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Just For Laughs: Gags

Just for Laughs: Gags
Just For Laughs Gags Title Card 2012.png
Just for Laughs Gags title card used from year 2007 to 2011
Also known asJust for Laughs
Created byPierre Girard
Jacques Chevalier
Country of origin Canada
Original Silent
No. of seasons19 (as of 2019)
No. of episodes2,500+
Just for Laughs
Production location(s)Canada (cities of Quebec, Montreal and Vancouver)
Running time15 minutes
Original networkTVA
The Comedy Network
TVOntario (Canada)
Original releaseDecember 26, 2000 (2000-12-26) -
Related showsJust for Laughs
External links

Just for Laughs: Gags (in French, Juste pour rire: Les Gags) is a Canadian silent comedy/hidden camera reality television show that is under the Just for Laughs brand[1].

Start of the show

On 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; the Canadian version (unlike the ones produced for ABC) aired in the United States in first-run syndication starting in the fall of 2015. That version is distributed by PPI Partners, and is available in both weekday strip and weekend runs.[2]


The series uses a hidden camera format, playing pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture the subjects' responses; each episode presents multiple gags. While some segments have included brief dialogue, most do not contain any sound or dialogue; the audio is replaced with sound effects, a laugh track, and public domain music.

Most segments are filmed in Montreal, while some have been filmed in Quebec City, Vancouver and Mexico. British and Asian versions have been produced in the UK and Singapore, respectively. In 2011 the show spawned a spinoff, Just Kidding, which consists exclusively of kids playing pranks on adults.

Public reception

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"[3] to cross-culturally funny.[4] 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[5] and now have their own devoted channel there. (No video has been posted as of this writing.)


This section requires specific casting related to Just for Laughs: Gags.[6]

  • Dany Many
  • Denis Levasseur
  • Denise Jacques
  • Jacques Drolet
  • Jean-Pierre Alarie
  • Jean Provencher
  • Marie-Ève Larivière
  • Marie-Pierre Bouchard
  • Nadja David
  • Pascal Babin
  • Philippe Bond
  • Richard Ledoux
  • Marie-Andrée Poulin
  • Kirsteen O'Sullivan
  • Jack Martin
  • Francis Gio Santiago


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 3,000+ 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.
  • Instant Accomplice: stranger's friend or loved ones take part on a prank.

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.

List of pranks

To see the following list of pranks and its season of Just for Laughs Gags based in Canada, see List of pranks and its seasons on Just for Laughs Gags.

International versions

Country Name Network Aired
 Finland Pilanpäiten MTV3 2001 - present
 United Kingdom Just for Laughs BBC One 31 May 2003 - 21 July 2007
 Sri Lanka Matama Hina Siyatha TV 14 April 2017 - Present
 United States Just for Laughs ABC and Telemundo
First-run syndication
17 July 2007 - 12 July 2009
September 2015 - present
 Singapore Just for Laughs Gags Asia and Just for Laughs Gags MediaCorp Channel 5 and DIVA Asia 12 January 2010 - present
 Japan Just for Laughs Fox 2011 - present
 Philippines Just for Laughs Gags GMA Network, 5 November 2011 - August 2012
 Russia Radi Smeha (in Russian, ? ) Ren TV 2012 - present
 Kazakhstan Tek Kúlki úshin (in Kazakh, ?) NTK TV 2008 - present
 Turkey Komikler (Just for Laughs Gags) Kanal D 2012 - present
 Azerbaijan Just for Laughs Gags Lider TV 2006 - present
 Morocco Just for Laughs Gags 2M TV 2010s - present
 Brazil Só Risos (Only Laughs)
Vídeos incríveis (Incredible Videos)
Rede Bandeirantes de Televisão (terrestrial TV) 15 July 2013 - present
Pegadinhas (Pranks) Viva (pay TV) 5 January 2013 - present
 Kazakhstan ? HTK 2012 - present
 Hong Kong ATV 2007
 Taiwan Videoland Television Network
 China /?
 Kenya Just for Laughs Gags KTN
 Kosovo Kamera e Fshehur RTK 20 - present
 Croatia Skrivena kamera
?uta minuta
RTL Television 2010 - present
 India Just for Laughs Gags Zee Cafe, Zee Trendz, Zee Studio and Pogo 1 January 2004 - present
 Pakistan Just for Laughs Gags Cartoon Network
2008 - 2010
2014 - Present
 Serbia Skrivena kamera- Prva Srpska Televizija

