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Author Archives: Paul Ronca

CELEBRATING ITS 38TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SUMMER, THE MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL IS BACK THIS JULY

CELEBRATING ITS 38TH ANNIVERSARY THIS SUMMER,

THE MONTREAL JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL

IS BACK THIS JULY

 

 The world’s largest comedy festival is raising the bar this year, announcing the

first wave of comedy tour de force… and we’re only just getting started!

 

 Bill Burr returns to Montreal for an unforgettable

one-night only concert show at the Bell Centre on July 25!

 

The Nasty Show is back for its 32nd year, featuring

the outrageously filthy and funny, Special Guest Andrew Dice Clay!

The Nasty Show runs from July 15-18 and 21-25, 2020 at MTELUS.

 

Fan-favourite The Ethnic Show is back!

The Ethnic Show runs from July 8-23, July 15-19 and July 21-23, 2020 at Club Soda and MTELUS.

 

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Montreal, February 4, 2020 – Just For Laughs, in collaboration with Loto-Québec, is back and better than ever celebrating the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival’s 38th anniversary this July. Promising to deliver roaring laughs provided by today’s comedy elite, JFL is bringing the heat this summer, firing up the city’s arena and clubs!

 

ARENA CONCERT SHOW

Bill Burr continues to sell out large venues worldwide, including New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Having recently wrapped shooting Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson’s film, The King of Staten Island alongside Marisa Tomei, Burr is now working on the fourth season of his hit animated Netflix series, F Is For Family. With many film credits including The Front Runner, Daddy’s Home, Black or White, Walk of Shame, and more, Burr is also widely recognized for his recurring role on the hit AMC-TV show, Breaking Bad. His podcast, Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast is one of the most popular comedy podcasts on the web, and he is the co-founder of All Things Comedy (ATC), the leading comedy podcast network with over 50 shows hosted by some of the best comedians in the business. Bill Burr will be performing at the Bell Centre for one night only on Saturday, July 25 at 8:00 PM.

 

CLUB SERIES

The raunchiest and most provocative comedy series, The Nasty Show is back for its 32nd year with 11 guaranteed downright dirty shows! This year’s series will feature a very special guest, one of industry’s most controversial and outrageous comedians, Andrew Dice Clay. One of the pioneers in boundary-pushing comedy, the legendary Andrew Dice Clay was the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden for two consecutive nights; has numerous best-selling comedy DVDs and TV stand-up specials, and has a number of memorable roles in film and television. The Nasty Show runs from Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to Saturday, July 18, 2020 and Tuesday, July 21, 2020 to Saturday, July 25, 2020 with various show times at MTELUS.

*Additional acts on The Nasty Show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Just For Laughs Festival staple, The Ethnic Show is back this year with a whopping 19 shows. The festival’s longest-running series will once again be a comedy melting pot, featuring some of today’s most hilarious and culturally diverse comics. The Ethnic Show will be running from Wednesday, July 8, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020, Wednesday, July 15 to Sunday, July 19 2020 and Tuesday, July 21, 2020 to Thursday, July 23, 2020, various show times at Club Soda and MTELUS.

*Stay tuned for The Ethnic Show’s full lineup to be announced in the coming weeks.

 

Are you someone working in the comedy industry and looking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival and ComedyPRO? Get an Industry pass or more info on the different passes HERE!

 

The Just For Laughs Festival, in collaboration with Loto-Québec, runs from July 8 to July 26, 2020 in Montréal, Canada.

 

The Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, as well as their sponsors: Loto-Québec, Bell, Sleeman, Le Groupe Maurice, DoubleTree, Tim Hortons and La Capitale, for their support.

 

 For more industry info on the Just For Laughs Festival or ComedyPRO, please send an e-mail to industry@hahaha.com

 

About Just For Laughs Group:

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, Australia); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 150 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Trevor Noah, Kevin Hart, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Sebastian Maniscalco, John Mulaney, Jimmy Carr, Danny Bhoy, Amy Schumer and North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle, to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which celebrated its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

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Creative diversity triumphs at the 2019 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pitch showcases 

 

Montreal, QC (July 29, 2019) – From 40-somethings battling midlife to gamblers on an Indigenous reservation and a “feminist Queen” under construction: a diverse range of stories and characters took the prize at the 2019 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pitch showcase, Stand Up & Pitch, at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, Canada.

Stand Up & Pitch: The Comedy Content Search, is JFL ComedyPRO’s signature program presenting writers, creators, performers, and producers on the cutting edge of comedy as they pitch their short and long-form series ideas to a panel of industry experts in three open-forum sessions.

Winners were selected by a prestigious panel of judges that included creative and production executives from Adult Swim, Amazon Studios, Bell Media, CBC Comedy, Comedy Central, Fox, HBO, Hulu, Netflix, New Form, Revry, Inc, Quibi, Snap Inc, and WatchMojo Studios. The winners of each program are invited back to JFL ComedyPRO 2020.

The 2019 winners are:

Beyond the Box: Playing it Short” presented by Tubefilter.
James Madge and Jana Peck for Madge & Peck, a blistering sketch comedy series about grown-up life.

CBC Comedy Pitch Program” presented by CBC Comedy.
Nthenya Ndunda and Siobhan Baird for Domesticate Me, a TV comedy series about a woman whose unemployment makes her question domesticity and feminism.

From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More” presented by Project 10 Productions Inc.
Darrell Dennis and Katya Gardner for Big Game, where a hustler returns to his Indigenous reservation to start a casino and becomes an unlikely messiah.

Meet the winners!

 

James Madge and Jana Peck

James Madge is an actor, improviser, and former journalist of 18 years. He has performed sketch, stand-up, appeared in over 80 television commercials, and an increasing number of television series, including The Beaverton. Jana Peck is an actor, improviser, and writer as well as an award-winning advertising copywriter. She’s appeared in commercials for clients like Ikea, Wal-Mart, Tassimo, McDonalds, Home Depot, Tim Hortons, and Fallsview Casino just to name a few. Not just a funny girl, Jana’s appeared on multiple dramas as well including Utopia Falls, Flashpoint, Saving Hope, Suits, Rookie Blue, Degrassi, The Listener and the rom-com film No Stranger Than Love with Alison Brie and Colin Hanks.

 

Nthenya Ndunda and Siobhan Baird

Nthenya Ndunda (pronounced “then-ya doon-da”) is a standup comedian, actress, writer and producer born in Kenya. Now based out of Los Angeles, you may have seen her on Shameless or Loosely, Exactly Nicole. Amateurs, a film she produced and acted in, was just screened at Dances With Film Festival at the Chinese Theatre in LA. Siobhan Baird is a writer/actress/producer from New Zealand who loves creating characters that challenge the status quo. She starred in all 6 seasons of the hit TV drama series Outrageous Fortune

and has also featured on NZ TV in The Almighty Johnsons, Shortland Street, The Blue Rose, and Dancing with the Stars. In 2015, Siobhan won Best Unproduced Feature Film for her screenplay, Bara, at the NZ Writers Guild Awards.

 

Darrell Dennis and Katya Gardner

Darrell Dennis is a First Nations actor, writer, comedian and director. His feature film “Tales of an Urban Indian” was recently awarded production funding by Telefilm Canada. Darrell was the head comedy writer on the TV show, “Buffalo Tracks”. He also wrote the pilot “Moccasin Flats” which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Showcase Television. Darrell is currently a writer on the TV mini-series “Little Bird”. He was recently the director, writer, and cast member of the comedy/variety series “The Guilt Free Zone”. Katya Gardner has been a film and television actor for over 20 years. She has played a wide range of roles with credits ranging from “The X-Files”, “The Outer Limits”, “The City” and “Odyssey 5”. Katya has also starred with Charisma Carpenter in “Cheaters Club” and Rob Lowe in “Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming”.

 

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About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, networking events and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About Just For Laughs

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival celebrated its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

 

 

JUST FOR LAUGHS REVEALS THE COVETED LIST OF 2019 NEW FACES

JUST FOR LAUGHS REVEALS THE COVETED LIST OF 2019 NEW FACES

Just For Laughs is thrilled to finally reveal the highly anticipated 2019 collection of New Faces; the world-renowned discovery showcase that propels up-and-coming performers into the comedy stratosphere. New Faces has been an unmissable part of the Just For Laughs Festival since 1996, where the freshest comedians in the game gear up to take the microphone and change the face of comedy. With this summer’s inaugural year of New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix set to join the four staple showcases, New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Unrepped, and New Faces: Creators, even more comics will have their chance to break through the comedy glass ceiling.

“The New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has catapulted the careers of so many of today’s most celebrated comedians,” shares Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs. “For over twenty years, we have given the most promising undiscovered talent an exclusive platform to launch their careers, which has resulted in the most impactful comedy showcase in the world”.

Just For Laughs New Faces is responsible for launching the careers of many all-star comedians, including Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013), Michelle Wolf (2014), and more.

New Faces of Comedy

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Anna Drezen is a writing supervisor for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and the co-author of the books How To Win At Feminism and How Many We Hate You. The latter, which was based on Anna’s experiences working as a concierge at a hotel in Times Square, was optioned by ABC and turned into a pilot, starring Kat Dennings and directed by Will Gluck.  She recently wrote for Simon Rich’s TBS series Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, contributed to Kate McKinnon’s Audible fantasy-comedy series Heads Will Roll and consulted on Jena Friedman’s Adult Swim special Soft Focus. Anna was the editor-at-large of REDUCTRESS and wrote for Comedy Central’s Reductress pilot starring Abby Elliott.

Brad Silnutzer is a stand up, writer, producer, actor, and host based in Los Angeles. He created, writes, produces, and stars in The Fast and the Furious: A Musical Parody at The Dynasty Typewriter Theatre in LA. Brad was a Producer for ABC’s The Bachelor/Bachelorette/Bachelor in Paradise and is currently the lead producer for Circadian Pictures. Brad made his Netflix debut as a celebrity judge on the food competition show, Cooking on High. Brad was previously named as one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch and as one of Riot Fest’s comics to watch.

Brendan Scannell is an actor and comedian living in LA. He stars in Netflix’s Bonding and previously in Heathers on Paramount Network. He can be seen in the Comedy Central digital series Stand Up Featuring, and in 2018 Vulture named him a “Comedian You Should and Will Know.” Brendan hosts two popular shows in LA, “The Cure” (alongside Joel Kim Booster) and the workshop “See What Sticks.”

Chanel Ali is a standup comedian, writer, and actress living in New York City. She is the host of the Food Network digital series Food Debate! and a cast member on MTV’s Girl Code. Her observational comedy covers her upbringing, her unique worldview, and the realities of being a polite person in the entertainment industry. In 2018, Chanel was featured on the Friars Club Roast of Gloria Allred and has written for the @NetflixisaJoke social media accounts.

Dan Licata is a NYC-based comedian. He is one of the writers & co-producers of Joe Pera Talks With You on Adult Swim, and previously co-wrote Joe Pera Helps You Find the Perfect Christmas Tree. He’s performed stand-up on The Chris Gethard Show, and has made several videos for JASH.

Dewayne Perkins is a queer Chicago born and raised writer and comedian. Currently a writer on NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, his previous credits include Netflix’s The Break with Michelle Wolf and MTV’s Wild N’ Out. He’s also written for the 2018 White House Correspondents Dinner, in which a joke he wrote was listed as one of The New Yorker’s “Best Jokes of 2018.” Dewayne was named one of Comedy Central’s “Up Next” comedians and a finalist for Stand-Up NBC. Dewayne is a member of the award-winning improv team 3Peat, whose Comedy Central digital short, THE BLACKENING, written by Dewayne, went viral with more than 15 million views.

Hannah Einbinder participated in 2019’s San Francisco Sketchfest, has been published in Flaunt Magazine, and was named in The Comedy Bureau’s “100 Best Things We Were Witness To In No Particular Order of 2018.”  Einbinder performs regularly at clubs and theaters around the country.

Isabel Hagen began pursuing stand-up comedy upon graduating from The Juilliard School, where she studied the viola. She recently won first place in the 2019 One Liner Madness competition at the Bell House in Brooklyn and is recognized as one of NYC’s top roast battlers, winning many times at RoastMasters, Roast Battle, and Comedy Fight Club. As a violist, she has performed with artists such as Björk, Max Richter, and The National, and has appeared with musical guests on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. She recently combined viola and comedy in her sold-out, one-woman show Viola and Jokes at Under St. Marks Theater.

Jay Jurden is a rising New York City based comedian originally from Mississippi. He has been featured as a finalist for Stand-Up NBC and a panelist for MTV News. Most recently he appeared in the 2019 Laughing Skull Comedy Festival and was picked as one of Time Out New York’s 2019 “Comedians To Watch”. This fall he continues his college comedy tour across the country.

Joe Praino is a comedian, actor and podcast host of two successful podcasts: The Joe Praino Podcast and Dirty Sports (with Andy Ruther), which showcases his immense depth of sports knowledge.  He has interviewed the likes of writer/director David Zucker, NFL star Shawn Merriman, celebrity personal trainer Duffy Gaver and NBA star Brian Scalabrine, and he performs at several clubs across the country including Gotham Comedy Club, The Stand, The Laugh Factory, Comedy Bar, The Improv, Flappers and the Westside Comedy Theater.

Kevin Iso began performing stand up all across Texas before moving to New York where he has been honing his skills. Kevin has performed at the Montreux Comedy Festival in Switzerland, the Funny or Die Oddball Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival. After being named one of Comedy Central’s Comics To Watch in 2015, Kevin’s stand up was featured on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party. On top of performing stand up, Kevin is the co-creator of the hit web series, Flatbush Misdemeanors.

Logan Guntzelman is a Los Angeles-based comedian. She performs in clubs and rooms all over the country, and has been selected to perform in the New York Comedy Festival, Boston Comedy Festival, 10,000 Laughs Minneapolis, Echo Park Rising, CROMFest Denver, and the Chicago Comedy Expo. She’s also currently undefeated in the World-Famous Comedy Store’s Roast Battle and was a finalist in the Westside Comedy Theater’s Comedy Showdown.

Matty Ryan has been performing stand-up around the country for years. In 2016 he made his feature film debut with a role in Who Gets the Dog (nominated for Best Actor in the 2016 Midwest Independent Film Festival). Also in 2016, he recorded a standup set for MTV’s Acting Out. In 2017 he had a guest star role on NBC’s Chicago Justice, and was invited to perform at NBC Universal/Second City’s “Breakout Fest.” In 2019 he taped a set for Comedy Central’s Stand Up Featuring, which is currently streaming on their digital platforms.

Opey Olagbaju is a Nigerian-American standup comedian and writer that is currently writing on the Kenya Barris produced Unrelated for Freeform. Previously, he worked on I Love You America with Sarah Silverman (Hulu) as well as The New Negroes (Comedy Central).  As a standup, the D.C.-area native performs across the city and has successfully showcased in several festivals, such as District of Comedy (DC), Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, and the World Series of Comedy.

Punkie Johnson is a Los Angeles-based comedian from New Orleans, Louisiana. Starting her career as an emcee, Punkie is now a paid regular and favorite at The World-Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood where she is known as one of the most fearless, ruthless, and rawest, forces on the scene. Recent credits include Comedy Central’s Corporate, Tru TV’s Adam Ruins Everything, Amazon’s Please Understand Me and more. She will appear opposite Jimmy O. Yang and Bill Burr in the upcoming film The Opening Act, and HBO’s The Black Lady Sketch Show.

Reggie Conquest is from Philadelphia where he started his comedy career at the legendary Laff House. Since moving to New York City, Reggie has performed on FuseTV’s Stand Up and Deliver and written for TruTV’s Impractical Jokers. His stand-up has been featured at Brooklyn Comedy Festival, Skankfest, Hoboken Comedy Festival and Philadelphia Comedy Festival.

Shane Gillis is a stand-up comic based out of New York City. He was named an “Up-Next” Comic at Comedy Central’s 2019 Clusterfest in San Francisco. In 2016 he was the winner of Philly’s Funniest at Helium Comedy Club. Shane is a regular on SiriusXM and Comedy Central Radio’s The Bonfire. He’s also one half of A Fair One on Compound Media as well as Matt and Shane’s Secret Podcast. Shane has written for Comedy Central’s Delco Proper and starred in and wrote for the Dweck Show, Tires Etc, and New Muscle.

Shapel Lacey is an American comedian born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. Shapel was cheerleading competitively for University of Louisville when someone dared him to take the stage as a comedian and he never looked back, dropping out shortly thereafter to pursue a career in stand up fulltime. Diligence and the desire to grow led him from the Phoenix open mic circuit onto main stages where he regularly performed for comedians such as Bill Burr, Chris D’Elia, Hannibal Buress, Bryan Callen, Frank Caliendo, and now regularly in Los Angeles, California.

Tacarra Williams hails from the Bronx, NY. She has hit major stand-up stages in New York and Hollywood including Caroline’s on Broadway, Broadway Comedy Club, The Apollo Theatre, Hollywood Improv, The Comedy Store and The Laugh Factory. She also has her on 30min special on Comedy Central.

Tien Tran is a former member of The Second City’s 106th Mainstage revue, Dream Freaks Fall From Space, and recently performed in the 2019 CBS Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase. A graduate of Boston College and a 2016 Second City Bob Curry Fellow, Tien was previously in The Second City’s 41st etc revue, Fantastic Super Great Nation Numero Uno. Her stand up was featured at the Second City NBC Universal Break Out Comedy Festival and SCOUT Festival, and she currently performs all around Los Angeles. Tien is one of the co-hosts of the Crooked Media podcast Hysteria.

Tyree Elaine is a comedienne, writer and actress from Los Angeles. She recently wrapped the writers room on ABC’s The Conners. A semifinalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Tyree has also been seen on Black Jesus (Adult Swim), Laff Tracks (TruTV), 50 Central (BET), Showtime at the Apollo (FOX), Bill Bellamy’s Who’s Got Jokes? (TV One), The Xperiment (BET) and Laff Mobb’s We Got Next (Aspire). Tyree recently created and starred in a digital anthology video series called Women Over 30 Be Like, which was written about by The New York Times.

The New Faces of Comedy showcases will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 24, 2019 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

New Faces: Characters

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Allison Dunbar is a writer and performer for the Groundlings Main Company.  She recently wrapped a lead role in the comedy feature Film Fest opposite Matt Cook, Will Sasso and Diona Reasonover.  She also plays Helga in the Vince Vaughan produced feature The Opening Act opposite Ken Jeong, Jimmy O. Yang and Bill Burr.  Her recent TV acting credits include a major recurring arc on the Sony/Crackle drama StartUp, FOX’s Single Parents, CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and was a lead in the HULU series Quickdraw.

George Aivaliotis is a character comedian and one-man production circus based out of Los Angeles. Inspired by Jim Carrey, he studied improvisation and sketch comedy for over 10 years. Most recently, he created his own “30 Days of Characters” which involved writing, playing, shooting and editing a new character every day for a month. He also produces and directs an ongoing web-series: Characters of Los Angeles, which showcases other LA Based character comedians, and has directed two short comedies that are currently being submitted to festivals.

Haley Hepworth is an LA based writer and performer, originally from Boise, Idaho. She currently performs every Saturday night with UCB’s premier Main Stage sketch review Squadron. Her solo character show Haley Hepworth is Missing was featured as an LA Weekly pick of the week and enjoyed a year-long extended run at UCB. She is the non-feline star of Buzzfeed’s Life with a Cat, which has been viewed over 17 million times online, and is an alum of Characters Welcome, Maude Night, and Harold Night teams at UCB.

Michael Churven is an actor, writer and improviser based in Los Angeles. Originally from Australia, he is currently a main company member of The Groundlings Theater where he performs improv and sketch comedy weekly. He also trained at Second City Los Angeles and iO West, with television credits including ABC’s Modern Family, Adult Swim’s Mike Tyson Mysteries and TruTV’s You Can Do Better. He appeared in the feature film Wild Nights with Emily alongside Molly Shannon. His short film Troughman took the Best Humor Award at Dan Savage’s 2019 Hump Film Festival.

