Laugh Lab looks at the history of English-language humour from Quebec, with a special focus on Quebec City. Different forms of humour from 1759 to the present day are examined, ranging from mindless slapstick to highbrow poetry. This exhibit shows us that what is funny to some may be offensive to others. Yesterday’s jokes don’t always translate well to current values, while others are timeless.


Satire or Sedition?

The Sprite, The Saw, and The Stadacona Punch

Canada’s National Minstrel

The Queen of Vaudeville

Slapstick on the Silver Screen

English Snobs, Nasty Women, and Other Stereotypes

Vitriolic Verses and Poetic Trouvailles

Richler’s Canada

The Anti-Humorist


Crossing the Line


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