The Planet's Funniest Animals

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The Planet's Funniest Animals
The Planet's Funniest Animals.jpg
Created byBrad Lachman
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Producer(s)Brad Lachman Productions
Running time30 minutes
Original networkAnimal Planet
Picture format4:3
Original releaseFebruary 17, 1999 (1999-02-17) –
September 13, 2008 (2008-09-13)
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The Planet's Funniest Animals is an American television program featured on the Animal Planet cable channel.


Following a similar format as America's Funniest Home Videos and others, the program shows a series of home movies on video submitted by viewers featuring humorous and odd behavior by pets and animals that are voiced over by the host, who usually describes the action in the clips in a funny way. The show was taped before a live studio audience; however, for some clips, a laugh track was used in place of the audience's laughter. The show was originally hosted by Animal Planet announcer Matt Gallant until 2005 and then hosted by MADtv cast member Keegan-Michael Key until the show's ending. The announcer was John Cramer. In 2005, there was a studio audience in this set. The show's regular features include "Ani-Mail", where the host reads "letters from viewers" (it has not been verified that the letters read on the show are sent from actual viewers) and shows clips demonstrating his reply. The show also features a "Animals in the News" part where the host has a newscast only with clips and photos to associate with. And there's a clip in the show called "This Old Clip" (a parody on the home-improvement show This Old House) where it shows a regular clip.

Brad Lachman Productions produced several series based on similar formats (while including human participants), including The World's Funniest! for Fox from 1997 to 2000, and Funniest Pets & People, for first-run syndication beginning in 2006.

International versions[edit]

A British version of the show was also created by Brad Lachman Productions with the same set, music and the same canned laughter. Hosted by Richard Arnold, it is often shown on the ITV Network and ITV2. The UK version has a few added features, such as a post bag, where viewers send in their funny stories, and they would be read out on the show. ITV and ITV2 have also transmitted the similar series, Animals Do the Funniest Things. The US version was also broadcast on ITV2 throughout its entirety.

International broadcasts[edit]

Country Network Date aired
 United States Animal Planet 1999–2008
 United Kingdom ITV, ITV2 1999–2008
 Philippines GMA News TV 2012–13
 Romania Antena 1 2002–05
 Poland Polsat, Polsat 2 2001–03
 Italy Happy Channel 2004–05

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