Michael Van Schoick was born in New Jersey, raised in Florida, and is now based in Los Angeles. He completed a season as a Sunday Company member at The Groundlings Theatre, and is currently working on a sketch series created by Sarah Cornell and Sarah Hamblin. He’s most well-known for the Money Supermarket ad campaign #epicstrut, which aired in the UK. Along with having completed his education with The Groundlings School, Michael also earned his BFA in Acting from Florida State University.

Rachel Pegram is a Brooklyn based comedian, actor, and writer. Rachel attended NYU Tisch, where she was also a member of the premiere sketch group Hammerkatz. Rachel can be seen in the Adam Sandler Netflix movie The Week Of alongside Chris Rock and Rachel Dratch. She has been on The Chris Gethard Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Show, Comedy Central, MTV, College Humor, Amazon, BET and more.

Shukri R. Abdi is an LA-based performer, writer, and TV producer originally from Potomac, Maryland. Shukri was recently a cast member and writer in the 2019 CBS Diversity Showcase. She was also Supervising Producer and Head Writer of BET’s comedic game show, Black Card Revoked. Shukri performs at the Upright Citizens Brigade with Donatella on Maude Night, and has performed with musical improv teams Baby Wants Candy and The Pick Up.

Taylor Ortega is a writer, comedian and actress based in New York City. She starred in the Disney Channel Original movie Kim Possible, can next be seen in the A24/Ilana Glazer thriller False Positive and After Yang, and HBO’s Succession. She wrote and starred in an episode of Blank Meets Blank on TruTV’s late night block Late Night Snack and wrote for the TRL reboot on MTV.  Taylor has also been a host and correspondent for MTV News, E!, Billboard, Cosmopolitan and the gaming app Candy Crush.

Thomas Whittington is comedian, actor and writer based in NYC. He has been featured in sketches on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Showtime’s Desus & Mero, where he appeared opposite Lin Manuel Miranda. Thomas also voices many characters on the Showtime series Our Cartoon President and in the Audible series Heads Will Roll alongside Kate McKinnon and Meryl Streep.

Tristan Griffin is a NYC-based comedic actor, writer and impressionist who is originally from Rome, Georgia. Tristan can be seen regularly at UCBTNY on the Maude team, The Foundation. In 2019, he was chosen as a guest star for The Spotlight show, which highlights one performer. Tristan can also be seen on The Intern, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Gypsy, The Good Cop and the upcoming Netflix series, Living With Yourself and Comedy Central’s Night Pigeon. 

New Faces: Characters will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

New Faces: Unrepped

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Andrew Murphy is from Austin, Texas and is currently the city’s reigning Funniest Person in Austin winner. He’s performed standup all over the country and has opened for Theo Vonn, Brian Posehn, Bruce Bruce, the Lucas Brothers, and Dan Soder among others.

Andrew Stanley is an Atlanta-based stand-up comedian. His observational style and dry sense of humor have pleased audiences across the United States and internationally. Andrew was named the grand prize winner of The 2017 Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant. He was also selected to participate in the 2018 and 2019 Laughing Skull Comedy Festivals.

Craig Conant was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. Conant stands out on every show he’s on and is quickly making a name for himself in LA’s cutthroat comedy scene, sharing the stage alongside some of today’s biggest names including Dave Chappelle, Chris D’Elia, and more. Craig Conant was on MTV and voiced Skeet William Cole in the animated series Court Ordered.

Drew Dunn started performing comedy at the age of 21 and hasn’t looked back since. This NH-based comic quickly established himself as one of the nation’s fastest rising comedians with his quick wit and unique point of view. Drew has won the Boston Comedy Festival in 2017 followed by winning the Seattle International Comedy Competition in 2018.

Janae Burris is a comedian, writer, actor and former co-host of the Denver Post’s Cannabist Show in Denver, Colorado.  Her years growing up in one of L.A.’s most notorious neighborhoods, combined with her training in avant-garde theater make Janae’s comedy style something similar to a one woman show, a perfect fit for Shit Talk Tours, which she hosts regularly at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver.

Jordan Jensen worked as a farmer, a butcher, and a carpenter in her home town of Ithaca, NY before moving to Nashville to pursue stand-up comedy. She has since been featured at the Nashville, Asheville, Orlando, & Memphis comedy festivals, heard on SiriusXM, and worked with Kyle Kinane, Nate Bargatze, and Jen Kirkman.

Lael O’Shaughnessy is a Chicago based stand-up comedian and writer. Lael’s candid brand of humor and energetic stage presence has made her a regular at the Laugh Factory, the Comedy Bar, and Comedy on State. Along with performing regularly around Chicago, she also produces a popular weekly independent comedy showcase called High Dive Comedy, at the High Dive bar in Ukrainian Village.

Napoleon Emill is a Brooklyn-based comic with North Carolina roots. In 2018, Napoleon secured a spot amongst the professional comedy scene as winner of Caroline’s on Broadway’s March Madness competition, a series regarded as NYC’s most influential new talent comedy competition. Napoleon has appeared in the award-winning short comedy series Flatbush Misdemeanors and is a regular guest on underground comedy podcasts. As of 2019, Napoleon co-hosts his regular stand-up series No Phone Thursdays along with SNL’s Nimesh Patel.

Sean Grant is originally from Miami, FL and has performed all over the US and in the UK. He was named “Funniest College Kid in America” on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and has had guest acting roles on Maron on IFC, Meet the Browns, and WTF Baron Davis on Fuse TV. He has had a joke featured on TruTV’s Laff Tracks Season One and also on Season Two set to premier later this year. Sean was the Head Writer on Dead House, a featured show on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network.

Sam Tallent is known for whip-quick wit and rollicking improvisations, and is one of the sharpest, most original rising talents in comedy today. Sam has worked alongside many of the biggest names in comedy, including Russel Peters, Ron White, Dave Chappelle, and more. He recently won his battle on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, and was seen on VICELAND’s Flophouse as well as The Chris Gethard Show. His debut novel, “Running the Light”, will be available this fall.

Tina Friml has appeared in the 2018 NBC Comedy Spotlight Series at Boston’s Women in Comedy Festival. In her home state, she was crowned the 2018 winner of ‘Vermont’s Funniest Comedian’ at the Vermont Comedy Club and has since begun infiltrating stages in Boston, New York, and London. Using animated optimism on her own physical disability, yet fearless honesty about the social assumptions that come with it, Tina befriends audiences of all sorts with her eccentric style, off-beat mind, and unexpected philosophy acquired through her unique circumstances.

New Faces: Unrepped will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2019 at 9:30 pm.

New Faces: Creators

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Benito Skinner is a Brooklyn-based comedian who initially gained notoriety for his impressions and characters. In the past year alone, Skinner’s original sketches have garnered over 50 million views. His one man show, “Overcompensating”, depicts his transformation from closeted high school football star to viral comedian with a blend of stand-up, video, music, and live impressions. He debuted his live comedy show as part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2018 to a sold-out crowd, and this year, he took his show on the road with The Overcompensating Tour selling out multiple shows within hours all across the US.

Brad Gage is a Los Angeles-based actor, writer, and host. He has written and created digital shows for ABC, Fullscreen, LiveMe, PROHBTD Media, and YouTube. His acting credits include CW’s Jane The Virgin, NBC’s Timeless, TBS’ The Guest Book, and Crackle’s animated show Supermansion.

Carmen Angelica is a writer, director, and comedian based in Los Angeles, CA. She graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of Film and Television with a BFA, currently creating sketches, series, branded content and several short films. She had a successful long running solo show that she wrote and starred in directed by Rebecca Drysdale called Who Am I And What The Hell Am I Doing? Carmen’s work has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, TV Guide, and more.

Felipe Di Poi is an Argentine-born comedian, writer, and animator based in Brooklyn. Since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a degree in animation, his works has been selected for the Ottawa Animation Festival, the Animation Block Party, and the Glas Animation Festival, among others, and 4 of his films have received Vimeo Staff Picks.

Jennah Brittany, best known as @MISSJAYDMV, is a writer, actor, producer, and most importantly a creator. Creating content across all media platforms, she has notably high social engagement rates. Her ability to write, star and produce her own material has led to several branded partnerships, including Target, Burger King, and Crown Royal, and campaigns for TBS, Paramount, and Universal.

Tiny Chef is composed of Rachel Larsen, Adam Reid and Ozlem Akturk. Larsen’s experience as an animator includes films like Isle of Dogs, Coraline, or the TV show Robot Chicken. Reid’s experience as a writer and director includes his creation company Bodega Studios and his feature film Hello Lonesome was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Akturk’s experience on feature films include Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs. The Tiny Chef show stars Tiny Chef, who creates the world’s tiniest dishes for the world’s tiniest cooking show in the world’s tiniest kitchen.

Tutweezy aka Darius Tutwiler is a Memphis, Tennessee native. Tutweezy committed to his calling in 2014 after his vine video “The Blind Date” went viral, amassing over 100 million views worldwide. Today, Tutweezy has attracted over 2.2 million followers across his social media platforms. His Spongebob In the Hood parodies have gained over 15M views and counting. Tutweezy is dedicated to keeping his fans entertained by consistently delivering new and engaging content.

New Faces: Creators will take place in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal on July 25, 2019 at 12:30 pm.

New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix

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Bee Bertrand is one half of Gender Outlaws, a brand new QAPD show at Comedy Bar under the P R I D E umbrella, co-hosted/co-produced with Alice Rose featuring trans*/ non- binary/ and gender non- conforming comedians. Bee got their start on QAPD, and has previously performed at Shade, Crimson Wave, Church Street Comedy, and with Cara Connors @ I’ll Be Seeing You.

Brett Forte’s frustration leads to comedy. If something rubs him the wrong way, you’re sure to get a laugh out of it. After winning ‘Yuk Yuks Top New Comic’ of 2016 and ‘Edmonton’s Funniest Person’ in 2017, Brett was asked to work for Bobby Lee, Josh Wolf and Chris D’Elia. Forte is also fresh off representing Canada at The World-Famous Comedy Store in LA.

Cassie Cao is a stand-up comedian and actor based in Toronto. She is the winner of a Canadian Comedy Award for Best Taped Live Performance, and the recipient of the Second City NBC Diversity Fellowship. She regularly tours comedy clubs and theatre venues across the country. Cassie was formerly an economist and has years of experience telling jokes about the interest rate to prominent Canadian policy makers.

Charles Haycock is a unique comedian in many ways. Charles has appeared on TV tapings for the 2018 Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the 2017 Halifax Comedy Festival. He was featured at the 2017 Sudbury Comedy Festival, the 2016 Kamloops Komedy Festival, Nextfest 2015 and the 2015 Global Visions Film Festival. He’s opened for international touring stars like Alonzo Bodden and Bryan Callen.

Hisham Kelati is a comedy writer and stand-up comic from Toronto, known for his vivid and engaging storytelling. Hisham has written and starred in sketches for Herb and CBC Comedy, was featured on CBC LOL, and has opened for K. Trevor Wilson, Azhar Usman, and Chris Redd.

Leonard Chan was born and raised in Toronto and performs stand-up all across Canada. He has been heard on CBC’s The Debaters, Laugh Out Loud, and SiriusXM radio, and has been published on CBC Comedy and the Beaverton. He won the Absolute Comedy Prove You’re a Comic competition, as well as the Toronto Comedy Brawl, and was a finalist at the CBC Originals Stand Up and Pitch contest at the 2018 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. He was recently named by CBC as one of the fifteen Canadian comedians to watch in 2019.

Rebecca Reeds is a stand-up comedian and writer from small town Ontario. She has opened for several distinguished comedians and has appeared on SiriusXM, Fox, and CBC Comedy where her clip was viewed more than 2 million times. In October 2018, her The Villain Was Right podcast premiered on the From Superheroes Podcast Network, along with co-host comedian Craig Fay. The VWR podcast won Outstanding Debut for a Series at the Canadian Podcast Awards.

Rob Bebenek is a stand-up comic who was a finalist in SiriusXM Canada’s Next Top Comic competition in 2013. He’s appeared on MTV, SiriusXM radio and CBC’s Laugh Out Loud. He’s performed at the Halifax Comedy Festival, Hubcap Comedy Festival, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival.

Tranna Wintour is a spiritual, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry, transgender comedian, singer, producer, and writer. On stage, Tranna brings a unique and rare mix of wit, glamour, and depth that always leaves audiences wanting more. She’s been named by Fashion magazine as one of the queens of Canadian comedy, and CBC Comedy placed her at the top of their list of top comedians to watch in 2019. In addition to her work as a performer, Tranna co-hosts and co-produces CBC Podcasts’ Chosen Family with her creative partner/comedy soulmate, Thomas Leblanc. Chosen Family reached the top 10 of iTunes Canada’s top comedy podcasts and was named one of Apple’s Best Podcasts of 2018.

Yumi Nagashima is a Vancouver-based Japanese-Canadian comedian. In less than three years, she has made a large splash on the North American comedy scene, with her sassy stage presence and unique world view. Yumi is a mainstay on the Vancouver comedy scene, but is also a frequenter on CBC’s The Debaters.

New Faces: Canada presented by Netflix will take place in the Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2019 at 7:00 pm.

2019 Finalists announced for the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 edition of CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program, our open-forum pitch program for Canadian citizens or permanent residents. This year’s finalists are:

  • Marni Van Dyk and Natalie Urquhart, Naked Nancy
  • Richard Young and Vas Saranga, Kandu Attitude
  • Nthenya Ndunda, Domesticate Me
  • Andrea Smith Peek and Victoria Westcott, Far Out
  • Rick Anthony and Jason Truong, Rock Bottom

 

About the teams and their Projects:

Naked Nancy, Marni Van Dyk (Writer/Director) and Natalie Urquhart (Producer)

Synopsis: When her recently internet-famous cat escapes through an open window, a reclusive pet-portraitist is forced to confront her biggest fear–the world outside her apartment.

Bios: Marni Van Dyk’s first short film I Am Not A Weird Person (dir. Molly McGlynn) was programmed by Jill Soloway, and described by Lena Dunham as “a haunting little short.” She served as Head Writer on WE Day 2017 (CBS), hosted by Selena Gomez, WE Day 2018 (ABC), hosted by John Stamos, and WE Day 2019 (ABC) hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. She has served as a producer on Match Game (Comedy), The Beaverton (CTV), and Still Standing (CBC). She is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre’s Writer’s.

Natalie Urquhart is a Film and Television Producer with Wildling Pictures in Toronto. She worked as an Associate Producer for the NBCUNIVERSAL series SUITS, and has produced four short films, two of which were recipients of the BravoFact awardand one a recipient of the National Screen Institute’s Drama Prize. Natalie has worked as a Development Executive for the past two years at both Marble Media and Amaze Film and Television,she is thrilled to now be a part of the Wildling Team seeking bold innovative content.

 

Kandu Attitude, Richard Young (Co-Creator) and Vas Saranga (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: When the family accounting practice goes bankrupt, American-born ARUN KANDU begrudgingly recruits his dysfunctional Indian immigrant parents to help him run his new artist talent agency, despite clashing over their opposing eastern and western values.

Bios: Richard Young is a South Asian-Canadian screenwriter/actor, WGC member, and an alumnus of both the Writers’ Guild of Canada Bell Media Diverse Screenwriting Program and the Black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) Kid’s TV Writing Bootcamp. He has written for the multicultural television cartoon “16 Hudson” (TVO), co-created/wrote the Chinese-Canadian digital series “Sudden Master” (OMNI/Rogers) and created the digital sketch series “Off2Kali” which screened at ReelWorld. Richard’s acting credits include “Jett” (Cinemax), “Taken” (NBC), “Kim’s Convenience” (Netflix-CBC), “Endlings” (Hulu-CBC), “Incorporated” (SyFy) and “The Strain” (FX). Additionally, Richard serves as the ACTRA Toronto Treasurer. 

Vas Saranga is a South Asian-Canadian screenwriter/actor that was recently named one of “Canada’s Rising Stars” by The Hollywood Reporter. As an actor, his breakout starring role was as Reese in the live-action television series “Mudpit” (Teletoon). He has also appeared on “The Handmaid’s Tale” (Hulu), “Orphan Black” (BBC America), “Salvation” (CBS), “The Girlfriend Experience” (Starz), and the feature comedy “Little Italy” opposite Emma Roberts and Hayden Christensen. Vas is also the lead creative behind the YouTube sketch comedy sensation “3ShadeProductions”, where he co-wrote and directed over 30 digital shorts. The channel has over 40,000 subscribers and 10 million total views. 

 

Domesticate Me, Nthenya Ndunda (Creator) and Siobhan Baird (Producer, Developer)

Synopsis: A self-proclaimed “feminist Queen” gets fired from her job for being “too woke” …her words not theirs. As the days of unemployment turn to months, she is faced with the uncomfortable realization that she might not be a feminist or even woke.

Bio: Nthenya Ndunda (pronounced “then-ya doon-da”) is a standup comedian, actress, writer and producer born in Kenya. Yup, nthenya from Kenya!To keepit simple, she spent the first half of her life in Vancouver, BC and at the age of 11, her family moved to Charleston, SC. And that’s when she realized she was black, y’all!An actress based out of Los Angeles you may have seen her on Shameless or Loosely, Exactly Nicole. Amateurs, a film she produced and acted in, was just screened at Dances With Film Festival at the Chinese Theatre in LA. She also produces comedy shows around LA with Binch Comedy and Let’s Have a Kiki.

Siobhan Baird is a writer/actress/producer from New Zealand who loves creating characters who challenge the status quo. She starred in all 6 seasons of the hit TV drama series Outrageous Fortune playing a gutsy blonde and has also featured on NZ TV in The Almighty Johnsons, Shortland Street, The Blue Rose and Dancing with the Stars. She has been nominated for 3 best supporting actress awards and 1 best actress award. In 2015, Siobhan won Best Unproduced Feature Film for her screenplay, Bara at the NZ Writers Guild Awards in 2015, . She’s since written another feature Gale, about a psychic dog whisperer who becomes embroiled in a crime caper. She just finished penning the sequel to Darryl for TV New Zealand with her husband Millen. In 2018 the pair produced an animated sperm web series Slow Pete, also for TV New Zealand. Siobhan has 2 works in progress with Millen: a rural NZ cop show, Naki Blues, and Darryl. a US Story.

 

Far Out, Andrea Smith Peek (Creator) and Victoria Westcott (Producer)

Synopsis: Five aliens have been tasked with going undercover and deciding if the human race deserves to be saved from a black hole about to devour the Earth. Or not. What these judge-y extra-terrestrial know-it-alls don’t understand, however, is that they are the stars of the highest rated reality show in the known universe, and the longer they stay in human form, the more human they become. They learn being human isn’t as easy as it looks.

Bios: Andrea Smith Peek is a comedy writer who has co-created a number of independent projects. Andrea has performed stand up at The Comedy Store (in LA), The Velveeta Room (in Austin), and Yuk-Yuks (in Vancouver and Toronto). She studied Writing for Film, Television and New Media at Vancouver Film School, and Film Production, and TV Comedy Writing at UCLA. 

Victoria Westcott is a feature film producer with a focus on films for family, teen and children’s audiences. She produced Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer, which won the 2009 Praxis Screenwriting Award and the 2010 Angel Film Award for Best Family Screenplay and stars Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, Martin Short and John Cleese and played in cinemas around the world for Christmas, 2018. Victoria is a former inner city school teacher turned head hunter turned producer.

 

Rock Bottom, Rick Anthony (Writer/Director) and Jason Truong (Producer)

Synopsis: Two straight-laced friends find their lives intertwined with bikers, gun-runners, and drug dealers when a mobster forces them to kill his rival as payment for accidentally killing his dog.

Bios: Rick Anthony is an award-winning novelist turned screenwriter and filmmaker. His first feature film, the micro-budget crime drama “Bread Thieves” won the Canada International Film Festival Rising Star award. Not long after, his sci-fi feature “Patient 62” was honoured with awards and nominations in numerous festivals. Rick has proven his ability to write in multiple genres, but comedy is where his heart is. 

