Just for Laughs has also been a launchpad for many US network television and sitcom careers, and is frequently featured as a foreign on-location highlight of late-night US network talk shows.
A TV show, also called Just For Laughs, features highlights from the festival, and it airs regularly on CBC Television, The Comedy Network and TVA. The show features performances from the festival and "canned bits" shot on location around Montreal, Canada. Several bits have been filmed in the United Kingdom. Many of these "bits" are visual gags that catch people off-guard or somehow surprise them as they go about their daily business. Also known as a "hidden camera prank".
The series has sister shows called Just for Laughs Gags, JFL: Improv Championships, All Access Pass, and JFL: The Lost Tapes.
During the summer of 2007, ABC aired episodes of Just for Laughs Gags. It consisted of two half-hour episodes, and aired mostly on Tuesdays from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm ET. The content and format was exactly the same as the Canadian counterpart, but was hosted by Rick Miller, who introduced each segment with a quirky pun. The show returned to the ABC lineup as a mid-season replacement on January 1, 2008. The series was initially not renewed after the half-season, but ABC reversed their decision. The third season of the show, titled simply Just for Laughs, began airing on June 21, 2009 at 7:00 pm ET.