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Just For Laughs Unveils Its New Faces of 2018

July 23, 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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