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->''"People talking in movie shows\\
People smoking in bed\\
People voting Republican\\
Give them a boot to the head!"''

->''"And another for Jenny and the wimp!"''

Four-man comedy troupe known for a wild but intellectual style highly reminiscent of ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'', but with a uniquely Canadian flavor. Formed in the late 1970s, the group stayed together until the late 1980s, followed by a reunion in 2004. The core members of The Frantics are Paul Chato, Rick Green, Dan Redican and Peter Wildman, but like their spiritual predecessors, two women can be counted among their unofficial membership -- Mag Ruffman and Carolyn Scott.

Their trademark was off-the-wall and often surreal sketches that took advantage of power of radio and audio recordings to produce imagery that would have been too expensive or simply impossible in a visual medium, such as the tales of their Canadian superhero, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-YLLaOyQfx8 Mr. Canoehead]], who had had an aluminum canoe [[LightningCanDoAnything welded to his head by a lightning bolt]]. (Attempts to recreate these sketches on television only reduced their comedic impact.) Their comedy was never dumbed down -- in fact, they respected and depended upon the intelligence of the audience, as seen in their sketches [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWNmqdLmAfc "You Were Speeding"]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=aAa2UeuIMu0 "Human Race"]]. They were also talented musicians, as demonstrated by their numerous novelty songs. They are perhaps best known for their routines [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5kGUW6M7W0 "Last Will and Temperament"]] and "Ti Kwan Leep", both of which make frequent use of their most famous CatchPhrase, "Boot to the head!"

The Frantics made their mark initially in Canadian radio; their big break was in 1981, when they were given a regular slot on the CBC Radio show ''Variety Tonight''. The following year they got their own series, ''Frantic Times'', which began as a brief summer replacement for ''[[Radio/RoyalCanadianAirFarce The Royal Canadian Air Farce]]'' but eventually graduated to its own permanent slot. By the time it went off the air in 1984, ''Frantic Times'' ran for 113 episodes of inspired lunacy.

Between 1984 and 1986, the Frantics made several unsuccessful forays into Canadian television, including an unsold pilot (''The No Name Show'') for TVOntario, and a CBC series called ''Four on the Floor'' that lasted for only a single season. (''Four on the Floor'' would later show up on {{Showtime}} in the United States, exposing the Frantics to an entirely new audience.)

After their attempts at television success, the Frantics returned to radio for several short series, including a spoof of ''Literature/AnneOfGreenGables'' in 1987 and 1988's eight-part ''The Frantics Look at History'', after which they appear to have gone their separate ways until their 2004 reunion. In between their radio and television efforts, they released several [=CDs=] of their sketches and songs. Several of their tracks got extensive play on the syndicated ''DrDemento'' radio show in the 1980s, spurring the birth of an American following for the group.

The core members re-formed the troupe in 2004 for a stage show (which was released on CD as ''The Official Bootleg CD: Live at the Tim Sims Playhouse''). This was followed by the ''Older But Wider'' stage tour, and several appearances on Candian television. Since then they have focused on live theatre shows.

Not to be confused with any of several bands who also have called themselves "The Frantics".

For more information, see [[http://www.thefrantics.com/ their website]] or [[http://www.youtube.com/user/Frantics4 their YouTube channel]].

[[Creator/DrDemento Dr. Demento]] called them the funniest sketch comedy troupe since Creator/MontyPython.
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!!The Frantics' comedy demonstrates the following tropes:

* AlternativeNumberSystem: In [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjFaKD9BuOc "Roman Numerals"]] a Roman citizen is baffled by the new decimal system.
-->Customer: How much is "forty-four" in real numbers?
-->Shopkeeper: XLIV [[note]]pronounced "ex-ell-eye-vee"[[/note]].
-->Customer: Well why don't you just '''say''' XLIV? Who can remember "forty-four?"
** This sketch pokes fun at the initial confusion and opposition to Canada's conversion to the metric system.
* ApprovalOfGod: The Frantics have seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vFldBVWFgWo the Phoenix Wright version]] of their sketch. They're reported to have really enjoyed it.
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: "Mr. Canoehead--Fighter of crime! Defender of good! Brother of Ted!"
* BaitAndSwitch: "Last Will and Temperament", when TheAlcoholic brother Hedge is given 3 crates of whiskey and the wine cellar... and ''then'' is bequeathed [[RunningGag a boot to the head]].
** Played straight with Jenny and the Rolls-Royce, Mrs. Mulroy, [[PetHeir Mittens the cat]]...
* BigShutUp: Columbus's CatchPhrase in "Columbus Discovers America".
* BullyingADragon: Ed Gruberman and the Ti Kwan Leep instructor.
* CatchPhrase: "Boot to the head!", "Taste gunwale!"
* ComedicSociopathy: Probably the entire point of "Last Will And Temperament".
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: Arthur Muldoon. At first, it looks his he's going to leave his drunkard brother Hedge nothing but a boot to the head, but Arthur leaves Hedge his wine cellar and three crates of his finest whiskey. As soon as Hedge lets his guard down, ''then'' he gets a boot to the head.
* DudeWheresMyReward: In "Columbus Discovers America", the sailors on Columbus's ship are very focused on getting prizes for doing things right, such as answering questions correctly or spotting land (even a dinky little desert island). They're less than pleased to discover that he doesn't do that.
* EvilLawyerJoke: Presumably why the lawyer in "Last Will And Testament" [[DisproportionateRetribution got a live, rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]] instead of a boot to the head like everyone else; he must have done ''something'' to deserve it.
* FingerPokeOfDoom: ''Boot to the head!''
* FlatEarthAtheist: The sailors on Columbus's ship don't consider not falling off the Earth as being proof that the Earth isn't flat.
%%* GambitRoulette: A burglary sketch on ''Four On The Floor''.
* FunnyBruceLeeNoises: Made by Ed Gruberman in "Ti Kwan Leep".
* GenreSavvy: To some degree, Hedge in "Last Will and Temperament." After his sister and her husband get boots to the head, he covers his own head when his name comes up and needs to be lured off-guard with an actual non-boot bequest. When the lawyer announces a final inheritance for everyone he promptly warns them to cover their heads as well.
* GoldDigger: Jenny and Hank in "Last Will and Temperament", who both feigned sorrow about Muldoon's death in order to get to his fortune. It's also stated that they mooched off of him constantly. This is presumably why they all got the most boots to the heads.
* {{Homage}}: Writers of ''[[RanmaOneHalf Ranma 1/2]]'' {{fanfic}}tion love referencing, or even incorporating whole, the "Ti Kwan Leep" sketch.
** And Website/YouTube has videos of martial arts classes playing out ''Ti Kwan Leep''. Some versions include an extended slow motion fight scene between the Master and the students.
* HorseRacing: Parodied in "The Human Race"
* HurricaneOfPuns :In "You Were Speeding", mixing the terminologies of thought/education and driving/ticketing.
* {{Jerkass}}: Ed Gruberman of "Ti Kwan Leep".
