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Les 2 Minutes du Peuple ("The 2 Minutes of the People") is a series of comedic radio skits by Quebecois humorist François Pérusse. Its Quebec French version debuted on radio in 1990, and its French version in 1996. In Europe they ended in 2012, while in Québec they "ended" in 2016, only to be followed by a virtually identical Spiritual Successor called "Pérusse Express" (which slightly focuses more on news both local and worldwide).

Each skit is about two-minutes long, and tackles subjects such as everyday situations, the life of historical characters, current events, and parodies of TV shows, game shows, songs, and celebrities. The series dialogue is a never-ending Hurricane of Puns mixed with some Surreal Humor, and is most remembered for its sped-up high-pitched voices, which enforced its Rapid-Fire Comedy.

Pérusse has also produced several albums called "L'Album du Peuple" ("The People's Album"). They're a compilation of various radio sketches remixed by the author, sometimes they're slightly longer, shorter, or different. The albums also contain funny songs. He has also created a few TV shows in Quebec.


The albums:

  • 1991 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 1
  • 1992 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 2
  • 1994 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 3
  • 1995 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 4
  • 1996 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 5
  • 1997 - L'Album du Peuple (Made for France) - Tome 1
  • 2002 - L'Album Pirate note 
  • 2002 - L'Album du Peuple (Made for France) - Tome 2
  • 2003 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 6
  • 2007 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 7
  • 2011 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 8
  • 2013 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 9
  • 2015 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 10
  • 2017 - Best Ove! note .
  • 2020 - L'Album du Peuple - Tome 11

The series has received numerous awards, and has become a staple of Francophone culture. It has notably been parodied or referenced by numerous Audio Plays.

François Pérusse's official Youtube channel can be found here.

The TV shows:

  • 1999-2001 - Le Journul (The Jour-Null, also renamed the Nothing Day in one of episode): Short, 50-second sketches that covered a topic of recent news. The short sketch was made the night prior, and then sent to the animators on the followung morning; and they had to animate it (using mo-cap and CGI) to air that same day, at 6:00 PM during the news.
  • 2000 - La Série du Peuple (The People's Series), preceded by an hour-long special.
  • 2006 - On s'écoute parler (We Listen to Ourselves Talking), a sequel series to Le Journul.
  • 2012-2013 - Pérusse Cité (Ben's City)
  • 2014-2019 - La Tite Chambre (The Lil' Chamber), a parody of all-day sports channels and their commentators. Pérusse would make these from watching moments without sound and then making up what he thought they were saying. The results sometimes came out almost more coherent than the actual text.


Les Deux Minutes provides examples of:

  • Accidental Truth: In one of the "Columbo du Peuple" segments, the killer lures his friend to murder him in a nearby street by suggesting they might find "a fuschia camel playing accordion". Later, when he gets arrested, Columbo reveals to him they found the body because their attention was caught by exactly this.
  • Actually Pretty Funny:
    • There is this sketch where a thief contacts the director of the Caisse de Dépôt et Placements du Québec Quebec Deposit and Investment Fund via phone in the middle of the night and gloats about how he stole an unspecified large amount of money. The director protests that this is the "deposit fund" belonging to average joes, and the thief replies it looks more like a "withdrawal fund" right now, which makes both guys laugh.
      Thief: (in-between fits of laughter) "You just got fucked over so bad!"
      Director: "Meh, it's not like it's my money."
    • Régis Labeaume (current mayor of Québec City as of November 2020) finds out Elvis Presley's hiding spot to convince him to come play in a concert in Québec City. Elvis is originally pretty pissed, but when Régis starts cracking puns on Elvis' songs and old age, Elvis starts cracking some too.
    • Gilles Micro's interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi starts off with this, and the skit turns into both interviewer and intervewee doing silly wordplay with Yogi's name, transcendental meditation and other subjects to each's delight.
  • Always Murder: Columbo du Peuple sketches.
  • Ambiguous Robot: Spock is turned into this in the Star Trek parodies. In some sketches he's said to be Vulcan, in others he's apparently an android.
  • Antenna Adjusting: The final gag in "Nos Amis Les Animaux" has Dr. Touchette repairing a little boy's "defective lobster" by adjusting its antennas until they can receive the "Seafood Radio" station.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account: The "gars qui magasine" ("Guy who shops") sketches normally feature an average guy with average means trying to find good prices to buy everyday goods and services, however in some sketches he apparently has enough money to buy a Boeing 747 or even the planet Mars. Rule of Funny is in full effect.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: The male protagonist in the "Slangster House" segments regularly insists the house isn't actually haunted through the earlier segments, even though at this point he has seen undead coming several times to his house.
  • Artificial Limbs: One guy who got his legs bitten off by a literal Mama Bear asks General Electric to make him prosthetic limbs. Since he only has 1000$ to spare the only thing he can buy is two refrigerators, so they graft them to him. Right after that the guy falls down a flight of stairs and fractures his crisper drawer and icemaking machine.
  • Artistic License Ė Geography: A European sketch involving a game show quiz has a contestant asked in what US state is The White House located. The White House is in Washington, D.C. (District of Columbia) which is not a state, but a federal district (sandwiched between the states of Virginia and Maryland).
  • Artistic License Ė History: One long-dead Pharaoh Mummy is interviewed about Ancient Egypt, specifically the construction of the Pyramids. The interviewer asks questions about Cleopatra, nevermind the Pyramids were 2000 years old by the time Cleopatra came around. It does make for nice puns though.
  • Artistic License Ė Law: In the 5th Album du Peuple Pérusse ends up in jail for failing to produce an album for his record label. Breach of contract is a civil offense, not a criminal one, so he wouldn't go to jail for it.
    • More like "Artistic License - Law Enforcement", a guy who makes hotdogs in a Costco applies for a job at the FBI, which is described as a "secret service" handling foreign intelligence, rather than a federal police force. The FBI agent doing the job interview also mentions they suspect Vladimir Putin to be creating a new KGB. This is redundant, since the Russian Federation already has a successor to the KGB, the FSB. And there's no way a FBI agent would just tell that to a potential recruit. The recruiter does mention that you need prior experience with intelligence or police work, or you start really from the bottom of the ladder. In reality you need both prior experience and a college degree. And to top it all off the recruiter then tells the guy they have a "small" case they could give him involving an Al-Qaeda front operating in Washington D.C.
