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SIRIUSXM LIVE FROM JFL: BONFIRE

Hosted by comedians Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder, The Bonfire invites listeners and friends to come and hang out by the radio bonfire as the blunt and candid duo talk about everything from comedy and entertainment to sports, sharing their funniest stories from the road and giving fans a chance to call in and get their opinions on the topics of the day.

NEW FACES OF COMEDY 1

Every year, Just For Laughs chooses the most promising up and comers to feature in New Faces of Comedy, and the show never disappoints. Want to see the best new talent before they’re playing sold-out theatres across the continent? Stand-up superstars are born at the festival each year, so come and find out who everyone’s going to be talking about in a year’s time.

Please note that New Faces of Comedy Group 1 will perform on the 7 pm show. New Faces of Comedy Group 2 will perform on the 9:30 pm show.

New Faces of Comedy 2017:
Groups 1 and 2
Lineup TBA on Monday, July 24, 2017

ENCORE PRESENTATIONS:
TBA

EVERYBODY HAS AN ANDY DICK STORY

Making its Canadian premiere this summer, documentary Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story, created and directed by Cathy Carlson and produced by Ian Wilson, shares outrageous stories about legendary comic actor, Andy Dick.

Every generation has its legendary icons that have lived outrageous lives, creating hilarious stories that only their closest friends have access to. Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story gives viewers access to never before shared stories, told by some of today’s favourite comedians, including Ben Stiller, Pauly Shore, Nick Swardson, Sherri Shepherd, and more.

Winner of Los Angeles Cinefest, Best Documentary Feature at LA Comedy Fest, Winner of the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Film Awards, and more, Everybody Has An Andy Dick Story is a not-to-miss premiere at this summer’s festival. Q&A with Cathy Carlson, moderated by Stuart Goldsmith to follow!

NEW FACES OF COMEDY 2

Every year, Just For Laughs chooses the most promising up and comers to feature in New Faces of Comedy, and the show never disappoints. Want to see the best new talent before they’re playing sold-out theatres across the continent? Stand-up superstars are born at the festival each year, so come and find out who everyone’s going to be talking about in a year’s time.

Please note that New Faces of Comedy Group 1 will perform on the 7 pm show. New Faces of Comedy Group 2 will perform on the 9:30 pm show.

New Faces of Comedy 2017:
Groups 1 and 2
Lineup TBA on Monday, July 24, 2017

ENCORE PRESENTATIONS: 
TBA

MY DAD WROTE A PORNO PODCAST

Imagine if your dad wrote a dirty book. Most people would try to ignore it – but not Jamie Morton. Instead, he decided to read it to the world in this hilarious comedy podcast. With the help of his best mates, James Cooper and Radio 1 DJ Alice Levine, Jamie reads a chapter a week and discovers more about his father than he ever bargained for.

Written under his nom de porn, Rocky Flintstone, Jamie’s dad tells the compelling tale of Belinda Blumenthal as she tries to succeed in the ‘sexy’ world of the pots and pans industry. Part erotic novella, part business manual, Rocky was inspired by the success of what he calls “50 Colours of Grey”, and the result is the most unintentionally hilarious novel you will ever hear.

With over 50 million downloads, Hollywood fans including Elijah Wood, Daisy Ridley & Michael Sheen and rave reviews from the likes of Variety, The Guardian, GQ and Entertainment Weekly, My Dad Wrote A Porno is quite simply ‘a cultural phenomenon’ (Time Out).

Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance to enjoy the show live!

CBC COMEDY FUNNY LUNCH

It’s no secret that some of the most hilarious comedy comes out of Canada. The CBC will host ‘CBC COMEDY FUNNY LUNCH’ where delegates can meet Canadian comics, creators and representatives from CBC Comedy. It’s here that you’ll find the topic of emerging Canadian programming at the forefront of many great discussions, all the while enjoying a free lunch!

MARK FORWARD’S “OH COMEDY!” A CANADIAN PERSPECTIVE

Everyone knows the Canadian Comedy Industry could never be made fun of, attacked or ridiculed in any way. Not this strong and powerful Maple Tree of success. Yet, one man, Mark Andrew Forward, (who of course you’ve all heard of, because he’s spent 17 years in Canadian Comedy, which works tirelessly promoting its own talent like no other industry in the world) will take you on a journey of all the ups and downs of the past year. He’ll shine a light on our billions of success stories, and help to explain our 1 or two tiny failures. Canadian Comedy has a rich history of supplying America with endless talent, but what are the stories of the ones that stayed behind. Please join us at Just For Laughs for ComedyPro’s presentation of “Mark Forward’s “Oh Comedy!” A Canadian Perspective”.

