Just For Laughs

sarah-silvermanSarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Eddie Izzard and Joan Rivers have been lined up to take the stage for Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival.

Silverman will host two main stages on July 27 while fellow SNLer Meyers will host his own gala on July 25.

Izzard will host a July 24 gala alongside international acts while Rivers will perform on July 27.

Other acts include 30 Rock and The Daily Show’s Kristen Schaal, SNL’s Taran Killman and Bobby Moynihan, Amy Schumer and Colin Quinn. Continue reading »

JustForLaughsCBC will be looking back at the past 30 years of Just For Laughs with an anniversary special on Tuesday, April 23 at 8pm.

Hosted by CBC’s primetime personality George Stroumboulopoulos, this epically funny two-hour special features some of comedy’s biggest names, including Chris Rock, Ray Romano, Bill Maher, Rick Mercer, Kathleen Madigan, Ron James, Jeremy Hotz, Lewis Black, Russell Peters, Shaun Majumder, Wanda Sykes and many more, as they weigh in on headlines plucked from the past thirty years.

The special features a variety of themes including: technological advances, medical research and geopolitical changes that have shaped and defined our culture since JFL’s inaugural Festival way back in July of 1983. Continue reading »

It’s the exclusive access everyone craves, all from the comfort of home when The Comedy Network invites viewers to Montréal for the Just For Laughs Festival in the new Original Series Just For Laughs: All Access, premiering Monday, Jan. 7 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

From the hustle and bustle backstage, to the uproarious stand-up onstage, Comedy delivers every hysterical moment of the star-studded galas through 13, brand-new, one-hour episodes, featuring the fine-tuned antics of hosts Bill Hader, Joel McHale, Jeremy Hotz, Jack McBrayer, Jason Jones, and John Pinette, as well as The Muppets.

Festival favourites – The Muppets – also star in a previously-announced special 90-minute episode of Just For Laughs: All Access. It’s heart-warming fun as Kermit, Miss Piggy, The Swedish Chef, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo, and the rest of The Muppets gang deliver a singing, dancing, comedy spectacular during “The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala,” premiering Monday, Dec. 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT. The special episode features equally adorable humans Jim Breuer, Steve Patterson, Pete Zedlacher, and Adam Hills. Continue reading »

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. Continue reading »

10 p.m.- Monday, July 30 on Comedy Network

Choc-full of the greatest moments from this years Just For Laughs festivals, including bite-sized morsels of pure comedy gold from the hottest comedy stars. Clips include: John Cleese, Whoopi Goldberg, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK, Gerry Dee, Aries Spears, Pete Zedlacher, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, and many more.

Just For Laughs, the comedy experts, have compiled the best performances of the 2011 Montreal Just For Laughs Festival and created three hilarious CBC Television specials, featuring international comedy stars John Oliver, Russell Peters, and Eric Stonestreet. 

The laughs start with John Oliver’s comedic take on the future, or lack thereof, of the USA with The Decline of the American Empire.

The following week Eric Stonestreet will reflect on relationships alongside a hysterical line-up of comedians in the special Modern Love. Concluding the series is Canada’s own Russell Peters, who hosts “the best night ever” with a personally selected line-up of his favourite and funniest comedian friends. 

The Decline of the American Empire – Tuesday, March 20 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

What is the American Empire and is it falling? Why watch boring men in suits debate this on CNN? It’s time to dive head first into The Decline of the American Empire, hosted by the one and only John Oliver. The British comic you love from The Daily Show with Jon Stewart hosts a smart, opinionated and equally funny political special featuring wildly popular comedians Colin Quinn, WTF podcast host Marc Maron, and Greg Proops (Whose Line Is It Anyway?). 

Modern Love – Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV

Is your cat your best friend? Do you have a strange intimate relationship with Ben and Jerry’s Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream? Are you wondering how things are between you and your mother-in-law? There’s nothing like the feeling of love and a relationship, no matter who or what it’s with. Hosted by Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and featuring a hysterical line-up of comedians including Canadian single gal, Debra DiGiovanni, Australian musical genius Tim Minchin, and late-night talk show favourite (and badgered husband), Bob Marley. 