Stuntman and actor Jason Truong has been in the film industry for nearly 20 years and has worked on such projects as “Patient 62”, “Wolf Cop”, “Super Grid”, “Stakelander 2” and most recently on Amazon Prime’s flagship series, “The Man in High Castle”. In 2015, Jason created his own production company, Character Flaw Productions, with partner Andrew Valdez. The two have produced a number of comedy/action shorts that have been nominated for multiple awards at a number of film festivals. In addition to the role of producer, Jason plays one of the lead actors in the web series version of Rock Bottom.

Don’t miss this awesome pitch event! 

CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program takes place, Thursday, July 25 2019 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Doubletree by Hilton Montreal. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. Click here to purchase your pass today.

 

RACHEL BLOOM

Actor, Comedian

Rachel Bloom starred in the network musical comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, which she co-created and executive produced alongside Aline Brosh McKenna. The series debuted on The CW Network on October 12, 2015 to positive reviews. For her performance, Rachel won both the 2016 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Series – Musical or Comedy and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a TV Comedy.
Her past acting work includes How I Met Your Mother and The Fuzz; voice work includes Bojack Horseman, Robot Chicken, and the CW web-series Very Mallory. Bloom co-starred in the film Most Likely to Murder, opposite Adam Pally and Vincent Kartheiser. The film was directed by Dan Gregor, and premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in March 2018. She has written and starred in two live musical sketch comedy shows at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in Los Angeles and New York: Rachel Bloom is a Triple Threat!!! and Sing Out, Louise! Her writing credits include Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken, Fox’s Allen Gregory, and Lucasfilm’s upcoming Star Wars Detours. She has also released two albums: Please Love Me (a compilation of old/new hits) and Suck It, Christmas!!! (A Chanukah Album).
After attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts for theater, where she served as head writer and director of the prestigious Hammerkatz sketch group, Bloom studied improv and sketch at Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York. She has been named one of Variety’s “10 Scribes To Watch”, as well as a “Comic to Watch” by Cosmopolitan, Time Out LA and other publications

 

2019 Finalists Announced for From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More! Presented by Project 10 Productions Inc.

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our single or multi-camera series long form pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions Inc.

Our five finalists are:

  • Ron Eigen, Groceries
  • Andrew Kimler and Keisha Zollar, Scoutmasters
  • Nimesh Patel and Mookie Thompson, Young Money
  • Darrell Dennis and Katya Gardner, Big Game
  • Blair Socci, Back Doors

 

About the teams and their projects:

 

Groceries, Ron Eigen (Creator)

Synopsis: Groceries follows the exploits of neurotic grocery bagger Harold Field, his diverse and lovable colleagues and the eccentric customers that frequent the quirky grocery store. 

Bio: Ron Eigen is an experienced director, writer and editor. Originally from SoHo, NYC, back when it was gritty and weird, he now lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kim and pet fish Monty. Most recently, Ron edited Jasper and Errol’s First Time for Viceland, You Can Do Better on truTV, and a soon-to-be released feature documentary about comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory, produced by Rock Paper Scissors. Ron has directed commercials for Herbal Essences, Bushmills, Western Digital, Sprint, Sizzler, The Natural History Museum and Captain Morgan. His short films have screened at the London Film Festival, Los Angeles Shorts Fest, New Zealand International Film Festival and the Hollywood Film Festival. While growing up, Ron religiously watched The Simpsons every Sunday night, which began his passion for animation. Ron regularly posts comics to his Instagram account, @eigencomics. Groceries is his first animated show.

 

Scoutmasters, Andrew Kimler (Creator/Writer) and Keisha Zollar (Writer/Producer)

Synopsis:  A group of reluctant scoutmasters struggle to teach and maintain antiquated scouting values in their dysfunctional troop.

Bio: Andrew Kimler is a writer, producer, and performer whose work has been seen on Comedy Central, NowThis, IAF.tv, Fast Company, Glamour Magazine, and more. He’s contributed to Vox, Comedy Cake, and ManCaveDaily.com, and Funny or Die. He also co-created and produced the topical news podcast, Applying It Liberally of which he was also a host as well as developed two properties with American Sports Network as an Executive Producer and writer. Andrew has performed comedy in NYC at the UCB and PIT including the monthly topical sketch show, Sktch Show and has had several appearances on the Emmy Award winning digital docu-series {THE AND}. 

Keisha Zollar is an actress-comedienne who is currently a Writing Supervisor on Busy Tonight. Previously, she was a staff writer on The Opposition with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central. Keisha recently wrapped her third Comedy Central digital series as an actor and writer. She served as co-creator/producer for the socio-political podcast Applying It Liberally. As an actor Keisha has been seen on Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, Comedy Central, Nightcap, Middle of the Night, The Today Show, CollegeHumor, TVLand, and many more. In addition, her comedy group Astronomy Club has a digital series with Comedy Central (Vulture Best New Comedy Series 2018). She has been featured by Glamour magazine, Fast Company, Paste magazine, etc.

Young Money, Nimesh Patel (Co-Creator) and Mookie Thompson (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: Young Money is 30-minute single cam comedy in which a finance wunderkind takes in his delinquent best friend and they combine their opposite worldviews to try and join the ranks of the super-rich by chasing a series of insane investment opportunities. Think Billions meets Broad City.

Bios: Nimesh Patel is a stand-up comedian, writer, and producer based in NYC. He is a former writer for SNL & worked in hedge funds, investment banking, and private equity before pursuing stand-up and writing comedy full-time. He has also written for the White House Correspondents Dinner hosted by Hasan Minhaj, The Oscars hosted by Chris Rock, the New York Times, and many others. 

Mookie Thompson is a New York native stand up comic, writer, actor and underground gambling “aficionado”. He was recently featured in the series “Rel” on Fox, and can be seen starring in the Complex produced prank show “Everything’s For Sale” on Hulu. Mookie performs stand up in the upcoming Comedy Dynamics series “Coming To The Stage”, and can be seen on tour as a feature act with the Lucas Brothers.

Big Game, Darrell Dennis (Co-Creator) and Katya Gardner (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: A hustler afflicted with“Unipolar Mania”returns to his poverty-stricken Indian reservation to start a casino in his brother’s garage and becomes an unlikely messiah to his people.

Bios: Darrell is aFirst Nations actor, writer, comedian and director. His feature film “Tales of an Urban Indian”was recently awarded production funding by Telefilm Canada.A TV pilot based on “Tales” aired on the Aboriginal People’s Television Network.Darrell was the head comedy writer on the TV show, “Buffalo Tracks”. He also wrote the pilot “Moccasin Flats” which premiered at Sundance and was picked up by Showcase Television.Darrell was the first ever Native cast member in the “Second City NationalTouring Company”. He has performed stand-up in televised galas at the “Winnipeg Comedy Festival” and “Just for Laughs”.On CBC Radio, Darrell co-wrote and hosted “Revision Quest” which won the prestigious New York Festival Award.Darrell is currently a writer on the TV mini-series “Little Bird”. He was recently the director, writer, and cast member of the comedy/variety series “The Guilt Free Zone”.

Katya Gardner has been a film and television actor for over 20 years. She has played a wide range of roles with credits ranging from “The X-Files”, “The Outer Limits”, “The City” and “Odyssey 5”. Katya has also starred with Charisma Carpenter in “Cheaters Club” and Rob Lowe in “Stir of Echoes: The Homecoming”. Currently she is enjoying success as a screenwriter. She had a development deal with CBC for a ground-breaking legal drama, had a TV Pilot place in the finals of a US TV Writer competition, and a feature film that was awarded production funding from Telefilm Canada.Katya was recently one of the comedy writers on APTN Comedy/Variety series “The Guilt Free Zone”

Back Doors, Blair Socci (Creator)

Synopsis: When Frankie’s uncle dies and leaves her his famed shop against her wishes, she must decide if she will leave her new life in New York and return to the world of surfing and hometown of San Clemente she so vehemently turned her back on.

Bio: Blair Socci is a Los Angeles-based comedian who recently moved back to her native state after 5 years in New York City. Her stand-up has been featured on Comedy Central,Last Call with Carson Daly,and Kevin Hart’s Lol Network. She was a breakout “New Face” at the 2017 Just For Laughs Montreal Festival and was also named to Bustle Magazine’s 2017 class of Comedians to Watch. You may know her from starring in the popular MTV series,Ladylike, or her from her writing and appearances on MTV’sGuy Code vs. Girl Code. Blair is the co-creator and star of the acclaimed digital series,Blair’s Lair,which follows amillennial agoraphobe with questionable morals and has been written up in Vulture and Paste Magazine. She is the co-host of The Blair and Greta Show every Tuesday in West Hollywood and the creator and host of the monthly talk show, Dear Owen Wilson. She also wants you to know that she has a masters in creative writing from The New School because she accidentally thought she wanted to be a novelist and also that she played volleyball at UCLA (class of 2018, she is so young).

Don’t miss this awesome pitch event! From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More takes place, Friday, July 26, 2019 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Doubletree by Hilton Montreal. From Set to Screen is presented by Project 10. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. Click here to purchase your pass today.

 

JIMMY CARR

Jimmy Carr has been a comedian for over a decade and a half. He’s performed 10 sell-out tours, playing over 2,500 shows to more than 2 and a half million people. He’s won the British Comedy Award for ‘Best Live Stand-Up Tour’, been nominated for the Perrier Award and in 2016 became the first UK comedian to record a special for Netflix.

His television credits include 20 seasons as host of panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 16 seasons of spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and 10 years presenting Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz Of The Year. He has also hosted three seasons of Roast Battle on Comedy Central UK and in 2018 hosted The Fix on Netflix.

Just For Laughs Announces the Recipients of the 2019 Just For Laughs Awards

Just For Laughs Announces the Recipients of the 2019 Just For Laughs Awards

The Generation Award to be presented to
Kevin Hart

Jimmy Carr to present the award of Stand-up Comedian of the Year to
Jim Jefferies

Trevor Noah to present the award of Breakout Comedy Star of the Year
to Hasan Minhaj

Chris Redd to present the award of Rising Comedy Star of the Year to
Amanda Seales

 Jason Mantzoukas to present the award of Comedy Writers of the Year to
Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin
& Jennifer Flackett for “Big Mouth”

Montréal, July 15, 2019 – Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is thrilled to announce the 2019 recipients of the Just For Laughs Awards, putting the spotlight on some of today’s most influential comedic voices. The 12th edition of the highly-anticipated show is set to take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 3:00pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

This year’s recipients are Kevin Hart (Generation Award), Jim Jefferies (Stand-up Comedian of the Year), Hasan Minhaj (Breakout Comedy Star of the Year), Amanda Seales (Rising Comedy Star of the Year), Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett for Netflix’ Big Mouth (Comedy Writers of the Year).

The 2019 Just For Laughs Awards Show will be hosted by none other than JFL-veteran and fan-favourite, Alonzo Bodden. Introduced to the world on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Alonzo Bodden was runner up on season 2 and came back to win it all on Last Comic Standing Season 3’s The Best of the Best. Bodden released his second stand-up comedy special in 2016, Historically Incorrect and can be seen in a number of TV’s top comedy shows including ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat and Showtime’s Californication.

Generation Award: Kevin Hart

Stand-up comedian, actor, and producer, Kevin Hart shot to fame after his first appearance at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, making a name for himself as one of the foremost comedians, entertainers, authors, and businessmen in the industry today. With an extensive list of film credits to his name, he has not only lent his voice to The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, but has also appeared in The Upside, Central Intelligence, Ride Along 2, Get Hard, to name but a few. In 2019 Hart wrapped up his highly successful, global live standup comedy tour, The Irresponsible Tour, which is now available to stream on Netflix. Kevin is currently in production working on his new film Fatherhood, based on the best-selling book “Two Kisses for Maddy,” which he both produced and stars in. You can also catch Kevin in the upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level alongside Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Danny DeVito, Karen Gillian, and Awkwafina, set to hit theatres at the end of this year. The Generation Award is reserved for recognizing unparalleled contributions to the world of comedy by artists whose work paves the way for a new generation of comedians. Kevin’s impact on the comedy industry, as a stand-up comedian, actor, producer continues to demonstrate why he is one of the most relevant and influential artists of our generation.

Presenter to be announced shortly.

Stand-Up Comedian of the Year: Jim Jefferies

Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor and writer, Jim Jefferies is most widely recognized as the creator and star of FX’s Legit, and host of Comedy Central’s hit late-night comedy series, The Jim Jefferies Show. Named one of the top 5 touring comedians in the world, Jefferies has three critically-acclaimed Netflix specials under his belt, including his most recent hour This is Me Now.

This award will be presented to Jim Jefferies by the unbelievably witty, Jimmy Carr, whose established comedy career spans a decade and a half. As the first UK-based comedian to record a special for Netflix, Carr’s additional television credits include 20 seasons as host of the panel show 8 Out Of 10 Cats, 16 seasons of spin-off 8 Out Of 10 Cats Does Countdown and 10 years presenting Channel 4’s Big Fat Quiz Of The Year. He has also hosted three seasons of Roast Battle on Comedy Central,

Breakout Comedy Star of the Year: Hasan Minhaj

Comedian, writer, producer, actor, political commentator and television host, Hasan Minhaj rose to fame after starring on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He was selected as a  New Face in 2014 by JFL, then went on to make his mark on the comedy industry after he delivered a smash speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. This past year, Minhaj has absolutely exploded on the comedy scene, hosting his own talk show, Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.

This award will be presented to Hasan Minhaj by comedic powerhouse and lauded political commentator, Trevor Noah. The South-African born comedian is celebrated around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events, often sharing incisive social and political commentary as host on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

Rising Comedy Star of the Year: Amanda Seales

Comedian, actress, writer and producer, Amanda Seales is a former MTV VJ with a master’s in African American studies from Columbia University. She is a series regular on HBO’s Insecure, has guest starred on ABC’s black-ish, and has performed stand up on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has written, produced and starred in two seasons of her scripted comedy, Get Your Life, that went viral after articulately and passionately confronting Caitlyn Jenner on issues of race and equality in America, during a live-streamed dinner, hosted by Katy Perry, on YouTube. Catch her this summer as the host of NBC’s new recording-breaking competition show, Bring The Funny.

This award will be presented to Amanda Seales by NBC’s Saturday Night Live star Chris Redd. The Emmy-award winning comic was selected as a New Face in 2015 by JFL. He now can be seen in several comedy films including The House opposite Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler, and A Futile and Stupid Gesture starring Will Forte.  Redd starred in the cult-classic TV show, Wet Hot American Summer and in 2017, was featured on Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents and Netflix’s Love.

Comedy Writers of the Year:

Netflix’ Big Mouth is the edgy adult animated comedy series that is based off creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s real-life friendship, and the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Heading into its third season, Big Mouth features the voices of comedy superstars including Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen, written by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.

This award will be presented to the writers of Netflix’s Big Mouth by actor Jason Mantzoukas. With countless acting credits to his name, including The House, The Dictator, How To Be Single, Sleeping With Other People, Neighbours, and the latest John Wick 3, Mantzoukas is best known for his roles on FXX’s The League, Netflix’s Big Mouth, NBC’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Good Place. Mantzoukas co-wrote Adult Swim’s Mr. Neighbor’s House and Universal’s Ride Along starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO takes place July 24 – 27, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

Industry passes are now on sale at https://comedypro.hahaha.com/pass-info/

Limited tickets are now on sale. Use this link to get your tickets now!

 

2019 Finalists Announced for Beyond the Box: Playing It Short Presented by Tubefilter

The finalists have been announced for the 2019 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short form pitch program presented by Tubefilter. Our five projects and their teams are:

  • Mary Gallagher and Brian Kiley, Be My Therapist
  • John Trowbridge and David Bluvband, Elon Musk: Galaxy Defender
  • Robert Watson and Andrew Lamb, A Gay Victorian Affair
  • Jana Peck and James Madge, Madge and Peck
  • Gary Curtis, Becky Harris, Money In The Bank

 

About the teams and their projects:

Be My Therapist, Mary Gallagher (Co-Creator) and Brian Kiley (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: After their therapist dies, two patients take turns being each other’s (completely unqualified) therapists.

Bios: Mary Gallagher is a comic, actor and writer. In 2018, she had her national television stand-up debut onThe Late Show with Stephen Colbert. A sitcom actor from shows such as How I Met Your Mother and Friends. She recently wrote her first screenplay “That Sex Thing“ with “Horrible Bosses” writer, Michael Markowitz.

Brian Kiley has been a writer for Conan O’Brien for over 25 years. He’s been nominated for 16 Emmys and won one. (Conan requested he give it back) As a stand-up, he appeared 7 times on David Letterman, 4 times on The Tonight Show and 12 times on Conan and has his own Comedy Central special. He lives in Studio City with his two beautiful novels.

 

Elon Musk: Galaxy Defender, John Trowbridge (Co-Creator) and David Bluvband (Co-Creator)

Synopsis: In the unthinkably distant year of 2020, Elon Musk lives on Mars fighting intergalactic enemies who wish to destroy earth and the people Elon has sworn to defend.

Bios: John Trowbridge is a comedian based in NYC. John currently writes for the reboot of All That on Nickelodeon. John was a staff writer on Franchesa and Show for Comedy Central and Sketched, an animated pilot that he also starred in. John was selected for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year for his show Riverdale Live,a hyper sexual reimagining of The CW’s Riverdale.

David Bluvband is a comedian/filmmaker born and raised in NYC. He started studying improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in NY in 2006, and has been performing there ever since. David is best known for playing the Human Fish on TruTV’s The Chris Gethard Show and for playing Virgil, one of the record store guys on the Emmy award winning series The Marvelous Mrs.Maisel on Amazon. His other TV credits include recurring roles on Broad City and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, as well as appearances on The Detour, Difficult People and more.

 

A Gay Victorian Affair, Robert Watson (Creator) and Andrew Lamb (Director)

Synopsis: A Gay Victorian Affair is a gay fantasia of historical homosexual hanky panky. Set in Victorian England, the series follows Lord Reginald and Lady Vanessa Favershum, a gay man and lesbian woman who enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep their true desires a secret –and then they help each other hook up. It’s Downton Abbey meets Queer As Folk as Reginald and Vanessa manoeuvre through sexual escapades and dangerous secrecy, knowing that the slightest slip up could cause their entire world to come crashing down.

Bios: Born in St. John’s and raised in Victoria, Robert is an award winning playwright, actor, standup comedian and fragrance aficionado extraordinaire. A Harold Award recipient for his contributions to the Toronto theatre community, Robert received a 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination for Outstanding New Play for The Money Tree and again in 2017 for Birds of a Feather. A graduate of George Brown Theatre School, Robert has in the past year been an up and coming comedian in Toronto’s standup scene; his prem-iere recording can be found on Queer and Present Danger (Live), available on Itunes. 

Andrew Lamb is the Artistic Director of Roseneath Theatre and Theatre Awakening in Toronto. Andrew spent five seasons as the Director of Education at Tarragon Theatre and was part of the 2009 Director’s Lab at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York. Andrew serves on the board of directors for the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres.

 

 

Madge and Peck, Jana Peck (Co-Creator) and James Madge (Co-Creator) 

Synopsis: Comedy duo James Madge and Jana Peck have created a blistering sketch-comedy series about midlife and the real shit-pile it can be. Madge and Peck is a sophisticated, dark, grounded comedy designed by grown-ups, for grown-ups. It’s comedy with a life under its belt.

Bios: James Madge is an actor, improviser, and former journalist of 18 years. After getting laid off (the first time) from his right-wing newspaper job, he began studying in earnest at Toronto’s The Second City. Since then he has performed sketch, stand-up, appeared in over 80 television commercials, and an increasing number of television series. 

Jana Madge began her acting career with voice over work for commercials over 25 years ago. She’s an actor, improviser, and writer as well as an award winning advertising copywriter. She’s appeared in commercials for clients like Ikea, WalMart, Tassimo, McDonalds, Home Depot, Tim Hortons,and Fallsview Casino just to name a few.

 

Money In The Bank, Gary Curtis (Creator) and Becky Harris (Producer)

Synopsis: A glorified background actor moves back to his small hometown in New Jersey after running out of money and never getting his big break in LA. 

Bios: Gary Curtis is a Los Angeles based comedian, actor, and writer who uses his charm, intellect, and out-of-the-box thinking to win over audiences. Gary started acting and gained internet popularity performing in more than 30 Buzzfeed videos, some which he helped write. For his first solo project, Gary created a web series titled Diary of an Insecure Boyfriend, which he wrote, directed, and starred in. Gary can be found regularly performing on comedy shows in Los Angeles. 