SIRIUSXM LIVE FROM JFL: WARD AND AL LIVE

Ward and Al are comedians Ward Anderson and Allison Dore. Their show, brilliantly named “Ward and Al”, is a combination of news and topical analysis, entertainment talk, pop culture, and more. You’ll hear guest interviews from the world of journalism, media, comedy, and entertainment. Ward and Al keep the show quick and insightful. It’s Talk Radio Done Better.

CBC COMEDY ORIGINALS PITCH PROGRAM

New to ComedyPro this year, we proudly announce the first CBC COMEDY ORIGINALS pitch program! Home to many of Canada’s hit comedy series (Schitt’s Creek, Baroness Von Sketch, Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience) and short form comedies (90 Year-Old Roommate, a ComedyPro alum, My Kitchen Can Be Anything, Save Me), CBC has been a long-time JFL sponsor and broadcaster of the festival’s gala performances. The CBC COMEDY ORIGINALS program presents 5 never-before-seen projects from Canadian creators – in both long-form and short-form formats.

Moderators:
Zach Feldberg (Executive in Charge of Production, Digital Originals – CBC Comedy)

Panelists:
– Michelle Daly (Head of Comedy, CBC Comedy)
– Fab Filippo (Actor, Screenwriter, Playwright and Director)
– Mike Clattenburg (Writer, Director, Producer)

Pitchers:
– Christophe Davidson: Diversity League: Social Justice Division
– Jason Leaver & Kate Conway: May/December
 Geri Hall & Tim Hamilton: Perverts Anonymous
– Melissa Story & Previous Chong: Springtime Horizons
– Ali Badshah & Willem Wennekers: Take a Number

NEW FACES: CREATORS

NEW THIS YEAR!

New Faces: Creators is a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers & creators who, through digital content creation, are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape as we know it!

New Faces: Creators:
Brandon Rogers
Glenn Boozan
Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter and Charlie Hankin)
Quinta Brunson
The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz, Raul Fernandez)
Handsome Dancer (James Manzello & Matt Pavich)
Juhahn Jones

Moderater: Shira Lazar

JFL/THRULINE TELEVISION STAGED READINGS

Comedies are undergoing a remarkable resurgence and Just For Laughs, in partnership with Thruline Television, is looking to find the next big hit! At the JFL/Thruline Television Staged Readings, two of the best unproduced and unencumbered scripts from both the US and Canada will be brought to life by an all-star cast of actors and comedians in a staged read under the direction of Hollywood director, Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Breakup) and actor, director, writer, Jay Baruchel (Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Man Seeking Woman, This is the End)

The two scripts selected for this year’s read through will be announced in early July.

Table read participants TBA!

CNN’S “THE HISTORY OF COMEDY”

Join us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy.  “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating mind of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and comedian W. Kamau Bell.

YOU KNOW WHAT DUDE! PODCAST

Did you ever go to a comedy club and see the comics at the back table laughing hysterically? Did you ever wish you could hear what they were talking about? Hosted by Robert Kelly, YOU KNOW WHAT DUDE! podcast provides you a seat at that table as comedians new and old try to one-up and outwit each other. Credits don’t matter here. No topics, no filters, a true comic hang out…and it’s funny as hell.

INSIDE HBO DEVELOPMENT

Join HBO execs as they crawl out from under all their Emmy’s to tell us how they developed some of the greatest TV comedies of the last decade, like Curb Your Enthusiasm, which they’re bringing back for its ninth season. Not only are HBO’s shows funny – they are genre-breaking (High Maintenance), politically engaging (Last Week Tonight), and full of heart (Crashing). So let’ find out how they discover new talent, what it takes to greenlight a project, and how they keep hitting it out of the park with titles like Veep, Insecure, Silicon Valley, and Danny McBride’s Vice Principals!

Moderator: Jesse David Fox

Participants:
– Aaron Spina
– Ada Chiaghana

TRUTV PRESENTS COMEDY DEVELOPMENT WITH FUNNY PEOPLE!

