As the story goes, it was love at first laugh

Mr. D star Naomi Snieckus on meet­ing and mar­ry­ing her comedic coun­ter­part, Matt Baram

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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

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