Becky Harris was born and raised in New Jersey, and since embarking on her entertainment career inLos Angeles she has been a comedy/political writer for Current TV, assistant director at the Public Theater,as well as a viral video lead producer at BuzzFeed for 5 years.

Don’t miss this awesome pitch event! Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place, Wednesday, July 24 2019 at 3:45 pm in the Inspiration Room, Doubletree by Hilton Montreal. Beyond The Box is presented by Tubefilter. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. Click here to purchase your pass today.

Finalists Revealed for Just For Laughs’ Eat My Shorts!

This year’s short film finalists will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal

Tickets are available for purchase HERE!

Montréal, July 2, 2019Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is excited to share the titles of the 13 finalists slated for this year’s Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a competition in search of the funniest short films.

Just For Laughs has been searching for the funniest short films from every corner of the world to showcase at this year’s Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts. Having grown to a record-breaking 1,500+ submissions, this summer’s collection of finalists range from mockumentaries to edgy comedies, parodies to animation, and everything else in between. The Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts screening will take place on Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm at the Phi Centre in Montreal.

In alphabetical order, the 13 short films selected are:

  • 99 – Nick Borenstein (Director)
  • Consent – Kimmy Gatewood (Director)
  • Dinner For Three – Brandon Calder (Director)
  • Ghost – Nate Russell (Director)
  • Hashtag Apocalypse – Samuel Larson (Director)
  • Hold On – Bart Schrijver (Director)
  • Labor Relations – Karisa Bruin (Director)
  • Library of God – Stian Hafstad (Director)
  • Love After Anne – Darrin Rose (Director)
  • Pig – Evan Powers (Director)
  • Sorry, Not Sorry – Monique Sorgen (Director)
  • Weird Shit – Larissa Pruett (Director) Nathan Trumball (Director)
  • Zoo Animals – Francisco Ramos (Director)

 

“We received an extraordinary amount of really funny, clever and witty films from across the world and had a really difficult time choosing our finalists”, shares Tony Wosk, Film Programmer for Just For Laughs. “All of the filmmakers submitting should be incredibly proud of their work and we wish we could have included more.”

After the screening of all 13 films, the winning 3 films will be chosen by a group of jurors, including American High founder and president, Jeremy Garelick.

The third prize winner will be awarded $250; second prize will receive $500, and the winner will take home the $1,000 grand prize!!!

About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer to the people who truly make comedy happen than at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

About the Phi Centre:
Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is making everyone’s business funny

Drum roll, please…. here are the Class of 2019 Pitch Finalists for
CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program
Beyond The Box: Playing It Short
From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More
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Industry Delegates – learn who’s attending this year
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Informative industry panels, special keynote speakers, live podcast recordings, concept showcases, celebrated networking events, and more will take place at this year’s ComedyPRO from July 24-27, 2019.

Montréal, June 25, 2019 – Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is back for its 12th edition this summer, running during Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival from July 24-27, 2019. Over the last decade, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO has become the go-to conference and key destination for both aspiring and established showrunners, writers, directors, comedy creators, agents and managers. This year’s pitch program, Stand Up & Pitch: The Comedy Content Search, will showcase an impressive line-up of thematically and creatively diverse new program ideas, representing a broad range of talent from Canada and the US.

“Individuals working in the comedy sphere are constantly looking for opportunities to network, make new and lasting business and creative connections, and discover up-and-coming talent,” shares Paul Ronca, Senior Director of Creative Development & Brand Partnerships at Just For Laughs. ComedyPRO has since become that engine, and we couldn’t be more excited for this year’s festival.”

PITCH SESSIONS

The following projects have been selected as finalists in ComedyPRO’s prestigious 2019 pitch program:

CBC Comedy Original Pitch Program
The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program presents five projects from Canadian creators, in both long and short formats. The five finalists are given the opportunity to pitch their original web series or TV concepts to a panel of senior development executives and key creatives from CBC Comedy.

Panelists include: Michelle Daly (Senior Director of Comedy, CBC Scripted Content, CBC) and Wendy Litner (CBC’s How to Buy a Baby), and additional panelists to be announced. Moderated by Nicole Stamp (TV Host, Actor, Director, Writer).

The final projects are:

  • Domesticate Me, Created by Nthenya Ndunda, Produced by Nthenya Ndunda and Siobhan Baird.
  • Far Out, Written and Created by Andrea Smith Peek, Produced by Victoria Wescott
  • Kandu Attitude, Co-Created and Co-Written by Richard Young and Vas Saranga
  • Naked Nancy, Written and Directed by Marni Van Dyk, Produced by Natalie Urquhart
  • Rock Bottom TV, Written by Rick Anthony, Produced by Jason Troung.

For more information on each of the finalists and their project, click here.

Beyond the Box: Playing It Short Presented by Tubefilter
Tubefilter and Just For Laughs have joined forces to present the “Playing It Short” pitch program, where five teams with inventive short-form concepts have been selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of hard-nosed comedy experts, followed by a 15-minute open question period.

Panelists include: Alia J Daniels (Co-founder, COO, Revry, Inc.), Colin Davis (Content Lead, Quibi), Kathleen Grace (CEO, New Form), Erin Keating (Senior Development Manager of Snap Originals, Snap Inc.), Chris Kelley (Comedy Production Executive, Bell Media), Rosie Komadina (General Manager, WatchMojo Studios). Moderated by Drew Baldwin (Tubefilter, Founder and CEO).

The final projects are:

  • Be My Therapist, Co-written, Co-created and Co-starring Mary Gallagher and Brian Kiley
  • Elon Musk: Galaxy Defender, Created by John Trowbridge and David Bluvband
  • A Gay Victorian Affair, Created and written by Robert Watson, Directed by Andrew Lamb
  • Madge & Peck, Co-created, Co-written by and Starring Jana Peck and James Madge
  • Money In The Bank, Created by Gary Curtis, Produced by Becky Harris

For more information on each of the finalists and their project, click here.

From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More Presented by Project 10 Productions
Project 10 Productions and Just For Laughs have teamed up for the “From Set to Screen” pitch program, where five teams on the cutting edge of comedy have been selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of comedy experts from the most sought-after networks and streaming platforms, followed by a 15-minute open question period at the end of the session.

Panelists include: Roberto Alcantara (Vice President of Comedy Development & Programming, FOX Entertainment), Rob Gati (Original Programming Executive, Hulu), Punit Mattoo (Comedy Executive, Amazon Studios), Samantha Schles (Director of Talent & Development, Comedy Central), Cameron Tang (Director of Development, Adult Swim), Sarah Weaver (Director of Programming, Entertainment Specialty, Bell Media). Moderator Ben Murray (President, Project 10 Productions).

The final projects are:

  • Big Game, Written by Darrell Dennis and Katya Gardner
  • Back Doors, Created by Blair Socci
  • Groceries, Created by Ron Eigen, featuring the voices of Ben Gleib, Chaunte Wayans, Jeff Richards, Eric Schwartz and Ketra Long.
  • Scoutmasters, Created by Andrew Kimler and Co-Written by Keisha Zoller.
  • Young Money, Co-Created and Co-Written by Mookie Thompson and Nimesh Patel

For more information on each of the finalists and their project, click here.

Pitch At Your Own Risk: The American High Film Edition
ComedyPRO has teamed up with production studio, American High, to search for the next classic comedy film à la Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles. This is a first-come, first-pitch event! Every name that submits a project will be eligible, and the first select few in the lineup will be invited to pitch!  This is a no-holds-barred event, and nothing (well, very little) is prohibited! Pitchers must stay focused amidst various infuriating (but safe) distractions, a flurry of questions from American High, Elon Gold, and other competitors, out to poke holes in their idea. One winning concept will be chosen at the event.

Panelists include: Ryan Bennett (Executive Producer), Jeremy Garelick (American High Founder, Writer, Director), Will Phelps (Producer), Michael Schade (Executive Producer) and MC’d by comedian, Elon Gold.

For more information on each of the pitch panel, click here.

PANELS

Among the biggest and most exciting draws of ComedyPRO are the unrivaled panels and discussions, moderated by and featuring some of today’s leading comedy industry insiders.

Click here for the list of delegates attending this year’s festival.

The 2019 lineup is bringing back previously applauded panels, as well as adding a slew of new conversation-starters, including:

A Stage In Every Country – A Guide To Touring In Canada And Abroad presented by Netflix
Canadian comedians may be exporting themselves internationally, but it’s a little known fact that the importing business is just as strong here in Canada. While local comedians are off exploring markets around the world, International comedians, now more than ever, are looking for laughs in Canada. Hear from a group of comedians as they discuss the attraction of performing in Canada and abroad.

Panelists to be announced!

Digital First Comedy: How to Find your Niche
Hear from those leading the way in the development, finance, acquisition and distribution of digital-first content as they discuss how content reigns supreme, ‘bite size viewing’ is on the rise, and how comedy is flourishing in this highly-engaged environment.

Panelists include: Deniese Davis (COO, Producer, ColorCreative), Ally Engelberg (Director of Development, Above Average), Laura Fischer (CEO, Powderkeg), Gayle Gilman (CEO, Co-Founder, Ripple Entertainment and Snarled Media).

The Big Audition: Casting For Comedy Presented by Casting Society of America
They are the unsung heroes that carefully piece together what will literally be the very faces of your next favorite, binge-worthy comedy. On this panel, we ask some of comedy’s biggest casting directors the dos and don’ts of auditioning and what goes into building film and television’s most iconic and hilarious ensembles.

Panelists: Jennifer Euston (Casting Director, Jennifer Euston Casting), Allison Jones (Casting Director), Sherie Hernandez (Casting Director, Kapital Entertainment), Jeanne McCarthy (Casting Director, McCarthy/Abellera Casting), and moderated by Amanda Lenker-Doyle (CSA, Doyle/Fiorilli Casting).

Comedy in Canada: What’s the deal?
It’s no joke that Canadians are funny, but where do they stand on the world stage? The larger spotlight tends to shine on the USA, so comedians are following it, but who is pointing the light in Canada’s direction? Hear from those at the centre of the Canadian Comedy business, in front of the curtain, and behind it.

Panelists: Michelle Daly (Senior Director of Comedy, CBC Scripted Content), Sarah Fowlie (Director of Original Programming, Bell Media), Adam Growe (Board of Directors, CASC and CANCOM), Dave Merheje (comedian), and additional panelists to be announced.

Comedy Club Bookers: The Gatekeepers of Comedy
We have assembled some of the most prominent and astute comedy club owners from across North America to discuss a variety of hot topics, controversial issues, trends and changes that affect the comedy industry today.

Panelists: Rick Bronson (President, House of Comedy & The Comic Strip), Wende Curtis (CEO, Comedy Works), Nick Kostis (Owner, Pickwick & Frolic/Hilarities), Eve Paras (Owner, Comedy On State) and moderated by Jeff Singer (Just For Laughs Talent Scout).

Who’s Laughing Now? Comedy and the Shifting TV Terrain
Hear from those at the forefront of a rapidly changing television landscape, as they discuss how viewing preferences and audience fragmentation are influencing their decisions on what shows to make, where and how they are finding the hottest new talent, and how they are reaching their target audience as the viewer is offered an increasing number of options.

Panelists: Brendan Countee (VP of Original Programming, Showtime), Suzanna Makkos (EVP of Original Programming, Comedy & Animation, WarnerMedia Direct-to-Consumer), Jeff Meyerson (Senior VP of Comedy Development, NBC Entertainment), Justin Stockman (VP of Premium SVOD and OTT, Bell Media), Ben Wasserstein (VP of Programming, HBO).

That’s What She Said!
Now more than ever, female empowerment is impacting the comedic landscape in an unprecedented fashion, but there is still a long way to go. Hear from these trailblazing women in the comedy industry as they discuss the unfunny fight for equal respect, equal opportunity and equal pay. Gift of the United States Government.

Panelists: Kay Cannon (Pitch Perfect, Fame), Jandiz Cardoso (Senior Director of Talent Development and Inclusion, NBC Universal), Cindy Chupack (Modern Family, Sex and the City, Netflix’s Otherhood), Jamila Hunter (President of TV, Khalabo Ink Society) and additional panelists to be announced.

Political Comedy On Political Change
Can political comedy create political change, and is it okay if the answer is no? Listen as a group of comedians discuss the current political climate, it’s effect on comedy (and vice versa), and the big question of “does it even matter?”

Panelists: Ronny Chieng, Erin Foley, Michael Kosta and additional panelists to be announced. Moderated by Baratunde Thurston.

Variety “10 Comics to Watch” Uncensored 2019 Presented by Cohen Gardner llp
Sit down with Variety’s 2019 “10 Comics to Watch” for an hour of pure, uncensored and honest conversation about comedy. We gather a slew of Variety’s 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.

Panelists: [most of the 10 will be in attendance] Celeste Barber, Chris Fleming, DC Young Fly, Dusty Slay, Fahim Anwar, Patricia “Ms. Pat” Williams, Patti Harrison, Piff the Magic Dragon, Robin Thede and Zainab Johnson, moderated by Malina Saval (Features Editor, Variety)

A Serious Talk With Funny People – Mental Health In Comedy
The sad clown paradox is not a new phenomenon in our industry – the issue of mental health in comedy has always been present, however discussing it on stage with an audience was not as common as it is today. In this panel, we address the complex conversation about mental health in comedy – how to talk about it, how to cope with it, and how to laugh about it.

Panelists: Byron Bowers, Solomon Georgio, and additional panelists to be announced. Moderated by Felicity Ward.

INDUSTRY ADDRESSES

Hear from various comedy experts and insiders in these thought-provoking and conversation-stimulating industry addresses.

Never Give Up: Louie Anderson Keynote Address
From the first Tonight Show to second show Fridays, to winning 3 Emmys to what you shouldn’t do, what you should do, and who you should trust! 40 years of ups, downs and arounds with Louie Anderson.

Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address 2019 Presented by CTV Comedy Channel
The Sultan of Schadenfreude, Andy Kindler returns this year to once again deliver the State of the Industry Address 2019. A smorgasbord of discontent. Andy says, “Hop in! The water is bitter.”

Mark Forward and Courtney Gilmour’s “Oh Comedy! A Canadian Perspective” Presented by SiriusXM
Come hear the state of the Canadian comedy industry featuring candid commentary from Mark Forward and Courtney Gilmour, as they take you on a journey of their home and native land, and answer some very important questions. Such as, if a punchline is delivered in a Canadian comedy club, but everyone has left for America, who will laugh? The answer? You will.

CAST PANELS AND PODCASTS

These newly announced panels and delegates are joining previously announced cast panels coming to ComedyPRO, including Netflix Presents  GLOW: A Cast and Creators Panel featuring Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron; Netflix Presents BIG MOUTH: Meet The Creators Panel featuring Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, CTV Comedy Channel, Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Present An Evening With JANN Panel with Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper; HBO Presents A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW Creator and Cast Panel featuring Robin Thede, Lauren Ashley Smith, Ashley Nicole Black, Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis; and so much more.

PLUS, more podcasts than ever before! Over 25 different podcasts.

Just For Laughs Adds More Star Power To This Year’s Lineup

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival is adding more star power to this year’s lineup!

This summer’s lineup is expanding all horizons, promising comedy fans

19 jam-packed days of skillfully curated programming, featuring Anthony Anderson, Jann Arden, Marc Maron, Girl With No Job, Jim Norton, Louie Anderson, Tiny Meat Gang, and so many more!

ComedyPRO programming includes, Netflix Presents BIG MOUTH: Meet The Creators, Netflix Presents GLOW: A Cast and Creators Panel, CTV, Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Presents An Evening with JANN and HBO Presents A BLACK LADY SKETCH SHOW Creator and Cast Panel!

Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce new artists added to this year’s Festival lineup.

ANOTHER UNRIVALED GALA SHOW

Actor, comedian and writer, Anthony Anderson, star of ABC’s massive hit, Black-ish and Executive producer of Grown-ish will be returning to Just For Laughs, hosting his first-ever Gala! Anderson currently stars in the Netflix film Beats and hosts the ABC version of the famous game show To Tell the Truth, and recently starred as “Uncle Henry” in the ABC television special, Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All in the Family and The Jeffersons.  The Anthony Anderson Gala will be taking place on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 6:30pm, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

CONCERT SHOWS TO SATISFY YOUR COMEDY CRAVINGS! 

Cody Ko and Noel Miller are two former software engineers who left their rock solid, bullet proof careers to become pretty decent comedians with no health insurance. They started the Tiny Meat Gang podcast late last year, and since then, are still doing the podcast (no flex). In January of 2019, Cody and Noel achieved the American dream – setting out on a self-financed comedy tour and entertaining tens of hundreds of people around the 9th smartest nation in the world. Now they’re finally taking their athlete confidence and – again, pretty decent – senses of humour to the stage in Montreal for an hour and a half of literal balls out comedy. Tiny Meat Gang Live will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at L’Olympia.

BE PART OF THE COOL KIDS CLUB WITH THESE CLUB AND THEATRE SHOWS

The Club Shows presented by Tangerine, will be stacked with amazing and hilarious solo hours you will want to run, not walk to….

Comedian, podcast host, actor and author, Marc Maron, has been writing and performing raw, honest and thought-provoking comedy for over 20 years. In September 2009, Maron changed the podcast landscape when he started WTF with Marc Maron, featuring revelatory conversations with iconic personalities including Conan O’Brien, Robin Williams, Ben Stiller, President Barack Obama and more. Currently starring on Netflix’s GLOW, Maron has several comedy albums and special credits, including a self-titled IFC comedy series.  Marc Maron will be bringing his Hey, There’s More Tour to Montreal on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:30pm at Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

Claudia Oshry, a.k.a Girl With No Job, is the social media maven behind the infamous Instagram account @girlwithnojob. Oshry has very much made social media her “job”, now co-hosting the online daily talk-show The Morning Toast, which streams live on Facebook and YouTube, and is recorded as a podcast. Over the last year, Oshry began touring the country to sold out clubs and theatres, performing her original stand-up material for her die-hard Toasters. Girl With No Job will be performing on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:30pm at Club Soda.

Actor, comedian, and internet sensation, Anjelah Johnson, famous for her iconic role as “Bon Qui Qui” on MADtv, will be coming to Just For Laughs this summer. After recording music as “Bon Qui Qui”, Anjelah signed a record deal with Warner Bros. Records to release a full album titled, Gold Plated Dreams. With many different comedy specials under her belt, she recently taped her fourth hour special Mahalo & Goodnight that is now available for steaming on Hulu. Anjelah Johnson’s new show More of Me will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm at Club Soda.

Kreeps with Kids is a comedy show about comedians and about family. Comics are not like other parents. They are nothing like the parents you see on TV or read about. Stand-up comics have an odd shared philosophy in parenting – they tend to think of their children as people, not kids. Kreeps with Kids invites comedians who are also moms and dads to perform 10-minute sets about being parents. Join comedians Robert Kelly and Ron Bennington as they host a JFL edition of Kreeps with Kids, on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm at Club Soda.

American stand-up comedian, radio personality, bestselling author and actor, Jim Norton is the co-host of The Jim Norton & Sam Roberts Show that can be heard every morning on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. His latest stand up special, Mouthful of Shame is streaming now on Netflix where Jim lays out a full serving of refreshingly unapologetic humour in his first Netflix comedy special. He has an additional 4 one-hour comedy specials that can be seen on Hulu, Amazon and HBO GO. Jim Norton is will be back at Just For Laughs this summer with his new one hour, Jim Norton: Ted Bundy is a Cu*t on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:30pm at Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

The El-Salomons take the motto ‘make love not war’ very personally. Jess Salomon (hilarious comic) and Eman El-Husseini (also hilarious comic) met and fell in love at a comedy club in Montreal nearly a decade ago when a friend of theirs suggested, “you two broads should kiss”. Jess is Jewish and Eman is Palestinian (basically enemies), one is a Taurus and one is a Leo (ENEMIES!!), but they somehow make it work. It’s probably the hummus. Jess and Eman got married and left Canada for America right before the last election. They are famous for their love, their stand up and their ability to make really REALLY fantastic life choices. Live from L’Astral: The El-Salomons will take place on Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7:00pm at L’Astral.