What’s funnier than seeing the world’s best comedians up close and personal at an annual Canadian comedy confab? A panel of network development executives talking about comedy. Well, not quite, but here we are. In addition to eating our late night bagels (you’re welcome), join truTV development executives Simmy KustanowitzRohit Sang and Deb Savo as they discuss the comedy network’s programming slate. From comedic hidden-camera prank series like Impractical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect, to brain candy shows like Adam Ruins Everything and Hack My Life to scripted projects like I’m SorryThose Who Can’t., the upcoming At Home with Amy Sedaris, to its first-ever live series The Chris Gethard Show, truTV is finding comedy in a broad portfolio. And, with the network always looking for its next big thing, let’s talk about what the development team looks for in a project and what makes it a fit for truTV.

Moderator: Richard Crouse

Panelists:
– Rohit Sang (Executive Producer, Programming and Development, truTV)
– Simmy Kustanowitz (Executive Producer, Original Programming and Development, truTV)
– Dev Savo (Executive Producer, Original Programming and Development, truTV)

VARIETY’S “10 COMICS TO WATCH” COCKTAIL (PRESENTED BY COHEN GARDNER LLP)

Variety’s newly anointed ’10 Comics To Watch’ will be presented at this exclusive cocktail party brought to you by Variety and Cohen Gardner llp.

2017 Variety 10 Comics To Watch*: 

  • Brian Jordan Alvarez
  • Rhea Butcher
  • Vir Das
  • Desus Nice and Kid Mero
  • John Early
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Hasan Minhaj
  • Esther Povitsky
  • Jesus Trejo
  • Liza Treyger


*Not all artists are guaranteed to be on hand at the event

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: CHARACTERS

Move over Key and Peele, there are new sketch comics in town, and they’re set to blow up Montreal on July 27. The future stars of SNL don’t hold back during one of the funniest shows of the series.

New Faces of Comedy-Characters:

Ana Fabrega
Avery Monsen
Bill Posley
Kat Palardy
Matt Gehring
Matt Rogers
Geoff Dow
Heidi Gardner
John Throwbridge
Yoni Lotan

LAUGH OUT LOUD NETWORK PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTS

Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival.

From submissions received, twenty films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer, where fans will have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post-show Q&A.

VICELAND’S FUNNY HOW

Funny How? is an access-driven look at life behind the mic, through the encyclopedic lens of writer Kliph Nesteroff, author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. The series uses the immersive experiences of both rookie and veteran comics to investigate broad themes of the profession and illuminate the universal humanity that informs all aspects of the craft of comedy.

Join best-selling author, Kliph Nesteroff, in a post-screening Q&A, moderated by Charlie Demers, as they discuss VICELAND’s new series, Thursday, July 27th 2017, 7:30 pm at Phi Centre.

I’M DYING UP HERE ON SHOWTIME: A NIGHT WITH CAST & CREATORS

The new one-hour drama series I’m Dying Up Here, with new episodes Sundays at 10pm on Showtime, explores L.A.’s famed ‘70s stand-up comedy scene. The series delves into the inspired, damaged and complicated psyches of those who stand alone in front of an audience ‘dying’ for fame, fortune and, with any luck, a shot on Johnny Carson.

A fictional group of competitive but close-knit comedians are mentored by “Goldie”, a brassy comedy club owner who rules over her business with an iron fist, but nurtures her comedians with tough love. For Goldie and her crew, there’s truly no such thing as an easy laugh.

Sit down with executive producer Jim Carrey and cast members Ari Graynor, Erik Griffin, Andrew Santino, RJ Cyler and Michael Angarano for a wide-ranging conversation about everything that went into making Season 1 of this highly anticipated show.

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: UNREPPED

No comedy mega-star came out of the womb with an agent, and Just For Laughs’ New Faces: Unrepped is here to remedy that oversight by the big man himself. On July 27, New Faces: Unrepped gives audiences and industry-members a first look at the hottest names tearing up the underground comedy scene. Commission-free comedy at its best! Hosted by Dan Soder.

