First impressions, New Faces Characters at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2014
I've been writing so much about members of The Reckoning, that I should have reckoned that another of the iO West's improv collective would be the breakout star of the New Faces Characters showcases this summer in Montreal. This year's showcase had a high standard to meet, with UCB co-founder Matt B... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs 2014: A conversation with ‘New Face’ Monroe Martin
One of the big highlights of Just For Laughs Montreal is checking out the new crop of up-and-comers that are named this year’s “New Faces of Comedy.” Twenty-one comedians, and twelve unrepped, from all over the country are invited to perform at the largest comedy festival, in front... [Read More]
 
Hampton Yount is recording an album on August 15th in LA
Again, this summer has been full of album recordings. Before the season ends, LA comedian Hampton Yount will be recording a new album at the NerdMelt Showroom. Via ASpecialThing records, the album, entitled Bearable, will be Yount’s second album after his first, Unbearable,which is available f... [Read More]
 
Marc Maron’s ‘river of rage’ flows freely at Just For Laughs
MONTREAL – “Yes, there are problems.” The cold opening to Marc Maron’s intimate Place des Arts show drew huge laughs. The line was unexpected, yet not – after all, Maron traffics in problems, to heartwarming and introspective effect. And indeed, we really couldn’t... [Read More]
 
Comedy Central renews “Nathan For You” and “Drunk History”
Two of Comedy Central’s newest gems have been renewed for third seasons. Drunk History and Nathan For You were runaway hits last year, and after only being a month into their respective second seasons, CC is locking them down for more. It’s really not a surprise to see CC make either of ... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs 2014: Andy Kindler’s State Of The Industry address (audio)
Every year Andy Kindler performs a “State of the Industry” address at Just For Laughs. What is the address you ask? Well, it’s pretty much an hour for the chance for Kindler to talk smack about what’s going on out there. Plenty of ripping of things he doesn’t like. Plen... [Read More]
 
The Bitter and Acerbic Highlights of Andy Kindler's Just For Laughs Keynote Speech
by Phil Davidson Another standing-room only crowd, including some of the biggest names in comedy, came out Friday afternoon at the 2014 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal for Andy Kindler’s 19th State of the Industry address, in which the long-time alternative comic burns bridges from his sa... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs 2014: Chris D’Elia
Finally getting the chance to see Chris D’Elia was no small feat. Mainly because catching him at Just For Laughs 2014 was easily our 4th attempt to see him live. It’s a long story, but a series of scheduling conflicts, canceled performances, and even a bumping from a show by a larger com... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs 2014: Chris D’Elia
Finally getting the chance to see Chris D’Elia was no small feat. Mainly because catching him at Just For Laughs 2014 was easily our 4th attempt to see him live. It’s a long story, but a series of scheduling conflicts, canceled performances, and even a bumping from a show by a larger com... [Read More]
 
Just For Laughs 2014: T.J. Miller
T.J. Miller is poised to be the next big thing. He’s been one of the more popular comedians over the past few years. He’s had his own comedy special No Real Reason, tours the country doing stand-up, and is an avid actor with his latest role on the hit show Silicon Valley. Miller’s ... [Read More]