This Hour has 22 Minutes

Whether you are head over heels, recently jilted or stubbornly single, romance breeds laughter this Valentine’s Day on This Hour Has 22 Minutes.

The 22 Minutes February 14 episode takes a light-hearted look at sappy sentiment with “Things We Hate About Valentine’s Day” and with Shaun Majumder discovering how to express love at Hallmark’s Canadian headquarters.

Watch Betty Hope (Cathy Jones) set fear into the hearts of significant exs in the Panic Room. And even impromptu Valentine’s engagements take a hit when the Rock Block is revealed over a romantic dinner.

Also in the February 14 episode the ever-popular Rex Murphy (Mark Critch) shares his heartfelt sentiments around the Queen’s proposed Diamond Jubilee celebration. And 22 Minutes parodies the new hit TV series “Smash”, with Canada’s equivalent, “Grant”.

The long wait is over! Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes returns for its 19th season on Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 pm on CBC Television.

Shaun Majumder rejoins cast members Mark Critch, Geri Hall and Cathy Jones to savagely satirize Canadian politics and daily events.

Politicians and celebrities make guest appearances, some willingly, some unwillingly. No story is off-limits, and no personality is too big for the 22 Minutes team to tackle.

In the season premiere, Mark Critch helps recently retired news anchor Lloyd Robertson find a new job. And we dig deep to investigate who’s really behind the NDP/Liberal Party merger rumours, with Liberal Party Interim Leader Bob Rae, former NDP Leader Ed Broadbent, MPs Robert Chisholm, Pat Martin and Carolyn Bennett, and potential NDP leadership candidate Brian Topp. We also take on Mother Nature, polygamy…and the Stanley Cup gets a concussion.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is produced by DHX Media in association with CBC Television. www.dhxmedia.com www.facebook.com/22Minutes

CBC Television’s award-winning hit comedy series This Hour Has 22 Minutes presents a one- hour Christmas Special, Tuesday, December 14 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC Television headlined by audience favorites Mark Critch, Cathy Jones, Geri Hall and Gavin Crawford.

The special will include guest appearances by singer/songwriter Rita MacNeil and Canadian Icon Gordon Pinsent. Particularly special (and not entirely authentic) appearances will also be made by Lady Gaga (Geri Hall), Rex Murphy (Mark Critch), Susan Boyle (Cathy Jones) and Chantal Hebert (Gavin Crawford).

Unfair and unbalanced, the 22 Minutes team is on the scene uncovering stories the mainstream media won’t touch, calling politicians to task, and satirizing the hilarious state of contemporary news programming. Enjoy the show.

Canadian Icon, Gordon Pinsent read his favourite quotes from Justin Bieber’s new memoirs on 22 Minutes this week.

Check out the sketch below and Justin Bieber’s tweet response to the reading.

Award-winning hit comedy series 22 Minutes with audience favorites Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Geri Hall and Cathy Jones airs on Tuesday nights at 8:30 pm on CBC Television.

Unfair and unbalanced, the 22 Minutes team is on the scene uncovering stories the mainstream media won’t touch, calling politicians to task, and satirizing the hilarious state of contemporary news programming.

I will always love Canada’s political commentary comedy. Going back to the Frantics from the 70s and the Royal Canadian Air Farce parading its way across CBC radio and now television, Canadian hilarity has always aimed a pointed and bitter attack at the politicians and bigwigs who always seem to take their lives too seriously.

The other benefit is that often through humour regular joe canadians like myself can see a little bit more of how the “bigwigs” bumble their way through their jobs without really paying attention to the wishes of everyday canucks like myself.

This Hour Has 22 Minutes is probably my favourite. Where else can you get fake news, hilarious character sketches, and the overarching lampooning of everyone in Canada whose brain is too big for their britches?? I laugh out loud every week for the show. Shaun Majumder, Cathy Jones, Gavin Crawford and Mark Critch are Canada’s best political minds – why aren’t they running for parliament to finally get those know-it-all Conservatives out of power with some good old fashioned satire??