New Faces of Comedy-Unrepped:

Andrew Dismukes
George Civeris
Jackson McQueen
Marie Faustin
Mia Jackson
Steven Castillo
Jeremy McLellan
Jiayong Li
Jordan Doll
Turner Barrowman
Vanessa Gonzalez

FROM SET TO SCREEN: TV, OTT, SVOD AND MORE (PRESENTED BY PROJECT10)

For the sixth consecutive year, the New York Television Festival (NYTVF) and Just For Laughs will showcase five new program ideas presented by the comedians, writers and sketch-performers who created them. Presented by Project 10, “From Set to Screen” is  an open-pitch format that invites selected participants to pitch their projects to a panel of industry experts.  Some of the world’s most beloved shows have stemmed from comedy performers – from classic television like Roseanne and Seinfeld to more current programming ranging from FX’s Louie, Netflix’s Master of None and Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, to IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang! and Amazon’s Transparent.  The history of comedy has been built and sustained by the performers themselves, and we’re in search of the next big thing: a show that can uniquely translate a comedic voice to the small screen, be it scripted or unscripted programming. One (1) winner will be selected during the event and invited to participate as an “Official Artist” in the New York Television Festival.

There will also be a 15-minute open question period at the end of the session.

Moderator:
– Andrew Barnsley (President and Executive Producer, Project 10)

Panelists:
– Colin Davis (Senior Director, Original Programming, TBS)
– Bill Lundy (Production Executive, Comedy, Bell Media)
– Kate Lambert (Senior Vice President, Series Development and Animation, FX Networks)
– Rob Gati (Original Programming Executive, Hulu)
– Monika Zielinska (Senior VP Talent & Development, West Coast, Comedy Central)

Pitching:
– Dahéli Hall and HaJ (Angry Black Women)
– Courtney Karwal and Natalie Rose Young (Doug and Devi)
– Melanie Backer and Cary Bickley (Gamers)
– Kyle Radke and Matt Kelly (Mrs. Football)
– Jacques Barrett (The Removalists)

Panel Introduction by Terence Gray (Founder and Executive Director of the New York Television Festival)

BEYOND THE BOX: PLAYING IT SHORT (PRESENTED BY SOME SPIDER STUDIOS)

Some Spider Studios is joining forces with the International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV) and Just For Laughs in search of the funniest, most innovative digital-first (or short-form) comedy content. In the entertainment industry’s ever-changing environment, digital-first content has found its home on the web, video streaming services, and social media platforms. In the “Playing It Short” Pitch Program, five teams with iron-clad concepts and backbones of steel have been selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of hard-nosed comedy experts. One winner will be selected during the event to receive a complimentary one-year membership to the IAWTV as well as 2 tickets to attend the next IAWTV Awards. The winner will also receive a free trip (flight, hotel and festival pass) to the 2018 edition of the Just For Laughs Festival.

There will also be a 15-minute open question period at the end of the session.

Moderator:
– Sandra Payne (Vice Chairman, International Academy of Web Television)

Panelists:
– Spencer Griffin (SVP, Executive Producer, Big Breakfast)
– Josh Poole (Vice President of Development, Above Average)
– Zoe Friedman (SVP of Development, Blue Ribbon Content)
– Laura Schwartz (New Form Digital)
– Peter Putka (Executive Producer of Content Development & Production, Some Spider)

Pitching:
– Jo Scott & Jeff Murdoch (Curfeud)
– Maximilian Clark & Brendan Sokley (The Grown Up Adventures of Fink and Puzzy)
– Lauren Corber (Hit on Me)
– Sophie Fabilli & Michelle Ale (Fatal Murder Mystery)
– Peter Carlone & Chris Wilson (Peter N’ Chris Experience)

SIRIUSXM LIVE FROM JFL: WARD & AL LIVE

Ward and Al are comedians Ward Anderson and Allison Dore. Their show, brilliantly named “Ward and Al”, is a combination of news and topical analysis, entertainment talk, pop culture, and more. You’ll hear guest interviews from the world of journalism, media, comedy, and entertainment. Ward and Al keep the show quick and insightful. It’s Talk Radio Done Better.

PRODUCING STAND UP COMEDY WITH COMEDY DYNAMICS

The return of stand-up to the small screen in North America is due in part to the vision of Comedy Dynamics head honcho — Brian Volk-Weiss. So how did he do it? Comedy Dynamics has produced some of the biggest names in comedy for Netflix, HBO, Showtime, and others – and now distributes the largest independent library of stand-up comedy. Listen in as Brian Volk-Weiss discusses the triumphs and hurtles of producing stand up on all platforms, the great talent who have taken the stage with Comedy Dynamics at the helm, and his obvious love of comedy!

