And the Winners Are…. Amy Poehler, Edgar Wright, Mitch Hurwitz and Nick Kroll

June 13, 2013

ComedyPRO Announces Four Winners Of Prestigious Just For Laughs Awards

Amy Poehler: Comedy Person of the Year
Edgar Wright: Comedy Director of the Year
Mitch Hurwitz: Comedy Writer of the Year
Nick Kroll: Breakout Comedy Star of the Year

Montreal, Thursday, June 13, 2013Amy Poehler, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and sought-after talents, will be in attendance, live and in the flesh, at the 6th annual Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference on July 26th. The star of the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series, Parks and Recreation, will receive Just For Laughs’ top award: the Just For Laughs Comedy Person of the Year Award.

Award-winning filmmaker Edgar Wright is best known for his UK series turned international cult phenomenon Spaced, the rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead, the action/comedy opus Hot Fuzz, and the acclaimed comic book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. Wright will receive the Just For Laughs Comedy Director of the Year Award shortly before the debut of his latest feature-length film, The World’s End.

Mitch Hurwitz is an Emmy®, TCA, and WGA Award-winning writer and producer, best known as the creator and Executive Producer of the genre- breaking television show Arrested Development. Hurwitz will receive the Just For Laughs Comedy Writer of the Year Award for his work on the new season of Arrested Development. In addition, Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer for Netflix, will join Hurwitz for “In Conversation with Mitch Hurwitz” at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on Thursday, July 25th at 3:15 pm.

Nick Kroll, creator and star of Comedy Central’s critically acclaimed series Kroll Show, and star of FX’s The League, will receive the Just For Laughs Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award. Previous winners have included Aziz Ansari, Ken Jeong and Key & Peele.

All four awards will be handed out at the Just For Laughs Awards Show, presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ, at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on Friday, July 26th at 5:00 pm. Jeff Ross, the Roastmaster General, and the creator and star of The Burn With Jeff Ross on Comedy Central, returns to host this year’s awards show. It’s gonna be a blast!

Plus there’s more!

“TV’s Power Brokers” panel will feature Kent Alterman (President, Content Development & Original Programming, Comedy Central), Marcus Wiley (SVP, Comedy Development, FOX), Julie Pernworth (SVP, Comedy Development, CBS) and Joe Lewis (Head of Original Programming, Amazon Studios).

And for you new media types, we have Sam Reich (President of Original Content, CollegeHumor), Ben Relles (Global Head of Programming Strategy, YouTube), Allison Kingsley (VP of Digital Development, Comedy Central), Brian Hunt (Head of Creative Development, Original Video, Yahoo!), Andrew Vick (GM – Comedy/Entertainment, Maker Studios Inc.) and many more.

The Just For Laughs ComedyPRO Conference runs from July 25th – 27th at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. But early registration starts now, with Early Bird prices in effect for industry members (you know who you are) until June 21st at We’re also opening the door to fans and selling a limited number of tickets to this year’s Just For Laughs Awards Show at

Three New Festival Announcements: Chris HardwickNerdist Industries, founder of , host of AMC’s Talking Dead and self-confessed former juggler, will host two Talk of the Fest shows at Club Soda on July 23rd. Former Saturday Night Live writer and producer, John Mulaney, hot off his hit Comedy Central Special New In Town, will perform his solo show at Astral on July 25th. ComedyPRO Awards host Jeff Ross will also host two Talk of the Fest shows at Club Soda on July 26th.

That’s it for now. Stay tuned for more spectacular festival and ComedyPRO announcements!

About ComedyPRO Just For Laughs ComedyPRO (formerly the Comedy Conference) is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the industry and explores all facets of comedy with a comprehensive lineup of industry experts and stars. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen, and in ComedyPRO’s relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, we’re all equals! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, three-day conference will gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances of comedy’s buzziest podcasts.

About the Just For Laughs Group About the Just For Laughs Group Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has four business units: Festivals, in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Sydney; television production, Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines and Stand-up Specials and series; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and North American dates for Family Guy Live!; and talent management. The Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is the world’s biggest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 1.25 million people each summer. The Festival celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and a small apartment on the Internet.

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For additional information, contact:

Julie Giles ComedyPRO (formerly the Comedy Conference)
Tel: +1 (416) 878-5328

Jamie O’Meara Just for Laughs Festival
Tel: +1 (514) 845-3155, ext 6150

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