In the news: Canadian comedy ’soft’

John Doyle of the Globe and Mail is back with his take on TV satire, like the Rick Mercer Report, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, and Royal Canadian Air Farce:

  •  There’s just too much love in Canadian comedy
    The Rick Mercer Report (CBC, 8 p.m.) and This Hour Has 22 Minutes (CBC, 8:30 p.m.) are at the core of our TV satire. Both shows can be amusing and Mercer is undoubtedly clever, but both shows are essentially soft. When they mock our politicians and other leaders and celebrities, they do it with love. They don’t mock in rage, they don’t attack and put forward skepticism about the powerful on our behalf. They cozy up, crack a few jokes and make sure that nobody actually gets hurt. There’s too much love and not enough loathing.”

2 thoughts on “In the news: Canadian comedy ’soft’”

  1. Totally agree with this. These shows are not satire, they are good natured ribbing. Even the rants are aimed at politicians and a “how stupid are they context”. Canadian television doesn’t take any risks. maybe they should look to the BBC……from like the ’70’s.

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