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]
Now hear this: The very first “State of the Industry” by Andy Kindler at Just For Laughs Montreal in 1996
For years now, we’ve been sharing notes, transcripts and more recently full audio recordings of Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry Address that he delivers at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. It has become one of the must-see, must-listen moments each July at co... [Read More]
Episode #111: Ben Gleib
Hosting duties are nothing new for Ben Gleib. He’s been doing that since he was a teenager, rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and their children in Beverly Hills High School. Gleib’s college talk show became a national sensation thanks to The National Lampoon, eventually scoring him a ... [Read More]
Episode #111: Ben Gleib
Hosting duties are nothing new for Ben Gleib. He’s been doing that since he was a teenager, rubbing elbows with Hollywood stars and their children in Beverly Hills High School. Gleib’s college talk show became a national sensation thanks to The National Lampoon, eventually scoring him a ... [Read More]
Episode #109: Ms. Pat
Ms. Pat’s early career sounds a little bit like the role Sally Field’s in the 1988 movie about comedy, Punchline, except only Ms. Pat grew up in a bootleg house in Atlanta, became a mother of two by the time she was 15, sold drugs, was shot twice, and arrested multiple times all before s... [Read More]
Episode #109: Ms. Pat
Ms. Pat’s early career sounds a little bit like the role Sally Field’s in the 1988 movie about comedy, Punchline, except only Ms. Pat grew up in a bootleg house in Atlanta, became a mother of two by the time she was 15, sold drugs, was shot twice, and arrested multiple times all before s... [Read More]
My First Montreal: Cameron Esposito tells us about her first Just For Laughs trip
Last week, Cameron Esposito was in Montreal for the Just For Laughs Festival. It wasn’t the first time she’s made the trek to Montreal to tell some jokes. We had a few minutes to catch up with her so we wanted to know what her first time was like at the world’s biggest comedy festi... [Read More]
Inside the Live ‘Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle’ at Just For Laughs in Montreal
When Dana White became President of the UFC in 2001, he turned what was once a chaotic, near criminal human cock-fighting consortium into a legitimate sporting event. The rise in popularity of the UFC has mirrored the explosion of the celebrity roast in America, with Jeff Ross fulfilling White&rsquo... [Read More]
Andy Kindler’s 2016 State of the Industry at Just For Laughs Montreal
Two decades. 20 years. That's how long Andy Kindler has remained a fixture and a must-see stop during the final week of Montreal's Just For Laughs festival, just to see and hear what Kindler has to make of the comedy industry and show business via his annual State of the Industry address. Stand-up l... [Read More]