Radio Television of Serbia

2010 - present

2017 - present

 Malaysia Just for Laughs Gags and Just for Laughs Gags Asia TV3, Disney Channel Asia, DIVA Asia and NTV7, Astro Ceria, Comedy Central 1 January 2005 - present
 Poland Ale numer! TV Puls 2007 - present
 South Africa Just for Laughs Gags Comedy Central Africa 2012 - present
 Portugal Não há crise! (There's no crisis!) SIC 2008 - present
 Greece Just for Laughs Makedonia TV 2009 - 2016
Mexico Canal 5 (Mexico)
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Just for Laughs Gags
Skrivena kamera
Face TV
2015 - present
12 July 2017 - 30 September 2017
 Vietnam Just for Laughs Gags Hanoi Radio Television 2011- 2012

Just for Laughs (U.S. TV series)

Just for Laughs
Created byRick Miller
Directed byTroy Miller
Presented byRick Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes35
Executive Troy Miller
Production location(s)Warner Brothers Studios
Camera setupSingle
Running time23 minutes
Original networkABC
Picture format480i (SD)
Original release17 July 2007 (2007-07-17) -
12 July 2009 (2009-07-12)

Just for Laughs is an American sketch comedy show hosted by Rick Miller produced by Dakota Pictures that shows clips from the Canadian version of the show. Good ratings during the summer airings in 2007 and a writer's union strike resulted in ABC adding the show to the network lineup as a mid-season replacement for 2007-2008. It returned to the schedule on 1 January 2008, before being canceled on 12 May 2008. However, on 4 June 2009, it was announced that a third season would begin airing on 21 June 2009.[7]Program Partners brought the show back to the United States for a fourth season beginning in fall 2015; this season aired in first-run syndication.[8]

Seasonal Nielsen ratings

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of Just for Laughs on ABC:

Season Episodes Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 17 Tuesday 8:00 PM 17 July 2007 6 November 2007 2006-2007 #111 7.06
2 14 Tuesday 8:00 PM 1 January 2008 1 April 2008 2007-2008 #156 4.93
3 4 Sunday 7:30 PM 21 June 2009 12 July 2009 2008-2009 #150 3.90

Season 1 (2007)

No. in
Title Original Airdate
1 1 "Episode 1" 17 July 2007
2 2 "Episode 2" 24 July 2007
3 3 "Episode 3" 31 July 2007
4 4 "Episode 4" 7 August 2007
5 5 "Episode 5" 14 August 2007
6 6 "Episode 6" 21 August 2007
7 7 "Episode 7" 28 August 2007
8 8 "Episode 8" 4 September 2007
9 9 "Episode 9" 11 September 2007
10 10 "Episode 10" 18 September 2007
11 11 "Episode 11" 25 September 2007
12 12 "Episode 12" 2 October 2007
13 13 "Episode 13" 9 October 2007
14 14 "Episode 14" 16 October 2007
15 15 "Episode 15" 23 October 2007
16 16 "Episode 16" 30 October 2007
17 17 "Episode 17" 6 November 2007

Season 2 (2008)

No. in
Title Original Airdate
1 1 "Episode 1" 1 January 2008
2 2 "Episode 2" 8 January 2008
3 3 "Episode 3" 15 January 2008
4 4 "Episode 4" 22 January 2008
5 5 "Episode 5" 29 January 2008
6 6 "Episode 6" 5 February 2008
7 7 "Episode 7" 12 February 2008
8 8 "Episode 8" 19 February 2008
9 9 "Episode 9" 26 February 2008
10 10 "Episode 10" 4 March 2008
11 11 "Episode 11" 11 March 2008
12 12 "Episode 12" 18 March 2008
13 13 "Episode 13" 25 March 2008
14 14 "Episode 14" 1 April 2008

Season 3 (2009)

No. in
Title Original Airdate
1 1 "Episode 1" 21 June 2009
2 2 "Episode 2" 28 June 2009
3 3 "Episode 3" 5 July 2009
4 4 "Episode 4" 12 July 2009

Home media

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


  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."
  3. ^ 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).."
  4. ^ 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."
  5. ^ "Videobash JFL Channel". Videobash. Archived from the original on 29 June 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Just for Laughs Gags Cast and Crew" IMDb.
  7. ^ "ABC Revives "Just for Laughs"". The Futon Critic. 4 June 2009. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "NATPE 2015: Fall 2015 Syndication; Buzzr TV: New Game Show Multicast Network Launches This Summer" from Sitcoms Online (22 January 2015)

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