Comedian Tom Henry’s debut album Tom Henry Kills reached number one on the iTunes comedy charts last year. A festival staple, he has performed here at Just For Laughs, San Francisco Sketchfest and Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and has opened for the likes of Tim Meadows, Nikki Glaser, and Todd Barry. Henry is also a regular on Andy Kindler’s Alternative Show where Kindler chose him as “The Next Big Thing in 2017.” Tom Henry brings his unique sense of humour to JFL in the form of Live from L’Astral: Tom Henry on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:00pm at L’Astral.

FOR THE SERIOUS FAN, GET UP CLOSE WITH THESE STAR-STUDDED CAST & CREATOR PANELS AT COMEDYPRO

Meet the creators of Netflix’s edgy adult animated comedy series, Big Mouth! Sit down with the creative minds behind the show, which include Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett, and learn about how they began their journey to produce a hit show based off Kroll and Goldberg’s real-life friendship, and the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Netflix Presents Big Mouth: Meet the Creators will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:30pm in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

Join the cast and creators of Netflix’s hit comedy series, GLOW! Learn about the inspiration behind the show and how it became an award-winning fan-favorite with co-creators Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and stars Betty Gilpin and Marc Maron. GLOW has two seasons currently streaming on Netflix, with the third being released on August 9th. Netflix Presents GLOW: A Cast and Creators Panel will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:15pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

Sit down with the creators and star of the hit CTV series, Jann! Get the inside scoop with Canadian icon Jann Arden (series star, co-creator, and executive producer), Leah Gauthier (co-creator and executive producer), and Jennica Harper (co-creator, executive producer, and showrunner) for information on the behind the scenes action, creation, and inception. Find out how this comedic sitcom became the most-watched Canadian comedy of the year. CTV, Project 10 Productions and Seven24 Present An Evening with “Jann” Featuring Jann Arden, Leah Gauthier, and Jennica Harper will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:15pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

Sit down with the cast and creator of HBO’s half-hour comedy series, A Black Lady Sketch Show, a narrative sketch series set in a limitless magical reality full of hilarious characters and celebrity guests. Join creator, executive producer and cast member Robin Thede, head writer and co-executive producer Lauren Ashley Smith, writer and cast member Ashley Nicole Black and cast members Quinta Brunson and Gabrielle Dennis for an intimate conversation about this addictively funny, trailblazing new series. Thede executive produces A Black Lady Sketch Show with Issa Rae via her Issa Rae Productions, Dave Becky and Jonathan Berry for 3 Arts, and Tony Hernandez and Brooke Posch for JAX Media. HBO presents A Black Lady Sketch Show Creator and Cast Panel will take place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 12:15pm in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

SERIOUSLY FUNNY: COMEDYPRO COVERS IMPORTANT TOPICS

Now more than ever, female empowerment is impacting the comedic landscape in an unprecedented fashion, but there is still a long way to go. At its core, the issue of gender parity across the media landscape, and the systematic barriers in every level of entertainment must be addressed and tackled from within the industry. Hear from trail-blazing women in the comedy industry as they discuss the unfunny fight for equal respect, equal opportunity and equal pay. The panel includes three-time Emmy nominated director and writer Kay Cannon of Pitch Perfect and Girlboss fame, as well as three-time Golden Globe winner and two-time Emmy winning writer and director, Cindy Chupack of Modern Family, Sex and the City, I’m Dying Up Here and her upcoming Netflix film “Otherhood”. That’s What She Said featuring Kay Cannon, Cindy Chupack, and more, will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:15pm in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

Can political comedy create political change, and is it okay if the answer is no? Join Baratunde Thurston, Ronny Chieng, and a panel of comedians as they discuss the current political climate, it’s effect on comedy (and vice versa), and the big question of “does it even matter?”. Political Comedy on Political Change will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:45pm-4:45pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

We’re delighted to welcome back to Montreal, comedy icon Louie Anderson to deliver the JFL Keynote Address. From the first Tonight Show to second show Fridays, to winning 3 Emmys to what you shouldn’t do, what you should do, and who you should trust! 40 years of ups, downs and arounds with Louie Anderson. Never Give Up: Louie Anderson Keynote Address will take place Thursday, July 26, 2019 at 2:30pm, in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree by Hilton Montreal.

MORE GREAT PODCASTS RECORDED LIVE FROM MONTREAL!

We can’t get enough of these comedy podcasts rising in popularity, so we’ve added even more of today’s funniest to the Just For Laughs Festival lineup!

Recording live from Montreal this summer, are Yedoye Travis’ Dark Tank, and Andy Bush and Mark Little’s My Gorgeous Son.  Spend An Afternoon with Earwolf as they present a series of podcasts including Matt Besser’s improv4humans, Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata’s Best Friends with Nicole Byer and Sasheer Zamata, and Beth Stelling and Diane Duval’s We Called Your Mom.

The Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal, as well as their sponsors: Loto-Québec, Bell, Sleeman, Le Groupe Maurice, Tim Hortons and La Capitale, for their support.

Submissions Open for Pitch At Your Own Risk: The American High Film Edition!

Are you the next John Hughes?

JFL ComedyPRO has teamed up with production studio, American High, to search for the next timeless comedy film. Influenced by movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day OffSixteen Candles and The Breakfast ClubJeremy Garelick (American High founder) bought a school in Syracuse, NY, with the goal to make more movies like the ones that inspired him as a teen.

With three accomplished producers, Michael SchadeRyan Bennett, and Will Phelps, American High has already shot five indie comedies and recently optioned Ready, Set, Bad from The Comedy Pitch Showcase at JFLNW 2019 in Vancouver.

This is your chance. Submit your original screenplay idea (one-pager) with a concise but capitvating logline, in any genre of comedy film – from rom-coms to dramedies. Think classic high school comedy with an edge. Submission details below!

THE EVENT:
First-come, first-pitch! Remember that time you camped out to get tickets to your favourite band? This is like that. But better. With your online submission, your name is added to the door list. The first select few in the lineup will be invited to pitch, so get there early!

First step: Submit your pitch!
Second step: Get in line!

Submitting your pitch ensures your eligibility, but does not guarantee your entry. Get your lawn chairs ready!

These early birds will pitch in front of American High executives and one, yet-to-be-announced, hilarious comedian, in an open-forum pitch session. In the rapid-fire first round, pitchers will have 30 seconds each to pitch. Those selected to pitch in the semi-finals will then have 2 minutes to elaborate on their idea. If you survive, the finals are all about defending your idea against the critics who want to bring you down! Pitchers should prepare a pitch of approximately 5 minutes, and know your idea in and out!

This is a no holds barred event, and nothing (well, very little) is prohibited! Pitchers must stay confident in their ideas amidst various infuriating (but safe) distractions, a flurry of questions from American High and guest comedian, and other competitors out to poke holes in your amazing idea.

JFL will select five (5) submissions and those pitchers are guaranteed the opportunity to pitch. These pitchers will be notified approximately one (1) week prior to the scheduled live pitch. Please note, any travel cost would be at your own expense.

Submissions close June 28, 2019

SUBMISSION MATERIALS
– Step 1: Sign the submission waiver, which can be found HEREPlease note: No materials will be reviewed unless this agreement is signed and returned with your submission. If we receive a submission without the aforementioned agreement, it will be automatically rejected.
– Step 2: Compile your one-pager (with logline) highlighting your original comedy film idea. The logline is the first thing we see, so make it intriguing! The one-pager should include a plot summary, main characters, themes, etc. Please be clear and concise! Please submit this as one document in PDF format.
– Step 3: Write your full name and film title in the subject line of your email. Please send all these documents to films@hahaha.com.

DETAILS
– The five (5) pitchers selected by JFL will be notified approximately one (1) week prior to the scheduled live pitch.
– All submitters should prepare a 5-minute pitch presentation.
– All submissions must be in English.
– Submitted materials will not be returned.
– All applicants will be contacted via email so please ensure that you provide a working email address.
– You can submit more than one project, however, you must fill out a submissions agreement form for each project submitted.
– You may submit as a team.
– All submissions are reviewed by select members of the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO Festival.

PRIZES
The winner of Pitch At Your Own Risk: The American High Film Edition will have the chance to have their idea optioned and developed by American High! In addition, we’re offering a $1,000 CAD prize, and best of all, your name will be immortalized on the American High school forever, as you’ll have one of their bathrooms named after you! That’s right – the next time you see a movie produced by American High, you may see your name on the big screen!

Just For Laughs Is Serving Up More Comedy Favourites

Just For Laughs is coming in hot this July! The largest comedy festival in the world is adding even more talent to the 2019 lineup with Wanda Sykes, Blake Griffin, Nick Kroll, Fred Armisen, Ronny Chieng, Shaun Majumder, Steve O, She The People, Jeff Ross’s The Roastmaster’s Invitational, How Did This Get Made? and so much more, including Margaret Trudeau!

These new names are joining the previously announced all-star lineup of some of today’s top comics, including Adam Sandler, Aziz Ansari, Trevor Noah, Jim Jefferies, Jonathan Van Ness, Howie Mandel, Hasan Minhaj, Rachel Bloom, and so many more!

We’re still nowhere near done yet! More names will be announced in the coming weeks.

Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is thrilled to share a new slew of artists being added to this summer’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Joining the esteemed lineup of previously announced artists, these additions are taking the JFL Montreal Festival to new heights, making Montreal the number one destination this July!

THESE JFL GALAS ARE NO JOKE!

Multi-award-winning actress, producer, and comic, Wanda Sykes has recently appeared on ABC’s Black-ish, Comedy Central’s Broad City, and HBO’s iconic Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her first and second HBO stand up specials Wanda Sykes; Sick and Tired and I’ma Be Me were nominated for Primetime Emmy awards. Sykes went on to star and produce the Comedy Central show Wanda Does It, and her own late-night talk show on FOX, The Wanda Sykes Show; not to mention 5 years as part of HBO’s critically acclaimed Chris Rock Show. Wanda Sykes will be returning to the JFL stage this summer to host The Wanda Sykes Gala taking place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS THAT CAN’T BE MISSED

All-Star Blake Griffin, is returning to the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal this summer as host and curator of the stand-up show, comedy.by blake. By working with long standing partner Red Bull, Blake raises funds for the Team Griffin Foundation, an organization committed to young men and women – providing them the best opportunities to develop and showcase their skills and learn essential lessons of life, competition and hard work. “Just for Laughs is my favorite comedy festival and it holds a lot of special memories for me,” said Griffin. “I’m so appreciative that comedy. By Blake has been added to the summer roster. Hopefully we don’t screw it up” comedy. By blake produced by Red Bull, will be taking place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm at L’Olympia.

Actor, comedian, voice artist, screenwriter, producer, singer and musician, Fred Armisen, best recognized as a cast member on NBC’s Saturday Night Live from 2002 through 2013, which won him an esteemed Peabody Award, will make his Montreal JFL debut this summer. As co-creator and co-star of IFC’s famed sketch comedy series Portlandia, Armisen was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Armisen’s film and television career features many small but memorable roles, including characters in Netflix’s Big Mouth, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Eurotrip, Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny and many more. Fred Armisen’s Comedy For Musicians but Everyone is Welcome will be taking place on Saturday, July 27, 2019, at 7:00pm at L’Olympia.

Actor, writer and producer, Nick Kroll, recently co-created and voiced numerous roles on the Netflix animated series Big Mouth, which has been heralded by the Hollywood Reporter as “sweet, progressive and breathtakingly filthy,”. In January 2017, Kroll wrapped his Broadway debut with the critically acclaimed Oh, Hello on Broadway. Nick had his own Comedy Central sketch show Kroll Show and starred as Ruxin in the hit FX show The League. Next up, Nick can be heard in Universal Pictures’ upcoming animated film, Secret Life of Pets 2, and MGM’s upcoming The Addams Family. Nick Kroll will be performing standup for one night only on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 9:30pm at L’Olympia.

Stand-up comedian and stunt-performer, Steve-O, (a.k.a. Stephen Glover) was willing to do whatever it took to become famous, so he began to pitch his ridiculous home videos to various film producers. Eventually, his videos made it into the hands of Jackass creator, director and producer, Jeff Tremaine, who was working with the infamous Johnny Knoxville to create the stunt-based reality show, MTV’s Jackass. The rest is history. As a New York Times bestselling author for his memoir Professional Idiot, Steve-O has established himself as a force in the world of stand up. His first hour special, Guilty as Charged aired on Showtime to positive reviews. Steve-O is bringing his Bucket List Tour, a multimedia comedy experience that includes screening footage of some of his most elusive and outlandish stunts, to Montreal on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:30pm at L’Olympia.

Have you ever seen a movie so bad that it’s good? Paul Scheer (Black Monday, The League, Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The Good Place, The League) and June Diane Raphael (Long Shot, Grace & Frankie) are experts in the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their award-winning podcast, How Did This Get Made? they gather with their funniest friends and subject themselves to a cinematic nightmare and report back to you with the results. Live recording of How Did This Get Made? will be taking place on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:30pm at L’Olympia.

AMAZING CLUB AND THEATRE SHOWS MAKING THEIR WAY TO MONTREAL

The Club Shows presented by Tangerine will be stacked with amazing, hilarious, and female-forward theatre productions, solo hours, and the return of one of the hottest, most-talked-about concept shows in the past 5 years.

Mother of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canadian icon and international mental health advocate Margaret Trudeau, will be bringing her critically-acclaimed, candid conversation

Certain Woman of an Age to Just For Laughs this summer. The Second City proudly brings this one-of-a-kind engagement which is currently still in development, produced by Diane Alexander, directed by Kimberly Senior and co-written with Alix Sobler. Ms. Trudeau’s autobiographical one-woman show will feature an intimate conversation that follows her startlingly candid accounts of her wild child days, an isolated life as the prime minister’s wife, the tragic family events, and ultimately embracing a mental illness diagnosis are as surprisingly universal as they are extraordinary. This is an empowering opportunity to be part of living history that audiences of every generation will fall in love with. Margaret Trudeau‘s Certain Woman of An Age will have a 3-night run at JFL this summer, on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm, Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:30pm, and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 9:30pm at Gesù.

Fresh off their Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Visiting Production, the ladies of Second City Toronto are descending upon JFL in Montreal this summer, with the smash-hit touring production of She The People, a sketch show entirely created, designed, and performed by fearlessly funny women! This mimosa-and-madness-fueled foray roasts the patriarchy, taking on everything from having it all…to having that sick feeling your government is trying to send you back to the Middle Ages. She The People will take place at the Centaur Theatre from Monday, July 22, 2019 to Thursday July 25, 2019 at 9:30pm, and on Friday July 26, 2019 and Saturday July 27. 2019 at 7:00pm, and 10:00pm.

Jeff Ross and Just For Laughs present the return of The Roastmaster’s Invitational, a 4-night elimination-style, winner-takes-all, ultimate roasting competition, helmed by the Roastmaster himself, Jeff Ross. This series was a massive hit in 2015, we had no choice but to bring it back for this year’s festival! Jeff Ross & Just For Laughs Present: The Return of the Roastmaster’s Invitational from Wednesday, July 24, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 11:59pm at Club Soda.

Malaysian-born Chinese stand-up comedian and actor, Ronny Chieng is returning to JFL this summer after being named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2016. He co-created Ronny Chieng: International Student, which can be viewed on Comedy Central’s streaming platform, and more recently appeared in the critically acclaimed Warner Bros. Production, Crazy Rich Asians. Chieng currently stars on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah as a senior correspondent. Ronny Chieng will be performing 3 nights of his latest show Tone Issues from Tuesday, July 23, 2019 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9:30pm at Gesù.

Host and Gemini award-winning actor and comedian, Shaun Majumder was a regular on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes for 17 years! He also starred in the Farrelly Brothers’ FOX Comedy Unhitched in 2008 before his Comedy Central Presents Special debuted. His documentary series Majumder Manor told the story of his dream to transform his home town into a high-end sustainable tourist destination and ran for two seasons on the W Network. Shaun Majumder is bringing his new HATE tour to Montreal on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm at Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

Actor, comic and podcaster, Bryan Callen, most widely recognized for his role on ABC’s The Goldbergs, performs in comedy clubs and theatres all over North America. Callen is the co-host of the wildly popular podcast, The Fighter & The Kid, and he is currently preparing for the release of his latest one-hour special Never Grow Up.  Callen got his start in comedy in 1995 as an original cast member of MADtv before going on to do many TV shows such as HBO’s Entourage, Sex & the City and Showtime’s Californication, not to mention his iconic film role in Warner Bros.’ The Hangover. Bryan Callen will be performing on Friday, July 26, 2019, at 7:00pm in Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts. Hang over

Take a hilarious look at what it means to be Canadian as Comedy Night in Canada welcomes the top comedians from across our home and native land! These comedians may eat ketchup chips and poutine, use the metric system, and spell colour with a “u” but they all speak the universal language of funny. Comedy Night in Canada will be taking place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm at Club Soda.

Comedian, writer, cartoonist, podcast host, and author, Pete Holmes is hosting a multi-comic show as part of JFL this summer. Holmes’ wildly popular podcast You Made It Weird is a comedic exploration of the meaning of life, with guests ranging from Deepak Chopra and Elizabeth Gilbert to Seth Rogen and Garry Shandling. Pete also created and starred in the semi-autobiographical HBO show Crashing, which he executive produced alongside Judd Apatow. Join Pete Holmes & Friends in a one-night-only event on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm at Club Soda.

Black Thought Presents: Delirious is the exciting new comedy series created and curated by the MC of the legendary Roots crew. Featuring the hottest new comedians, the series will look at popular culture and society through a humorous, yet poignant lens. Black Thought Presents: Delirious will be taking place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:30pm at Club Soda.

We’re adding to the cultural melting pot of comedy at JFL this summer! Joining the previously announced Cristela Alonzo, Gina Yashere and Dave Merheje on this year’s The Ethnic Show lineup is Emmy Award winning American-Canadian Jewish comic, Robby Hoffman, fresh from taping her CraveTV special Robby Hoffman: I’m Nervous available to stream now, Italian-American comedian Anthony DeVito, whose credits include CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Comedy Central’s Stand Up Presents: Anthony DeVito, and Brazilian comic Rafinha “Rafi” Bastos, whose YouTube videos have garnered over 250 million views worldwide, with his third stand-up special Ultimatum is available to stream on Netflix. The Ethnic Show will be running from Wednesday, July 10, 2019 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Club Soda and MTELUS.

This year’s The Nasty Show is only getting nastier! In addition to Bobby Lee, fans will experience the downright dirty humour of JFL-favourite, Big Jay Oakerson who shot his half hour special as part of Netflix’s The Degenerates, Andrew Schulz of MTV2’s Guy Code, The Brilliant Idiots podcast, and the Amazon original series Sneaky Pete, Jessimae Peluso of MTV’s Girl Code and Safe Word, E!’s Chelsea Lately, and Comedy Central’s @midnight, as well as Canadian-American comic Bonnie McFarlane of NBC’s Last Comic Standing and host of the funny comedy podcast My Wife Hates Me. The Nasty Show will be running from Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at MTELUS.

We’re gobsmacked by these Brit(ish) lineup additions! Joining the previously announced host Jimmy Carr and special guest Sarah Millican are Jamali Maddix of Vice Network’s Hate Thy Neighbour and The Breakdown podcast, Mawaan Rizwan who has written for Netflix’s Sex Education and has over 18 million views on his YouTube channel, Fin Taylor who has made a name for himself as one of the most talked about comics in the UK with many TV appearances under his belt, and British musical comedy duo, Flo & Joan. Brit(ish) will be taking place on Friday, July 26, 2019 and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm at MTELUS.

LIVE, FROM MONTREAL!

