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Title: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 18, 2007, 12:15:30 PM
I have a question for you Americans (or any other non-Canadians) out there.

Have you seen this show? Do you find the Canadian humor funny? I'm genuinely curious.

I know that no US stations carry it specifically, but I'm pretty sure that some affiliates pick up some of the CTV and CBC shows, and that some satellite users also can pick up the near-border stations.

So what do those of you who have seen it think of our one GOOD Canadian comedy?

In case who have no idea what in the holy hell I am talking about, here is the very first scene of the very first episode:

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With a name like Brent Butt, your only real choices in life are 1) comedian, or 2) gay porn.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Sharktopus on June 18, 2007, 01:57:50 PM
The only Canadian television I've seen is The Newsroom, which my local PBS station aired for a while. Was that meant to be funny?  ;)
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: RobtheBarbarian on June 18, 2007, 02:39:22 PM
That's Saskatchewan? It could be Nebraska except for the lack of hayseed accents.

Corner Gas: Nebraska Edition
"Yew folk always this sarcaysteeuc?"
"Nuthin' beytter tuh dew."

I thought it was pretty funny. I can't comment on it as a whole since I've only seen that clip so far, but it was worth a good chuckle.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: BathTub on June 18, 2007, 05:27:34 PM
Only Canadian stuff I watch is Re-Genesis.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: SecretAgentSuperDragon on June 18, 2007, 08:14:29 PM
Haven't ever seen this. But I watch Red Green and Trailer Park Boys. Kind of from 2 different realms, but both are greatly hilarious.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 18, 2007, 08:19:13 PM
Hmm... interesting.

Well, if anyone is interested, I'm pretty sure you can watch some of the episodes on CTV.ca. Hurray for the Broadband Age. You can also probably buy the DVDs from amazon.ca. There are 3 seasons so far.

God knows our poor Canadian stations can use the money. Most of our shows suck, including (especially?) the ones that were made after Corner Gas to try to capitalize on the "popular" Canadian comedy. :P
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: FordPrefect on June 18, 2007, 09:10:33 PM
A post about Canadian comedy and no one mentioned "Kids in the Hall"? Surely I just missed it while I was looking though here. (Oh yeah, the clip was amusing too.)  :)
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Sharktopus on June 18, 2007, 09:22:04 PM
A post about Canadian comedy and no one mentioned "Kids in the Hall"?

Hey, yeah. SCTV was Canadian as well. Kids In The Hall, like all sketch comedy was hit-or-miss, but the hits were pretty good. I could never get into SCTV, though. Too dry for my taste, except for Ed Grimley, who was way too, um, wet, I guess.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: FordPrefect on June 18, 2007, 09:33:59 PM

Hey, yeah. SCTV was Canadian as well. Kids In The Hall, like all sketch comedy was hit-or-miss, but the hits were pretty good. I could never get into SCTV, though. Too dry for my taste, except for Ed Grimley, who was way too, um, wet, I guess.

Yeah, I forgot SCTV. I was never a huge fan, but I remember watching NBC late at night sometimes and enjoying it. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, NBC apparently didn't know what to do with the 1:35 am slot following Conan after they axed a show called "Later". For a happy little period of time which was almost as good as that year when MST was in syndication, SCTV reruns aired on network TV. Unfortunately Carson Daly came along and spoiled everything. I'm moderately interested in getting the Shout Factory DVDs, but I have lots of other DVDs to get before then. If anybody else I know becomes a fan of the show I may change my mind, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Sharktopus on June 18, 2007, 09:59:10 PM
Hey, yeah. SCTV was Canadian as well. Kids In The Hall, like all sketch comedy was hit-or-miss, but the hits were pretty good. I could never get into SCTV, though. Too dry for my taste, except for Ed Grimley, who was way too, um, wet, I guess.

Yeah, I forgot SCTV. I was never a huge fan, but I remember watching NBC late at night sometimes and enjoying it. In case you don't know what I'm talking about, NBC apparently didn't know what to do with the 1:35 am slot following Conan after they axed a show called "Later". For a happy little period of time which was almost as good as that year when MST was in syndication, SCTV reruns aired on network TV. Unfortunately Carson Daly came along and spoiled everything. I'm moderately interested in getting the Shout Factory DVDs, but I have lots of other DVDs to get before then. If anybody else I know becomes a fan of the show I may change my mind, but I doubt that will happen anytime soon.

