The Comedy Network signs Just For Laughs to multi-Year television series deal

For the first time ever, The Comedy Network will broadcast the star-studded comedy galas from the 30th anniversary season of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, it was announced today.

Produced in association with Just For Laughs Television, 13 hours of all-new comedy content will be shot at the festival this July to air on Comedy this fall, including the highly anticipated The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala. Additional hosts of the new Just For Laughs gala series include Bill Hader, Joel McHale, Jack McBrayer, Jeremy Hotz, Jason Jones, and John Pinette.

Today’s announcement of Comedy’s multi-year deal with Just For Laughs comes as the channel also orders 60 episodes of Match Game, the new English-language revival of the classic game show. CTV also confirmed pilot orders for new half-hour scripted comedies Satisfaction and Spun Out.

“We’re delighted that our longstanding relationship with Just For Laughs has brought The Comedy Network exclusive programming with some of the biggest names in comedy today,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. “This new series will deliver the full festival experience to our viewers like never before – both galas and club performances.”

“We are thrilled to collaborate with The Comedy Network this summer on what will be the most ambitious television production in our Festival’s history,” said Bruce Hills, Chief Operating Officer of Just For Laughs. “The enormous wealth of comedians at this year’s Festival requires us to shoot in not one, but two, iconic venues in the heart of downtown Montreal, during what will be our biggest and best Just For Laughs Festival ever.”

The star-studded Just For Laughs gala series will feature Comedy stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (KEY & PEELE), as well as Canadian favourites Debra DiGiovanni (VIDEO ON TRIAL) and Caroline Rhea (HOLLYWOOD SQUARES). Additional stars include Chris D’Elia (CTV’s WHITNEY), Mario Cantone (SEX AND THE CITY), Jay Pharoah (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Jim Breuer (Half Baked), and international stars Danny Bhoy (from Scotland) and Tommy Tiernan (from Ireland).

Fresh from their triumphant return to the big screen in their self-titled feature film, The Muppets take Montreal in celebration of Just For Laughs 30th anniversary festival when they go back to their variety show roots in The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala.

“Sharing the stage with the greatest comics in the world in front of the greatest comedy fans in the world is an incredible honour for The Muppets, and the highlight of Fozzie Bear’s life,” said Kermit the Frog. “In fact, Fozzie is so overwhelmed, he may not be able to stand up to do his stand-up.”

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