Russell Peters Best Night Ever – Tuesday, April 10 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV

Ever wish you could step into the mind of worldwide comedy star Russell Peters to see who he thinks is funny? Wouldn’t that be the “Best Night Ever?” Well, wish no more! Russell himself will host an epic show featuring a personally selected line-up of his favourite and funniest comedian friends including special guest Jeremy Hotz and starring Jimmy Carr, Sebastian Maniscalco and Nick Thune.

10 p.m. ET/PT – Saturday, November 5 on Comedy Network

Celebrating all things ‘geek’ featuring THE BIG BANG THEORY’s Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar, and PICNICFACE’s Mark Little.

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.”


Tom Green

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

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.


Reggie Watts

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

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.

10 a.m. ET/PT – Sunday, July 4 on Comedy Network

A season of the world’s best stand-up comedians from the world’s biggest comedy festival, Just For Laughs.

JUST FOR LAUGHS, the comedy experts, are turning up the laughs this season with the return of JUST FOR LAUGHS on CBC Television beginning Monday, September 28 at 9 p.m. In addition to the eight one hour episodes, there is the ever-popular New Year’s Eve “Best Of” show and a special: Just for Laughs Toronto: Ethnic All-Stars hosted by CBC’s own Shaun Majumder.  Over the regular season, guests include Whoopi Goldberg, John Cleese, Martin Short, Jim Gaffigan, Lewis Black, Louis C.K., Caroline Rhea and Bobcat Goldthwait, among many others.

Each episode features the top Gala performances from the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. Side-splittingly funny performances by some of comedy’s most laugh-out-loud stars include a comedic melting pot of national and international artists:  Ireland’s favourite son of comedy Tommy Tiernan; festival fave and Scottish star Danny Bhoy and bombastic Brits Jimmy Carr, Mark Watson and Ross Noble. As well, there’s linguistic U.S. wunderkinds Improvised Shakespeare, idiosyncratic Irishman Jimeoin, Australian superstar Adam Hills and such quirky acts as the Irish sketch quintet Dead Cat Bounce. Canada makes a great showing in the series with acts including: Mike MacDonald, Deb DiGiovanni, Angelo Tsarouchas, Pete Zedlacher, Jon Dore and Gerry Dee.

This year JUST FOR LAUGHS is cranking the laugh-o-meter to 11 with featurettes of some of Canada’s favourite comedians in unlikely alternative-career situations as they are asked ‘What would you be doing if you weren’t a standup comic?’ See Pete Zedlacher try his hand as a professional UFC fighter (it’s not pretty); ogle as Deb DiGiovanni goes back to her fine-art roots with a live male nude model; salivate as big man Angelo Tsarouchas toils over the grill as a short-order cook at a lunch counter and try to account for the fact that Mark Forward could have been a bank teller.

Premiere episode – Monday, September 28 at 9:00 p.m.

The premiere episode will feature performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Jim Gaffigan, Louis C.K., Pete Zedlacher, Adam Hills and more!

New Year’s Eve – Best of the 2009 Just For Laughs Festival – Thursday, December 31 at 7 p.m.

Ring in the New Year with an evening of the very best of the 27th edition of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival featuring performances by some of the world’s funniest and most engaging comedians! The air date for the encore presentation of this show will be announced soon.

Just For Laughs Toronto: Ethnic All-Stars – Monday, November 23 at 9 p.m.

Filmed live at the Winter Garden Theatre during the 2009 Festival, join Shaun Majumder, of CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, for an all-ethnic evening of hilarity featuring: half-Korean, half-Irish Steve Byrne’s special blend of comedy; Jewish-American comedy club pro Rachel Feinstein; BET and CNN’s Godfrey and Toronto’s own original wise guy Frank Spadone.

JUST FOR LAUGHS is directed by Shelagh O’Brien and produced by Sylvie Arbour and Brent Schiess. Executive Producers are Gilbert Rozon, Bruce Hills and Alain Cousineau. The series is a production of Juste pour rire TV Inc. in association with CBC Television.