Canadian Television: Just For Laughs Gags
You may be aware of the annual Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. If you’re not, then what the hell is wrong with you? It’s a major event attracting the world’s biggest comedians.
A half-hour television show has spun off from the festival, called Just For Laughs Gags. This show is a series of hidden camera gags that a crew pulls off on the streets of Montreal. The shows producers let the camera do all the talking; we don’t hear anything that’s said between the actors and those being gagged.
I think this is a great way to present this show. Here’s an example, one of the best gags I think I’ve seen from the show:
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but the show has a distinctly Canadian feel about it. It’s somehow different than other hidden-camera gag shows I’ve seen.
What do you think about it? If you’re Canadian, does it have a Canadian feel for you? If you’re not Canadian, does the show relate with your opinion on Canada and Canadians?