  • Artistic License Ė Military: The sketch set in a military submarine is referred to by Pérusse as being in the Army and not the Navy.
  • Artistic License Ė Space: An European sketch involving the mission control for a Mars probe (correctly) states that the distance between Mars and the sun is around 230 000 000 kilometers. One of the astronomers asks if this means the probe won't risk being attracted into the Sun's orbit. In practice it's surprisingly hard to crash something into the Sun, since this would require cancelling a lot of orbital velocity (around 30 km/s if you're in Earth's orbit), and any professional astronomer would know this.
  • Ass Shove: One Blues singer featured on a "radio communautaire" English  is dying of some weird illness and had an harmonica installed in his ass so he can keep playing since he can't play normally anymore.
    • In one Columbo du Peuple episode, the one where the guy disguises his dead wife as a phone, it's Implied the murderer plugs in the phone line in her ass, judging by the fart noise heard.
    • A radio ad for a bakery, "The Bakery Behind My House", is about visiting an old lady's house so she puts pastries in your behi-.
    • Another ad for a lousy kindergarten brags that their staff watch TV while your toddlers shove crayons up their asses.
    • There's an interview where Jean Charest (the former Prime Minister of Québec) is on TV and (eventually) gets into a brawl with the host and somehow attempts to fight by shoving his fingers in the other guy's ass.
  • Author Appeal: Pérusse puts in a lots of references to things he likes in his sketches, like hockey, the music industry, Star Trek, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones...
    • He was fascinated by advertising from a young age, and would make parody ads for fun when he was little. One of his first claim to fame was doing advertisement for an album by a Québec singer, and several of his sketches feature joke advertisements. With his fame from the Deux Minutes du Peuple he's been hired by real companies to make real advertisements.
    • Criticisms of the overexposure of children to sexually-loaded or otherwise unwholesome content crop up in more recent works, around the time François Pérusse became a father in real life.
    Children show puppet: "You can drop the "acting adapted for children" because at 3 years old they're already watching Rihanna clips while playing in their Pull-Ups."
    • Cracks at extended warranties pop up often, apparently Pérusse considers them a scam.
    Cooking show host: "I need you to stuff note  the quails."
    Cooking show assistant: "Alright. (To the quail) You know my little quail, modern washing machines have more electronics, meaning they break down more often. If I was you I'd go with an extended warranty."
  • Auto-Doc: A Québec sketch features a guy getting a rectum exam from one of them, everything is fine at first until the Autodoc goes haywire and gives him several more.
    • A French sketch has a prototype machine made to simulate a real doctor: the machine just tells you to take some pills and leave it alone so it can play golf.
  • Awful Wedded Life: A common motive for murder among the killers in "Columbo du Peuple" is that their wives are absolutely awful people.
  • Back from the Dead: There are sketches where a famous historical figure like Louis XIV, Thomas Edison or Ludwig van Beethoven come back to life and try to convince a modern day person to hire them or buy their products, or in the case of Louis XIV, convince the French government to let him reign as a monarch again.
    Business owner: Thomas Edison? Weren't you dead?
    Thomas Edison: Yeah but I didn't feel like it anymore.
  • Bad Boss: Master Charbonneau, a bandmaster and one-shot character, learned that one of his violonists slept with his wife so he destroys the guy's violin and fires him on the spot.
  • Bad Guy Bar: A certain sketch revolves around a mild-mannered musician playing (poorly) in a vicious outlaw biker bar (where the background noises are constant burps, farts and punches). His first statement is an announcement to the owner of a "Harley-Davidson, who's fuel tank is decorated with a woman's sex, of which the two labias are slightly spread by the former's fingers" that his motorcycle had a 12-gauge shotgun shell fired at it. He goes on to play and is interrupted by a guy gently asking that he plays something better or get lost. The musician tells him "eat shit, fat sack with the same family name". Immediately, without skipping a beat, the background noises is replaced by harps playing, and the musician wonders "why am I floating on a cloud with these winged people?"
  • Bears Are Bad News: A TV show host interviews a guy who lost his legs in a paper towel accident - in reality he had his legs bitten off by a literal Mama Bear after he tried to wipe her cub with a paper towel.
    Mr. Boilard: Hey if these paper towels note  can wipe everything then surely they can wipe this grizzly bear grizzly over there?
    His girlfriend: Hey watch out its mom is right next to it!
    Mr. Boilard: Don't worry I'll say hi to her too!
    • In an parody ad, a man is about to be attacked by a bear when a friend calls to tell him about the great deals at a sporting goods store. He decides he'll leave a leg for the bear and go buy a single ice skate at said store.
  • Berserk Button: Frédéric Fif note  subverts this in a "customer-calling-their-lawyer" sketch. In a bar someone told him "Tasse-toi le fif!" ("Get out of the way, [the] faggot!"). Frédéric Fif punched him (accidentally killing him, hence the need for a lawyer) and told his lawyer that it wasn't "Fif" that offended him, but being called "Le" (lit. "The").
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: The European sketches had hospital-themed episodes featuring a certain Doctor Malcolm. In one of them there was a patient who needed to give a sperm sample. Doctor Malcolm gave him a porn magazine to help him, but it turns out he accidentally gave him a magazine about the life of insects. The doctor apologizes, but the patient says it's alright because there was a really pretty looking dragonfly on one of the pages so he managed to make it work.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: Invoked. A lot of times English sentences are poorly translated in Québec French for comedic/punny effect.
  • Blood on the Debate Floor: While there's no physical violence, the sketches set in the Canadian parliament or the Québec parliament always feature MPs yelling, shouting or viciously insulting each other.
  • Body Horror: Played for Laughs in the "radio communautaire" sketches, where the incompetent host presents musicians who suffered some outlandish absurd accidents that damaged their bodies. Examples include Tata Boutlamine, an African pianist who plays with only one finger following a coffee grinder accident, Half-a-Papa-Joe, a blues singer who sawed himself in half vertically in a sawmill accident and now can only sings half of his lyrics and Adélbert Gadbois, who sings without a jaw after he confused a power saw with a toothbrush.
