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Some ladies get nasty, others get personal; Leggero, Bamford, Schumer rep well at Just For Laughs

Some ladies get nasty, others get personal; Leggero, Bamford, Schumer rep well at Just For Laughs

By | July 29, 2011 at 1:49 pm | No comments

MONTREAL -- “See, and you thought women weren’t funny! You probably got dragged here tonight, didn’t you?” Natasha Leggero, she of the rising star, killer comedian status, quipped loudly. The recipient, presumably a Republican-looking dude unfortunate enough to be seated...

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“A Carlin Home Companion” brings the comedy legend back to life at Just For Laughs

“A Carlin Home Companion” brings the comedy legend back to life at Just For Laughs

By | July 29, 2011 at 12:02 pm | 2 comments

MONTREAL -- Garrison Keillor may not have deigned to perform a monologue of “The Seven Dirty Words” in a surprise guest appearance, but A Carlin Home Companion – forgive me, NPR – didn’t require any public broadcasting credentials to classify as a best of the fest...

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The formerly “unbookable” Marc Maron delivers powerful keynote address at Just For Laughs

The formerly “unbookable” Marc Maron delivers powerful keynote address at Just For Laughs

By | July 29, 2011 at 7:51 am | No comments

MONTREAL -- There has long been the acknowledgement of a fine line that exists between the realms of laughter and pain. It’s a concept perhaps even older than fully evolved vocal chords – since the dawn of humanity, there’s been an instinctual understanding that what we...

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Johnny Pemberton, Ron Funches, Carl Donnelly impress as New Faces at Just For Laughs (group two)

Johnny Pemberton, Ron Funches, Carl Donnelly impress as New Faces at Just For Laughs (group two)

By | July 28, 2011 at 12:47 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL – After the rich and varied display of the comics from the early, 7 pm incarnation of the New Faces show, the 9 pm-ers were left with an order to fill about as tall as first rounder Cy Amundson. (Seriously, have you seen that guy? They don’t call him the Larry Bird...

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Jerrod Carmichael, Ali Wong, Cy Amundson lead the pack of New Faces at Just For Laughs (group one)

Jerrod Carmichael, Ali Wong, Cy Amundson lead the pack of New Faces at Just For Laughs (group one)

By | July 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | One comment

MONTREAL – Paris may be the city of lights, but its funky, badass little sister Montreal is all lit up like a Christmas tree this week. And few individuals seem to shine more vibrantly than the 16 who stood onstage last night at the L’Astral club and gave the world a reason...

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Bonnie McFarlane hosts Web series covering the comedy world

By | May 27, 2011 at 11:04 am | No comments

Since we're all certified (or perhaps just certifiable) comedy nerds here, it's a pretty safe assumption to say that we love talking the ins and outs of what makes for outstanding comedy. It comes as great news then, that stand-up dynamo Bonnie McFarlane, a proud pledgee of the...

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Review: Don Jamieson’s “Live and Hilarious”

By | May 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm | No comments

Seven tracks into Don Jamieson’s raucous and obscene stand-up album, Live and Hilarious, there’s an unfortunately timed bit called, “Obama, Osama, Airport Security,” in which Jamieson asserts that Obama isn’t doing enough to find OBL and end the war on terror. The...

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Michael Showalter: The accidental comedian?

By | February 22, 2011 at 9:47 pm | No comments

When I was 17, it was a very good year. George W. Bush hadn’t yet had the opportunity to drive the country into massive collapse, and a friend of my brother’s introduced me to a wonderfully affecting offbeat comedy called Wet Hot American Summer – a film I loved and...

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Tammy Pescatelli: A ballsy comedy broad

By | January 24, 2011 at 9:00 am | No comments

Tammy will be performing at Carolines in NYC from Feb 3. - Feb 6. Tickets here. Once upon a time, in a comedy club far, far away (or very close by, if you happen to share neighborhood zoning permits with the Comedy Store in LA), Tammy Pescatelli had a dream about escaping...

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