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Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

Dave Chappelle, Conchords lead a diverse group at Oddball Comedy Festival (Review)

By | August 24, 2013 at 2:52 pm | 2 comments

AUSTIN -- If there’s one thing I learned at Funny or Die’s Oddball Comedy & Oddity Festival yesterday evening, it’s that Austin, Texas is a really, really hot place to kick off a national tour if said tour is hosted outdoors in August. If there are two things I learned,...

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

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

By | July 29, 2013 at 3:38 pm | No comments

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,...

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

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

By | July 28, 2013 at 11:59 am | 2 comments

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...

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

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

By | July 28, 2013 at 10:51 am | No comments

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...

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Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at Just For Laughs (Review)

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood at Just For Laughs (Review)

By | July 27, 2013 at 8:08 pm | No comments

MONTREAL – While the art of improv can be a polarizing comedy sub-genre for comedians and comedy fans alike, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone hating on those who are part of the Whose Line is it Anyway? family. Specifically, master improvisers Colin Mochrie and Brad...

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

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

By | July 26, 2013 at 10:13 am | One comment

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...

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Ian Karmel, Chris Distefano, Mark Normand stand out during New Faces at Just For Laughs (Review)

Ian Karmel, Chris Distefano, Mark Normand stand out during New Faces at Just For Laughs (Review)

By | July 25, 2013 at 1:23 pm | One comment

MONTREAL – By the conclusion of Wednesday’s first Just For Laughs New Faces showcase, festival goers were, with good reason, practically drowning in a sea of untapped comedic talent. But drowning in a good way, like if you were to dive into a swimming pool full of...

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Nancherla, Wetterlund, Morril among impressive New Faces at Just For Laughs (Review)

Nancherla, Wetterlund, Morril among impressive New Faces at Just For Laughs (Review)

By | July 25, 2013 at 11:06 am | 2 comments

MONTREAL – Now in its 31st yeah, Montreal’s world famous Just For Laughs comedy festival is itself more a seasoned veteran than a fresh new face, but that doesn’t exclude a hopeful new crop of untested comic talents from the fest’s decidedly robust lineup. Each and every...

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Holy Fuck. Live Comedy. (Album review)

Holy Fuck. Live Comedy. (Album review)

By | June 21, 2013 at 3:01 pm | 2 comments

There comes a point in every comedy fans' life when they start to question what exactly it is that makes them laugh. Consuming hours of stand-up specials and comedy albums, reading memoirs by the greats, attending live shows, and streaming podcasts like no tomorrow, these...

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