    • Back when he was alive, Michael Jackson was the butt of jokes where he falls apart or is rotting alive.
      Gameshow host : "So, Michael, how's the new nose?"
      MJ : "Not bad, not bad, I just gotta avoid laughing, heh heh heh" nose falls off "Aww"
    • Captain Kirk suffers a Teleporter Accident in a Star Trek parody. He's apparently been inverted and he can only mumble, but McCoy advises him not too out of fear he'll damage his boots trying to speak. Spock jokes that he's not Captain Kirk anymore but Kirkptain Ki.
    • One episode of a talk show features the story of a woman who suffered various unfortunate accidents and eventually had her nervous system amputated, and even her intuition had to be amputated at some point. She's supposed to visit the show's host soon, someone will bring her in inside a small cardboard box. .
    • In Tome 5 there are baseball commentators who wish good luck to the cousin of one player who's about to have his rib cage surgically removed. There's also a mention of a player's grandmother having a rare disease called a "cistite" where you burp, fart and shit by both ends.
    • Many of the patients in the Hospital Soap Opera sketches have these kind of issues. As always, it's Played for Laughs.
  • Build Like an Egyptian: A Mummy of a long-dead Pharaoh is interviewed about the construction of the Pyramids of Ancient Egypt, specifically knowing if the Pyramids were built in corruption note .
  • Buried Alive: Nearly happens to some Dreadful Musician playing in a crummy bar who says he wants to be buried with his electronic organ. The crowd goes crazy and attempts to climb on the stage to do just that.
    Musician:"NOT RIGHT NOW! NOT RIGHT NOW! When I'll die!"
    Guy in the crowd: That could be arranged too.
  • (French) Canadian Equals Hockey Fan: François Pérusse is a big hockey fan, and hockey is a recurring theme in many of his sketches.
  • Cartridges in Flight: One of the cartoons on the "DVD du Peuple" features a cop handling a .38 caliber bullet (the size of a tank shell no less) that he found on a crime scene, showing the rim and primer of the cartridge still attached. Justified by the surreal nature of the cartoons.
  • Censored for Comedy: In "Chanson grivoise" ("Lewd Song"), a Georges Brassens Expy sings about a man watching a porno, with bleeped out (rhyming) offending words with increasingly ridiculous sound effects. In the second part, the sound guy screws up and censors everything but the dirty words.
    • "Les Mots D'Amour" off of Tome 5 is a joyful song about insults, some of which get censored with a high-pitched voice saying "beep".
  • Chained to a Railway: One life insurance company proudly advertises that they will insure you even if your pants are stuck to a railway and the train is coming.
  • Chez Restaurant: The song Snack Bar Chez Raymond is about a particularly nasty junk food restaurant. Notably, with Pérusse being francophone, this trope is not about a fancy restaurant but a Greasy Spoon instead, which reflects reality more.
  • Comically Inappropriate Funeral Urn: When the "Guy who Shops" has to arrange a funeral service for his dead grandfather-in-law (Mona's grandfather) he phones a funeral house that informs him the cheapest urn is at least 700$. He immediately asks Mona if they still have Mason jars.
    Funeral House Guy: Sir, With All Due Respect to the departed...
    Guy who Shops: Are you trying to imply we don't respect our jams?
  • Comically Missing the Point: In a "Columbo du Peuple" segment, a man announces his wife that he now hates her, and, among other, cannot stand how she constantly sings in the bathroom:
    Wife: Could you possibly love another one?
    Husband: No, even in another bathroom, that wouldn't change anything!
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Flip Gagné, an artist interviewed by Louis-Paul in a Community Radio segment, laments about voting at the federal level, saying it costs 300 million dollars every time. It turns out it's because he votes at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Dubai, complete with a buffet and the voting urn is Shakira's ass-crack.
  • Couch Gag: Almost every "live TV" episode starts with an opening gag about The Announcer messing up, whether he's late, sick, intoxicated, lazy, or too stressed to say the title of the show correctly.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Mr. Shidelabedellester in the hospital soap opera has been diagnosed with a Type 1 Malignant Melanoma in the throat...
    Mr. Shidelabedellester: What does that mean?
    Dr. Malcolm: Well you see, it's like this tiny mouse...
    Mr. Shidelabedellester: Forget these ridiculous metaphors, I'm an adult, tell it to me straight!
    Mr. Shidelabedellester: (Holding back tears) Well... and what happened to the little mouse?
  • Dead Air: Louis-Paul Fafard-Allard, the animator of the community radio station CDKC note  is really bad at his job.
  • Death Course: Exaggerated for comedy in the "film d'action" segment, where the hero is asked to stop a madman from blowing up the planet. In order to reach said villain, he has to first swim naked in a dangerously swirly torrent filled with sharks, then go hanged to a helicopter by one hair with only a small stick as his weapon to wander in a radioactive field filled with T-Rex and terrorists armed with machine guns until he reaches a fortified strongbox requiring a ridiculously complicated code and disarms an atomic bomb about to blow up in 10 seconds, which he can only stop by cutting one of the 450 multi-colored wires.
  • Distinction Without a Difference: In a Columbo Du Peuple segment, a Bad Boss is about to murder an employee. This exchange occurs.
    "I'm starting to find you bothersome, Davidson."
    "Because I know too much?"
    "No, because you don't ignore enough."
  • Dracula: One 2012 sketch had him call the Election Directors to get on Québec's electoral list.
  • Dreadful Musician: A common source of humor, especially in the "community radio" sketches. Pérusse is a big fan of music and has background as a musician and Word of God is that a lot of it is inspired by his younger days when he was much less competent.
    • A recurring character is the unnamed bar/lounge singer who plays in crummy loser establishments.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: Bob Hartley (yes, a real life person) is the coach variant. Not content with coaching hockey teams, he coaches all kinds of people, like (now retired) Montreal mayor Gérald Tremblay, the Parti libéral du Québec, the Liberal Party of Canada, and he even takes odd jobs that let him scream at people, like drive-thru clerk, phone hold voice actor or GPS voice actor.
