The latest radio episode is typical of the way in which the comedy ambushes you: Dave attends the "awkward and inappropriate" funeral of his saxophonist friend Billy's Aunt Ginger, who died at 91 in a skiing accident ("well, snowboarding if you're gonna be technical"). What follows involves a coffin, Alice Cooper's make-up case (found in the back of the shop), a straw poll on funeral music ("Stairway to Heaven", Cat Stevens, Enya, "Leader of the Pack") and a lost customer.
For the past two years Vinyl Cafe listeners have been invited to contribute to the Story Exchange, an archive of three-minute pieces from which McLean selects one to read each week ("It has to be true and it has to be short").
Read them on the website, including last weekend's contribution from Olympic speedskater Kristina Groves, now 25, remembering her childhood bid to carry the Olympic torch in Calgary. McLean is planning a UK visit later this year, if you can't catch him in Winnipeg this weekend.