Funniest Comedy Shows Canada Gave the World

The world has a lot of things to thank Canada for including poutine, hockey, and their incredibly hot Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. But we should also thank them for all the laughs they’ve given us over the years through their hilarious television exports.

Here are 15 of our favourite Canuck comedies that have made us chuckle over the years.

The Kids in the Hall

Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Kevin McDonald made bad drag look good in their bizarre sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall, which aired on HBO, CBS, and CBC from 1989 to 1995.

This bizarre, and often times surreal, comedy set itself apart by rarely relying on celebrity impressions or pop culture references, and instead kept us in stitches with inventive characters like the Chicken Lady, Headcrusher, and gay socialite Buddy Cole.


The Red Green Show

When you were a kid you truly thought that everything could be fixed with duct tape thanks to The Red Green Show. This comedy sketch program meets home improvement parody ran on CBC and PBS from 1991 to 2006, and depicted the exploits of a men’s lodge in the fictional town of Possum Lake.

Club leader Red Green, played by comedian Steve Smith, dispensed fishing, DIY, and general life advice for men that usually involved a catchphrase and a roll or two of duct tape. In the eternal words of Red Green, “If the women don’t find you handsome, they should at least find you handy.”

Just for Laughs: Gags

Physical comedy transcends both language and culture, so it’s not surprising that Just for Laughs: Gags, a silent prank show out of Montreal has been broadcast in over 100 countries, and can be watched on every airline in the world.

This hidden camera show is known for setting up elaborate pranks and hiring actors to fool unsuspecting members of the public in hilarious ways. Some of their most memorable pranks include the no-pants policeman and the “Instant Accomplice,” in which a loved one is in on the joke.

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