2017 VARIETY’S “10 COMICS TO WATCH” UNCENSORED (PRESENTED BY COHEN GARDNER LLP)

Sit down with Variety’s 2017 “10 Comics to Watch” for an hour of pure, uncensored and honest conversation about comedy. Back for a sixth year, this panel is easily one of the most amusingly revealing hours you’ll spend at the festival. We get the 10 best and brightest comics of the year together and encourage them to reflect on how they pulled it off, and where they go from here. With each success story comes a trail of ups and downs, lefts and rights, so hear about the industry from their perspective – struggles, epiphanies, breakthroughs, crashes – the whole 9 yards.)

Moderator: Malina Saval

2017 Variety 10 Comics To Watch*: 

  • Brian Jordan Alvarez
  • Rhea Butcher
  • Vir Das
  • Desus Nice and Kid Mero
  • John Early
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Hasan Minhaj
  • Esther Povitsky
  • Jesus Trejo
  • Liza Treyger


*Not all artists are guaranteed to be on hand at the event

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARDS SHOW (PRESENTED BY SIRIUSXM)

Join us in celebrating the leading talent in the comedy industry at the 2017 Just for Laughs Awards Show, presented by SiriusXM!

This year’s honourees include:

Trevor Noah: Comedy Person of the Year
Jim Carrey: Generation Award
Mike Birbiglia: Stand-Up Comedian of the Year
Ali Wong: Breakout Comedy Star of the Year
Craig Ferguson: Alumni Tribute
Kenya Barris: Comedy Writer of the Year

All six will be present to receive their awards at the awards show on Friday, July 28 at 3:00pm, Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, hosted by Alonzo Bodden.

Limited tickets available to this exclusive event – on sale now!

GET ANIMATED WITH FOX & BOB’S BURGERS

FOX is the home of the longest-running scripted TV show of all time – which happens to be animated – the Simpsons. And with other titles like Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers and Son of Zorn, FOX arguably owns the animated adult comedy space. So what’s their secret? In a world of abundant content, how has the network developed these animated comedy brands and made them evergreen hits? Join FOX execs and some of the great minds behind the hit animated series, Bob’s Burgers, in a tell-all panel about what makes animated comedy tick!

Panelists:
Kristen Schwarz – Manager of Comedy Development & Programming, FOX
Rich Rinaldi –  Executive Producer, Bob’s Burgers
Bernard Derriman – Supervising Director, Bento Box

Moderated by: Jonathan Gabay – Senior Vice President of Comedy Development, FOX

GUYS WE F@#KED: THE ANTI SLUT-SHAMING PODCAST

Guys We F@#ked: The Anti Slut-Shaming Podcast, co-hosted by stand-up comedians Corinne Fisher and Krystyna Hutchinson, is a weekly comedy podcast that explores the ins and outs of human sexuality and relationships.

What started out as interviews with a guy one of the girls had hooked up with, has evolved into candid conversations with celebrities, stand-up comedians, and anyone with an interesting take on human sexuality.

Notable past guests include Amber Rose, Andy Dick, Charlemagne Tha God, Kate Bornstein, Mike Birbiglia, Artie Lange, and Jim Norton. They have sold out venues such as the main room at The Comedy Store, 930 Club, The Wilbur, and the Athenaeum Theater with their hit touring show.

 

SIRIUSXM PRESENTS: HOMEGROWN COMICS

Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes, so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson, presented by SiriusXM.

PERSON TO PERSON

Following its World Premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Just For Laughs is excited to present the Canadian premiere of Person to Person, written and directed by Dustin Guy Defa.

In Person to Person, a record collector hustles for a big score while his heartbroken roommate tries to erase a terrible mistake, a teenager bears witness to her best friend’s new relationship, and a rookie reporter, alongside her demanding supervisor, chases the clues of a murder case involving a life-weary clock shop owner. Shot entirely in 16mm, Person to Person effortlessly humanizes its characters, invoking an earnest realism in the performances of its ensemble cast: Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, Michaela Watkins, and newcomer Bene Coopersmith. Defa demonstrates his aptitude for honest storytelling as he explores the absurdity and challenges of forging human connections. Person to Person will be screened at Phi Centre on Friday, July 28th, 7:30pm.

