Dave Chappelle talks the importance of Just For Laughs Montreal, and the role of comedians in the Trump era
Dave Chappelle visited Toronto over the weekend to present a special award to Just For Laughs at Sunday’s Canadian Screen Awards, and told the CBC why JFL its flagship Montreal festival holds a special place for him. “I’m one of the few people that came from America to Canada to ge... [Read More]
Just For Laughs now open to your 2017 pitches for TV and webseries
Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival has now opened its annual call for submissions for you to come up and pitch your TV shows and webseries and industry executives this July. As in past years, the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is hosting the Stand Up & Pitch contest wher... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Characters
Don't know how you feel yet about self-fulfilling prophecies, but it certainly seems as though Montreal's Just For Laughs successfully read "The Secret" when it comes to its New Faces Characters showcase. JFL created the Characters showcase a few years ago with boasts that you might find the next Sa... [Read More]
Andy Kindler’s State of the Comedy Industry 2015 at Just For Laughs Montreal
With a profile this week in The New York Times, do you think Andy Kindler might mention it in today's State of the Industry address at Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival? Do you think? What do you think. You're here reading this, so you know the answer. "I was profiled in The New York Times ... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Unrepped
There may have been stronger individual stand-ups to emerge out of Montreal's New Faces showcases in years past, but as an overall class, 2015's crop of comedians has proven themselves already as one of the strongest, most unique and full-of-potential groups in years. Here are my first impressions o... [Read More]
Dana Gould’s Just For Laughs Keynote Address of 2015: “You’re Doing It Now”
Dana Gould began his stand-up comedy career at the age of 17, a mere 11 days after graduating from high school, "or as Comedy Central would say, nearly retired." Cut to today, and Gould, delivering the 2015 Keynote Address for Montreal's Just For Laughs, says at his age: "By Comedy Central... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 2
Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal's Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Vladimir Caamano: Conveys vivid pictures of life with his father i... [Read More]
First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 1
Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal's Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Also: Side Note: How about two of these comedians developing cleve... [Read More]
One year in: The Goddamn Comedy Jam rocks, raps and rolls through Montreal #JFLMTL
The Goddamn Comedy Jam began life on July 21, 2014, in Los Angeles, another of the themed comedy showcases that strive to wake up the tired, cynical Hollywood crowds and get them focused on stand-up comedians and not their own g-d careers in show business. Every month at the Lyric Theatre in Los Ang... [Read More]
Review: Dave Chappelle at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2015
DJ Trauma is urging the audience to stand and wave their arms in the air, as if they don't care that they've waited in line, then sat through a half-hour of pumped-up jams, racially sensitive jokes from "Ashy Larry" and more remixed dance anthems from the 1970s and 1980s. He could be hyping up ... [Read More]