  • Driven to Suicide: Always Played for Laughs, including over the silliest things like losing a Monopoly game.
  • Eagleland: Virtually always a type 2 whenever they show up, especially during the Bush and Trump administrations. Though to be fair Pérusse loves throwing Take Thats at pretty much everyone.
    Quebec Inventor: That's typical of you Americans, when you'll run out of oil you'll take our oil. When you run out of timber you'll take our timber. When you run out of water you'll take our water.
    USA Secretary of the Environment: That's right!
    Quebec Inventor: You're really remorseless!
    USA Secretary of the Environment: No worries, we'll just go take your remorses.
  • Easy Evangelism: Exaggerated in one of the European police sketches where the criminal is a cult leader who calls the police department and manages to convert the cops in a few words.
  • El Spanisho: A cooking show host mentions going to a Latin American country and a handsome customs agent asked her if she had no metal objects and she wanted to say "exactly" in Spanish and said "Exacto".
  • Elvis Lives: Used a few times.
    • In one sketch he's a part of a concert (broadcasting live from his hiding spot to do back vocals) at the Centre Bell in Montréal, where a little-known singer is performing on-stage as the main act, accompanied by the Spice Girls in the nude, Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson who resurrects on stage.
    • In another Régis Labeaume (mayor of Québec City) manages to somehow guess his hiding spot, and talks him into performing in Québec City with Paul McCartney.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: A lot of the musicians that are featured on the "radio communautaire" sketches play absurd instruments. One of them plays a drying machine (he literally just bangs on his machine, it's as bad as it sounds), another just hums songs through his nose on some street corner.
  • Every Man Has His Price: An advertising agent initially refuses to do an advertising campaign for a weapons company out of principles, but quickly changes his tune when the company executive offers him a 3 million dollars bribe.
  • Everything Talks: Well not everything, but a lot of things talk.
    • In one sketch a vacationing couple is worried they left a burner on the stove on as one of them checks their phone messages. The stove left them a message letting them know they left two burners on.
    • The "Apicerie" Explanation  is a show about grocery shopping and frequently interviews food like asparagi, hot-dog sausages and a palm tree (for its "heart of palm").
    • "Rénovons avec Gaetan", a renovation show, often showcase talking tools as a Running Gag, like a beam detector or a talking saw (which screams "yumyumyum cherry wood that's so good yumyum" when they make it cut cherry wood and also warns "careful about your fingers!" whenever your fingers get too close for safety).
  • Evil Debt Collector: There is this false advertisement for a debt consolidation society where an actor describes their service as "instead of several companies calling you about your debts it's just one company that calls more often and starts their sentences with "listen well asshole"".
  • Evil Laugh: Parodied in one of the "Série Policière" sketch, where the police chief gets a call from a terrorist who keeps punctuating each of his lines by a sardonic laugh. Turns out he is just standing next to a friend who keeps telling him jokes while he's on the phone, prompting him to laugh.
  • Exactly What I Meant to Say: When his boat is leaving, Cartier orders to "crap off", prompting one of the crewmembers to try to correct him by saying it's "cast off". Turns out he really did mean that- he was ordering the toilets' evacuation.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: "Chanson fausse" ("Out of Tune Song") consists in a song performed out of tune with tone deaf singing and random silly lyrics.
  • Exact Words: In the "film d'action" segment, the villain shows a map to the protagonists, then gloats that in three seconds, Australia won't be on it anymore. Three seconds later, he rips the part of the map showing Australia.
    • There's this guy who's convinced that his wife is cheating on him. "There's somebody behind this" he says out loud before going to pick up the phonebook for a Private Detective's phone number. It turns out there's really someone hiding behind the phonebook who says hi in a ridiculous high-pitched voice.
  • Exiled to the Couch: One TV reporter discusses gender relations with his (female) co-host and says something along the line of "I don't want to generalize but you girls are all fucking insane" on live TV. Immediately his phone rings and the reporter's girlfriend is implied to do this.
    TV guy: "If I like the living room's couch? Why yes, why, do you want to buy another?"
  • Eye Scream: A documentary about the village of "Apaquifuts" in "Padladejistan" (a weird mix of Qurac and Ruritania) has a woman pull out a chicken's eye to make a "chicken eye soup" (It's a pun that's too complicated to translate).
    • There is an advertisement for an optometry firm called the "Compass in the Eye" ("Compass" as in the circle drawing tool, not the thing that tells you were the north is).
  • Fallen-on-Hard-Times Job: A recurring theme in some of the more recent sketches is the Has-Been artist reduced to doing lame commercials because his albums don't sell anymore.
  • False Reassurance: In the second "Slangster House" segment, the couple meet with a blind old man and ask him if the story about someone hanging herself in the house is true. The old blind man assures them these are "Grandma's stories"... which he means literally; his grandmother was the one who hanged herself.
  • Fate Worse than Death: An in-universe joke involves two torture rooms in Hell, one has you Buried Alive in raw sewage for an hour, after which they take you out, set fire to your ballsack and you have to extinguish it with a crowbar, after which you're plunged in the sewage again, rinse and repeat. The other room has you be forced to listen to a Dreadful Musician from a lousy cocktail lounge who plays (poorly) a cheap electronic organ. Everyone who goes to Hell chooses the former room.
  • Fictional Political Party: A journalist thinking of entering politics hesitates between three parties, the far-right GTTDQ, the far-left CDQQ and the extreme center LQ. (Phonetically, in Quebec French, GTTDQ sounds like "J'ai tété des culs" (I suckled asses), CDQQ sounds like "C'est des cucus" (They're naive idiots) and LQ sounds like "el cul", a corruption of "le cul", meaning "the ass".
  • Fingore: Tata Boutlamine, the Nigerian-Dakar pianist, has lost all fingers except one in a coffee grinder accident.
  • For Inconvenience, Press "1": Used twice with insurance company phone directories. One of them has normal "for X, press Y" options and ends with "for a reclamation, get lost" Context in original French  as its final option. The other one has absurd options like "for an imbroglio, press 1, for a huge fuckup, press 2, for a goddamn mess, press 3".
