Day: July 23, 2015

Dana Gould’s Just For Laughs Keynote Address of 2015: “You’re Doing It Now”

Dana Gould began his stand-up comedy career at the age of 17, a mere 11 days after graduating from high school, “or as Comedy Central would say, nearly retired.” Cut to today, and Gould, delivering the 2015 Keynote Address for Montreal’s Just For Laughs, says at his age: “By Comedy Central’s standards, I’m now a magic talking tree!” He also noted that JFLComedyPro is “the very definition of show business,” and that at any given moment, someone might poke your eye out to get a toehold to reach a higher rung on the show-business ladder. As for his own journey in entertainment, Gould recalled how...

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First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 2

Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal’s Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Vladimir Caamano: Conveys vivid pictures of life with his father in the Bronx and tough neighborhoods in New York City, where even the ATMs have it rough, and where his father is a little too excited about receiving his first-ever debit card. Moses Storm: Illustrated his routines with big act-outs to winning effect, from his mother’s poor shoplifting techniques to...

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First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Group 1

Very impressed by the number of strong, unique voices Montreal’s Just For Laughs has plucked for New Faces in 2015. Please note, as the headline suggests, these are my first impressions from this group, and your impressions may vary. Also: Side Note: How about two of these comedians developing clever set-ups for impersonations, eh? How about that… Rob Gleeson: Or is he Dave? David Letterman? What may be an unmemorable opening closes with a strong finish, and somewhere in the middle, Gleeson questions his sexual identity, which may have you questioning yours, too. Boy, is that an awkward conversation...

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