Just for Laughs: Gags (JFL Gags) is a Canadian silent comedy/hidden camera reality television show that is under the Just for Laughs brand. On December 26, 2002, JFL Gags began airing on CBC and The Comedy Network in Canada.Just for Laughs: Gags currently airs Weekdays at 6 pm, Just for Laughs: Gags does not air on CBC anymore.The show also airs on Telemundo in the United States, Multishow Channel in Brazil and occupies a Summer prime time slot on SIC in Portugal.
This series’ format is the typical hidden camera comedy show, playing silly pranks on unsuspecting subjects while hidden cameras capture the people’s response (similar to UK hidden camera comedy shows). This show plays music in the background, but does not contain any sound and dialogue (except for brief sound effects and laughter) but you can occasionally hear the actors and victims talking. It is filmed in Downtown Montreal and rural Quebec although some segments are filmed in the UK or Mexico. Sound effects, music and a laugh track are added in post-production.
The hidden camera formula has previously been used on other shows, such as Candid Camera and The Tonight Show, though both of these shows were not silent form of humor. With its silent format and no translation required, Just for Laughs Gags has been purchased for use in many countries and on airlines.