Day: July 28, 2016

First impressions of 2016’s New Faces of Comedy at Just For Laughs Montreal

Back in the day, New Faces in Montreal were truly new faces to the comedy industry. That was back when six-figure development deals got thrown about and signed by young comedians even before they returned back to the States. This dot-com comedy boom has changed much of that. As Just For Laughs has scrambled, sometimes in recent years placing finalists from NBC’s Last Comic Standing onto the New Faces lineup in July as viewers were getting to know them or vote for them on TV, they’ve somehow managed to keep up. They added an UNREPPED category of New Faces...

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Stephen Colbert’s identical cousin “Stephen Colbert” provides the “Werd” on The Late Show, thanks to Viacom

Comedy Central really didn’t like seeing Stephen Colbert bring back The Colbert Report‘s version of “Stephen Colbert” and the “Word” last week to The Late Show on CBS. So much so that Viacom’s lawyers stepped in to make sure it wouldn’t happen again. On Wednesday night’s episode of The Late Show, Colbert introduced instead his “identical cousin,” also named Stephen Colbert, to address the audience — this time, with the “Werd.” Shades of David Letterman’s battle with NBC over “intellectual property” such as Stupid Pet Tricks and Top 10 lists when he moved to CBS and the Late Show,...

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Inside the pit of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle on Comedy Central

Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle opens its four-night run tonight on Comedy Central with perhaps two of its most epic showdowns of insult joke-offs ever, both tragically and comedically. The first round taped overnight from Montreal’s Just For Laughs with four battles, presided over by host Brian Moses, “The Negro Wave,” and Roastmaster General Ross joined by the two most recent roastmasters for Comedy Central — Kevin Hart (The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber) and David Spade (The Comedy Central Roast of Rob Lowe, taping Aug. 27 and premiering on Labor Day). “I’ve never been to a roast...

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