Day: July 23, 2014

Jimmy Carr: Gagging Order, at #JFLMTL 2014

All of the shows at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival begin first with a pre-recorded announcement for audience members to check in using social media, but please, to turn off or silence the cell phones as well as their heckling mouths and enjoy the show. Jimmy Carr‘s stand-up performance includes a second pre-show message. On a big screen above the stage, Carr provides further instructions, a few warm-up jokes, and finally a five-second countdown to welcome him out from behind the curtains. Among his instructions, a warning to hecklers: Better bring your best material. Because Carr certainly won’t hold...

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Syfy casting for NCredible Improv sci-fi/fantasy challenge series with Nick Cannon

That’s Incredible was a popular variety/reality TV series in the early 1980s. This NCredible Improv series on Syfy, casting this summer with an air date to be determined, is the brainchild of Nick Cannon. NCredible is Cannon’s branding for his entertainment management company as well as his merchandising. Syfy announced the development deal Wednesday with executive producers Cannon and Michael Goldman. Syfy is an NBCUniversal cable property, putting in the same corporate family with Cannon’s highest-profile gig, hosting summer series America’s Got Talent on NBC. Cannon also is no stranger to improv competitions, serving as host and executive producer...

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Jerrod Carmichael at Theatre Ste. Catherine #JFLMTL 2014

The hype surrounding stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael is justifiable and warranted. At 26, Carmichael is having a breakout year. A shining supporting role in Neighbors, which has earned $150 million at the American box-office since May and another $100 million globally. An HBO hourlong stand-up special directed by Spike Lee from The Comedy Store in Los Angeles, in the can and awaiting an air date. And a pilot presentation with NBC that impressed the Peacock Network enough to ask him to do a second pilot with a quick turnaround. It’s enough to draw comparisons to Dave Chappelle. Which also...

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Jay Pharoah’s Usher parody, “Bad Kisser,” featuring J-Rod and Abbi Crutchfield

Weird Al may have made the music video parody game on lockdown last week, but it’s a new day, and time for a new parody, thanks to Saturday Night Live star Jay Pharoah. Pharoah and Above Average (Broadway Video’s digital arm) released the music video just now for “Bad Kisser,” Pharoah’s answer to Usher’s “Good Kisser.” It features additional rhymes from J-Rod and comedian Abbi Crutchfield as the titular kisser of note. Roll the...

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Here are Montreal’s New Faces: Unrepped 2014 at Just For Laughs

On Monday night, Montreal’s Just For Laughs and ComedyPro Conference announced most of the New Faces of Comedy for this week’s festivities. Generations of stand-up comedians have regarded New Faces as a stepping-stone to something bigger, in part because the festival and because the industry long treated it as such. In the past few years, particularly in the absence of HBO’s festival in Aspen (which also showcased young comics), JFL has expanded the New Faces brand to include a crop of “Characters” showcasing their talents for potential sitcom, movie and sketch comedy roles. And then there’s Unrepped. If some...

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