Patrick Huard laughs, but are we laughing?

Patrick Huard laughs, but are we laughing?

Patrick Huard laughs heartily lollaughs Roseline Filion All in one morningbut you, are you laughing?

I’m not going to LOL: Who has the last laugh? Coming back, this new series of comedy shows from Amazon Prime, which my colleague Sophie Durocher spoke a lot less bad about in Wednesday’s edition than I would have written about myself. LOL is the perfect example of multiple shows where the contestants have gritty fun (even without laughing like in LOL!) but leave us almost unmoved. As if we weren’t the target audience!

Watched by millions of Quebecers year after year, The Bye bye seems to me a lot funnier for those who do it than it is for the public itself. A behind-the-scenes look is enough to convince you of that. Actors and actresses goof there 10 times more than we did during the show. Wouldn’t it be a bit of a risk to present those behind-the-scenes blunders and awkwardnesses of the actors when they’re often funnier than the sketch itself?

The many means and effects that digital television allows today – the possibilities will increase – make designers lazy. It’s easier to present the actors with costumes that change color every two seconds, as in the opening of the last Bye Bye, than to create a sketch that will make us die laughing.


You have to listen to the comments of those who attend the traditional annual reviews at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert to see how much the audience misses the good old days, when the bye bye was based solely on costumes, wigs, make-up and the like humor of the sketches. Doesn’t Guylaine Tremblay’s portrayal of Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge remain one of the highlights of the last Bye Bye? She reminded us of the incredible Michel Chartrand, portrayed so well by Dominique Michel.

I often watch covers of Moi… et l’autre or La petite vie. There are no special effects, no technical skills, no pee, but it’s fun. Very funny even. Last Saturday night I was at the Théâtre Maisonneuve on the Place des Arts. The room was full. Without resorting to pee-caca, farts and big jokes, Pierre Huet and Louis Saïa brought Marcel Gamache’s characters back to life, to the delight of the 1,400 spectators present. I laughed heartily.


Laughter is known to be contagious, but you still need to know what you’re laughing at. You have to listen to the jokes!

It has become common to hear participants laugh out loud on radio programs without knowing why. As if we didn’t care about the audience. At Tout un matin, at Radio-Canada, we end several shows by inviting a comedian. It must be irresistibly funny when the studio erupts in nonstop laughter as Roseline Filion, the former diver turned sports columnist, buries them all. The problem is that by laughing out loud, we lose almost all of the humorist’s good words. The same thing happens on Paul Arcand’s morning show at 98.5. The same goes for Franco Nuovo’s weekend. Hey friends, we’re listening! Basically you make these shows for us, so we want to understand what’s being said because we like to laugh too.

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