This week was the debut of new Canadian sitcom, Little Mosque on the Prairie, its about a small group of Muslims in a rural community is Sask. Canada.
I can honestly say I had no intentions of watching the maiden episode of this show, I was planning on watching “Bones” but alas it was a re-run.
On a whole I enjoyed the show, and found myself laughing quite a few times. I’m sure I’ll tune in again to see one of the other 5 episodes picked up by the CBC (No wonder Canadian Televison blows – shows never get a chance to get started)
I’m wondering though, who is the target audience? Are the middle-class white folk like myself meant to learn tolerance to a misunderstood group of people? Do Muslims actually find the show funny?
I have seen the Albert Brooks film “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” and if that movie is anything to go by, then apparently Muslims don’t find much funny, which I’m sure isn’t true. The truth, at least in my opinion – especially in regards to this film, is that Albert Brooks actually isn’t funny.
Getting back onto topic, Little Mosque on the Prairie is a cute show – and I’m looking foward to catching another episode.
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UPDATE: January 11th 2007
I’ve just gone and visited Common Placer’s blog, and she has written about the subject we were discussing below in the comments.
One thing I hate about the written word more than a healthy live debate is not being sure of one’s tone. . . . . .
Her remarks on her own site seem to be quite scathing (although this could be case of the above – I just can’t read her tone) and I know it was my blog entry that prompted her to write. . . .
I guess my initial reasons for posting about topic was purely my curiosity about whether or not Muslims actually found the show funny, not if Muslims have a sense of humour at all. Having said that: according to commonplacer’s blog, yes, in fact Muslims do find Little Mosque funny. Phhhheeeew!
I used reference to the Albert Brooks’ movie “Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World” which in my opinion, is not a very funny movie. The movie is a thinking person’s film, so if you are a Scary Movie fan, or like movies with Adam Sandler – you aren’t going to enjoy this film. I on the other hand just didn’t like the film.
The main theme of the movie was not to say that Muslims don’t enjoy comedy, just that the western world doesn’t know what they find funny. Which, lets be honest, if Little Mosque is groundbreaking – then it would be fair to say that the western world DOESN’T know what Muslims find funny, or we would have had half a dozen similar shows already available on cable.
North American television stations are very easy to convince to new ideas from other countries for television shows, and I’m sure if they had been given material they were sure would be hit, they would have already put it on TV – on HBO at least.
Having lived in England for several years, it amazed me how many shows in North America are based on some sitcom or game show first aired in
Britain. What about Betty La Fea, probably the world best known and loved Spanish language novella. It now airs in almost all countries, and many countries have created their own shows based on the novella – including
North America (US Title: Ugly Betty)
With Little Mosque on the Prairie, I thought perhaps Muslims might find it offensive, a whole show devoted to poking fun at their idiosyncrasies . . .
I suppose I have a new question out there to all you Muslim bloggers – what does make you laugh?
Do you enjoy 6 hour “Friends” marathon? Do you stay home on Sunday evenings to watch “
America’s Funniest Home Videos”? Do you like the Larry the Cable Guy? Does David Chappelle float your boat?
I’m not looking for a political or politically correct answer. . . .if seeing a guy goosed in the nut sack is the thing that makes you laugh out loud and tear, that’s what I’m curious about.