• Seeing Other People: Hilarious web series probes the awkwardness of a BFF breakup

    It’s hard to think of anyone more qualified than a comedian to shed funny light on the painful process of enduring a friendship breakup. Luckily, with the launch of the new web series Seeing Other People, we get not one comedian, but four of them to mend our broken hearts while tickling our funny bones. The brainchild of writers and actors Brooke Van Poppelen and Giulia Rozzi (who co-star alongside Patrick

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    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 conceive of a more appropriate sendoff to our week in Just For Laughs-land than an evening spent in the company of Maron and his character-defining problems. Spending

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    Kathleen Madigan, Judy Gold prove a perfect double bill at Just For Laughs

    MONTREAL – With the venerable Judy Gold acting as opener, Kathleen Madigan’s headlining show could really have been a double bill for outstanding, fiery comics in peak form. As arbiters of bitingly hilarious, personalized comedy, the two women have been flexing powerful comic muscles for decades now, and it’s refreshing to see that neither has lost steam as the years have gone on. Taking the stage first for an unarguably

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    Brooklyn Nine-Nine cast gets personal at Just For Laughs

    MONTREAL – As one of the most exciting new sitcoms to hit the major networks in a years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine has quickly garnered a well-deserved reputation for being smart, hip, and extremely hilarious. Therefore, it’s perhaps not too surprising to see that the remarkable cast chemistry translates to something equally as electric offscreen as well as on. Sitting down for a panel discussion of the show with New York Times

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    Lewis Black veers off track to great effect at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL – Lewis Black has never been one to shy away from a good vein-pulsing, temple-throbbing holler fest, and that’s exactly the type of forthright rage that keeps fans coming back for another dose of anger, one sold-out show after another. Which is why it was so surprising – and perhaps curiously refreshing – to see Black in a more somber state at Just For Laughs this year. This is

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    Andy Kindler’s Just For Laughs State of the Industry Address 2014 (Full audio)

    MONTREAL — Every year, comedian Andy Kindler delivers the State of the Industry Address at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. It’s one of the biggest highlights of the weeks long festival as fellow comedians, agents, managers, producers, media and more gather to listen intensely to Kindler, who has made complaining into a comedic art form. SiriusXM Comedy was there to capture the audio and well, we’re here

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    Just For Laughs New Faces: Monroe Martin, Drew Michael, Michelle Wolf impress

    MONTREAL – The New Faces of Comedy, a beloved Just For Laughs tradition, is perhaps one of the most highly anticipated showcases to grace the Montreal mega-comedy festival each and every year. More than giving under-the-radar comedians a chance to shine among more established peers, the New Faces lineup also affords fans of comedy the opportunity to make the acquaintance of stand-up performers they might otherwise never have encountered. Sure,

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    Jim Norton’s Just For Laughs keynote address ‘I Insincerely Apologize’ (Full audio)

    UPDATE: We’ve now uploaded the official audio. It sounds amazing. So enjoy! MONTREAL — Just a few hours ago, comedian Jim Norton finished delivering I Insincerly Apologize, they keynote address at the ComedyPro conference at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. We’re working on getting the proper audio from the mixing board, but in the meantime, we wanted to post the raw audio. That’s how excited we are

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    Just For Laughs New Faces of Comedy announced

    Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival just announced its New Faces of Comedy lineup for 2014. Each year Just For Laughs, the longest running comedy festival, chooses comedians they feel will break out in the next few years. It’s one of the most anticipated set of showcases of the festival, which runs until the end of July. This year’s New Faces of Comedy are as follows: Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel,

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    Jen Kirkman keeps it loose at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL — Dressed head-to-toe in sleek black, Jen Kirkman performed the conclusion of what would be our Just For Laughs coverage, and yes, I did allow myself to be dazzled. Part one-woman show, part straight up stand-up (in Kirkman’s own estimation), her adorably neurotic, conversational style was in full effect, and the intimacy of the venue fit the performer like a velvet glove. As part of the spunky alternative Off

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    Dave Chappelle breaks ticket sales record

    When organizers at the Just For Laughs comedy festival announced Dave Chappelle would be performing one show at this year’s festival in Montreal, comedy fans went nuts. When tickets went on sale, they were gone within minutes. Eventually nine more shows were added. By the end of last week – the festival ended Sunday – Chappelle had sold 14,221 tickets, breaking the 31-year-old festival’s record for most tickets sold. Next

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    Tig Notaro embraces the little moments during her solo show at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL — Tig Notaro is a comedic force, and has been for years. But it wasn’t until her recent brush with aggressive breast cancer (for which she underwent a double mastectomy), and the masterful, deeply personal stand-up work which resulted, that Notaro really became acknowledged by the on-the-beaten-path folks. Accompanied by a stellar opening act, Montreal-ian Deanne Smith (who says of so-called feminazi-ism: “what, are we all going to be

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    Bo Burnham delivers a full-bodied show at Just For Laughs (Review)

    MONTREAL – Bo Burnham seems to carry on in the grand tradition of great vaudevillian performers from days of yore: he’s a multi-talented, multi-faceted, true performer, who appears utterly committed to delivering a full-bodied show rather than a mere act. And that was full on display at his solo show at Just For Laughs on Friday night. Every move the young performer makes is simple, yet complex – there isn’t

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    Andy Kindler blasts Adam Carolla: He’s like Hitler if Hitler weren’t funny

    MONTREAL – Each year at Just For Laughs, the comedy elite and its rabid base of devoted hangers on awaits with eager anticipation for the zings. Specifically, the zings born from the State of the Industry Address during the conference portion of the festival– ComedyPro, as it was dubbed this year. And those zings are delivered by the reliable anger-ball that is Andy Kindler. Anyone familiar with Kindler’s caustic Yiddish-flavored

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    Eddie Izzard leads stellar multi-national comedy crew at Just For Laughs gala

    MONTREAL — If the Just For Laughs comedy festival is an international hub for the transcendent language of laughter, then Eddie Izzard could well be its regional traffic director, pointing French and English and Malaysian and Moroccan comedians and comedy fans toward a place of universal hilarity. As this year’s host to the festival’s staple United Nations of Comedy Gala, the redoubtable legend of scintillating stand-up (and eye makeup) ushered

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