Presented by Crave, and filming for the first time at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, come 4 all-new Crave Original stand-up specials headlined by rising Canadian comedians. These hour-long specials “Live from L’Astral” will showcase Canada’s own Aisha Brown and Graham Kay, with 2 additional comics to be announced in the coming weeks. Writer, actor and occasional satirical rapper, Aisha Brown, has performed on Kevin Hart’s LOL Network and The Comedy Network’s All Access Special, as well as written and performed on IFC’ Baroness Von Sketch, CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes and CTV’s The Beaverton. Award-winning stand-up comic, actor and TV writer, Graham Kay’s credits include Much Music’s Video On Trial, as well as a writer for the popular CTV sitcom Spun Out starring Dave Foley.  These new original stand-up comedy specials, made exclusively for Crave, will be taped in front of a live audience on Monday, July 22, 2019 and Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 7:00pm and 9:00pm at L’Astral.

Presented by The Comedy Network, The Stand-Up Show is back, and this time it will feature the incomparable Jon Dore! Filmed in front of a live audience, Canadian-American comic Jon Dore who has infused his comedic abilities into numerous hit television shows and films will be hosting the series. In addition to his new one-hour Comedy Central stand-up special Big Questions, Huge Answers with Jon Dore, Dore was the series lead in the CBS’ The Half of It. Joining our host will be a roster of cutting-edge talent, performing their very best material as part of The Stand-Up Show with Jon Dore from Thursday, July 25, 2019 through Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm and 10:00pm at L’Astral.

OFF-JFL IS VERY MUCH “ON” THIS YEAR!

Featuring over sixty different shows spread across Montreal’s most intimate rooms, OFF-JFL is a festival highlight for all comedy lovers, offering full-length performances of some of today’s most sought-after comics in the industry.

This year’s OFF-JFL lineup is just getting started, featuring as always the best in solo, concept and late night shows with the likes of Cameron Esposito, Sasheer Zamata, Dan Soder, Mark Watson, Adam Conover, Mark Forward, the Lucas Brothers, Nicole Byer, Ron Funches, Pete Correale, Kurt Braunohler, Nish Kumar, Emma Willmann & Matteo Lane, and Beth Stelling.

Fan favourites Best of the Fest, Fest at the Nest, Hosts with the Most, Midnight Surprise and the world-famous The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler, are also all back by popular demand!

TOMORROW’S STARS MADE TODAY

Just For Laughs’ New Faces has been the launch pad for so many of today’s top comedy superstars, including Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Ali Wong, Hannibal Buress, and more. Be in the room where it happens this year, when a rising comic breaks the mold to become the newest and hottest name in the industry! The New Faces shows, will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National, the New Faces: Characters and New Faces: Unrepped will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm and 9:30pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.  New Faces: Creators is set to take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:30pm in the Grand Salon Opera at the DoubleTree By Hilton Montreal.

Just For Laughs is excited to launch a brand-new branch of the prestigious New Faces program this year, with New Faces: Canada. Providing up and coming Canadian talent with a unique platform to showcase their best work, New Faces: Canada will be making its festival debut this year. They’re funny. They’re Canadian. They’re the homegrown rising stars you need to know now! New Faces: Canada will take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:00pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.

Showcasing an eclectic group of talent in all forms of comedy, from stand-up, to sketch and web content, Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” Showcase exposes audiences to the artists making waves in the comedy industry. The 2019 showcase is set to take place on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:30pm at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at Monument-National.

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Come hear the state of the Canadian comedy industry featuring candid commentary from Mark Forward (LetterKenny, Fargo, Cupcake and Dino) and Courtney Gilmour (The Beaverton, CBC’s The Debaters). These two will take you on a journey of their home and native land, and answer some very important questions. Such as, if a punchline is delivered in a Canadian comedy club, but everyone has left for America, who will laugh? The answer? You will. Join us for Mark Forward and Courtney Gilmour’s “Oh Comedy!” A Canadian Perspective. Don’t miss this on Wednesday, July 24 at 1:15pm, in the Inspiration Room at the DoubleTree By Hilton Montreal.

BEST OF THE BEST PODCAST RECORDINGS LIVE FROM MONTREAL

Podcasts are continuing to take over the world, molding the way we view our everyday lives, as well as changing the way we consume content. It seems like everyone’s got a podcast – so JFL has curated a lineup featuring some of the best of the best comedy-related content for your listening pleasure!

Recording live from the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal this summer, Michael Rapaport’s I am Rapaport: Stereo Podcast, Pete Holmes’ You Made it Weird with Pete Holmes, Rayna Greenberg and Ashley Hesseltine’s Girls Gotta Eat, Nicole Byer’s Why Won’t You Date Me? With Nicole Byer, Andrew Santino’s Whiskey Ginger, Ron Funches’ Gettin’ Better with Ron Funches, Fortune Feimster’s Sincerely Fortune, Dave Shumka and Graham Clark’s Stop Podcasting Yourself, Mike Ward and Pantelis’ 2 Drink Minimum, Jeremy Taggart and Jonathan Torrens’ Taggart and Torrens Podcast, and Stuart Goldsmith’s The Comedians’ Comedian with Stuart Goldsmith.

Starburns Audio presents Esther Povitsky and Caroline Goldfarb’s Glowing Up with Esther and Caroline, Adam Conover’s Humans Who Make Games with Adam Conover, Emma Willmann and Matteo Lane’s Inside the Closet with Matteo Lane and Emma Willmann, and Kyle Ayers’ Never Seen It with Kyle Ayers.

As me mentioned, there’s still more programming announcements in the coming weeks!

Media accreditation for the 2019 Festival is now open! Apply here!

Pre-sale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 23 2019 as of 10:00am at www.hahaha.com

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The Just For Laughs Festival, in association with Loto-Québec, runs from July 10 – 28, 2019 in Montréal, Canada.

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About Just For Laughs
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, Amy Schumer, Danny Bhoy, and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

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Even More Names Added To This Summer’s Festival!

This summer’s going to be a scorcher!

The world’s leading comedy festival is bringing the hottest comedy stars to Montreal with the addition of Jonathan Van Ness, Hasan Minhaj, Howie Mandel, Aziz Ansari, Rachel Bloom, Elon Gold & Modi, Celeste Barber, Paul F. Tompkins & Marc Evan Jackson, and Vir Das!

Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce more artists performing in this summer’s festival. Montreal will once again be the comedy hot-spot this July, adding even more comedy elite to this year’s esteemed lineup.

GALAS

Emmy-nominated television personality, comedian, podcaster, and expert hairstylist, Jonathan Van Ness will be making his grand return to JFL this summer. After selling out the live recording of his hit podcast show, Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness at last year’s festival, the Netflix’s Queer Eye megastar will be gracing the JFL stage to host his very first Gala. The Jonathan Van Ness Gala will take place on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 9:00pm in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Comedian, writer, producer, actor, political commentator and television host, Hasan Minhaj will take the JFL stage this July with his multi-comic Gala show! Rising to fame on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Minhaj made his mark in the industry when he performed at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. He currently hosts Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj and will flex his brilliant emcee talents on The Hasan Minhaj Gala on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:45pm in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Comedian, actor, host, producer, and all-around business funnyman, Howie Mandel, will be returning for the fifth consecutive year to host the annual All-Star Comedy Gala. Continuing to win over audiences for more than 30 years in the business, you can see him shine as a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and host on CNBC’s “Deal or No Deal”. Mandel continues to push the creative boundaries of the entertainment industry. With his JFL Gala, he brings together today’s top comedic voices which is always a festival favourite! The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala will take place on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 8:00pm in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

CONCERT SHOWS

As a prelude to the July festival, Just For Laughs couldn’t be more excited to announce comedian, actor, writer, producer and director, Aziz Ansari will bring his internationally sold out tour Aziz Ansari – Road to Nowhere to Montreal this June! Ansari got his start in the beloved television series, NBC’s Parks and Recreation. In 2015, he became one of the only headlining comedians to ever sell out New York City’s Madison Square Garden which was released on Netflix in March 2015 to rave reviews. He has appeared in many critically-acclaimed films, including Columbia Pictures’ This Is The End, Universal Pictures’ Funny People and Get Him To The Greek, and more. Most notably and recently, this comedy heavyweight has starred, written and directed Master of None, a Netflix original comedy series that he co-created with Alan Yang. Ansari is returning to the stand-up stage with his new tour, Aziz Ansari – Road to Nowhere and will be performing Thursday, June 20, 2019 at 8:00pm in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

American actress, singer, songwriter and comedian Rachel Bloom will be performing at Just For Laughs this summer for the first time since debuting as a New Face in 2012. Most widely recognized for her leading role in The CW hit comedy-drama Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Golden Globe winning actress, Rachel Bloom, will be performing 5 shows at this year’s festival, from Monday, July 22 to Wednesday, July 24, Friday, July 26, and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm at Gésù.

Never before in the history of comedy has there been a deal as good as this. Elon Gold & Modi: 2 FOR 1 sees two of the top comedians on the Jewish circuit together on stage for the first time ever! (Full disclosure: This show had a successful trial run at NY’s famed Comedy Cellar Village Underground.) Elon and Modi are at the top of their game and were recently featured together on the HBO series, “Crashing”. Separately they’ve had sold-out runs with their shows at the festival in the past. But this July, the King David’s of comedy will join forces to put the Jew in July and rock JFL like never before! Twice the laughs, twice the fun, all in one new show that you cannot miss. Elon Gold & Modi will be performing for 4 consecutive nights, from Monday, July 22 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 and 7:00pm at Centaur Theatre.

Australian actor, writer and comedian, Celeste Barber will be making her JFL debut at the 2019 festival! Celeste rose to international fame with her social-media based social experiment, #CelesteChallengeAccepted, where she posted photos of herself doing “rich people things” on Instagram. In this exciting live show experience, Celeste explains the story behind some of her most famous images, her new relationship with famous people, and the stalkers, fans and comments that get under her skin. Hailed as The Funniest Woman on Instagram, Celeste also hits us with a healthy dose of humour, as she explains some of the pitfalls of being married to someone so much hotter than her and what it’s like to be an anti-Influencer. Celeste Barber will be bringing her live show to JFL on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:00pm in Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

Comedic improv duo, Marc Evan Jackson and Paul F. Tompkins will be coming to Montreal as Mr. Jackson & Mr. Tompkins. See TWO AMERICAN GENTLEMEN enact FALSE STORIES for a duration of ONE FULL HOUR and perhaps TEN ADDITIONAL MINUTES. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Tompkins: A Two-Gentleman Improv Show will take place on Thursday, July 25, 2019, at 9:30pm in Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

Comedian, actor and musician, Vir Das, will be performing at JFL this summer. With a career traversing Bollywood, music, and comedy, he has the experience of a lifetime in the entertainment industry under his belt. With 2017’s Abroad Understanding, he became the first Indian comedian to have a Netflix special. Fresh off a global stand-up tour encompassing 20 countries on six continents, he will be stopping by the Just For Laughs Festival this summer. Vir Das will be performing Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm in Cinquième Salle at Place des Arts.

 

Bringing BIG Laughs to Montreal this Summer!

Just For Laughs reveals its first slate of programming for the 37th edition and they’re setting the bar high!

 

Trevor Noah is back to rock the biggest arena in Montreal, headlining a special concert show at the Bell Centre!
Jim Jefferies returns to host two Galas
Michael McIntyre brings his widely-successful solo show to the festival
Ever-popular Club Series returns with The Ethnic Show hosted by Cristela Alonzo featuring Gina Yashere and Dave Merheje
The Nasty Show will have a new look with Bobby Lee hosting and
Fan Fav Brit(ish) will be hosted by Jimmy Carr with special guest Sarah Millican

Just For Laughs, in association with Loto-Québec, is thrilled to reveal the first lineup of artists who will be performing at the 2019 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal this summer. Promising to bring the funny to Montreal with laugh-out-loud Galas, concert shows, and fanfavourite club series, this year’s festival will be the one to beat!

ARENA CONCERT SHOW

Comedic powerhouse and lauded political commentator, Trevor Noah, is back by popular demand and returning to the Just For Laughs Festival this summer. Bringing all-new material to the city’s biggest venue, the Bell Centre, this celebrated comedian is known around the world for his insightful and authentic take on politics and current events. Born in South Africa during the end of apartheid, he often shares incisive social and political commentary as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show and through his various stand-up specials and writing. Trevor Noah’s Loud and Clear Tour 2019 will be taking over the Bell Centre for one night on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:00pm.

GALAS

Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor and writer, Jim Jefferies is returning to the Just For Laughs stage to host two Gala Shows. Most widely recognized as the creator and star of FX’s Legit, Jefferies is the host of Comedy Central’s late-night comedy series, The Jim Jefferies Show. The Jim Jefferies Galas will be taking place on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm and 9:45pm in Salle WilfridPelletier at Place des Arts.

CONCERT SHOWS

British comic, Michael McIntyre is back at JFL this summer! His BBC One comedy Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow is beloved by many, and his Saturday night series Michael McIntyre’s Big Show on BBC One is an award-winning variety and stand-up series. The last series averaged over 6.5 million viewers and won the BAFTA for Best Entertainment Performance. In 2018, he broke records becoming the highest selling artist in history of London’s O2 Arena, selling over 400,000 tickets over 28 shows. Michael McIntyre will be performing his Big World Tour on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 7:00pm at Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts.

CLUB SERIES

One of Just For Laughs’ most celebrated series, The Ethnic Show returns to this summer with 19 shows. A wonderful blend of some of today’s culturally diverse comics, this year’s The Ethnic Show will be hosted by the hilarious Latina comedian, Cristela Alonzo. Alonzo has performed on many stages and late-night appearances including TBS’ Conan and CBS’ The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. She was also proudly the very first Latina woman to create, produce, write, and star in her own US primetime comedy, ABC’s Cristela. British-Nigerian comedian Gina Yashere will also be joining the lineup. With numerous comedy appearances on various programs, she’s most notably recognized as the British correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Lebanese-Canadian comedian Dave Merheje continues to blow up on the comedy scene with numerous tours and appearances including an upcoming TV comedy series on Hulu. He returns to JFL off the heels of his highly-successful Netflix special filmed at the festival last year as part of Comedians of the World. The Ethnic Show will be running from Wednesday, July 10, 2019 to Thursday, July 25, 2019 at Club Soda and MTELUS.
*Additional acts on The Ethnic Show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Back by popular demand, Brit(ish) is making its way to Canada again this summer, hosted by the inimitable and clever Jimmy Carr with witty and utterly hilarious special guest, Sarah Millican. Carr, who’s widely appreciated by the comedy community for his deadpan delivery of dark humour will return to Montreal as master of ceremonies, while Sarah Millican, who’s fresh off the heels of her Just For Laughs tour, will be one of the brilliant comics featured on the lineup that will be bigger and better than ever. Brit(ish) will be taking place on Friday, July 26, 2019 and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:00pm at MTELUS.
*Additional acts on Brit(ish) will be announced in the coming weeks.

The raunchiest and most foul series, The Nasty Show is back for another year of down-right dirty humour with 11 shows. This year’s edition will be hosted by the quick and absolutely crude Bobby Lee who will be making his first-ever appearance at Just For Laughs. Best known for his roles on MADtv, Lee currently stars in ABC’s Splitting Up Together. The Nasty Show runs from Wednesday, July 17, 2019 to Saturday, July 27, 2019 at MTELUS.
*Additional acts on The Nasty Show will be announced in the coming weeks.

Submissions Are Now Open For Stand Up & Pitch ’19

Submissions Are Now Open
For one of Comedy’s Most Prestigious Pitch Programs
Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch ’19

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is thrilled to partner with
CBC Comedy, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter once again  

 The event is set to take place July 24 – 27, 2019 in Montreal, Canada as part of
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO

 Deadline to submit your pitch: May 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.  

Montreal, March 11, 2019 – Submissions are now open for the largest and longest-running comedy pitch program, the 10th annual Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch in Montreal. CBC Comedy, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter return as presenters of this unique program, running from July 24-27, 2019 during ComedyPRO, Just For Laughs’ elite comedy industry conference.

With submissions being accepted from all over the world, Stand Up & Pitch: The Comedy Content Search will offer five finalists in each category the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to pitch their digital or TV concept to a panel of seasoned development and production executives, in a room filled with over 100 comedy industry tastemakers and accredited industry professionals. Furthermore, a total of five Canadian projects will be selected to pitch directly to CBC executives and members of the Canadian creative community as part of the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program. One winner will be selected from each session format and will be invited back for the 2020 edition of Just For Laughs ComedyPro. He/she will receive one (1) free trip to the Just For Laughs Festival, including flight, a hotel room for up to three (3) nights, and a festival pass.

Several successful digital and TV series got their start during Just For Laughs’ Stand Up & Pitch, including Fatal Murder Mystery (Shaftesbury/Just For Laughs), That’s My Bus (FOX), My 90-Year-Old Roommate (CBC Comedy), Newborn Moms (CBC Comedy) and Epic Studios (Maker Studios).

Open to comedians, writers, producers and creators, Stand Up & Pitch offers two (2) formats for submission, in addition to the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program:

From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and more
Presented by Project 10 Productions, submissions are now being accepted for single or multi-camera scripted sitcoms, game shows, reality shows, variety, sketch or animation series. These pitches are intended for television programs running 30mins. Previous panelists for this program have included executives from esteemed companies including Amazon, Bell Media, CBS, Comedy Central, FOX, HBO and more.

Beyond the Box: Playing It Short
Presented by Tubefilter, submissions are now being accepted for digital-first shows aimed for YouTube or other digital platforms, including scripted, animation, factual, variety and sketch. These pitches are intended for shows running 15mins or less. Previous panelists for this program have included executives from notable companies including Above Average, Adult Swim, Bell Media, Funny or Die, YouTube, and more.

CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program
Presented by CBC Comedy, submissions are now open for Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

Projects will be drawn from both Stand Up & Pitch formats (Beyond The Box and From Set to Screen). The CBC is a long-time partner of Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, having helped develop the following programs from previous years in this program including How To Buy A BabyNewborn MomsMy 90-Year-Old Roommate and the upcoming Diversity League.

Deadline to submit projects for this year’s event is May 6, 2019 at 11:59pm PST.

“We are ecstatic to launch the 10th edition of Stand Up & Pitch and are looking forward to seeing what this year’s submissions have in store for us. This wouldn’t be possible without our partners, and we are delighted to have CBC, Project 10 Productions and Tubefilter back on board this year. Just For Laughs is a world renowned festival, where industry executives visit to discover new comedy talent. This pitch program offers the same opportunities for comedy creators in both the television and digital industry. We couldn’t be more proud to offer these creators a platform to showcase the next wave of comedy content.”  – Paul Ronca, Director of Industry and Special Events Programming, Just For Laughs.

“CBC has partnered with Just For Laughs ComedyPRO for many years and it’s an event we look forward to each year. The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program provides another avenue for us seek out and uncover new ideas and in many cases, new talented Canadian voices. The program has produced several highly successful properties that our audiences have embraced and we look forward to adding to that list this year.” – Michelle Daly, Senior Director, Comedy, CBC

“It is with great pride that Project 10 are once again partnering with Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. Comedy development and production for television are Project 10’s core businesses.  We could not continue to be leaders in comedy without the on-going support and partnership of Just For Laughs. ComedyPRO is the global marquee destination for world class comedic talent and world class comedy television pitches.  Stand Up & Pitch will remain a priority for Project 10 for as long as JFL remains committed to keeping audiences laughing around the world.” – Andrew Barnsely, Project 10 Productions.

“ComedyPRO is the premiere event for the comedy industry and the place to be for comedy content creators. As such, it is an absolute must-attend for Tubefilter. Our mission to grow the business of online content is directly influenced by our association with the strongest brand in comedy, Just for Laughs. We are thrilled to return as presenter of the Beyond the Box Pitch session and bring our readers all the news from the cutting edge of digital first comedy. “ – Drew Baldwin, Co-Founder, Tubefilter

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is the premiere event of the comedy industry, bringing together the biggest and most important players for four days of industry and cast panels, keynotes, live podcasts, networking parties, pitch sessions and one-on-one meetings. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO returns this year from July 24-27, 2019.

About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, networking events and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster. Through our mandate to inform, enlighten and entertain, we play a central role in strengthening Canadian culture. As Canada’s trusted news source, we offer a uniquely Canadian perspective on news, current affairs and world affairs. Our distinctively homegrown entertainment programming draws audiences from across the country. Deeply rooted in communities, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also deliver content in Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, as well as both official languages, through Radio Canada International (RCI). We are leading the transformation to meet the needs of Canadians in a digital world.

