Just for Laughs: Gags

just-for-laughs-gags-16Just for Laughs: Gags is a Canadian silent comedy television show. The series uses a hidden camera, playing pranks on random subjects while hidden cameras capture the subjects’ responses. It is still audience participation, even if it’s unsuspected, right?

What is more, the show has now its own online channel for hidden camera pranks. As with most YouTube channels, people there can to a certain extent shape the content they have just seen by giving a thumb up (or down). Leaving a comment is also an option.

Will it be a praise that the granny who is acting pregnant is really funny or a brief criticism like “bad prank”, producers must be following what the mass says in order to make their gags more and more watchable. The audience can also share their ideas on what they would like to see in future: “more videos featuring dogs, please”.

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” to cross-culturally funny.


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