Just For Laughs, currently in the homestretch of its 33rd annual congregration of comedians and comedy bigwigs, has announced broadcast plans to share the laughs from this year’s live shows to TV audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia and wherever you can stream comedy showcases online.
Here are the details for this upcoming 2015/2016 TV season:
The CW will broadcast an exclusive two-hour U.S. TV special, hosted by Howie Mandel and featuring top comedians and new stars, as well as behind-the-scenes exclusives.
Just For Laughs will also produce an original online series for CW Seed, the CW’s digital studio, called The Elevator Talk Show with Pete Holmes. CW Seed also will offer more than 20 hours of JFL stand-up from past years’ festivals.
The Nasty Show, an annual staple of JFL Montreal, will air in America via Showtime — hosted by Artie Lange with performances by Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr and more. For Canadian viewers, you’ll find the Nasty Show in 2016 on Canada’s Super Channel.
The Comedy Network/The Movie Network
Just For Laughs All Access has been renewed for two more seasons on Canada’s The Comedy Network with 13 one-hour and 26 half-hour episodes in both 2015 and 2016. The series will be filmed at Place des Arts and Club Soda this summer, hosted by Trevor Noah, Neil Patrick Harris, Norm Macdonald, Ellie Kemper, TJ Miller and Chris D’Elia. others. Viewers will be treated to extended, commercial-free versions of both the Ellie Kemper and Neil Patrick Harris Galas on The Movie Network this fall.
The CBC will air four new hour-long specials in the coming year — the Galas hosted this week by stars Wanda Sykes, Patrick Stewart, Jane Lynch and Alan Cumming.
In collaboration with Comedy Central, Just For Laughs will produce an international-themed show, including two comics from South Africa, Conrad Koch and Jason Goliath; one comic from Spain, Alex O’Dogherty; and Italy’s, Francesco de Carlo.
Select TV productions, featuring the biggest international comedy stars from Just For Laughs, are now available to stream on Hulu and Hulu Plus in the U.S. (and for tech savvy viewers worldwide).
Australia’s Network Ten will air a special hosted by Joel Creasey showcasing Australian talent alongside internationals. Network Ten will also be airing two hour-long specials featuring gala footage from year’s past, also hosted by Joel Creasey.
Foxtel (The Comedy Channel) will air 10 half-hour long specials, which will be filmed at the Sydney Opera House this October, as part of the Just For Laughs Sydney Festival.
Additionally, Just For Laughs licenses stand-up to networks in Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Benelux, Hungary and other international markets.