** Arthur Durham Muldoon, the late gentleman whose will is read in "Last Will And Temperament," can count as well. Giving the "nasty" family members a boot to the head is one thing. But when the one who read the will, who had nothing to do with the family antics, [[DisproportionateRetribution was given "a rabid Tasmanian Devil... to be placed in his trousers?!]] [[TheScream AAAAGH!!]]" And everyone else who are not in the skit gets a lifetime supply of ice cream... boot-to-the-head flavored.
*** Mrs. Mulroy did nothing to deserve this treatment. Quite the opposite, in fact; she was the one person who treated Arthur with constant respect and kindness, and even says she doesn't want anything of Arthur's. She gets a boot to the head like everyone else.
* KarmaHoudini: Hedge, the alcoholic brother from "Last Will And Temperament", counts a little. Everyone else (even the sweet Mrs. Mulroy) gets nothing but a Boot To The Head. Hedge is not exempt from this, but actually gets something - Muldoon's wine cellar and three crates of fine whiskey.
** Possibly because Hedge is unrepentantly honest about who and what he is, not even bothering at the reading of his brother's will to disguise that he is anxious to head to the nearest bar. With all the dishonest money-grubbers around, Muldoon probably found his attitude refreshing.
* KickTheSonOfABitch: The "boot to the head" that [[GoldDigger Jenny, Hank]], [[TheSlacker Hedge]] and [[SpoiledBrat Roulston]] received are more or less literal examples. Subverted with Mrs. Mulroy, [[KickTheDog who did nothing to deserve it]].
* LampshadedDoubleEntendre: The "Dirty Words" sketch.
* LightningCanDoAnything: Like weld a canoe to a person's head...
* MindOverMatter: Boot to the head!
* OhCrap: The second student from "Ti Kwan Leep," who tries to get in the first shot and...
-->'''Master:''' You missed.
-->'''Student #2:''' Um.. yeah.
* OldMaster: "Ti Kwan Leep".
* PassedOverInheritance: Every one of Arthur Muldoon's relatives in "Last Will and Temperament." Though Arthur does leave them all a lifetime supply of ice cream. [[spoiler:It's "boot to the head" flavored.]]
* PetHeir: Subverted in "Last Will and Temperament".
-->"And so, to my cat Mittens, I leave my entire, vast *{{beat}}* boot to the head." "[[ThatPoorCat NREEEEEEEOW]]!!!!"
* PetTheDog: Arthur Muldoon of "Last Will and Temperament" gives boots to the head to literally everyone he knows (except his lawyer, [[CoolAndUnusualPunishment who got a rabid Tasmanian Devil in his trousers]]), but he does end up giving his entire ten million dollar fortune to the good people of Calgary...[[TakeThat so they can]] [[WretchedHive move somewhere decent]]!
* PlaceWorseThanDeath: "And so I leave my entire estate of ten million to [[spoiler:the people of Calgary so they can afford to move someplace decent]]."
* QuoteToQuoteCombat: In "Ti Kwan Leep":
-->'''Teacher:''' The only use of Ti Kwan Leep is self-defense. Do you know who said that? Ki Lo Ni, the great teacher.\\
'''Ed Gruberman:''' Yeah? Well "the best defense is a good offense", you know who said that? Mel, the cook on ''Series/{{Alice|1976}}''.
* RunningGag: "And one for Jenny and the wimp", in "Last Will and Temperament".
* TheScrappy: In-universe; Mr. Muldoon ''really'' hated his sister Jenny and her wimpy husband Hank. Not without reason, mind you, since they were very obviously {{Gold Digger}}s.
-->'''The Lawyer''': And one for Jenny and the wimp!
-->'''Jenny''': OW!
-->'''Hank''': OW!
* ShoeSlap / ArmedLegs: "Boot to the head!"
* SoundToScreenAdaptation
* SuperHero: Mr. Canoehead.
* SurroundedByIdiots: Christopher Columbus in "Columbus Discovers America".
* TakeThat: "The story of Mr. Canoehead is so incredible that only Mormons would believe it!"
* ThatPoorCat: Mittens, in "Last Will and Temperament".
* ToiletHumor: "Gas Station Washroom", "A Piece of Pie", "Out-Grossing"
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Appears to be a core value of their comedy.
* TheVoiceless: [[http://wallywashis.name/mp3/The+Frantics/Boot+to+the+Head/The%20Frantics%20-%20Bill%20From%20Bala.mp3 "Bill from Bala"]].
* WidgetSeries: So very, very wickety.

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-->''And now for Tropers of Wiki/TVTropes. Who took their time to describe this article, made me laugh, [[TVTropesWillRuinYourLife ruined]] [[BreadEggsMilkSquick many lives]]. To Tropers of TV Tropes, I bequeath *{{beat}}* [[CatchPhrase a boot to the head]].''
-->'''''*WHAM!*[[note]]And another for Jenny and the wimp. *thump* *thump*[[/note]]'''''
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