About Project 10 Productions Inc.
Project 10 Productions Inc. is a global television production company with offices in Toronto and Los Angeles specializing in scripted comedy. The company works closely with high-profile talent to develop and produce compelling content for the worldwide marketplace.  The principal executives for Project 10 Productions Inc. are Andrew Barnsley, Ben Murray (Toronto) and Andrew Moncrief (Los Angeles).  Leveraging their considerable strengths and decades of experience with those of partner and three-time MLB All-Star Vernon Wells, Project 10 has established itself as a go-to partner for domestic and international creators, broadcasters and distributors alike.

About Tubefilter
Tubefilter is the most trusted and widely read source for YouTube, online video, and digital media news, analysis, and events. Through its trade news and analysis, community events, and creator advocacy programs, Tubefilter has helped to foster the growth, promotion, and legitimization of a new, independent professional entertainment industry. Tubefilter properties include its flagship publication, Tubefilter News, the Tubefilter Charts, its popular YouTube Millionaires series, and the Streamy Awards.

Female-Driven Projects Are The Big Winners At The 2018 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO Pitch Competitions

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Montreal, QC [July 30, 2018] —Female-driven projects are the big winners at the 2018 Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pitch competitions, which took place this past week during the key industry / media / performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada.

Winners were selected by a blue ribbon panel of judges which, this year, included senior creative and production executives from Amazon Studios, Above Average, Bell Media, CBC, FOX, HBO, Hulu, Powderkeg, Some Spider Studios, Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, TBS and YouTube Originals.

The 2018 pitch winners are:

* Brittany Tomkin and Jorja Hudson for Myrtle & Willoughby, a comedy mini-series about two, young female detectives on Brooklyn’s Millennial Crimes Unit — Stand Up & Pitch “Beyond The Box: Playing It Short” presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with Tubefilter

* Leslie Rathe for Tethered, a “traumedy” about a new mom suffering an identity crisis after giving birth to her son and alter ego — Stand Up & Pitch “From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More” presented by Project 10 Productions Inc. in conjunction with the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP)

* Leah Cameron and Natalie Novak for The Communists’ Daughter, a comedy web series set in the Mulroney ‘80s about the daughter of two happily married communists struggling to fit in at a new high school while simultaneously trying to uphold her family’s outdated beliefs — “CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program”

Moderator of “Beyond The Box” was Drew Baldwin, Founder and CEO of Tubefilter. Andrew Barnsley, President and Executive Producer of Project 10 Productions moderated “From Set to Screen” while Louis Calabro, Vice President, Programming, Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television moderated the “CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program”.

About our winners:

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Brittany Tomkin and Jorja Hudson
Brittany Tomkin is a New York-based comedy writer and video producer. Her independent comedy duo Brit & Brit has created numerous online sketches, and she also has written and staged live shows at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and The People’s Improve Theatre. Brittany is both a contributing writer to Reductress, the satirical, online women’s magazine, and a produced playwright. Jorja Hudson is a Brooklyn-based writer, comedian and producer whose work has been featured on Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Reductress, Elite Daily, Bustle, Refinery29, and more. She is the creator and head writer of indie web series Low Budget Sketch Show, which screened at The Hollyweb Festival, New York Independent Film Festival, and was featured in the AV ClubThe New York Times and The Observer.

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Leslie Rathe 

Leslie Rathe is a bold new voice in film and television having worked out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. An honours graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her films have screened with Gen Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and IFC. Leslie currently lives in Los Angeles where she is developing original TV series across all platforms having worked with Pulse, Blackpills, and Conde Nast Entertainment. She is also writing a dark comedy series for JAX Media and developing a mini-series for Kids At Play. Tethered participated in the IFP’s Screen Forward Episodic Lab, which was held this past June in New York City.

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Leah Cameron and Natalie Novak

Leah Cameron is a Toronto-based writer and director who grew up with a different perspective on world events than most Canadians: her dad was a dyed-in-the-wool Communist in the thick of the Mulroney ‘80s. To date, The Communist’s Daughter has earned funding through the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and has been shortlisted for Sundance’s Episodic Story Labs. Natalie Novak is a Toronto-based producer and the youngest daughter of Polish immigrants who “escaped” Communism in 1986. She is currently at work on a book of short stories called ‘Cool by Association; Three Decades of Art as Business’. She has produced several award-winning short films that have played festivals internationally.

About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer to the people who truly make comedy happen than at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group concentrates on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials, most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines; and live shows, including Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, Danny Bhoy, and North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few. The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which celebrates its 36th edition in 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

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Just For Laughs Unveils Its New Faces of 2018

Just For Laughs Unveils Its New Faces of 2018

Montreal, QC [July 23, 2018] – Just For Laughs, in partnership with Amazon’s Prime Video, is thrilled to reveal the 2018 line-up of Just For Laughs New Faces, a series conceived to launch the careers of tomorrow’s top comedic talent.

Fuelled by fresh-faced comics, the pinnacle series has been a Just For Laughs Festival highlight since 1996. With four distinct showcases – New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Creators and New Faces: Unrepped, this series promises to introduce the world to the next group of comedic brilliance.

“The New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has catapulted the careers of so many of today’s most celebrated comedians,” says Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs. “For more than 20 years, we have offered the brightest comedy stars of tomorrow an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry tastemakers and the most influential people in the comedy business.”

Just For Laughs New Faces is responsible for propelling the careers of many world-renowned artists, including: Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013) and Michelle Wolf (2014).

 

New Faces of Comedy

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* Rosebud Baker
* Emmy Blotnick
* Joel Boyd
* JC Currais
* Rocky Dale Davis
* Robert Dean
* Kenny DeForest
* Kellen Erskine
* Jourdain Fisher
* Simon Gibson
* Mekki Leeper
* Zach Noe Towers
* Erica Rhodes
* Paris Sashay
* Usama Siddiquee
* Daphnique Springs
* Nina Tarr
* Ron Taylor
* Jordan Temple
* Jeremiah Watkins

The New Faces of Comedy showcases will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2018 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm. Hosted by Alonzo Bodden. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Characters

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* Sheila Carrasco
* Chloe Fineman
* Katie Hartman
* Michael Hartney
* Andrew Leeds
* Matt Richards
* Becky Robinson
* Sarah Shook
* Sarah Smallwood Parsons
* James III

New Faces: Characters will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Creators

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* Abby Feldman
* Anwar Jibawi
* Sydney Marquez
* Manon Mathews
* Frankie Quiñones
* Josh Ruben
* Molly Schreiber
* Alan Wagner

New Faces: Creators will take place in the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on July 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm. Hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Unrepped

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* LeClerc Andre
* Vincent Bryant
* Katie Hannigan
* Joe McMahon
* Avery Moore
* Dan Perlman
* David Rodriguez
* Amy Silverberg
* Dusty Slay
* Caitlin Weierhauser
* Ashton Womack

New Faces: Unrepped will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm. Hosted by Alonzo Bodden. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

Just For Laughs and Main Event Media recently announced that Amazon has greenlit a six-episode untitled docuseries, exclusively for Prime Video, that will follow up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they go through the annual process of being selected for the New Faces showcase, beginning with the auditions and callbacks, through selection, and into the preparation of their comedy sets.

Viewers will receive unprecedented behind-the-scenes access as the cameras will be with the comics every step of the way as they write and hone the jokes that they hope will impress the talent scouts, producers, and managers who attend Just For Laughs in Montreal each July.

The series was developed by Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (United Shades of America) who will executive produce under his Main Event Media banner in conjunction with All3Media America. Neil Berkeley (Gilbert, Harmontown), Star Price (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Active Shooter: America Under Fire), Bruce Hills (Funny As Hell, Hilarity for Charity, Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight), Just For Laughs Media and Main Event Media will also executive produce.

About Just For Laughs
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 36th edition in July 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

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Finalists Announced for 2018 Laugh Out Loud Presents: 
Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts

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Finalists Announced for Laugh Out Loud Presents: 
Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts

Top 5 Short Films Selected by Fans to Screen At the Just For Laughs Festival
On Thursday, July 26, 7 pm at the Phi Centre, Montreal

Fans Can Stream and Vote for the Top 10 Films
Starting Saturday, July 14, 9 am (PDT) at http://bit.ly/LOLonYT

Montreal, QC [July 12, 2018]Laugh Out Loud, the comedy brand and multi-platform network created by Kevin Hart and global content leader Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B), and Just For Laughs ComedyPRO today announced the 10 finalists selected for Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a competition in search of the funniest short films.

In alphabetical order, the 10 short films selected are:

* Behind Closed Doors — Bianca Armbruster (Director)
* Curious Georgina — Feraz Ozel (Director)
* Eat My Shorts Film Submission — Eduard Witzke (Director)
* Fowl Play — Rachel Cairns and Brendan Jeffers (Directors)
* Lyfe Crushers — Trevor Williams (Director)
* Sweet Revenge — Pascal Atuma (Director)
* The Application — Brenda Saucedo (Director)
* The Call — Eric Toth (Director)
* The Prologue — Maxwell Michael Towson (Director)
* Worry Warts — Laura Rudnicki and Lexy Paul (Directors)

Fans can stream all 10 short films on Laugh Out Loud’s YouTube page starting Saturday, July 14 and ending Tuesday, July 17. They can also vote for their favorites by liking the video.

The five films with the most likes will screen at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 26 at 7 pm at Old Montreal’s Phi Centre (407 Saint-Pierre Street). The winning film will be announced at the screening with the winner(s) receiving exclusive distribution of their short film as well as a first look deal with Laugh Out Loud.

Winners of last year’s inaugural competition were Marina Squerciati (Chicago P.D.) and Patrick Webb for their short film, Special Skills: Episode 3 Hot Tea.

A partnership between Laugh Out Loud and the Just For Laughs Festival, Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts is all about discovering the next generation of diverse filmmakers. This is the second year for the US/Canada-wide competition.

Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts is free to all Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pass holders. Tickets to the screening can be purchased through the Phi Centre Box Office.

About Laugh Out Loud Network:
Laugh Out Loud is a comedy brand and multi-platform network founded by the world’s top comedian Kevin Hart, in partnership with Lionsgate. Through his network Hart delivers his vision for the future of comedy: social, mobile, multicultural and seriously funny. From stand-up legends to globally-recognized digital influencers, Hart and LOL curate comedy’s boldest voices to produce original scripted and unscripted series, stand-up specials, live broadcasts and special events. Hart brings the groundbreaking social-first strategy that earned him 100 million+ followers to Laugh Out Loud, with one core mission: keep the world laughing. Dope Comedy. Delivered Daily. Always On. Always Loud. Directly from Kevin Hart and his hand-picked crew of comedic rockstars.

About Just For Laughs ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer to the people who truly make comedy happen than at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day industry experience gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including keynotes, panels, ‘In Conversation’ sessions, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances from comedy’s buzziest podcast hosts.

About Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group concentrates on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials, most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines; and live shows, including Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, Danny Bhoy, and North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few. The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which celebrates its 36th edition in 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

About the Phi Centre:
Dedicated to art in all its forms, Phi is a multidisciplinary arts and culture organization that cultivates all aspects of creation, development, production and dissemination. Phi is at the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology. Through eclectic programming and a strong emphasis on content creation, Phi fosters unexpected encounters between artists and audiences. Headquartered at the Phi Centre in Montreal Canada, Phi was created by Director and Founder Phoebe Greenberg.

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Just For Laughs Announces the Recipients of the 2018 Just For Laughs Awards

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Just For Laughs Announces the Recipients of the 2018 Just For Laughs Awards
Tiffany Haddish: Comedy Person of the Year
Hannah Gadsby (Nanette): Comedy Special of the Year
Jo Koy: Stand-Up Comedian of the Year
Lil Rel Howery: Breakout Comedy Star of the Year
Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (Glow): Comedy Writers of the Year

Montreal, QC [July 9, 2018] — Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Bell in collaboration with Loto-Québec, is thrilled to pay tribute to the biggest names in the comedy business at the 2018 Just For Laughs Awards Show, presented by Bell.

This year’s recipients are: Tiffany Haddish (Comedy Person of the Year), Hannah Gadsby (Comedy Special of the Year for Nanette), Jo Koy (Stand-Up Comedian of the Year), Lil Rel Howery (Breakout Comedy Star of the Year), and Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch (Comedy Writers of the Year for Glow).

The 11th annual Just For Laughs Awards Show, hosted by Alonzo Bodden, takes place on Friday, July 27 at 3:00PM in the Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montréal.

Tiffany Haddish has multiple high-profile projects and buzz worthy appearances to her name and has quickly become one of the most sought-after comedic actresses and performers. After a breakout performance in Girls Trip, she can now be seen opposite Tracy Morgan on the TBS comedy series The Last O.G; as host of the 2018 MTV Movie and TV Awards; stars along fellow Just For Laughs Award recipient Lil Rel in Summit Entertainment’s summer box office smash Uncle Drew; also starring alongside Kevin Hart in the upcoming Universal Pictures’ Night School; and voicing the lead character, Tuca, in the upcoming Netflix animated series Tuca & Bertie. Haddish has made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live and made The New York Times Best Sellers List with her memoir, The Last Black Unicorn. Tiffany has been touring to sold-out crowds across the continent and will also be hosting her first Just For Laughs Gala, Saturday, July 28 at 11:00PM at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts.

Hannah Gadsby has created a global phenomenon with her self-described swan song, and tenth stand-up show, Nanette. This powerful and critically-acclaimed show has seen Hannah win Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival; the Barry Award for best show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Helpmann Award for best comedy performance. Following sold-out runs in the United States and Europe, Nanette recently premiered on Netflix to roaring reviews, taking over headlines around the world. Hannah will also be performing Nanette live for the last time at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 26 at 9:30PM at Maison Théâtre.

Jo Koy’s Break The Mold Tour broke the record for most tickets sold by a comedian at Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu with 11 sold-out shows and over 23,000 tickets sold. As one of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, Jo Koy is bringing his infectious and explosive energy to the Just For Laughs stage on Saturday, July 28 at Maison Symphonique, Place des Arts.

Lil Rel Howery, star of FOX’s upcoming sitcom REL, shot to fame after his role in Jordan Peele’s Academy-Award winning film, Get Out. His stand-up special RELevent premiered on Comedy Central and was produced by Kevin Hart, who he recently opened for on his American tour. The special was named one of the 10 Best Stand-Up Specials of 2015 by Vulture.com, and has become a favourite of fans and comedy heavyweights. He currently can be seen starring alongside fellow JFL Award recipient Tiffany Haddish in Summit Entertainment’s summer box office smash film Uncle Drew. Lil Rel can also be seen hosting Lil Rel and Friends on Saturday, July 28 at Cinquième Salle, Place des Arts.

Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch are the co-creators behind the Netflix sensation Glow. Liz Flahive’s writing credits includes all six seasons of Nurse Jackie where she was an Executive Producer on the show, and Consulting Producer on Season 5 of Homeland. Flahive is also an accomplished playwright. Her play, The Madrid, starring Edie Falco opened at the New York City Center in early 2013. Before creating Glow, Carly Mensch was a Supervising Producer on Netflix’s Orange Is The New Black, wrote on Nurse Jackie as a Producer then a Supervising Producer for two seasons, and Weeds as a writer for three seasons. She is a playwright with an MFA from The Julliard School.

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 11 to July 29, 2018 in Montréal, Canada. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the leading industry event of the comedy business, runs from July 25 to July 28, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Montréal.

About Just For Laughs:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montréal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand- up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, Danny Bhoy, North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montréal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 36th edition in 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

About Bell:
Founded in Montréal in 1880, Bell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing innovative broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services across the country. Bell Media is Canada’s premier content creation company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. Bell is wholly owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE).

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti- stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and provides significant funding for community care and access, research and workplace initiatives.

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Just For Laughs ComedyPRO

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Americans, are you experiencing anxiety, chronic pain or fits of rage while on Twitter? Does your fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome or glaucoma flare up at the very mention of Trump? Is ‘resistance fatigue’ ruining your career and/or your love life? Here in Canada, we feel your pain too. The good news is these conditions are treatable and we have the perfectly legal, all-natural solution for you.

Introducing Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the wellness retreat you never knew you needed.

In just a few short weeks, the 36th edition of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal will kick off and with it comes the annual conference and global gathering of the biggest players in the industry. ​W​e feel this is the perfect opportunity for you to take a load off and be amongst your peers. Look, you’ve been fighting a war of attrition with stupidity and absurdity all year, so there’s no shame in admitting that it’s taken a toll. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you take the time to regroup and refuel…so you can continue to resist.

Need more convincing?

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KEYNOTES
The 2017 Just For Laughs “Comedy Writer of the Year” award-winner, Kenya Barris, is back to discuss​ Black-ish, Grown-ish, Girls Trip​, his ​Shaft reboot and hopefully the Coming 2 America ​sequel he’s been entrusted with. We have soooo many plot specific questions there, but first…. WIPERS!!! And speaking of comedy nostalgia, The Sultan of Schadenfreude himself, Andy Kindler, is back to give his annual State of the Industry Address. His always delightful tirade has become a long running festival tradition that you really don’t want to miss.

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ANTHONY ATAMANUIK’S MAKE CANADA AMERICA AGAIN! THE TRUMP RALLY
So much for our peaceful retreat. Turns out, the Cheeto Benito himself has decided to grace us with his presence. You’d think a comedy conference would be hostile territory for the guy, but you know what? He doesn’t give a shit! He’s coming in orange-hot after his huge win in Singapore and is itching to give Trudeau another brow beating. As for the actual star of the show, Comedy Central’s Anthony Atamanuilk, he’s so confident he’s got the best Trump game in town, he’s personally guaranteeing that this event will draw the biggest crowd in the history of the festival. In the history of crowds. Be a part of history and ​join the rally!

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THROWBACK HOSTED BY WANDA SYKES
Hmmm​, ​if we throwback to figure out just when we first fell in love with Wanda, we need to go past ​Black-ish, past ​Curb Your Enthusiasm, past ​Wanda at Large… Ah yes, there it is…2001… Pootie Tang! This summer come take a trip with Wanda as she brings her concept series, Throwback, to Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. She’s cracking open the comedy yearbook of some of her peers, who will share stories and insights about first gigs, outdated jokes, and memorable wardrobe and hair choices.

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PANELS
Sure you’re here to unwind and eat smoked meat poutine, (a key part of this wellness program) but don’t forget there’s also work to be done. We have a lineup of insightful, topical daytime panels scheduled, featuring industry leaders from across the board. Also, programming starts a day early this year, so arrive Wednesday!!

* Bell Media: The Multi-Channel Approach to Comedy
* Comedy Club Bookers: The Gatekeepers of Comedy
* Creators of Primetime Animation
* Global Laughter: Perspectives on International Comedy
* In Short Supply? Comedy and Diversity on the Web
* Laughing your Way to Success: A Focus on Comedy Programming for TV
* Political Comedy in the Pre-Apocalyptic World

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PITCH PROGRAMS
It’s been a gruelling few months of sifting through a record breaking amount of entries, but the finalists have been chosen and are set to take the stage to pitch their wares. Stand Up & Pitch and the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program are all back this year and ready to change lives. It’s our Dragon’s Den for entertainment projects… Wait, that would make for a killer pitch!

Also returning this year is 15 Minutes With A Powerbroker. Yes, the Hyatt Regency Montreal is crawling with executives whose sole job it is to find the next big hit. But, they don’t need you cold pitching them at the bar or the urinals. Save it for your private one-on-one’s. Here’s your chance to sit down with development heads from Amazon Studios, Bell Media, FOX, HBO and more. A priceless opportunity for the price of an Industry or Express Pass.

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JUST FOR LAUGHS NEW FACES
Just For Laughs New Faces is a big deal every year. But this year it’s the subject of a six-part docu-series for Amazon so it’s extra bigly. Past alumni include Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, Pete Davidson, Chris D’Elia and Kumail Nanjiani… Basically everyone gets discovered here. It’s just how the universe works.