  • The Gambling Addict: Around 2007 Pérusse made a lot of fake public service announcements parodying real ones by the government of Québec that address gambling problems.
  • George Washington Slept Here: Inverted and Parodied in a European Halloween sketch where photos of celebrities are hung on the wall of the Inn of No Return. The owner says they're part of the history of the inn, in the sense that they never slept there.
  • Gossip Evolution: The European sketch "Téléphone Arabe" starts with a news report about a man being found dead at the Châtelet Metro Station under a billboard promoting rustic cheeses gradually evolves through phone calls into increasingly absurd stories, culminating in "A man who felt love and received in the nose three ablations bitched on his piano with fantastic scandals and noises" before looping back to the original mundane story.
  • Government Agency of Fiction: Whenever a government ministry is mentioned, it's usually a mix of normal ministerial stuff like "environment" or "tourism" mixed with something absurd like "motel that went bankrupt 5 years ago". Sometimes it's just the absurd stuff. For instance, a fake Public Service Announcement against texting and driving is a message of the Ministry of Poof Right in the Phone Pole.
    • A meeting of the Liberal Party of Québec involves various ministers getting in trouble like the Minister of Natural Resources, Boring Rocks and Dandelion Fluff or the Minister of Agriculture, Education, Compulsive Gambling and Warts Stuff.
  • Got Volunteered: One American federal government official is ordered by his superior to go negotiate with a Qurac dictator, and he really doesn't want to.
    Negotiator: Don't send me to negotiate, I can't even negotiate with my wife!
    Boss: I'm not asking you that much, I'm just asking you to negotiate with an anti-American head of state who sponsors terrorism.
  • Greasy Spoon: Described in graphic detail in the song Snack Bar Chez Raymond, a tiny snack bar built out of half of a schoolbus, "Situe entre deux villages creux, drette su'l bord d'la 132." ("located between two nowhere towns, smack on the side of the 132")
  • Groin Attack: There is this memorable skit in the 7th album where a guy wearing a fancy tuxedo accidentally zips himself in the scrotum and his buddy has to help him out by moving his dick out of the way with his mouth. It turns out to be an elaborate plot to save himself some money by getting his dick sucked for free by a friend instead of for 200$ by a prostitute.
    • In an European police sketch, the Cowboy Cop interrogates an accomplice by squeezing his balls, and the accomplice then talks in a very high-pitched tone.
    • One In-Universe joke told by the Dreadful Musician who works in bars involve a torture in Hell where demons set fire to your ballsack and you need to extinguish it with a crowbar. Said torture is the merciful alternative to the other torture offered in Hell - being in a room with a bar musician who plays a mini-organ.
  • Haunted House: The "Slangster House" segments focus on a couple moving to an old country house that happens to be haunted. However, said haunting mostly come in the form of ghosts and undead showing up at their home to make terrible puns and otherwise be annoying.
  • Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: One French sketch has someone being interviewed about their Alien Abduction in English with the announcer translating. At one point the abductee says "they made me listen to Francis Lalanne's records", which the translator claims is "they made me listen to horrible things".
  • His Name Is...: Played for Laughs in an European "Police Series" sketch where the inspectors interview a dying man who's struggling to speak, and one of the inspector laments that the man they're interrogating will pull of a "grelagah". Cue the dying man who grunts and gasps and sounds exactly like "grrrlghh... gah".
  • Hollywood Acid: The "Don't Spill The Bubberblutters!" is a toy that behaves like this.
  • Horny Vikings: A furniture shop received a complaint from a customer that he bought a king-sized bed note  but he keeps hitting his balls on the horned helmet. It turns out the shop accidently sold him a Viking and not a "lit king".
  • Hurricane of Puns : It. Never. Stops. There is literally a pun every five seconds. At minimum.
  • Hypocritical Humor: When his second-in-command suggests they warn the king of their progresses using a telegraph, Cartier calls him out on the Anachronism. Cue him making one as well later, something his second-in-command points out.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Parodied in the "Slangster Resort" note  series where a couple is vacationing in a town called "Saint-bloodthirsty gooey thing with three rows of teeth" and they need to find a street called "Half-eaten corpse with the Devil's cock in its mouth".
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: One tip given for saving money at Halloween involves using the same decorations for both Halloween and Christmas and suggests something like a Santa Claus impaled on a candy cane.
  • Indian Burial Ground: The "Motel Les Quételles" in the Halloween specials is built on one.
  • Incoming Ham: Bob Hartley announces his arrival with his catchphrase of "OUIN", a French-Canadian corruption of "oui" (yes), a bit like "yeah". People about to be verbally torn-apart by him react appropriately.
  • I Need to Go Iron My Dog: In a sketch, a man win lots of money at the lottery and gets calls from various people want some of it. At some point, he ends the conversation by saying he has "something on the oven who's ringing at the door".
  • Initiation Ceremony: In the submarine mission sketch, everyone on the crew has a nickname that characterizes them and latter gets initiated. The New Meat wears glasses and is nicknamed "Barniques" (roughly translates as "four eyes") and the other crewmember who nicknamed him asks "Chien Sale" (literally "dirty dog", but has connotations of "vicious asshole") to go fetch "Gros Bras" (literally "big arms") and "La Verge" (an alternate French word for "penis") so they can initiate the new guy.
  • Inn of No Return: The Slangster Resort. Also the "Villa mais vivra pas longtemps" ("Villa" is phonetically similar to "live there", the pun translates to "Live there but won't live long"). The Halloween specials tend to feature these a lot.
  • Intimidating Revenue Service: An employee of Revenu Québec (the Québec IRS) calls Santa Claus to harass him because he hasn't produced any income reports and he threatens Santa with an audit. It's Subverted when it turns out that it's Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer prank-calling Santa but then it's Double Subverted when it turns out that Rudolph got audited and he called Santa to warn him that he was getting audited too.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: In one of the "Columbo du peuple" segments, the husband, after going through the trouble of murdering his wife, calls for the police. After feigning distress, the police asks him to wait, and he starts singing along with the transition music, happy to finally be rid of his wife. At the end of the segment, Columbo reveals the phone was still recording at that point and so he heard everything.
