Comedians descend on Chicago; Bob Odenkirk talks comedy | Northwest Herald
Often praised as a stepping stone for comedic talent, Chicago will become the capital of the comedy world this week. The Second City is the first American location to host the Just for Laughs festival, a comedy celebration that's been rooted in Montreal since 1983 and Toronto since 2007. The Montreal edition has launched the careers of many comedians and has included performances by almost every active comic superstar from John Cleese to Bill Cosby. [Read More]
Just For Laughs plans further expansion | London Free Press
When Just For Laughs raises the curtain Wednesday on its new Chicago edition, it'll be another extension of the comedy festival's international reach. Even as comedians are flinging jokes in the Windy City, the Montreal-based comedy empire is negotiating to set up mini-festivals in Calgary, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, and Sydney, Australia. [Read More]
Montreal's 2009 fest gets Flashier with Zoofest? | the comic's comic
Just For Laughs is spinning off some of its shows for something called Zoofest, which so far, is more confusing than remembering that the first half of the Montreal fest is for the Francophones (wait 'til the final week for the English-language shows). So, how is Zoofest different from Just For Laughs? For one thing, it's Macromedia Flashier. For another, it's taking some of the shows you knew from JFL Montreal and putting them somewhere else in Montreal. [Read More]
A Funny Thing Happens: Just for Laughs Festival hopes to crack up Chicago | Newcity Stage
Chicago may be an improv town, but Chicago also likes a little one-on-one action every once in a while, as in the audience versus the entertainer, one guy or gal throwing out his or her material in the hopes that it will produce a moments worth of euphoria in a crowd of onlookers and they can reap all the glory. That's stand-up comedy for you, and it's the format that will dominate the "Just for Laughs" Festival, which makes its American debut after twenty-seven years in Canada. [Read More]
TBS Orders 10 Episodes of "The Very Funny Show" | AST
Tapping into the flood of new talent set to perform during TBS's "Very Funny" Festival: Just For Laughs, TBS has given the green light to "The Very Funny Show", a new half-hour, late-night standup series hosted by Tim Meadows and slated to premiere in November. The series will feature performances by 30 fresh comedic talents, filmed at the Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago during the Just for Laughs Festival. [Read More]
More details on 2009's Just For Laughs Montreal | the comic's comic
The 2009 edition of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival is starting to take shape. Tickets for some shows already are on sale, with the rest available starting May 2 for the 27th annual fest, running July 16-26. Here's what we know so far... [Read More]
Chicago Just for Laughs Festival adds Breuer, Bhoy, Cross, Black, Showalter, LaJoie | Chicago Tribune
"A Very Funny Festival: Just for Laughs," is doing big business at the box-office. The comedy festival, an offshoot of the Montreal parent, hits Chicago from June 17-21. Already sold-out: Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon and three of the performances by George Lopez. On Tuesday, the festival said it was adding Jim Breuer, Danny Bhoy, David Cross, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter and Jon Lajoie to its line-up of alternative comedy shows at the Lakeshore Theatre. The event will kick off June 16... [Read More]
Chicago comedy fest sets lineup
Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, David Alan Grier, George Lopez, Bill Engvall, Lisa Lampanelli, Russell Peters, Louis CK, Jim Jefferies, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Dick will be among the comedy talent at this summer's inaugural "TBS Presents A 'Very Funny' Festival: Just For Laughs" in Chicago. The co-production of comedy giants TBS and Montreal's Just For Laughs is scheduled to take over the Windy City June 17-21. [Read More]