Getting numbers is ridiculously easy when you're a fit, young, and beautiful woman. YouTube channel 'whatever,' known for hilarious pranks and stunts, is well aware of this phenomenon, and takes it to hilarious extremes. Whatever filmed a crazy beautiful lady randomly asking men for their phone numbers, some of them with girlfriends in tow.
All the single men leaped at the chance to get the girl's number. No surprise there. But the hilarity goes next level when you hear some of the girlfriend's reactions. A catfight could have easily started with just a little more prodding. Ah well, its still a hilarious video. Check it out below.
Montreal's own Eve Parker Finley is one of these stars, but the artist and emerging comedic talent is anything but unassuming.
Combined, her TikTok and Instagram accounts boast over 15,000 devoted fans.
Her videos satirize everything from the 'Bonjour-Ho' fiasco to third-wave baristas and say what we're all thinking — that sometimes, living in Montreal is just too absurd to be true.
MTL Blog spoke with Finley about her videos and what's in store for her growing legion of fans.
Questions and responses have been edited for clarity.
Why do you think parody is an effective way to address some of the current events in Montreal?
People laugh at comedy for a bunch of reasons, but one of the reasons that are really powerful is when they feel like they see themselves represented in a way that feels really true but also kind of absurd.
There was a really big trend of satirical parody comedy in the 2000s... Recently in the late 2010s during the Trump era, parody is difficult to do because things are just so f*cked.
You don't even have to make it fantastical. It's actually just sort of speaking the truth back to the audience.
I just wanted to create stuff that's very based on my own life and my own communities. And I think people have been responding to it really positively, which is amazing.
What are your favourite videos that you’ve done so far?
I love "Ontario girls in first year," that is a character that is definitely gonna be seen more in 2021.
A lot of these characters don't seem like real people to me that will continue living on but I'm gonna spend time thinking about them a little bit more because I wanna develop some things for the new year.
I think the one that I've had the most fun playing with is the "gross boy" character that's based on a lot of my experiences dating men.
It was really cathartic and funny to create a character from that. That's the one that kinda started at all, I feel.
I want my videos to be spontaneous. I think that's the cool thing about the medium of like TikTok and Instagram is like, yes the internet is forever but it's ephemeral — it comes and goes, it gives you like a brief moment of joy.
I think that's a fun playground to play in.
What’s next for Eve Parker Finley?
I feel like my relationship with social media used to be that I wanted to do it to connect with the community and also promote my music. And then this whole comedy angle has kind of grown into its own branch of what I like to do.
All the things that I do, the music that I make, the comedy I make, the things I film — I see them all as part of the same, artistic mission around creating stuff for people that makes them feel seen or makes them laugh, makes them cry, makes them feel things.
Get ready to laugh. Just For Laughs is leaning into its pandemic comedy game. The organization has just revealed the first slate of comedians for its first-ever online festival, which takes place between October 9 and 10 and there are some heavy hitters.
They include Howie Mandel, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars winner Trixie Mattel, Emmy award nominee Amber Ruffin, Tasmania's own Hannah Gadsby, the hilarious Jo Koy, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, funny person Tituss Burgess, Canadian comedy stalwart DeAnne Smith, and others.
The two-day comedy event will feature over 100 artists and admission is completely free.
"We are very proud to offer this special edition in an optimized free edition format, enabling us to do what we do best, curating and creating the best of comedy, while making it more accessible than ever, to all fans across the globe," reads a statement from Charles Décarie, president and CEO of the Just for Laughs Group.
"We are truly able to deliver a festival that lives up to Just For Laughs standards."
Décarie stated he's hopeful the festival will "be back in a big way in 2021 with exciting plans for the comedy fans and industry who travel to join us every summer."
After the pandemic dropped, Just For Laughs worked hard to reorganize the festival for a digital audience and, needless to say, it will look very different this year.
The 2020 edition will more resemble a giant Zoom meeting with breakout groups, panels and live discussions "designed specifically for online audiences," than a traditional comedy festival, reads the statement.
For example, on October 10 you'll be able to join a live conversation with the top four finalists from Canada's Drag Race: JIMBO, Rita Baga, Scarlett Bobo, and Canada's first drag superstar, Priyanka.
But don't worry because they'll also be plenty of straight up standup as well.
This year, the festival is partnering with well-known comedian Kevin Hart's global comedy brand, Laugh Out Loud (LOL).
LOL's experiential division, which is called LOL X, will serve as the official programming partner for the festival and will host its very own comedy room, which will celebrate comedians of colour.
The room will feature a mix of live standup performances, virtual panel discussions, and other fun stuff.
"Our goal with the Just For Laughs Festival is to really engage with the global comedy community, and have some important discussions regarding big societal issues in a way that's still entertaining, with comedic relief provided by some of today's brightest comedy stars," said Bruce Hills, president of Just For Laughs in the statement.
"I could not be more honoured that Kevin Hart's LOL is our official programming partner."
Alright, I’ve been hearing a lot of talk lately about summer basically being over but I don’t know where people are getting this from. Yeah, the weather might not be the greatest this year but when it comes to things to do, Montreal is jam packed with fun activities all season long.
So yah, it will probably continue to rain this summer but let me try and shine some light… Montreal is home to an abundance of festivals, the most popular of those being Just For Laughs.
And in case you didn’t catch any of the shows this year, you’re in luck because there is still one week left for you to see your favourite comedians!
Here are some of our all time favourites who will be gracing Montreal this week before JFL is over:
Featuring performances by hip hop greats Naughty By Nature, the legendary MC, Melle Mel of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, freestyle icon Lisa Lisa of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam, as well as the classic duo Nice & Smooth and Positive K, Russell’s own DJ’s, New York City’s DJ Spinbad and Toronto’s DJStarting From Scratch, and other special Just For Laughs comedians!
This sharp-tongued French kiss to our fair city features a hilarious lineup of celebrated comedians including Rachid Badouri, Caroline Rhea, Jimmy Carr, Alonzo Bodden, Mark Critch, and DeAnne Smith. The show stopping, closing night gala will feature a series of special guest presenters, each introducing a comedian, short film, or comedy segment. The presenters include Jay Baruchel, Corey Hart, Brittany LeBorgne, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Drouin, Vanessa Grimaldi and more! And even more surprises!
What’s better than a night with the cast members of your favourite show? Nothing, guys, absolutely nothing. Make sure to catch this special night featuring Jim Carrey and cast members Melissa Leo, Ari Graynor, Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Michael Angarano.