 1967 CBC documentary that profiled what was then Vancouver's premiere supper club, The Cave, and its orchestra leader Fraser Macpherson, a self-described loner who acted as the life blood for a flock of Vegas acts that made their way north in order to fine tune their performances prior to a debut at the famous hotels of nineteen sixties Las Vegas.
This half hour program features the mostly forgotten stand-up comedian Jack Carter and his schmaltzy nightclub act. It includes both a joke about LSD and a wonderfully hammy close in which Carter sings There's Always a Joker in the Pack prefaced by the hokey showbiz spiel, "And that's all I need is you [the audience] beside me, and it makes it a wonderful evening. An evening of fun, in which you made a funny man feel funny, you made a jester feel like a king, and tonight you made a clown feel like swingin! YEAH!"