Comedy

Because News, Canada's funniest news quiz show hits TV screens this fall

Because News, the weekly radio panel series hosted by Gavin Crawford since 2015, is set to become a TV series on CBC this October.

A new TV adaptation of the CBC Radio show premieres October 18.

Because News, the weekly radio panel series hosted by Gavin Crawford since 2015, is set to become a TV series on CBC this October. 

On Because News, Crawford quizzes comedians and celebrities about the headlines. They discuss "the breaking stories we cared about, the ones we didn't - but probably should've - and the ones that just left us feeling newsy-ated," according to the Because News show page.

The show has featured stars like Kim's Convenience's Jean Yoon and Andrew Phung, Baroness Von Sketch Show's Aurora Browne, and comedians like Aisha Brown and Candy Palmater

"We modeled ourselves after all the BBC panel shows so it feels like a natural fit," says Gavin Crawford, adding that being on TV "allows people to really appreciate my sweet quarantine moustache."

You can watch the premiere at 7 p.m. (7:30 NT) on October 18 on CBC Television or stream online for free on CBC Gem.

"If you're fed up with your feed, we'll keep you laughing," assures Crawford. "Why? Because News."

Listen to all Because News podcast episodes.

In addition to the new Because News series, CBC announced the hit Tuesday night comedy lineup returns on October 6 with the final season of Baroness von Sketch Show, followed by new seasons of Still Standing, This Hour Has 22 Minutes and Catastrophe.

Beginning Thanksgiving Monday, October 12, Family Feud Canada returns for an all-new season with Canadian families and host Gerry Dee. The exclusive Canadian premiere of Season 2 of Emmy™-nominated comedy series PEN15 will be on CBC Gem Friday, October 16. 

The complete list of new titles streaming on CBC Gem in September is available here

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