The crazy series Completely high school is back on your screens. But beware, the project has grown! First a web series, the show designed by Rosalie Vaillancourt and Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais now offers 10 episodes in a 22-minute format, on Crave.
It must be said, the first season of Completely high school, released in 2021, had a resounding success. And its concept goes back a long way. A few years ago, Rosalie Vaillancourt and Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais presented a show at Zoofest which they opened with a video sketch in which the duo made a parody of shows from their youth, such as The Scott brothers. The pair found the extreme drama and emotion, over-presented, found in these series funny.
This satirical humor, sometimes very silly, inspired in particular by the series of parody films Scary Movie, knew how to charm. The project won awards at several festivals, including Canneseriesin addition to attracting more than half a million listeners on the web.
An important step
No wonder this series can now be taken to the next level.
“I think it’s great that broadcasters have decided to bring this humor, on the fine line of politically correct, to a wider audience. I never would have thought that this type of humor could be on TV, ”rejoices Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, actor who joined this new version of the show, in an interview with Subway.
For comedian Katherine Levac, it’s a step in the right direction. It is in our interest, according to her, to give less risky projects a chance: “It’s the fun to have this audacity. So much the better if this series can give an example. »
She believes that, despite the show’s parodic tone, any manifestations of homophobia, sexism or grossophobia found there are not even that exaggerated compared to what was presented at the time and that the we thought was completely normal. In this regard, raising this ridicule, the series Completely high school is, according to her, “very committed”.
And Completely high school is now in its place, where its creators originally wanted it to be.
“It’s a parody of a TV show, so it makes sense that it’s on TV”, proclaims Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais. ” This is cool to see that we are in the big leagues, that we are taken seriously, ”he adds.
Not just jokes
With this format, it was essential for the creators of the show that viewers could follow the plot presented in a coherent way, as one does when listening to a series and not as a simple succession of funny sketches, which several of the comedians involved have already delivered in the past.
“It was important that it really look like a series for teenagers with characters you cling to, who can make you go through several emotions,” says Rosalie Vaillancourt.
Author Charles-Alex Durand adds: “We start with a story that we find strong and catchy and then we add the stupid things. »
“I had this same relationship while listening The Scott brothers, says Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais. I found it funny that everything was so serious and dramatic, but I still followed the story and the development of the characters. »
The consensus is clear among all the actors interviewed by Subway : the filming was very pleasant.
“It was so fun to do, remembers Antoine Pilon. There’s a lightness to doing this thing. We work hard, but it’s not serious. »
The performers would first perform their scenes in English (which in itself created some very comedic moments for the cast) and then, in turn, would go to the studio with director Alec Pronovost to record the dub in international French, as it was heard in the translated productions of the 2000s.
A dubbing that allowed them, once again, to rant all sorts of nonsense, “having to mourn certain jokes that were already funny in English”, says Katherine Levac.
“We try to see how to translate by bringing the funniest ideas. At each stage, everyone was very open to improvisation and ideas from others, since everyone knows the codes of this kind of series,” she continues.
For Antoine Pilon and Pierre-Luc Lafontaine, who have already played in the teen series The cottageand Jeremiahit was particularly enjoyable to satirize the type of characters that they themselves had already played.
Rosalie Vaillancourt aspires to see her series continue over several seasons. “There are plenty of subjects that we have not yet addressed,” she says in this regard. Above all, she believes that usually, the more this kind of series advances, the more incredible things happen, towards which she wants to go. “The Scott brothers returned to the fifth season, it no longer made sense what was happening, ”she laughs, enthusiastic for the rest.
Completely high schoolis featured on Crave starting now with two new episodes every week. As of January 11, the telecast of the series will begin in Noovo.