    • One sketch involving a news team covering an union strike has the lead reporter drop this gem, unaware he's already on air.
    Reporter: "Hey Rodger do I have the time to go drop one? It's gonna come out of my mouth."
  • It Won't Turn Off: When Bob Hartley's voice was randomly selected to be the guiding voice for a car GPS, the driver was less than amused at being yelled at and insulted by the GPS and asked his girlfriend to change or turn off the voice, and she said she couldn't despite her efforts.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique:
    • Cricket the special agent in the action movie uses punches to get answers, ranging from interrogating suspects to getting his best buddy to tell him what he's going to get for his birthday.
    • Cops in the Police Procedural parodies frequently indulge in this.
  • Jail Bake: The back art of the 5th album's features Pérusse in prison asking his elderly mom for a cake with a lime in it (in French, a lime can mean both the fruit, or a nail filer). His mom puts a lime in the cake, to Pérusse's despair.
  • Jerkass: The "guy who shops" is a textbook case of this, though sometimes he has a point because he's Surrounded by Idiots. Bob Hartley is another big case.
  • Kick The Son Of A Bitch: Played for Laugh; In "Columbo du Peuple", most murders will open with the future victim abusing their would-be assassins to ludicrous extreme, making it blatantly obvious who will get killed and why. Most memorably, one story opens with a woman insulting her husband before informing him she is going out with another richer man, that she cheated on him with all his friends and enemies as well as his boss, the butcher and pretty much everyone else, she thinks he has a small penis, she damaged his car, she doesn't want to do it tonight because she got a headache, and she regrets taking this Life Assurance that'll grant him 15 million dollars when she'll die. Cue the narrator daring us to guess who will die in this story.
  • Kitschy Local Commercial: Advertising is one of Pérusse's passions and he gets lots of mileage out of this trope for comedy. They're usually featured on the "community radio" segments, but not always.
  • Large Ham: Bob Hartley, the coach of the Calgary Flames, lives and breathe this trope whenever he shows up.
  • Long Runner: Started in 1990, and François Pérusse is still producing new daily content in 2021.
  • Major Injury Underreaction: Anne-Marie in the "Gambling Problem" fake PSAs uses any reason as an excuse to go to the casino. "Ah the weather sucks I'll go to the casino, ah there's nothing good on TV I'll go to the casino, ah I hit my head and I'm losing all my blood I'll go to the casino."
  • Mall Santa: Ends up with a little girl on his lap who has a massive Speech Impediment. He nicknames her "Klépétar" ends up crying after realizing there's no hope of understanding what the little girl says.
  • Manchild: Jean Charest, Premier of Quebec from 2003 to 2012, is often portrayed as this (in addition to The Ditz and Cloudcuckoolander). A particularly impressive case is when "he" does a PSA for his party that ends with him asking his wife to come wipe his ass like a toddler who just took a dump.
  • Mistaken for Racist: In one of the sketches parodying L'amour est dans le pré note  a woman of Asian origins complain that the farmer always talk about her "yellow butt" ("Derrière jaune" in French). The farmer explains that he's not talking about her yellow butt but about his "John Deer" tractor ("John Deer" and "derrière jaune" are relatively close phonetically in Quebec French).
  • Motor Mouth: The characters in the skits often talk very fast, sometimes even to the point of deliberately sounding like gibberish. There's also the song Vive l'Amour, whose lyrics comprises of almost nothing but French insults pronounced so quickly after one another, it could give Eminem a run for his money!
  • My Friends... and Zoidberg: The CEO of Zero Music (the real life label that publishes the Albums du Peuple) makes an appearance in a meta sketch to promote the upcoming Pirate Album (released between the fifth and sixth tomes). He mentions that François Pérusse is one of the most pirated artist in the French-speaking world, with his sketches being downloaded in Quebec, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Cameroon and Otterburn Park note .
  • My Little Panzer: The "BubbleBlutters" toy is concentrated Hollywood Acid that you put in a glass of water at which points it bubbles up and dissolves the floor.
  • Nice Guy: Jean-Charles is a recurring character who takes this trope to ridiculous levels, though in his first appearance he was only nice to his coworkers and when he came home he had no problem telling his girlfriend to shut the fuck up, which was never brought up again.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: A lot of the murderers in "Columbo du Peuple" end up caught because they do an absolutely terrible job at covering their tracks.
  • Never Lend to a Friend: One sketch has a couple realizing they need money for groceries so the man calls one of his friend to recover a 20$ (100 Francs in the European version) debt from a friend, with the friend in question doing anything to change the subject away from the debt and the man trying his best to get his money back.
  • No Budget: In-universe, CDKC community radio is this.
  • Not in Front of the Parrot!: In the French version of the "Nos Amis Les Animaux" skit:
    Dr. Touchette: He can repeat everything I say. I just taught him a new phrase: Coco, "Welcome, Television!"... Coco, "Welcome, Television!"... Coco, "Welcome, Television!"... Coco, "Welc-
    Coco: SQUAWK! Hey, here comes that bitch from TV!!
  • Nothing Exciting Ever Happens Here: The song "Saint-Néant" ("Néant" means void in French) takes this trope and runs away with it.
  • Oddly Small Organization: The United Nations is an exaggerated version of this in one skit, consisting of a grand total of 1 person, Ban Ki-moon, who just hangs out in the otherwise deserted New York building.
  • One Phone Call: Parodied in one skit where a guy calls a lawyer from a police station. The police didn't just gave him one phone call, they gave him one random phone book opening, and he miraculously landed on the attorney's number, who comments that he was lucky or else the guy would have to get defended by Mister Muffler.
  • Paper-Thin Disguise: In one of the "Columbo du Peuple" segments, the murderer somehow manages to disguise his wife's corpse as a phone. It actually seems to work, but backfires when Columbo finds the actual phone in his trash can and presumes it to be his wife, leaving the murderer unable to deny it without admitting the actual corpse isn't the real phone.
