CBC takes Banijay Int’l format “Comedy on the Edge”

Frantic Films will produce the comic take on small towns in economic decline for the Canadian pubcaster, to debut in early 2015.
March 31, 2014

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation is returning to the format well by acquiring a stand-up comedy show about small towns in economic meltdown, Comedy on the Edge.

The format, created by DR in Denmark, was sold to the CBC for English-speaking Canada by international distributor Banijay International.

Winnipeg-headquartered prodco Frantic Films will make 13 half-hour episodes, to launch in early 2015.

In each episode,¬†Comedy on the Edge¬†attempts to find a local community’s lost sense of humor after the town tips into economic decline, as its main industries close, unemployment rises and people move away.

A comic host will visit the town, meet remaining residents and conclude each episode with a stand-up routine based on his or her findings, in front of a local audience.

(From Playback Daily)

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