R.I.P. Mike MacDonald, the king of Canadian comedy
Mike Allan MacDonald joked onstage that he was “the King of Canadian Comedy,” but to many in Canada, he was royalty. Unlike the other great comedians to come out of Canada, MacDonald stayed. He stayed ’til the end, dying Saturday from heart complications. He was 63. His first stand... [Read More]
Canada gets into the streaming stand-up game with CraveTV
Canadians now have another streaming platform of their own to pitch their stand-up comedy specials. CraveTV‘s first original comedy special, Darcy Michael Goes To Church, premieres Friday. It’s the first of three stand-up projects coming to CraveTV in partnership with Just For Laughs, fi... [Read More]
Howie Mandel Just For Laughs Gala gets a third year on The CW
Third time’s not only the charm, but also a full-on trend, so safe to say The CW and Just For Laughs are very happy together. After all, The CW will celebrate a third consecutive year of broadcasting the Howie Mandel Gala from Montreal’s Just For Laughs. The 90-minute primetime stand-up ... [Read More]
Gilbert Rozon resigns as president of Just For Laughs, judge on French TV show, after renewed allegations of sexual harassment, assault
Yesterday morning, Just For Laughs president Gilbert Rozon woke up and promoted his upcoming appearance as a judge on French television’s version of America’s Got Talent: La France a un incroyable talent. 12 hours later, Rozon surrendered it all, amid widespread and renewed allegati... [Read More]
Gilbert Rozon resigns as president of Just For Laughs, judge on French TV show, after renewed allegations of sexual harassment, assault
Yesterday morning, Just For Laughs president Gilbert Rozon woke up and promoted his upcoming appearance as a judge on French television’s version of America’s Got Talent: La France a un incroyable talent. 12 hours later, Rozon surrendered it all, amid widespread and renewed allegati... [Read More]
Just For Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Steps Down After Sexual Misconduct Allegations
Thanks to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the women who decided to go public with sexual harassment, assault, and rape allegations against him, there’s been a snowball effect, thanks in part to the #MeToo hashtag, of more and more women – both famous and non-famous – coming forwar... [Read More]
Checking in on the State of Canadian Comedy with Mark Forward
Mark Forward has been performing standup comedy for two decades now, and he’s a bit of an anomaly in a number of ways. He’s a Canadian who doesn’t aspire to pack up and move to the United States to grow his career, instead choosing to remain in his native Toronto. From that base, h... [Read More]
Sam Jay to tape her first comedy album in NYC on September 21st
Sam Jay is on a tear right now, the comedian just returned from Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival where she… MORE Sam Jay to tape her first comedy album in NYC on September 21st appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Making a Pitch for comedy writers at Funny or Die
In ye olden times, you’d hear about a comedy friend or friend of a friend claiming to write for The Tonight Show or Letterman, sending in jokes by fax. In 2017, what’s a fax? Funny or Die has not only made an app for that, but also perhaps revolutionized the process of finding new comedy... [Read More]
Extreme Hidden Camera Pranks: Sadism in Sheep’s Clothing
Hidden camera pranks entered the zeitgeist back in 1948, courtesy of Allen Funt’s then-groundbreaking television program Candid Camera. The premise was simple yet universal: trick everyday folks with lighthearted gags, film their reactions, then watch the laughter wash over them when the hoax ... [Read More]