VARIETY “10 COMICS TO WATCH” 2017 SHOWCASE (PRESENTED BY COHEN GARDNER LLP)

One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is Variety’s unveiling of their annual “10 Comics To Watch” feature. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list.

2017 Variety 10 Comics To Watch*: 

  • Brian Jordan Alvarez
  • Rhea Butcher
  • Vir Das
  • Desus Nice and Kid Mero
  • John Early
  • Tiffany Haddish
  • Hasan Minhaj
  • Esther Povitsky
  • Jesus Trejo
  • Liza Treyger

*Not all artists are guaranteed to be on hand at the event

 

COMEDY 101

NYC’s roughest survival of the fittest live comedy show comes to Montreal! It’s Open Mic meets a Roast as a crop of inexperienced comedy rookies take the stage for the first time in front of a large audience hoping to get laughs, while a panel of brutal comedy headliners sit in judgment, ready to ring in with some tough “advice.” It’s Tell a Joke or Be a Joke as Montreal’s own go up against a panel of Comedy’s toughest critics. It’s confrontational, it’s crass, it’s raucous, and it’s an absolute blast.

FUNNY OR DIE MIDNIGHT PARTY

After a grueling week of trekking around the city, making the rounds and watching the world’s best comedians leave it all out on stage, the comedy industry’s bevy of artists, managers, agents, casting executives and high-level network execs don’t need much of an excuse to cut loose. The FUNNY OR DIE Midnight Party is their chance to take advantage of an open bar, exclusive setting, delicious food, good music, unpretentious crowd – and perhaps each other?! No, no, we’d never suggest such a thing! The Midnight Party is a sure bet at a good time and the most talked about party of the festival… so don’t be schmuck and miss it!

THE LITTLE DUM DUM CLUB

With millions of downloads to their names, comedians Tommy Dassalo and Karl Chandler bring a weekly glimpse behind the curtain that captures the essence of how comedians talk when they’re offstage. Each week, Tommy and Karl are joined by different guests and friends from the world of comedy. Over 350 episodes, they’ve featured the likes of Marc Maron, Wil Anderson, Bill Burr, Kumail Nanjiani, Celia Pacquola, Tim and Eric, Fiona O’Loughlin, Ronny Chieng, Hannibal Buress and even Australian Senator Sam Dastyari.

Now they’re crossing a whole lot of pond to bring their show to this year’s Just for Laughs Festival!

IN CONVERSATION WITH TREVOR NOAH (PRESENTED BY HULU)

Trevor Noah is the host of the Emmy and Peabody award winning The Daily Show and his 9th comedy special Afraid of the Dark was released on Netflix in February. In Conversation with Trevor Noah is a rare opportunity to get a little closer to one of the most thoughtful and thought-provoking comedians in the world. Join Trevor and Richard Crouse, for a free flowing conversation touching on Trevor’s life and experiences, the world today, and whatever else comes to mind of this brilliant comedian.

FOX PRESENTS THE MICK

Foul-mouthed, brash and debaucherous, Mackenzie “Mickey” Molng, played by Kaitlin Olson, has spent her entire life shirking any semblance of responsibility. That is, until she’s saddled with the unexpected role of sole guardian to her estranged sister’s three high-maintenance, illparented, and absurdly spoiled children. With their parents fleeing the country to escape fraud charges, it’s up to Mickey to transform them into decent, honest and somewhat hard-working members of society – something she knows nothing about.

Join moderator Jesse David Fox, actress Kaitlin Olson along with creators Dave and John Chernin as they dish on the best moments from the first season of Fox’s The Mick, and let us in on what Mickey and the gang are up to in Season 2.

THE COMEDIAN’S COMEDIAN PODCAST WITH STUART GOLDSMITH

Stuart Goldsmith’s always insightful and often inspiring The Comedian’s Comedian podcast shines a light on the darkest creative secrets of his fellow comics. Beloved by comedy fans, performers and industry alike, previous guests of the podcast include Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr, Patton Oswalt, Tim Minchin, Russell Howard and Sarah Millican, to name a few. Join Stuart and a guest for an illuminating interview revealing the inner workings of the comedic mind!

