Episode #219: Zainab Johnson
Zainab Johnson had other plans for her life, perhaps professional basketball or teaching, before a tragic accident changed her life and her worldview. Johnson tells me how she absorbed the lessons of the comedians she hung out with before jumping into comedy herself. So far, so good. After being nam... [Read More]
Episode #219: Zainab Johnson
Zainab Johnson had other plans for her life, perhaps professional basketball or teaching, before a tragic accident changed her life and her worldview. Johnson tells me how she absorbed the lessons of the comedians she hung out with before jumping into comedy herself. So far, so good. After being nam... [Read More]
Highlights from Andy Kindler’s 2018 State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs Montreal
Andy Kindler delivered his most sincere and focused State of the Industry Address in years at Just For Laughs in Montreal. Which, of course, is extra funny since the actual industry hasn’t felt sincere in a long time, could definitely use some focus, and Kindler joked that JFL might be ready f... [Read More]
Howie Mandel on owning Just For Laughs: “I was chasing this”
Howie Mandel recently opened a comedy club bearing his name in Atlantic City, and he’s long been a mainstay judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. But Mandel’s heart has remained in his native Canada, so when Just For Laughs suddenly became a real-life Deal or No Deal for him, ... [Read More]
Darren Knight’s Southern Momma hits a bump north of the border at Just For Laughs 2018
Can a white Tyler Perry make it in show business without the wigs, makeup or disguise? That’s not a rhetorical question in comedy, circa 2018. Three years ago, Darren Knight was broke in the sticks of Munford, Ala., not far from Talladega Speedway but far far away from show business. Then he s... [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]
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]