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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Comedians don't typically draw on positive messages for inspiration, and Tournament of Laughs is no exception. But the intent is to fetch laughs during a challenging time, and some viewers may be inspired by the DIY nature of the videos.
Positive Role Models
Tournament of Champions features a notably diverse cast from all over the world and even a puppet (Triumph the Insult Comic Dog), though that may not be sustained as viewers begin to vote people off. There are no real role models.
Violence & Scariness
Very little violence appears on Tournament of Laughs, and when it does it's cartoonish (such as a dog getting shot out of a cannon). However, because a lot of the sketches have to do with raising kids during the pandemic, there are many "jokes" about corporal punishment.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is a frequent source of material for the comedians, though it's mostly only referred to, not described or depicted. There is plenty of verbal and visual innuendo -- the first episode includes a sketch about a massager.
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Profanity abounds and includes "s--t," "assh--e," and many uses of "f--k", though those are bleeped out.
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Products & Purchases
Consumerism comes up about as frequently as it would on a sketch comedy show. Comedians do material mocking specific products or commercials, but not specific brand-name items.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Comedians are seen drinking and smoking, and alcohol and drug use are used as material.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tournament of Laughs is a competition show where well-known comedians send in two-minute videos they make at home, and viewers vote on which video they like better by phone or online. Hosted by Jason Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live), who plays up the competition angle, Tournament of Laughs feels like a mix between a sketch comedy show and America's Funniest Home Videos. The comedic material is often edgy and contains profanity, cartoonish violence, and verbal and visual sexual innuendo. Since the videos were filmed during the pandemic, one of the most frequent topics is how difficult it is to raise kids; comedians make fun of kids and in multiple instances even make jokes about violence toward children.
Is It Any Good?
There are plenty of genuinely funny people in this world, but most professional comedians tend to need time to write, test, and refine their jokes before they can actually make people laugh. Working at home in the absence of collaborators or audiences, the competitors on Tournament of Laughs -- successful joke-writers, all of them -- are at a severe disadvantage. They're basically exposing their rough drafts, so the good jokes are unfortunately few and far between. More often than not, the sketches result in a comedian's worst nightmare: dead air.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.