Day: July 24, 2015

SXSW Comedy gets its close up in two-part stand-up showcase special on Showtime

If all of this talk about and from Montreal’s Just For Laughs has you feeling left out of what’s hot in the comedy game right now, no need to fear. You can see who’s hot right now on your cable TV, thanks to the first-ever stand-up special recorded this spring at that other great comedy bash, Austin’s SXSW. SXSW Comedy with W. Kamau Bell debuts the first of two close-up stand-up profiles tonight on Showtime. Produced by Audible‚Äôs Rooftop Comedy, the first episode features Bell hosting stand-up performances from Beth Stelling, Nate Bargatze, Iliza Shlesinger, Mark Normand and Matt...

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First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Characters

Don’t know how you feel yet about self-fulfilling prophecies, but it certainly seems as though Montreal’s Just For Laughs successfully read “The Secret” when it comes to its New Faces Characters showcase. JFL created the Characters showcase a few years ago with boasts that you might find the next Saturday Night Live cast member there, and SNL indeed has hired New Faces as featured players each of the past two seasons. Two of those cast members were stand-ups, which is an added curiosity turned fun fact. But that’s neither here nor there. Here we are, however, in Montreal with...

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Andy Kindler’s State of the Comedy Industry 2015 at Just For Laughs Montreal

With a profile this week in The New York Times, do you think Andy Kindler might mention it in today’s State of the Industry address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival? Do you think? What do you think. You’re here reading this, so you know the answer. “I was profiled in The New York Times this week, so I’m on Easy Street now! Marshall, $1200!” Kindler joked in an ongoing gag about his asking rate for comedy clubs going up by the minute. But that joke was sandwiched amid his usual barrage of zingers aimed at everyone else...

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First impressions: 2015 New Faces of Comedy, Unrepped

There may have been stronger individual stand-ups to emerge out of Montreal’s New Faces showcases in years past, but as an overall class, 2015’s crop of comedians has proven themselves already as one of the strongest, most unique and full-of-potential groups in years. Here are my first impressions of the New Faces Unrepped class of 2015. Your impressions may vary… Tom Brady hates white guys with dreadlocks! This is the half-Indian Tom Brady who performs stand-up comedy we’re talking about here, and not the NFL legendary stand-up quarterback. You’d think he might prank some with mistaken identity, but his...

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