The Conventioneers tries to make The National Job Fair & Training Expo in Toronto interesting, with marginal success. While Matt Chin and Jason Agnew aren’t bad hosts, the humour is at times forced. This might be due to the choice of venue, since it’s The National Job Fair & Training Expo. Such buttoned-down affairs aren’t normally the place for weirdos – not the obvious kinds, anyway.
The Conventioneers is best when Chin and Agnew embarrass themselves for the sake of the show. Sadly, all “Job Fair” offers is Chin dancing at a New Brunswick-style ‘kitchen party’ and harassing a registered nurse. The demo reel attached to the screener I received looks much more appealing, as it has Chin “rebranding” the CHIN Picnic. The show’s always more fun when Chin gets kicked out of a convention.
I don’t think The Conventioneers is malicious in its presentation. Chin and Agnew are obnoxious at times, which should be expected on a show like this. The killer segment that would make “Job Fair” good just isn’t there. The New Brunswick kiosk? The man representing said kiosk is a PR jockey, but he’s not selling a bullshit product.
“Job Fair” isn’t the best introduction to Chin and Agnew’s brand of industry-based prankery. Making fun of the recession, which may or may not have ended as per the stock jockeys’ drunken ramblings, is a good idea. The episode just doesn’t work for me. The Conventioneers could have picked something less low-key, like a multi-level marketing seminar.
The Conventioneers isn’t something I’d watch every week, but it does its job. It’s a low-budget show with a novel idea, annoying high-strung fans and tight-assed business people on purpose. At the end of the day, it’s hard for me to hate the show. I’m sure it’s not eating government funds like Kids in the Hall: Death Comes to Town and Shattered are.
As an aside, how many people actually go through the Canada Television Fund/Canada Media Fund Broadcaster Performance Envelopes to see how much certain shows cost the Canadian taxpayer? It’s genuinely interesting reading. This doesn’t take federal and provincial tax credits into account, but wow, does Canada ever fund a lot of documentaries. If The Conventioneers costs more than the Dunce Bucket pilot to produce (i.e., if the show costs more than $75,000 an episode), something’s gone horribly wrong.
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