A Canadian show aired by MuchMusic (and recently picked up by Fuse in 2011; they actually used
to be the official American version of said channel way back when), where 5 different comedians riff
over 5 different music videos. Of course, because these are comedians
we're dealing with, this will often involve trying to make a mockery out of what happens in the video, and trying to find a real-life occurrence to connect it to
Given the title of the show and its structure, the show did use some justice system-based motifs and imagery, including referring to the panelists as the jury and songs as cases, the introduction to a case featuring what they were "accused" of (followed by a humorous "sentencing" at the conclusion of the case), and more, especially in the earlier seasons. The fifth season dropped most of the courtroom motifs from the show in favor of a more futuristic look, but the comedic aspects remained.
The newest season, which premiered in July 2014, completely changed the format of the show: Aisha Alfa and Paul Lemieux are now the permanent jury, and the show relies more on running cutaway gags
and recurring segments (making it feel more like Tosh.0
) rather than rapid-fire joking around.
This show provides examples of:
- Broken Aesop: During "Born This Way," Trevor Boris points out that Lady Gaga wasn't born Lady Gaga, and that her real name is Stephanie.
- Camp Gay: Trevor Borris is caught sporting a pink "Mrs. Jonas" t-shirt on episodes featuring the famous Disney Channel heartthrobs' videos.
- Chroma Key: They sometimes use a green screen for jokes or backgrounds, but most of the time the jury is just in front of a plain black wall.
- As of the 2014 revamp, they now have a green screen set with the Toronto skyline,
- Cultural Cringe: Videos featuring Canadian artists, of course, get their day in court quite often here, since mocking them still gets the show Cancon credit (but the mere presence of the mockery is probably enough to qualify to begin with)
- Christmas Episode: The "Holiday Crap" specials.
- Foreign Remake Special Videos Unit Video on Trial, the U.S. version on Fuse
- Halloween Episode: Several, such as the "Halloween Spooktacular"
- No Budget (In-Universe): "Can you say budget? We can't. We're actually contractually not allowed to bring it up."
- Logic Bomb: "Enrique Iglesias is my favourite male lesbian".
- Mondegreen: No, the first case isn't actually named "Katy Swan", though the voiceover makes it sounds like it is.
- Spin-Off: Stars on Trial aired as a year-end special, focusing on celebrities in general
- The regulars also hosted a "Top 50 Funniest Videos" countdown for Much, complete with their traditionally snarky remarks.
- Spiritual Successor:
- MuchMusic used air a special called "Fromage" with Ed the Sock during its year-end programming, where he reviewed the cheesiest or worst music videos of the past year, in a similarly comedic and Deadpan Snarker style. After an absence from Much for the longest time, he returned as a panelist on a 90's special in 2013.
- Beginning in 2008, a direct successor to the later format used by Fromage (a countdown of the cheesiest videos of the year) was created for a new series of year-end specials, "Video on Trial: Best of the Worst"
- Oddly on Fuse, the 2011 Bot W premiered at 6am on a random Thursday, four days before the Canadian premiere (though it did get a re-air later at a saner time).
- Toilet Humor: Once in a while. A noted instance came in "Opposites Attract" by Paula Abdul, where a panelist lampshaded the peculiarity of her interacting with a cartoon character named MC Skat Kat. Much of the following "review" ended up being sprinkled with jokes about litter boxes.
- Wham Episode: An entire episode was devoted to "Telephone".