First impressions of New Faces 2018 at Just For Laughs Montreal
New Faces is decidedly different this year in Montreal. Perhaps it’s due to the Amazon Prime Video camera crews following the aspiring stand-up comedians around Just For Laughs. Yep. Mais bien sur. C’est vrai. C’est très certainement! Pardon my French. In recent years, I&rsq... [Read More]
First impressions of New Faces 2018 at Just For Laughs Montreal
New Faces is decidedly different this year in Montreal. Perhaps it’s due to the Amazon Prime Video camera crews following the aspiring stand-up comedians around Just For Laughs. Yep. Mais bien sur. C’est vrai. C’est très certainement! Pardon my French. In recent years, I&rsq... [Read More]
Chris Redd at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2018
Chris Redd experienced a breakout summer in 2016, first as a scene-stealer in the The Lonely Island’s movie Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, then as a New Face at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, and finally as an almost-hire at Saturday Night Live. My bad on that almost part. (Understatem... [Read More]
Double Threat: Janelle James and Tim Dillon at Just For Laughs 2018
Double Threat may be one of my favorite shows/concepts at Just For Laughs. It’s so named because you get to see two stand-up comedians on the up-and-up perform back-to-back half-hour sets, typically in a setting that showcases them at their most pure selves, and intimately enough so you really... [Read More]
Studies in contrast: Todd Glass and Matteo Lane illustrate range of comedy notes at JFL 2018
In his Netflix special, Act Happy, Todd Glass unveiled The Todd Glass Band to add more weapons to his comedy arsenal. Glass uses them to great effect, especially in a live setting such as his showcase all this week in Montreal for Just For Laughs, as not only a talented four-piece band, but also as ... [Read More]
Studies in contrast: Todd Glass and Matteo Lane illustrate range of comedy notes at JFL 2018
In his Netflix special, Act Happy, Todd Glass unveiled The Todd Glass Band to add more weapons to his comedy arsenal. Glass uses them to great effect, especially in a live setting such as his showcase all this week in Montreal for Just For Laughs, as not only a talented four-piece band, but also as ... [Read More]
Jim Gaffigan’s “Noble Ape” harnesses tragedy for the sake of comedy
The days of stand-up comedy feature films have dwindled with the advent of streaming options and Netflix’s huge catalog of… MORE Jim Gaffigan’s “Noble Ape” harnesses tragedy for the sake of comedy appeared first on The Laugh Button.... [Read More]
Who Is Sacha Baron Cohen Fooling In ‘Who Is America?’ On Showtime
When Sacha Baron Cohen first burst onto the scene with Ali G, Borat and Bruno on British television in 2000 (and then HBO in 2003), you have to remember what America was then. No social media. No hyper-awareness. When he filmed Borat, he could still fool most of the people most of the time, even [&h... [Read More]
Who Is Sacha Baron Cohen Fooling In ‘Who Is America?’ On Showtime
When Sacha Baron Cohen first burst onto the scene with Ali G, Borat and Bruno on British television in 2000 (and then HBO in 2003), you have to remember what America was then. No social media. No hyper-awareness. When he filmed Borat, he could still fool most of the people most of the time, even [&h... [Read More]
Review: W. Kamau Bell “Private School Negro” on Netflix
A decade ago, W. Kamau Bell promised to end racism in an hour, titling his touring one-man show that to bring the audience in and leave them laughing. We’re not laughing so much now in 2018, when racism remains an American problem by its own birth and historical circumstances. Nevertheless, Be... [Read More]