Day: July 25, 2017

Hear from comedians performing at Just For Laughs Montreal in 2017

OK. So I’ve only sat down to podcast with 28 of the comedians performing this week so far as part of the 2017 Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. But that’s a start! Each of these fine, funny folks regales me (and now you) with inspirational stories about how they started in comedy, where they’ve come from, and how they’ve gotten this far already. That’s kinda the point of The Comic’s Comic Presents Last Things First, which is available wherever you listen to podcasts. Hear from them below, and if you’re in Montreal for JFL through the end of...

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Joe Mande talks the nature of Shark Tank, comedy awards, satire and pranks on the cusp of his “Award-Winning” Netflix special

Joe Mande may not win any actual awards for his first hourlong comedy special, although many comedians would consider getting Netflix to release Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special is recognition enough. Mande, speaking to me a few days ago, said he was “very happy it ended up (on Netflix). I didn’t really have a Plan B. I just sorta Secreted it.” In 2017, when every A-list stand-up seems to have signed a Netflix deal, that’s a secret a lot of other comedians want to know. But Mande has no easy answers. Just jokes: “They paid what, Chappelle like $20 million, so...

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