April 1, 2024
#976 An Oral History Of Just For Laughs Gags
The story that no one asked for, but must be told. The story of one of Canada’s most popular entertainment exports ever. An oral history of the hit show, Just For Laughs Gags.
Jesse Brown
Host & Publisher
Tristan Capacchione
Audio Editor & Technical Producer
Bruce Thorson
Senior Producer
Jonathan Goldsbie
News Editor
Karyn Pugliese
André Proulx
Production Coordinator

Question: what is Canada’s greatest contribution to the world of comedy? Is it Lorne Michaels and Saturday Night Live, which launched the careers of comedians like Dan Aykroyd, Mike Myers, and Norm MacDonald? What about Samantha Bee, who broke into the boys club of late night political satire? Nathan Fielder who may have redrawn the lines of reality itself, exposing the absurdity of modern life with his bizarre, intricate pranks? Professor Stephen Leacock, the Mark Twain of Canada?

Or is it a hidden-camera, prank comedy show that has been seen by millions and millions of people from all over the world?

Just For Laughs Gags has been running for almost 25 years, and it had no reason to stop, except that its parent company filed for creditor protection under Canada’s Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act on March 5, 2024. What was Gags and what will be missed if it never gets produced again?

Today on the show, we hear from the people that made it, and from people that were pranked by them.


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Host: Jesse Brown 

Credits: Tristan Capacchione (Reporter, Audio Editor and Technical Producer), Bruce Thorson (Senior Producer), Jonathan Goldsbie (News Editor), André Proulx (Production Coordinator), Karyn Pugliese (Editor-in-Chief)

Special thanks: Tamara Wise

Additional music by Audio Network


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