What happens when awesome music mixes with kick-ass comedy? On Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, The Comedy Network makes music a laughing matter with its new original comedy special JUST FOR LAUGHS: AMP’D.
A diverse blend of comedians and out-there music, AMP’D proved to be one of the coolest shows at this year’s Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.
Hosted by the legendary pop satirist “Weird Al” Yankovic, the one-hour special features YouTube sensation Bo Burnham, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, the world-renowned Tim Minchin, and comedy-folk duo Garfunkel & Oates.
After nearly twenty years, Canada’s own Tom Green reunites with hip hop outfit Organized Rhyme for this sonically stellar show.
One week before the premiere of AMP’D, thecomedynetwork.ca delights Canadians with an exclusive look at Organized Rhyme’s new “Check The O.R.” redux music video, shot on the streets of Montreal. This new version is interspersed with footage from the original hip hop classic from Tom Green (MC Bones) and Greg Campbell (Pin the Chameleon).
Check out the hilariously talented line-up for JUST FOR LAUGHS: AMP’D:
“Weird Al” Yankovic
Few would have guessed that Yankovic, who as an awkward, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to enjoy a successful career that is now entering its fourth decade. Over that time he’s won three Grammy Awards® (with 12 nominations), racked up 31 Gold and Platinum Albums, and won countless awards and accolades for Weird Al classics like “Eat It,” “Like a Surgeon,” “Fat,” “Smells Like Nirvana,” “Amish Paradise” and “The Saga Begins.” Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series THE WEIRD AL SHOW and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. His previous album Straight Outta Lynwood (2006), the highest-charting of his career, spawned the Billboard Top 10 single “White & Nerdy.”
The man who pioneered and brought do-it-yourself humour to the YouYube generation with his hit television series THE TOM GREEN SHOW returns to The Comedy Network, the network that launched him to stardom, in JUST FOR LAUGHS: AMP’D. From The Comedy Network, Tom went on to be one of the funniest, most unpredictable personalities on MTV. He’s graced the cover of Rolling Stone, commandeered the coveted guest-host chair on THE LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, and tackled a late night talk show from his living room in TOM GREEN’S HOUSE TONIGHT on The Comedy Network. Now, Tom brings his unique brand of hilarity to the art of stand-up comedy. One of the great comic minds in the field of entertainment, live and in person, Tom Green takes the stage and provides non-stop laughter with his brilliantly cracked view of the world around him.
Bo Burnham was just another high-schooler recording YouTube videos for fun. He has since burst onto the comedy scene with film roles, a full-length LP, an hour-long comedy special and a deal to write a film for Judd Apatow. Entertainment Weekly named Burnham one of the “12 Rising Stars of Comedy” and Variety named him one of the “10 Comics to Watch.” Burnham’s film credits include roles in Apatow’s Funny People, and Rob Schneider’s Virgin on Bourbon Street. He also has wrapped production on the coming of age comedy feature Sin Bin.
Garfunkel and Oates
Garfunkel and Oates is an LA-based comedy-folk duo made up of actresses Riki Lindhome (Last House on the Left, Changeling, My Best Friend’s Girl) and Kate Micucci (SCRUBS, ‘TIL DEATH, When in Rome). They’ve appeared on THE TONIGHT SHOW, LAST CALL WITH CARSON DALY, KTLA and CNN and have a monthly show at the Upright Citizens Brigade in LA. They are currently touring the US and Canada, and their first album, Music Songs, is out on iTunes.
Comedian/musician Reggie Watts was handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open nightly on the sold out North American “Legally Prohibited From Being Funny on Television” tour. He was featured as “Hot Comedian” in Rolling Stone’s Hot Issue 2010, named SPIN Magazine’s “Best New Comedian” and a featured profile in GQ’s Man Of The Year issue 2010. On screen, Reggie has appeared on THE CONAN O’BRIEN SHOW, LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON, and MICHAEL AND MICHAEL HAVE ISSUES to name a few. As a musician, Reggie was invited to join LCD Soundsystem as guest onstage at the final NY shows Spring 2011. He also sang on Regina Spektor’s “Dance Anthem of the 80s” and contributed two tracks to DFA Records’ Spaghetti Circus. Also the frontman for Seattle rock outfit Maktub, Reggie and his band released five albums. Reggie recorded original music featured on LOUIE and performed the theme song for Kristin Schaal’s “Penelope Princess of Pets” show.
Tim Minchin is an Australian, musician, actor, comedian and writer. He has been performing his unique brand of musical comedy in front of appropriately excitable and ever growing audiences since starting out in South Melbourne’s Butterfly Club in 2005. He won the Director’s Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his break-out show Darkside, and followed this later the same year with one of the most successful debut acts ever at the Edinburgh Fringe – winning the Perrier Award for Best Newcomer. His current songs span topics such as environmentalism, rationalism, prejudice(ism) and his amour de boobs(ism). During his shows he plays the piano, always nicely and oftentimes wildly and excitingly, whilst looking wonderfully athletic, in a pair of delightfully uncomfortable skinny jeans.
This one-hour exclusive special is produced by Just for Laughs in association with The Comedy Network. Jake Labow is Production Executive for Bell Media.