No Laughing Matter

It’s impossible to look across the entertainment industry in North America without coming across a famous Canadian comedian such as Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Tom Green or Mathew Perry. Perhaps there’s something in the air, but Canadians seem predisposed to having an active funny bone.

In the online world, this seems to hold true as well. According to comScore Media Metrix, a division of comScore Networks, nearly one in three online Canadians visited sites in the Entertainment-Humor category in January, compared to fewer than one in five Americans.

Entertainment-Humor Category
January 2004
U.S. and Canadian Internet Users
Source: comScore Media Metrix

 
Unique Visitors (000) % of Country
Internet Users
U.S. Humor Category Visitors 27,193
18%
Canadian Humor Category Visitors 5,480 32%

“The Web has always been a tremendous resource for the comically inclined. Whether it’s political parody, cartoons, jokes or streaming video of comedy sketches, a good laugh is never more than a few clicks away,” says Brent Lowe-Bernie, president of comScore Media Metrix Canada. “Canadians are often accused of being conservative and dry, but these data indicate that we take advantage of one of the Web’s key assets – humor.”

When it comes to finding a laugh online, comScore Media Metrix data indicate that Canadians are far more dedicated surfers than their American counterparts. In January, the average Canadian visitor spent 22 percent more time at Humor category sites than American visitors. Moreover, Canadian Internet users viewed 57 percent more Humor category pages than their neighbors to the south.

Entertainment-Humor Category
January 2004
U.S. and Canadian Internet Users
Source: comScore Media Metrix

 
Average Minutes Per Visitor Average Pages
per Visitor
U.S. Humor Category Visitors 15.8 29
Canadian Humor Category Visitors 19.3 51

Americans and Canadians Laugh At High Speed!

A comparative analysis of visitation to the Entertainment-Humor category by connection type reveals that both American and Canadian visitors to Humor sites are disproportionately likely to have broadband connections at home. While approximately 60 percent of at-home Canadian Internet users access the Web through a broadband connection, a disproportionate 67 percent of Canadian visitors to the Humor category come through a broadband connection. And while home broadband penetration is markedly lower in the United States than it is in Canada, U.S. broadband users are also disproportionately likely to visit Entertainment sites.

Home Broadband Usage Among Humor Category Visitors vs.
Total Internet Population
January 2004
Source: comScore Media Metrix
 
% of Total Home Users % of Total Home Visitors to Humor Category Composition Index*
Canadian Broadband Users 59%
67% 113%
U.S. Broadband Users 34% 39% 112%

What’s So Funny?

While Canadians are more inclined to visit comedy sites than Americans, it does seem that citizens of the two countries share a similar sense of humor. In fact, U.S. and Canadian Internet users shared six of their top ten ranked Humor category sites in January. But while FlowGo.com was by far the most popular Humor category site among Americans, Canadians preferred MiniClip.com by a significant margin. 

Entertainment-Humor Category
January 2004
U.S. and Canadian Internet Users
Source: comScore Media Metrix

 
U.S.
Unique Visitors
(000)
% Reach
   
Canadian
Unique Visitors
(000)
% Reach
Total Internet Users
152,443
100%
  Total Internet Users
17,213
100%
Ent-Humor Category
27,193
17.8%
  Ent-Humor Category
5,480
31.8%
Flowog.com
5,591
3.7%
  Miniclip.com
1,561
9.1%
Miniclip.com
2,722
1.8%
  Flowgo.com
880
5.1%
Comedy Central
1,855
1.2%
  Funnyjunk.com
649
3.8%
Funnyjunk.com
1,782
1.2%
  Coffeeebreakarcade.com
339
2.0%
Netscape @Play
1,356
0.9%
  Comedy Central
255
1.5%
Thespark.com
780
0.5%
  Thespark.com
155
0.9%
Funnies.com
693
0.5%
  Netscape @Play
136
0.8%
Gotlaughs.com
645
0.4%
  Electrotank.com
119
0.7%
Collegehumor.com
642
0.4%
  Funtrivia.com
110
0.6%
Madblast.com
636
0.4%
  Garfield.com
108
0.6%

About comScore Media Metrix
comScore Media Metrix, a division of comScore Networks, provides industry-leading Internet audience measurement services that report – with unmatched accuracy - details of online media usage, visitor demographics and online buying power for the home, work and university audiences across local U.S. markets and across the globe.  comScore Media Metrix continues the tradition of quality and innovation established by its Media Metrix syndicated Internet ratings - long recognized as the currency in online media measurement among financial analysts, advertising agencies, publishers and marketers - while drawing upon comScore's advanced technologies to address important new industry requirements.  All comScore Media Metrix syndicated ratings are based on industry-sanctioned sampling methodologies.

About comScore Networks
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