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Just for Laughs: Gags
Just For Laughs Gags Title Card 2012.png
Just for Laughs Gags title card
Genre Comedy
Created by Pierre Girard and Jacques Chevalier
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) Silent, interjection
No. of seasons 13
No. of episodes 2500+
Production
Producer(s) Just for Laughs
Location(s) Canada (Quebec, Montreal and Vancouver) and Mexico
Running time 30 minutes (including commercials)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC/Telemundo (U.S.)
TVA/CBC/The Comedy Network /YTV (Canada)
BBC1 (UK)
TF1 (France)
ETB 1 (Basque Country)
Original run 26 December 2000 – present
Chronology
Related shows Just for Laughs
External links
Website

Just for Laughs: Gags (in French, Juste pour rire: Gags) is a Canadian silent comedy/hidden camera reality television show that is under the Just for Laughs brand. It is based on the similar American series Candid Camera.[1]

In 26 December 2000, JFL Gags began airing on French Canadian network Canal D. In the following years, the show was picked up by TVA, CBC and The Comedy Network in Canada, BBC1 in the UK, TF1 in France and ABC and Telemundo in the United States.

This series' format is a hidden camera comedy show, playing silly pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture peoples' responses. The show plays public domain music in the background, but does not contain any sound or dialogue other than brief sound effects and a laugh track. Although some shorts have included brief dialogue. It is mostly filmed in Quebec, Montreal and Vancouver, although some segments have been filmed in Mexico as well. British and Asian versions have been produced in the UK and Singapore respectively. In 2011, the show spawned a spinoff titled Just Kidding, which consists exclusively of kids playing pranks on adults.

With its silent format and no translation required, Just for Laughs Gags has been purchased for use in over 100 countries throughout the world as well as in airports and by airlines. Reactions to the gags range from "inane"[2] to cross-culturally funny.[3] The same distributors also distribute Surprise Sur Prise, a similar show.

A gag on 'Just for Laughs'.

In March 2011, Just for Laughs Gags entered into a partnership with Montreal-based, entertainment site, Videobash.com[4] and now have their own devoted channel there.

Pranks[edit]

In the opening of each prank, the actors introduce how the prank was done and how it will be shown as well. Here are just a few illustrative examples from the thousands of pranks filmed for the 3000+ shows include:

  • Alien in the bushes: as people pass by a street, bushes shake uttering a strange language. As they try to check it, an alien pops out and chases them away;
  • Hand out of the coffin: a coffin is abandoned in a park and when people pass by, a hand pops out;
  • Stolen tires: an elderly lady asks bystanders to help her carry two tires to her car. But as they do so, they pass a police vehicle which is missing them. They tell the officer that they were the lady's and they were helping her take it to her car but as they look back, she was nowhere to be found;
  • Dead bird in a race: people passing are asked to fire a starting pistol to help start a race. Once they give a shot in the air, a pigeon falls down;
  • Honking at Hookers: a traffic police officer stops drivers and checks their license. Two hot prostitutes walk by and the officer honks a horn and the women appear to believe the drivers honked at them.

At the end of every prank, the hidden cameras are revealed. During the pranks, actors would also participate as victims for uninvolved bystanders or crowds.

International versions[edit]

Country Name Network Aired
 Finland Pilanpäiten MTV3 2001 – present
 United Kingdom Just for Laughs BBC One 31 May 2003 – 21 July 2007
 India Just for Laughs Gags Zee Cafe, Zee Trendz and Pogo 1 January 2004 – present
 Poland Ale numer! TV Puls 2007 – present
 United States Just for Laughs ABC and Telemundo 17 July 2007 – 12 July 2009
 Portugal Não há crise! (There's no crisis!) SIC 2008 – present
 Greece Just for Laughs Makedonia TV 2009 – present
 Singapore Just for Laughs Gags Asia MediaCorp Channel 5 12 January 2010 – 13 April 2010
 Japan Just for Laughs Fox 2011 – present
 Philippines Just for Laughs Gags Philippines GMA Network 5 November 2011 – August 2012
 Russia Smeha Radi (in Russian, Смеха Ради) 2x2 2012 – present
 Turkey Komikler (Just for Laughs Gags) Kanal D 2012 – present
 Indonesia Just for Laughs Gags Indonesia Shine TV & JKT48 2013 – present
Spontan! (Spontaneous!) Shine TV Channel 2 & JKT48 2013 – present
 Brazil Só Risos (Only Laughs) Rede Bandeirantes de Televisão (terrestrial TV) 15 July 2013 – present
Pegadinhas (Pranks) Viva (pay TV) 5 January 2013 – present

DVD releases[edit]

  • Just for Laughs Gags 1
  • Just for Laughs Gags 2

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Just for Laughs: Gags "This crazy Quebec-based troupe uses the city as its stage, and its inhabitants, or victims, as characters! People are caught in a twisted yet funny web of comedic deception. This updated Candid Camera is a tad more risque and a little kookier with its practical jokes. The little snippets last only a few minutes, and some look more painful than others."
  2. ^ Keyan Tomaselli Cultural Tourism and Identity: Rethinking Indigeneity 2012 – Page 29 "The inane Just for Laughs candid camera on the drop-down video screen is interspersed with silent movies on the ... Mick Francis ... responded to this note: “as a Canadian I must apologize for the Just for Laughs show as it a strange Canadian export filmed in the late 1980s and mysteriously shown around the world” (Francis, personal communication, October 2008).."
  3. ^ Ray Wiss A Line in the Sand: Canadians at War in Kandahar 2010 Page 249 "It was an episode of Gags from the Just for Laughs organization in Montreal. For those who have not seen this, it is reminiscent of Candid Camera: the comedians set up an outlandish situation on a city street or in a mall and capture people's reactions. The Afghans got the jokes and laughed as hard as I did."
  4. ^ "Videobash JFL Channel". Videobash. Retrieved 18 June 2013.