I know exactly what you mean - I saw SCTV the same way. Remember when they had that stand-up comedy show on Friday nights after Conan? Good times.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Tripe on June 19, 2007, 06:04:43 AM
So what do those of you who have seen it think of our one GOOD Canadian comedy?

You saying Little Mosque on the Prairie (http://www.cbc.ca/littlemosque/) isn't good? ;D My wife loves that but I think it's cause she has a thing for Amaar.

As a sitcome it could do with a little work (hey a crossover with Corner Gas is even possible since Dog River has been mentioned on Little Mosque).

However it's good to know that uneven sitcom writing is something that both Britain and Canada have in common.

Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: PsypherPunk on June 19, 2007, 11:32:00 AM
So what do those of you who have seen it think of our one GOOD Canadian comedy?

I rather enjoyed that snippet. I may have to watch more.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 19, 2007, 08:46:54 PM
So what do those of you who have seen it think of our one GOOD Canadian comedy?

I rather enjoyed that snippet. I may have to watch more.

Yeah - it's definitely worth it. There's a lot of sarcastic humor, and, even better, well written grammar-naziing jokes.

Brent Butt is really good at what he does. I just thank god he didn't go with Option 2...
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: mrbasehart on June 20, 2007, 05:16:14 AM
I really enjoyed Slings and Arrows when it was on.  Paul Gross was excellent in it.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 20, 2007, 05:42:32 AM
Yeah, Slings and Arrows was pretty good, and Kids in the Hall really had its good moments - but they were both also quite some time ago. We haven't had anything good besides Corner Gas for quite a while now.

The Rick Mercer Report is pretty good, but it doesn't have nearly enough episodes, and is basically just The Daily Show Lite.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Tripe on June 20, 2007, 06:24:13 AM
Do you like Royal Canadian Air Farce? or This Hour has 22 minutes. I like both of those though I think the fact that I like the look of Jessica Holmes might be a factor in the former as much as the quality of the comedy.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 20, 2007, 07:37:34 AM
Do you like Royal Canadian Air Farce? or This Hour has 22 minutes. I like both of those though I think the fact that I like the look of Jessica Holmes might be a factor in the former as much as the quality of the comedy.

Personally, I feel that they both got old approximately 83 years ago.

And the only funny thing that Jessica Holmes has ever uttered in her ENTIRE life was the "where the crap am I?" bit - all of the rest has just made me want to vomit with rage.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Tripe on June 20, 2007, 07:50:06 AM
Do you like Royal Canadian Air Farce? or This Hour has 22 minutes. I like both of those though I think the fact that I like the look of Jessica Holmes might be a factor in the former as much as the quality of the comedy.

Personally, I feel that they both got old approximately 83 years ago.

And the only funny thing that Jessica Holmes has ever uttered in her ENTIRE life was the "where the crap am I?" bit - all of the rest has just made me want to vomit with rage.

Damn, tell us how you really feel.

Anyway a "private audience" with Jessica Holmes wouldn't involve her doing any skits for me.

Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Chaos on June 20, 2007, 09:26:18 AM
Anyway a "private audience" with Jessica Holmes wouldn't involve her doing any skits for me.

I think I understand now... you're saying that you want her to show you how to hang a picture frame properly, right?
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: Tripe on June 20, 2007, 09:30:41 AM
Anyway a "private audience" with Jessica Holmes wouldn't involve her doing any skits for me.

I think I understand now... you're saying that you want her to show you how to hang a picture frame properly, right?

Er... yeah... sure... that's it.

I'm sure some pictures could be involved.
Title: Re: Corner Gas
Post by: FordPrefect on June 25, 2007, 09:17:20 AM
I know exactly what you mean - I saw SCTV the same way. Remember when they had that stand-up comedy show on Friday nights after Conan? Good times.

Yes, I remember that Frank Conniff appeared on one of the last episodes doing that odd superhero skit.