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David Wain brings “Wainy Days” web series to the stage at Just For Laughs

David Wain brings “Wainy Days” web series to the stage at Just For Laughs

By | July 31, 2011 at 12:10 pm | One comment

MONTREAL -- Comedian and director David Wain’s popular web series, Wainy Days, has long been a comedy anomaly amongst Internet-produced humor. Much like the defining body of Wain’s 20-year career – ranging from his days with The State and Stella on to his illustrious...

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Craig Ferguson hosts international comedians at Just For Laughs

Craig Ferguson hosts international comedians at Just For Laughs

By | July 31, 2011 at 11:51 am | One comment

There’s nothing much –- including pancakes -– that could have topped off the International House of Comedy show, or added any more to it than what was already included in the glorious bag of goods being sold to an eager crowd. Hosted by the venerable Craig Ferguson, he of...

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Brian Posehn, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani nerd it up at Just For Laughs

Brian Posehn, Chris Hardwick, Kumail Nanjiani nerd it up at Just For Laughs

By | July 30, 2011 at 6:45 pm | One comment

MONTREAL -- The Tribute to Nerds gala ended up being one of my favorite extravaganzas of the fest so far, and that’s not just because I happen to carry around something of a constant nerd boner. Was every comedian that performed here a total babe? Yeah, I would definitely...

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Tim Minchin, Robert Kelly, Sebastian Maniscalco dish on Modern Love at Just For Laughs

Tim Minchin, Robert Kelly, Sebastian Maniscalco dish on Modern Love at Just For Laughs

By | July 30, 2011 at 6:22 pm | No comments

MONTREAL -- First, a confession: before the show kicked off, I had no idea who Eric Stonestreet was. This is ignorance bred by poorness – there is no network or cable TV in my household, so shows like Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory (more on that in a following post) are...

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Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs; yep, he still hates Dane Cook and Jay Leno

Andy Kindler’s State of the Industry Address at Just For Laughs; yep, he still hates Dane Cook and Jay Leno

By | July 30, 2011 at 5:45 pm | 3 comments

MONTREAL – Andy Kindler is a force; perhaps even The Force of which that nut Obi-Wan was always flapping his old man space gums about. Watching him perform… well, I hesitate to use the exhausting phrase “comedian’s comedian,” for fear of riddling this recap with...

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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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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 | 6 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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