I've been watching a lot of comedy show reruns lately. Corner Gas, Little Mosque on the Prairie, Kim's Convenience — any show that can give me a good belly laugh at the end of a long work-from-home day. Although there is plenty to be worried about right now, it's not necessarily the relief I'm after. Rather, comedy closes the gap between me and everyone I used to see in person, like my friends, my neighbours, the friendly staff at my favourite bakery and local community centre. When I laugh at a punchline, I know someone else somewhere has laughed at it too. And in that lies something we still have in common — humour.
"Laughter is the closest distance between two people," the famous comedian Victor Borge said. Tell Our Stories Together, comedy edition, is FRIENDS' way of bringing us closer through a laugh or a smile. We commissioned these original videos by talented Canadian comics to lift our spirits and remind us that we are all in this together. Here are four short stories, recorded just for you. — Shazlin Rahman