Month: May 2018

Howie Mandel’s Just For Laughs with ICM announces full 2018 lineup

Howie Mandel showed up to join Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills and the new team running the show at JFL (which includes Mandel and powerhouse agency ICM) to announce the full details for Montreal’s Just For Laughs fest this coming July. Among the new notable items: The Keynote Address returns after a year’s absence. For 2018, Kenya Barris has the honors of telling comedians and the industry what’s what. Barris, creator of ABC’s black-ish, now has a spin-off on Freeform, grown-ish, as well as another new Freeform series just ordered (Besties) plus a Shaft reboot to head up....

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SiriusXM to broadcast three “lost” Richard Pryor albums as part of a new tribute to the comedy legend

SiriusXM will honor the late Richard Pryor with three new weeks of special programming dedicated to the late star, including a new audio documentary and the exclusive broadcast of three recently discovered stand-up albums by the legendary comedian. “Richard Pryor: Still Outrageous” starts Monday, May 21, 2018, on SiriusXM Comedy Greats (channel 94). Fans will hear Pryor’s entire discography, all remastered, one album each day at 9 a.m. ET from May 21 through June 8. That’ll include the first time the public will hear three live recordings of Pryor concerts. On Friday, May 25, SiriusXM will premiere “Live at the Roxy,” recorded inside...

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Festival submissions roundup: Deadlines approaching for Pittsburgh, Femme Fest, and 10,000 Laughs

My friend JC Coccoli is helping produce this year’s Pittsburgh Comedy Festival back in her Three Rivers hometown, and she wanted me to remind you comedy kids out there that you still have a week or so to submit your stand-up act, improv group or workshop! Submissions are open until Sunday, May 27 — the Pittsburgh festival happens this Aug. 22-26, 2018. Here in New York City, The PIT (People’s Improv Theatre) is hosting The 2018 She Makes Me Laugh Femme Fest (October 13-14, 2018) and welcoming submissions from now through June 30 from women in stand-up, improv, characters, sketch, musical improv, storytelling, and so much more. If...

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Netflix producing new half-hour stand-up showcase series, “The Degenerates”

Netflix has ordered up another round of half-hour stand-up comedy specials, this time with a twist. Instead of calling them The Standups, Netflix is calling these comedians The Degenerates. What does that mean, exactly? Here’s the official description: The country’s funniest, delinquent comedians are teaming up for this RAW and EDGY show at Triple B’s in East Fremont… before they all go to hell. This is “the Degenerates” — a new Netflix stand-up series featuring 6 “Not Safe For Work” half-hour specials. See you there. Who are these degenerates? Big Jay Oakerson, Liza Treyger, Christina P, Yamaneika Saunders, Joey “Coco”...

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