Directors Jay Baruchel and Jeremy Garelick To Helm JFL/Thruline Television Staged Readings
May 24, 2017
Directors Jay Baruchel and Jeremy Garelick To Helm JFL/Thruline Television Staged Readings at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO
Event Cracks Open the Development Door for Talented US and Canadian Scripts and Scriptwriters
Montreal, PQ [May 24, 2017] — Actor/writer/director Jay Baruchel (Goon, Goon: Last of the Enforcers, Man Seeking Woman) and writer/director Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up) return to Just For Laughs ComedyPRO for a third year of JFL/Thruline Television Staged Readings. The duo will each helm an all-star cast of actors and comedians in a staged read through of one American and one Canadian script. The event takes place Thursday, July 27th at the Hyatt Regency Montreal during Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the leading industry event of the comedy business.
Since 2015, the JFL/Thruline Television Staged Readings has proven to be an open and welcoming door for talented American and Canadian scriptwriters looking to develop their ideas. To date, two of the three scripts staged have been optioned as a direct result of the readings:
A**hole Detective. Written by George Reinblatt, this riotous comedy is currently in development with Canadian television and broadcasting powerhouse, Bell Media. The 2016 read through was directed by Jay Baruchel and featured Jimmy Carr, Colin Mochrie, Allison Miller and Sarah Tiana among others.
Wunderkind. Written by Tyler Greene, this script sold to Seeso, Comcast and Universal’s new digital comedy network. David Zuckerman (Family Guy) is currently attached as executive producer while Jeremy Garelick is set to direct and executive produce. The 2015 table read was directed by Jeremy Garelick and featured Chris D’Elia, Bridgit Mendler and Affion Crockett.
“Just For Laughs is the perfect venue for bringing a television script to life,” says Paul Ronca, Director of Industry & Special Events Programming and Strategic Partner Development at Just For Laughs. “We put the world’s top comedy creatives in a room with the world’s top development and programming executives. It’s magic.”
“Just For Laughs is a hub of laughter and positive energy,” adds Jeremy Garelick. “It’s inspiring to just be a part of it.”
The two scripts selected for this year’s read through will be announced in early July.
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 26 – 29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, part of the 35th annual Just for Laughs Festival, which takes place from July 12 – 31st, 2017.