As the story goes, it was love at first laugh
Mr. D star Naomi Snieckus on meeting and marrying her comedic counterpart, Matt Baram
This month, sitcom will be going into its final season on CBC-TV, so we caught up with everyone’s favourite gym teacher, Bobbi Galka, a.k.a. Naomi Snieckus. Here she gives us the inside scoop on what it’s like when two comedians (her and husband Matt Baram) fall in love. How they met The proposal It was my birthday, and Matt had planned to take me out for a fancy dinner. When it came time to go out, I said to Matt: “Wouldn’t you rather just order Chinese food and watch a movie in our pyjamas?” He said, “Well, yes.” His lack of enthusiasm confused me. He loves Chinese food. He agreed to change our plans on one condition: I come with him to pick up dinner. To which I agreed, also on one condition: I’m not getting out of my pyjamas. So, we grabbed Chinese food, and on the way home, he convinced me to sneak into a bar and have a fancy cocktail in the corner. It was my birthday after all. We snuck into the Soho Hotel, and as we parked in the underground lot he said, “We’re actually staying here tonight!” What fun! Luckily, I had my “nice” pyjamas on, the kind that people may think I was wearing to a yoga class. He showed me to our room that he’d set up earlier with strawberries, champagne and lovely music. I burst into tears. “Since you’re crying already.…” And he bent down on one knee and proposed to me. I sat down on the floor with him, and we both cried at how lucky we were. Then, we had Chinese food. It was kind of perfection. Secret to success Laughter. I mean, doesn’t that go for everyone? Joanne Woodward said: “Sexiness wears thin after a while and beauty fades, but to be married to a man who makes you laugh every day, ah, now that’s a real treat.” I know I’m lucky to be married to a man that makes me laugh every day. Even if I don’t feel like laughing, he finds a way. And to be onstage with him and see people enjoying his comedy genius is equally rewarding. So the secret? Laughter. And knowing when to go out and have a coffee date on your own. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, even if you’re only gone for an hour!
When they’re not working, the pair can be found fixing up their cottage
Naomi Snieckus and Matt Baram