  • The Pig-Pen: Implied. King Louis XIV is Back from the Dead and wants to talk to a bureaucrat in order to return to power in France. The bureaucrat is not sure if he's the real king until he sniffs and confirms it's the real deal.
  • Public Domain Character: God, Jesus, Satan, Dracula, Santa Claus, Zorro...
  • Public Service Announcement: Pérusse is a big fan of advertising and he often dabbles in fake PSAs.
    Anti-Gambling PSA: The following message has been retained and payed, then released, then retained again against the wall with a couple of punches by your government to remind you that a gambling problem can be a problem. Visit the www.governmentthatencouragesyoutogamblethenpretendstocarewhenyourealoser.com
  • Punny Name: One homeless character is named Ernest Déhef (SDF is the French acronym for the homeless).
    • A radio interviewer called Gilles Micro (J'ai le micro, "I'm holding the microphone")
  • Rags to Riches: Exaggerated and Played for Laughs in one sketch where a guy wants to buy the Montréal's Canadian. He became rich by running a store that sells sewing machine spare parts in some ass end of nowhere town in Québec, but he also had a sideline making educational websites ("educational" here referring to learning how to better suck dick).
  • Repeat to Confirm: One skit about surgeries uses this as the source of several gags, such as suddenly turning into a Barbershop Quartet or the assistant breaking his repetition routine to finish a Curse Cut Short.
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: One sketch features an airport control tower operator who is perfectly fluent in Japanese (or at least the faux Japanese Pérusse came up with) but can only awkwardly mumble "Hum... hello... yes yes my tailor is rich" in English when an English-speaking pilot shows up.
    Colleague: Fuck, you can speak Japanese?
    Control Tower Operator: Well obviously, do you think I'm an idiot?
    (Later)
    Colleague: And you can't even speak English?
    Control Tower Operator: Do you want me to tap dance while I'm at it?
  • Scatting: A lot, especially in his songs.
  • Scavenger World: Downplayed with one pilot at some point flying a Tupolev lamenting that they don't make replacement parts for it anymore.
    Pilot: Problem with my craft, I think I'll crash down.
    Control Tower Operator: What's your plane?
    Pilot: Tupolev [...] Do you have spare parts for Tupolevs?"
    Control Tower Operator: No actually I've never seen any.
  • Self-Deprecation:
    • One sketch features a "has-been" singer who makes lame and repetitive songs, we get to hear them and they're basically remixed versions of Assis-sur mon tracteur, a song Pérusse made for the 6th Album du Peuple.
    • Characters will sometimes break the fourth wall to comment on the quality of their puns and jokes.
    • Pérusse loves to crack jokes at his own expense, both in his capsules and in real life. In one sketch for instance the characters ask if the one voicing them is "that huge moron" (all of Pérusse's characters are voiced by him).
  • Self-Plagiarism: Pérusse regularly reuses jokes or plots in Europe and his native Québec. Sometimes a joke that was used years ago will resurface. Pérusse himself mentioned that after a few decades of producing content eventually you run out of original puns.
  • Self-Surgery: An ad for a tabloid magazine is set up as something mundane and then goes something like this: "Wilfred empties his heart note , pierces his liver and cuts his pancreas in small cubes. Everything about his self-surgery."
  • Shot in the Ass:
    • One guy suffers from a 12 gauge shotgun shot to the ass and walks into an automated clinic and attempts to type his symptoms on the keyboard interface of an Auto Doc. Naturally he keeps mistyping. It's funnier than it sounds.
    • More like "Bitten" in the ass. Dracula calls the Chief Electoral Officer of Quebec's election in order to vote. He eventually reveals that he doesn't bite people in the neck but in the ass, and the whole thing is a misunderstanding due to the Romanian accent of witnesses that Bram Stoker interviewed (The French word for "neck" ("cou") is phonetically close to the French word for "ass" ("cul")).
  • Show Within a Show: Many skits are framed as being from a TV show, like the Apicerie sketches, or radio sketches, like Radio Communautaire.
  • Silly Love Songs: All of his love songs, Asis-sur mon tracteur English , De Rien English , Tu Fababounes English .
  • Signs of Disrepair: The titular snack bar in the Snack-Bar chez Raymond song has a neon sign that say "Restaurant" but it has missing letters so it now says "Restaurant" (meaning "leftover" in French, as in "tonight we're eating leftovers").
    Le soir l'annonce à s'allume mais il manque des lettres dedans, faque au lieu de restaurant c'est marqué restant.
    (In the evening the sign lights up but it's missing letters, so instead of restaurant it's written [leftovers])
  • Separated by a Common Language: Some skits have French and French Canadian versions. "Vive l'amour" ("Celebrate Love", 3 minutes of as many insults as the singer can cram in) is remarkable in that it illustrates the profound differences in themes in both countries: the French ones are scatological or sexual, the French Canadian ones sounds (to the French) like they came from a playground or a church inventory.
  • Snake Oil Salesman: Doctor Shoobedawee sells extracts of weird animal body parts (like coccyx powder from an albinos porcupine) to cure ailments like "Do I really need to go to work today?" and gives you the energy of getting off your bed or making your way from the Walmart to your car in the parking lot.
  • Speaking Simlish: Whenever he needs to make a foreign language, real or not, he'll just make up some vaguely French-Canadian gibberish. It helps him sneak in more puns.
  • Speech Impediment: One little girl who sits on the lap of a Mall Santa has a spectacular case of this, and she mangles her own name (Word of God is that she's called "Jocelyne Bédard") so badly that Santa nicknames her "Klépétar".
  • Stock "Yuck!": The random lyrics of "Chanson fausse" start with the singer mentioning he bought a cake then removed the raisins.
  • Stylistic Suck: "Chanson fausse" (cf. Exactly What It Says on the Tin).
    • Occurs very frequently as a source of humor. Pérusse mentioned that it's much harder to deliberately play music badly in a convincing way, than to play properly.
  • Subliminal Seduction: Parodied with the Guy Who Shops who calls his cellphone service provider to cancel his mobile phone package. The employee on the line puts him on hold, with the "phone hold" music just being "la-la-laaaas" sung by Pérusse with random "don't cancel your phone service or you're an asshole" messages thrown in with no subtlety.