MUCH DIGITAL STUDIOS: BELL MEDIA’S NEW COMEDY PLAY

Comedy has always been a big part of iconic youth brand Much, and is now a pillar in Much Digital Studios.  The most-viewed genre of content amongst the network’s roster, Much Digital Studio’s comedy creators have recently seen tremendous growth, collaborated with mainstream stars, and pushed the envelope with the comedy they are creating. Podcaster Mike Veerman, leads a conversation with three of the network’s biggest comedy creators (Jus Reign, 4 Y’All Entertainment, and YouTwoTV), along with Much Digital Studios Director Mike McShane, and Bell Media’s Director Original Programming, Sarah Fowlie about how this group is creating comedy formats for YouTube and brands, amplifying across traditional media, and feeding content through Bell Media’s talent pipeline.

Moderator: Mike Veerman (The Mike on Much Podcast, Host)

Panelists:
– Mike McShane (Director, Much Digital Studios)
– Sarah Fowlie (Director of Original Programming, Bell Media)
– Jus Reign (Comedy Creator, Much Digital Studios)
– Trey Richard (Comedy Creator, Much Digital Studios)
– Jae Richards (Comedy Creator, Much Digital Studios)
– Jaz Saini (Comedy Creator, Much Digital Studios)
– Harjit Bhandal (Comedy Creator, Much Digital Studios)

DISCOVER AND DEVELOP: THE SECRET BEHIND COMEDY CENTRAL’S SUCCESS

Comedy Central has a rich history of developing and launching the funniest and most influential voices of their generation. The world may not know these comedians when they begin their journey, but these powerful creator/writer/performers have a strong, truthful point-of-view and an unstoppable will to be heard. With the help of Comedy Central’s guidance they soon find themselves among the ranks of the most beloved comedy voices out there. Join Comedy Central’s Sarah Babineau and Jonas Larsen for an in-depth discussion about how they identify, develop, and nurture comedic talent and how Comedy Central helps find the most effective vehicle and platforms to express their vision

Moderator: Jesse David Fox

Participants:
– Sarah Babineau (Executive Vice President of Talent and Development)
– Jonas Larsen (Executive Vice President of Talent and Development)

CBS PRESENTS SUPERIOR DONUTS

CBS’s SUPERIOR DONUTS is a comedy about the owner of a small donut shop that’s located in a quickly gentrifying Chicago neighborhood and the enterprising employee who’s determined to bring his shop into the 21st century. JFL brings star/executive producer Jermaine Fowler, stars Judd Hirsch, Katey Sagal and who will be joined by executive producers Bob Daily, Neil Goldman and Garrett Donovan for the CBS presents Superior Donuts Cast and Executive Producers panel.

STUDIO71 PRESENTS THE IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL CHANGE

The reach and impact of content creators and influencers has led to a paradigm shift across today’s landscape. Additionally, these digital mavens have discovered unique ways in which social media can be used to raise awareness in an era where millennials are gaining power, and can use their new-found voice and influence to increase awareness of social issues and causes.  Join us in a discussion about the importance of using digital media to promote positive social change within the community.)

Panelists:
– Joe Hodorwicz
– Matt Santoro (YouTube star)
– Brittany Furlan (Comedian)

FUNNY OR DIE PRESENTS A JFL EXCLUSIVE LAUNCH: THE PITCH APP

Like mildly poking your phone in slightly different locations? Now there is a new thing to poke on your phone and we made it just for you! Pitch is a joke writing app created by comedy writers to make selling jokes to publishers easier and more fun. Incubated by Funny Or Die, we made Pitch to help up-and-coming writers develop their craft, and to help established writers dick around and make some extra cash. Come see Pitch in action and hear from it’s creators about how it works, how Funny Or Die has been using it and how you can join.)

Panelists:
– Mike Farah (Funny Or Die, CEO)
 Matt Klinman (Pitch co-founder)
Jesse David Fox

HBO’S VICE PRINCIPALS

HBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel will feature Danny McBride, Jody Hill, David Gordon Green, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Edi Patterson, Georgia Kings and moderated by Ron Bennington.

 

FINISH THE FEST CLOSING PARTY (PRESENTED BY SCARY MOMMY & CAFE)

Just when you think you’re out they pull you back in… 

You’ve just spent the day detoxing with green algae shakes…ok well maybe not. But if you’re lucky or smart you showed up for our brunch earlier in the day. So what’s wrong with having one last drink before you sign up for rehab? You don’t have to answer. Just show up and get it over with.