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HOMEGROWN COMIC COMPETITION
Look, two years ago you threatened to move to Canada if “he” became President. Now you’re googling Quebec immigration policies, to see if they’ll hold your children in cages if you seek asylum. The good news is, they won’t. The bad news is well there’s no bad news. We got awesome comedy and legal weed yo! Come on up!

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PODCASTS
Chances are all the podcasts you listen to at home are setting up shop in Montreal for the weekend. Or if you’re new to the format and just want to get a taste, come explore! We promise, it’s not just for Hipsters anymore. All are welcome… with a pass of course.

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THE JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARDS SHOW
No cameras — no rules — it’s just you and the biggest stars in comedy enjoying an unfiltered appreciation of the people who shone brightest this year from the people who know them best — their friends, colleagues and fellow comics. It’s all the glamour of the Oscars… in shorts and tees. Stay tuned for this year’s inductees announcement.

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THE REST OF THE FEST
It’s a brave new world this year with Bruce Hills being appointed President of Just For Laughs, and Howie Mandel, ICM Partners, Bell Media and Groupe CH coming onboard as investors. But rest assured the festival hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to programming. Seriously, does the idea of scores of crazy fans, Deadheads and comedy nuts all in one place excite you? If so look no further than John Mayer and Dave Chappelle’s Controlled Danger show! Or maybe you’re just a huge MacGruber fan, in which case the Will Forte Gala is for you. Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Ken Jeong, Maria Bamford, Russell Peters… not too mention all the intimate shows on OFFJFL and ZOOFEST. It’s all here for you. For us. For our collective wellness. No need to micro-dose this stuff either. For best results, take in as much as you can.

A big thanks to our resident comedy commentator, Ricky Letovsky of Nacho Night Studios, for this dynamite Top 10 list!

2018 CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program Finalists Announced

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And… here are the finalists for the 2018 edition of the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program. The program offers five Canadian creator/producer teams the opportunity to pitch their original web or TV concepts to a panel of senior development executives and key creatives from CBC Comedy. Our five projects are:

* Adelade LaFontaine, Tinder Tales
* Foad HP and Karen Parker, Off Colour
* Leah Cameron and Natalie Novak, The Communists’ Daughter
* Leonard Chan, Forever Home
* Nadine Djoury and Aimee Ambroziak, Hudson Heights

About the Teams and Their Projects:

Tinder Tales: Adelade LaFontaine (Creator)
Synopsis: Tinder Tales is a multi-episode series where comedians, storytellers and people who have never been on stage before share their most ridiculous dating stories in front of a live audience.

Bio: Adelade LaFontaine is an event planner with a degree in Marketing Communications and a post-grad in Event Management. Working as an event planner at numerous venues in the Niagara and Greater Toronto Area has given her the skills to produce and promote sold-out show experiences to audiences across Canada. She has managed events for major corporations and has owned and operated her own wedding planning business. Coincidentally, her love for love (and lack thereof) turned into a major event, Tinder Tales. For the past three plus years, Tinder Tales has given storytellers, comedians, and audience members, a platform to share (the funny side of) their stories and feelings on dating.

 

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Off Colour: Foad HP (Creator) and Karen Parker (Writer)
Synopsis: Off Colour is single-cam, half-hour sketch comedy show that presents a fresh view of modern society from the vantage point of North America’s ever growing diversity. Off Colour is celebration of voices that are not normally heard; voices that have a lot to say and a very funny way of saying it.

Bio: Foad HP is a stand-up, writer, and actor. He was the runner-up at the 2017 Just For Laughs Homegrown Comics Competition, where he also recorded a set for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. He has written for This Hour Has 22 Minutes and was the winner of the 2016 Comedy Brawl. Foad will perform at two Off-JFL shows this year, part of the Just For Laughs Festival. Karen Parker is a comedian and actor. She is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award winning/Dora-nominated actor and alumna of The Second City Toronto where she co-created and performed three successful reviews. Karen has toured the world with The Nearly World Famous DuffleBag Theatre and has performed with theatre companies across Ontario in various productions.

 

The Communists’ Daughter: Leah Cameron (Creator) and Natalie Novak (Producer)
Synopsis: In the thick of the Mulroney ‘80s, the daughter of two happily married Communists struggles between fitting in at a new high school and upholding her family’s outdated beliefs.

Bios: Leah Cameron is a Toronto-based writer and director who grew up with a different perspective on world events than most Canadians: her dad was a dyed-in-the-wool Communist in the thick of the Reagan ‘80s. To date, The Communist’s Daughter  has earned funding through the Independent Production Fund (IPF) and has been shortlisted for Sundance’s Episodic Story Labs. Natalie Novak is a Toronto-based producer and the youngest daughter of Polish immigrants who “escaped” Communism in 1986. She is currently at work on a book of short stories called ‘Cool by Association; Three Decades of Art as Business’. She has produced several award-winning short films that have played festivals internationally.

 

Forever Home: Leonard Chan (Creator)
Synopsis: Forever Home is a web series that follows an interracial couple, Leonard (a practical Asian engineer) and Jackie (an idealistic white cat lady), as they deal with the daily struggles of marriage while running a cat café that just happens to be located directly beneath the living space of Leonard’s overbearing immigrant parents.

Bio: Creator Leonard Chan was born and raised in Toronto, and performs stand-up all across Canada. He has been heard on CBC’s The Debaters and Sirius/XM Radio, published on CBC Comedy, and seen on stage at JFL42 and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He also has two degrees in engineering, which he now uses only as punchlines.

 

Hudson Heights: Nadine Djoury and Aimee Ambroziak (Co-Creators)
Synopsis: Ex-best friends, Melissa and Lily are having trouble being adults. When a freak accident brings them back to their small hometown of Hudson, Quebec, they have no other choice but to work together to rebuild their lives, one slippery brick at a time.

Bios: Co-creator Nadine Djoury is a comedian, actress and writer based in Toronto, Canada. Along with Aurora Browne, she co-created, wrote and starred in the web series Newborn Moms (ABC.com / CBC Comedy), which was nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards and named one of the Best Web Series of 2016 by IndieWire. Newborn Moms was also the winner of the 2014 Just For Laughs short-form Stand Up & Pitch program. Co-creator Aimee Ambroziak is a comedian, actress and writer based in Toronto, Canada. A native Montrealer (originally from Hudson, QC), Aimee has performed with Montreal companies such as: Repercussion Theatre, Geordie Productions and Tableau D’Hote. Her short film Good Girls, co-written with Nadine Djoury, won the WIFT-BravoFact Pitch Competition and is currently making the festival circuit.

 

About the program:
The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program presents five never-before-seen projects from Canadian creators – in both long and short-form formats. Home to many of Canada’s hit comedy series (Schitt’s Creek, Baroness Von Sketch, Workin’ Moms, Kim’s Convenience) and digital originals (90 Year-Old Roommate, How to Buy a Baby, Newborn Moms and Save Me), CBC has been a long-time Just For Laughs sponsor and broadcaster of the festival’s gala performances.

Mark your calendar! 
The CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program takes place Thursday, July 26 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal. Included with your Just For Laughs ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

2018 Finalists Announced For From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More

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Announcing the finalists for the 2018 edition of From Set to Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD and More, our single or multi-camera series long form pitch program, presented by Project 10 Productions Inc. in conjunction with the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP). Our five finalists are:

* Adriano Valentini, The Age Of Insecurity
* David Taylor, Barnum
* Joe Abel and Dwayne Perkins, Black Republican
* Leslie Rathe, Tethered
* Stefan Brogren and Michelle Shaughnessy, Spinsters

About the Teams and Their Projects:

The Age Of Insecurity: Adriano Valentini (Creator)
Synopsis: Twenty-something siblings, Alfi and Alyssa, struggle with love, work and self-worth as they navigate back and forth between New York City and their hometown, Yonkers.

Bio: Adriano Valentini is a writer, director and producer. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Adriano was raised in a big Italian family. He studied film and TV at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received an MBA at Ryerson University. After graduating, Adriano worked as a Video Journalist at Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail, and took part in the Bell Media/Writer’s Guild of Canada Diversity Writing Program. In 2014, his short film Beanie Bros. was selected as a Top 10 Finalist for HBO’s Project Greenlight. In 2015, Adriano won the NBC Playground Competition, which led to writing and directing his first network comedy pilot for NBC, Sunset Ppl, produced by Will Packer Productions. Adriano recently completed work on the new digital comedy series, Little Italy, Los Angeles, for Adaptive Studios. He is currently developing an original series for NBCU and Snapchat.
Adriano is based in Los Angeles and is repped by 3 Arts Entertainment.

 

Barnum: David Taylor (Creator)
Synopsis: James Barnum is a divorce attorney​ who thinks he knows it all… until he is faced with the reality of his own divorce. Barnum is a dark, single-cam half-hour. Similar to British television in look and feel, the show is set in Los Angeles.​ However, Barnum‘s LA isn’t the glamorous seductress that made you want to move. Barnum happens in the Los Angeles you were surprised to find when you arrived.

Bio: David Taylor is an Emmy-nominated and WGA award-winning writer for Hulu’s Triumph Election Watch, and for Comedy Central’s Roast of Roseanne and The Jeselnik Offensive. A regular at The Comedy Store, David has also contributed​ to numerous award shows, including The ESPYs and MTV Movie Awards; had a script deal with FXX; written for publications such as Paste Magazine; and hosted the acclaimed podcast “Until I Lose Interest.” David has acted in FXX’s The League and ESPN Classic’s Cheap Seats, and in commercials for companies including Toyota, State Farm, and Pepsi. He has also appeared as a talking head on the 20 Most series on CMT. David has degrees in Chemistry and Economics from Carnegie Mellon University, and was​ a Silicon Valley software millionaire until he gave it up to become a comedian​.

 

Black Republican: Joe Abel (Co-Creator) and Dwayne Perkins (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: A small government Black Republican navigates the unseemly waters of modern day conservatism, where he finds that the greatest threats to his party are coming from within.

Bios: Joe Abel is a comedy writer based out of Los Angeles. Joe grew up in the Washington, D.C. suburbs, then graduated from Lehigh University in 2004 with a B.A. in Journalism. He quickly realized two key facts: 1) Print journalism was a cantankerous geriatric being kept alive on a ventilator 2) The most resonant stories of our time are often works of fiction. He has the good fortune to be the literary Robin to the comedic Batman of Dwayne Perkins. Brooklyn native, Dwayne Perkins, is a vet in the comedy game. His one-hour comedy special: Dwayne Perkins: Take Note debuted on Netflix to rave reviews and instantly became a fan favourite. Dwayne has earned a spot in today’s elite class of stand-up comics with several appearances on Comedy Central and Conan. He was a 1999 Just For Laughs New Faces of Comedy and appeared at last year’s festival. Dwayne is the author of the book, ‘Hot Chocolate For The Mind’, a collection of humorous essays. He co-wrote and starred in the feature film Dying To Kill (now on Amazon), where he plays a stand-up comic who has to get laughs or die trying. His recurring piece on The Jay Leno Show, “Great White Moments in Black History” was a viewer favourite. Dwayne’s Comedy Central half-hour special was voted one of the top 25 Comedy Central specials of all time. It showcases his unique way of looking at life and his unparalleled ability to convey it in a hilarious manner.

 

Tethered: Leslie Rathe (Creator)
Synopsis: You Can’t Run From Yourself: Fleabag meets Catastrophe in this unflinchingly original “traumedy” about a new mom suffering an identity crisis after giving birth to her son and her alter ego — a rebellious headstrong younger version of herself who refuses to let go of the past.

Bio: Leslie Rathe is a bold new voice in film and television having worked out of Los Angeles, San Francisco and London. An honours graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, her films have screened with Gen Art, The Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and IFC. Leslie currently lives in Los Angeles where she is developing original TV series across all platforms having worked with Pulse, Blackpills, and Conde Nast Entertainment. She is also writing a dark comedy series for JAX Media and developing a mini-series for Kids At Play. Tethered was a recent participant in the IFP Screen Forward Lab and is currently being developed as a half-hour serialized dark comedy.

 

Spinsters: Stefan Brogren (Co-Creator) and Michelle Shaughnessy (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Two sisters put aside their long running feud to run a successful fitness studio, which dissolves into a flocking ground for misfits and outcasts. A workplace comedy… with a SPIN.

Bios: Stefan Brogren is best known for his work in the Degrassi franchise. Starting in front of the camera as the beloved Archie “Snake” Simpson”, Stefan then found his love for working behind the scenes and went on to direct over 60 episodes of the iconic series. Stefan has three nominations and two wins at the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Direction. He won a Directors Guild of Canada Award in 2015 and received his fourth nomination in 2017. Stefan is also an accomplished producer, receiving four Emmy nominations for his work. This year Stefan has been working on a new series for Hulu, Hollie Hobbie, as a Director and Co-Executive Producer. Stefan recently had a hilarious cameo in the newest Drake video, I’m Upset, and likes to think that gives him the hip hop cred he’s been so desperately wanting his whole life. Michelle Shaughnessy is comedian, actor and writer. She has had numerous appearances on CBC, The Comedy Network, Bite TV, The W Network and MTV. Her 2017 album ‘You Know What You Know Did’ hit Number 1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts, and she has fast become one of the most in demand comedians in the country. In 2015, she was part of the New Faces line-up at the JFL42 Festival in Toronto, and in 2017 she was a finalist in Sirius XM’s Top Comic competition. Michelle has written for CBC’s Still Standing and wrote last summer’s WE DAY for the CTV network.

 

 

Don’t miss this live pitch event!
From Set To Screen: TV, OTT, SVOD & More takes place, Friday, July 27 at 11:00 am in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of a full day of panels, podcast tapings and showcases. From Set To Screen is presented by Project 10 Productions Inc. in conjunction with the Independent Filmmaker Project (IFP). Admittance to this live long form pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.

2018 Finalists Announced For Beyond The Box: Playing It Short

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The finalists have been announced for the 2018 edition of Beyond the Box: Playing It Short, our short form pitch program presented by Some Spider Studios in conjunction with Tubefilter. Our five projects and their teams are:

* Brittany Tomkin and Jorja Hudson, Myrtle & Willoughby
Louie Torrellas and Ernie Bustamante, New Lou
* Luke Jarvis and Rob Pooley, Justice for Alma
* Ryan George, Owen From The Woods
* Thomas Conway and Dominic Kardasiewicz, Illegal Alien

About the Teams and Their Projects:

Myrtle & Willoughby: Brittany Tomkin (Co-Creator) and Jorja Hudson (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Myrtle & Willoughby is a narrative, scripted, comedy mini-series about two, young, female detectives on Brooklyn’s Millennial Crimes Unit. When Detectives Myrtle and Willoughby stumble onto a murder case, it’s up to them to prove to their Captain and precinct that they can solve the crime. To get the recognition they deserve, they are willing to risk their jobs, reputations — and brunch plans.

Bios: Brittany Tomkin is a New York-based comedy writer and video producer. Her independent comedy duo Brit & Brit has created numerous online sketches, and she also has written and staged live shows at The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theatre and The People’s Improve Theatre. Brittany is both a contributing writer to Reductress, the satirical, online women’s magazine, and a produced playwright. Jorja Hudson is a Brooklyn-based writer, comedian and producer originally from London, England. Jorja’s work has been featured on Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Reductress, Elite Daily, Bustle, Refinery29, and more. Jorja is the creator and head writer of indie web series Low Budget Sketch Show, which screened at The Hollyweb Festival, New York Independent Film Festival, and was featured in the AV Club, New York Times and The Observer.

 

New Lou: Louie Torrellas (Creator) and Ernie Bustamante (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Based on the life of actor and comedian Louie Torrellas, New Lou, is a half-hour comedy about a former child actor who moves back to LA after graduating from college and must learn how to act like an adult. Except this time around, there’s no script.

Bios: A Queens, New York native actor/comic/producer Louie Torrellas attended the famed Professional Performing Arts School and won his first Emmy at twenty-one. Louie’s film and TV credits include: Jumper; Blood and Bone; One Life To Live; Law & Order; Miracle’s Boys; Late Night with Conan O’Brien; and Laffapalooza!. The founder of Ambitious Media, Louie has produced a library of content, such as Llama Cop (STARZ). Louie has been performing stand-up since the age of 10 and has parlayed his two decades of “entertainment experiences” (humiliations) into co-creating the show New Lou with Ernie Bustamante. Ernie is a writer and comedian. He has written pilot scripts for broadcast, cable, and digital networks. His sketch show, Banned in Tucson, was selected for the 2016 Montreal Just for Laughs Stand Up & Pitch Showcase. Ernie is an alumni of the ABC/Disney Writing Program and former Vice Chair of the WGA Latino Writer’s Committee. He is currently developing a half-hour comedy, Border Patrol, for television and hosts The Latino Vote (a stand-up, late night talk show) at UCB Sunset.

 

Justice for Alma: Luke Jarvis (Co-Creator) and Rob Pooley (Co-Creator)
Synopsis: Justice For Alma follows Alma Romero, a pure-hearted, tireless lawyer and defender of the downtrodden… who is also one of the clumsiest, most forgetful people alive. Her causes are honourable: women and minority rights, as well as the belief that every person deserves a fair trial. Her methods are unconventional, bordering on insane, and often just barely snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

Bios: Luke Jarvis is a co-founder of Tres Gatos TV, a Boston and NYC-based production company specializing in comedy video. An alum of NYU’s film school, Luke helped develop the Future of StoryTelling film series, which was named an Official Honouree of the 2017 Webby Awards. Rob Pooley is a co-founder of Tres Gatos TV. He is a writer, super-producer, and comedian who has performed at Nick’s Comedy Stop, the Boston Comedy Festival, and the world-famous Comedy Studio. He also co-hosts a weekly show at Bill’s Bar in downtown Boston, featuring the best stand-up talent in New England. His twin brother James will be appearing in his place at select events throughout the week in Montreal.

 

Owen From The Woods: Ryan George (Creator)
Synopsis: Owen from the Woods ​is a scripted comedy series following 28-year old Owen Wilkerson who, after miraculously surviving in the wilderness alone since age seven, has now emerged into the modern world. As part of his social rehabilitation, he’ll be required to move in with roommates to help him experience a “normal” living situation for someone his age. Unfortunately, this living situation is going to be anything but normal.

Bio: Ryan George is a writer and comedian based in Montreal, Canada. 

He writes and stars in Screen Rant’s bi-weekly Pitch Meetings — a YouTube comedy series in which he pokes fun at popular films. The series has accumulated tens of millions of views and its fan base grows with each new episode. 

At the 2016 Just for Laughs Festival, Ryan and his comedy group Moving Mind Studio successfully pitched their series Campus Law to superstar comedian Kevin Hart. Ryan and his partners starred in the series, which was produced by Hart and is available to stream on the LOL Network and Bell Media’s SnackableTV. 
In addition, Just for Laughs selected them to create, write and star in the first-ever scripted Just For Laughs series, Explaining to an Alien. The series premiered at the Vancouver Web Fest and screened at multiple festivals around the world.

 

Illegal Alien: Thomas Conway (Creator) and Dominic Kardasiewicz (Concept Art)
Synopsis: In the distant future, a brave woman with a mysterious and checkered past escapes earth moments before it explodes. Desperate and alone, she sneaks onto a strange and foreign alien planet where she must make a new life under constant threat of deportation and death. An animated series…

Bio: Thomas Conway started his comedy career doing stand-up while still in high school. After graduation from Ryerson University, he worked as a punch-up writer for The Latest Buzz (Family Channel) and as a story co-ordinator for the award-winning showrunner, Frank van Keeken (The Next Step). Thomas recently took part in the WGC’s Writing Room Intensive during the 2018 Toronto Screenwriting Conference. He is currently a contributing writer for The Beaverton and a Junior Story Editor for CBC and Hulu’s new ambitious Sci-Fi series, Endlings.

 

 

Don’t miss this awesome pitch event!
Beyond the Box: Playing It Short takes place, Wednesday, July 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm in the Inspiration Room, Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of our new and expanded Wednesday programming slate.  Beyond The Box is presented by Some Spider Studios, a media & entertainment company and publisher of Scary Mommy and Cafe and presented in conjunction with Tubefilter. Admittance to the pitch is included with your ComedyPRO pass. Regular pricing is now in effect. To purchase your pass, please visit Eventbrite.