Day: June 7, 2012

Just For Laughs Montreal adds new galas, shows, Zoofest 2012 acts

The dance card is almost full for July’s 30th annual Just For Laughs Montreal comedy festival, as the fest rolled out lineups for its one-person shows at Zoofest, as well as adding multiple Galas and shows. You can see what shows already were announced at put up for sale for the 30th annual Just For Laughs Montreal here. Added to that existing lineup… NEW GALAS Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) hosts on July 28. Howie Mandel, July 28. John Pinette added a second gala on July 25, with special guest Tommy Tiernan. TV SHOWCASE Jeremy Hotz, a Montreal festival...

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Nominees for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards

The nominations came out this afternoon for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards, and there’s room for young and old, famous and upcoming names in this year’s talent pool being honored. From Martin Short and a few Kids in the Hall members, to Russell Peters or Samantha Bee — at least those will be the names most American readers will recognize on this list. Three new categories are included for 2012, most notably┬áThe Phil Hartman Award, which celebrates “an individual who makes the Canadian comedy community better. Whether it be donating time and talent to charity or running an open...

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Mark Anderson, owner of Tempe, D.C. Improvs, dead at 60

Mark Wilson Anderson, who owned the Tempe and D.C. Improv comedy clubs and was forced to shut down the venerable Tempe club on June 1 after a heated battle with a rival club, was found dead Wednesday. He had been reported missing a few weeks earlier. Anderson was 60. Housekeepers at a Days Inn off Interstate 10 in Buckeye, a town on the far western suburbs of Phoenix, found Anderson dead in a room Wednesday morning. His cause of death is as of yet unknown. An autopsy is scheduled Friday, according to the Arizona Republic. He left behind a wife...

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