- Just For Laughs Gags
show_name = Just For Laughs Gags
caption = A gag on "Just For Laughs"
aka = Just For Laughs
country = CAN
language = Silent
Wild Rover Productions
location = flagicon|Montreal
CBC Television The Comedy Network
website = http://www.justforlaughs.com/gags
prod_website = http://www.wild-rover.com/
tv_com_id = 75503
"Just For Laughs Gags" is a
Canadiansilent comedyshow that is under the " Just For Laughs" brand. "JFL Gags" airs on CBC Televisionand The Comedy Networkin Canada, and on Telemundoin the United States. This series' format is the typical hidden cameracomedy show, playing silly pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture the people's response (similar to UK hidden camera comedy shows). This show plays music in the background, but does not contain any sound and dialogue (except for brief sound effects and laughter). It is filmed in downtown Montrealand rural Québecalthough some segments are filmed in the UK or Mexico. Sound effects, music and a laugh trackare added in post-production (the footage is presumably shown to a studio audience to supply a laugh track, although it may be 'canned').
The show is shown in many countries and on airlines, because no translation is required. Viewers commonly can't tell if it is Canadian or British due to the style.
The Just For Laughs Gags formula has been used by the
BBCfor UK audiences. However, the formula has been used before Gags did, such as Candid Cameraand The Tonight Showthough both of these shows used a large amount of dialogue.
A sister version of the show is produced in Northern Ireland and is called simply "Just For Laughs". Most of the show is filmed in and around
Belfast, Northern Irelandand Glasgow, Scotlandhowever some clips are shown from the Canadian show. The format of the show, however, is identical to that of the version filmed in Canada. The British version is produced by Wild Rover ProductionsLtd [http://www.wild-rover.com] for the BBC.
July 17, 2007, ABC in the United Statesbegan airing a customized version of the series, simply called "Just For Laughs", with slightly different graphics but retains the "Just For Laughs" logo. It is hosted by Rick Miller and shows clips from the Canadian version. It is yet to be seen if this version will produce its own gags, but in its initial debut the series performed well with back-to-back shows pulling in a 2.7 in its first outing, followed by a 3.0 in the second showing, according to [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/ratings.aspx?id=tuesday The Futon Critic] . The show's Summer airings and good ratings has resulted in ABC adding the show to the network lineup as a midseason replacement. It returned to the schedule on January 1, 2008, before being cancelled on May 12, 2008. [ [http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=20071214abc01 From The Futon Critic (December 14, 2007)] ] . The relatively inexpensive program was primarily used as writer's strike filler against its more successful competition, "NCIS" on CBS and " American Idol" on Fox.
* [http://www.justforlaughs.com/gags Just For Laughs Gags Official Site]
* [http://www.wild-rover.com/ Wild Rover Productions Site]
* "Just for Laughs - Gags: Volume 1" ASIN|B000BD1LAE
* "Just for Laughs - Gags: Volume 2" ASIN|B000C20VN2
* "Just for Laughs: Gags, Vol. 3 and 4" ASIN|B000WC39G8
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