  • Sub Story: One memorable sketch is set in a submarine, complete with constant background *PING* noises and some Hot Sub-on-Sub Action when they encounter a Russian submarine.
  • Surrounded by Idiots: Jacques Cartier in his segment is surrounded by a less-than-competent crew on his boat, something he constantly complains about. Among others, said crew includes a pointless waiter who keeps misinterpreting whatever people say as commands, a vegetarian watchman who gets excited over nothing and a man who thinks himself a cow.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial : In the "Russian Astronauts" segment, a Russian astronaut decides to listen to the Russian news.
    Russian Newsreader: Good evening, hereís the news: our country isnít in a state of crisis. In addition, a Tupolev airplane of the National Company didnít make an emergency landing in Moscow, this morning at 7:12, and the cause isnít that the planeís pieces are too old. A civil servant from the capital, who wasnít drunk, didnít kill his wife and kids last night, then didnít turn the gun on himself.
    Russian Astronaut: Itís terrible, what isnít happening lately.
  • Take That!: Tons:
    • In one of the "Slangster House" segment, after hearing a voice telling him to "buy a chainsaw and cut his wife to pieces" while he was watching teleshopping, the protagonist calls the police and tells them about it, complaining he heard "a voice making him an awful and dishonest suggestion". The cop answers him he shouldn't be expecting anything else when he's watching teleshopping.
    • In the Columbo segment, when trying to pass his neighbor as insane, one of the murderers tell Columbo she once saw "a dislocated puppet moving around making random threats". Columbo answers that it's true the President of the United States does show up a lot on TV lately.
    • There are just so many of these in the series. Here's a short list: whatever current administration is Montreal city. The Quebec government, the Federal government, the American government, other world governments, Donald Trump, Canadian police, Kim-Jong Un, Québec's education system, the entirety of humanity...
    • One of the sketches involves a guy applying to join an insane asylum. As he discusses with the head of said Asyleum, and mentions he met someone who was saying "I am not crazy, I'm Patrick Bruel!". The head answers him half of what he said was true- he was indeed Patrick Bruel (bashing Patrick Bruel is a Pérusse running gag).
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: The "Recettes à Pierrette" English  have the titular Pierrette, an old but sarcastic lady and her assistant, a younger and very slutty woman, trade vicious insults just as much as they cook.
  • Teleporter Accident: Captain Kirk suffers two of them in the Star Trek parodies. In one he gets a generous (and hilarious) helping of Body Horror and gets inverted and can't speak because his boots muffle his mouth. In the second only his upper half is teleported away while the legs stay behind, and they kick Scotty's ass as punishment for messing up the teleportation.
  • The Dreaded: Bob Hartley is this, due to his Coach Nasty Large Ham speeches that chews out people who annoy him like vendors, incompetent people or politicians.
  • The "Fun" in "Funeral": So many!
    • One funeral had the dead man's best friend sings an upbeat silly song to cheer up everyone which only results in making people cry and the priest eventually steps in and asks him to go sit back in the pews.
    • And there's another one where the family's artist recites a serious poem, and the audience asks for more but the only other material he has is a vulgar poem. Hilarity Ensues.
  • The Internet Is for Porn: Jokes about porn websites are common.
  • The Omniscient: Mr. Yoko Who-Knows, the Man Who Knows Absolutely Everything, knows absolutely everything and frequently gives press conferences to journalists where he answers their questions, but everytime the journalists all ask odd questions on the same very specific subject which annoys Yoko Who-Knows to no end.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: In a "Columbo du Peuple" sketch, a man uses various weapons at the same time to kill his wife :
    Wife's last words: What are you doing with that revolver, that knife, that rope, that poison bottle, that water-filled tub and that top of a cliff ?
  • The Unpronounceable: Many locations or characters, such as inspectors or doctors, have names that sound like complete gibberish.
  • Threatening Shark: Played for Laughs, the cartoons often feature paintings of cartoon characters being Eaten Alive by sharks.
  • Too Much Information: Jean Charest (former Premier of Quebec and general punching bag of Pérusse) once admitted out of nowhere on a television interview that he fantasizes about Annie Brocoli note  and whenever he thinks about her the "sour cream" isn't too far away.
  • Turbine Blender: A French sketch (as in, for France) where Santa Claus visits Bill Clinton aboard Air Force One ends with Santa getting shredded by the turbine on the way out.
    • An earlier sketch in Quebec has this happen to Santa when he finds a house without a chimney and decides to go in through the heat pump instead.
  • Unsatisfiable Customer: The "guy who shops" is essentially just this, though sometimes it's because the employees are just morons.
    • A restaurant waiter has to deal with two idiots who keep asking questions.
    Waiter: Are they gonna ask for my shorts next?!
    Male Customer: Waiter!
    Waiter: Yes?
    Male Customer: Bring us your shorts when you come back!
    Waiter: Right away sir!
    • The European equivalent of it is even sillier :
    Waiter: Geez, do they want me to go crazy or what?!
    Male Customer: Waiter!
    Waiter: Yes?
    Male Customer: When you come back, can you go crazy, please ?
    Waiter: Of course sir!
  • Wacky Cravings: Two cops in one of the police sketches are bored in a patrol car and discuss a gruesome story about a pregnant woman one heard on the radio that morning. They turn out the radio and it turns the gruesome story is a pregnant woman ate disgusting food combinations like chewing gum dipped in salad dressing or dill pickles and bananas.
  • What You Are in the Dark: The hosts of the Apicerie Show Within a Show secretely put a microphone on the collar of a lady serving free samples at a grocery store. Everytime a customer declines a free sample she mutters insults under her breath towards them.
  • Wire Dilemma: The action movie segment ends with the James Bond expy Cricket having to disarm a nuke capable of causing an Earth-Shattering Kaboom with a 10 second timer on it. There's 450 little colored wires and he needs to cut the right one. He accidentally cuts his shoelace at the last second.
  • Working-Class People Are Morons: The sketches parodying L'amour est dans le pré (a reality TV show where city women visits bachelor farmers with the hope of them falling in love) portray the farmers as dumb and unsophisticated hicks (not that the city women are much smarter).

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