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The full schedule for the 2011 TBS Just For Laughs Chicago comedy festival

TBS and Just For Laughs have unveiled the complete schedule now for their third comedy festival collaboration in Chicago. So much going on. Check it! Tickets for the newly announced shows go on sale Saturday. TBS JUST FOR LAUGHS CHICAGO: Tuesday, June 14 ‚Äì Sunday, June 19, 2011  Newly Announced Shows PARK WESTViva La Risa Comedy Tour presented by George Lopez ‚Äì Friday, June 17, at 8 p.m.  Urban Legends ‚Äì Saturday, June 18, at 8 and 11 p.m.Deon Cole, who writes for CONAN, will host Tony Roberts (Def Comedy Jam, BET‚Äôs ComicView), Esau McGraw (Idlewild, Cubed) and Damon Williams (BET‚Äôs ComicView, Martin Lawrence presents 1st Amendment Stand-Up), along with local favorites Lil Rel and Chastity Washington. THE RED BAR COMEDY CLUBTBS LOL Lounge ‚Äì Hosted by Christian Finnegan ‚Äì Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at 8 and 10 p.m.A lineup of 20 rising comedians over four shows to be recorded and made available online at justforlaughschicago.com. Each night's comedy showcase will open with finalists from the fourth annual Rooftop Comedy National College Comedy Competition presented by TBS.Best of the Fest ‚Äì Friday, June 17, and Saturday, June 18, at midnight  LINCOLN HALLNew Faces of Chicago ‚Äì Wednesday, June 15 and Thursday, June 16 at 7:30 p.m.Hosted by Nick Vatterott  iO THEATER4 Square ‚Äì Wednesday, June 15, and Thursday, June 16, at 8 p.m.Long-form improv show with John Lutz (30 Rock, Saturday Night Live),...

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The full list of New Faces debuting at Montreal Just For Laughs 2011

You may have seen some lists floating around with the 2011 crop of New Faces for Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival in 2011, but they forgot about the third batch. That’s right. In addition to two groups of stand-up comedians showing off their best sets for Montrealers and industry scouts, JFL is introducing a third group of comedic actors who specialize in sketch characters and one-person shows. In other words, the type of people who would be auditioning for Saturday Night Live right about now. As a matter of fact, at least a couple of these comedians already have!...

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Just For Laughs Chicago to host All-Star “Da Bears” Charity Tribute with Mike Ditka, Super Fans & more

At last year's inaugural Just For Laughs Chicago festival, I sat down with Robert Smigel and asked him about the legacy of his "Da Bears" SNL Super Fans sketch. This year, JFL Chicago is bringing Smigel back for a "Da Bears" charity tribute Super Fans extravaganza, featuring Smigel, former Bears coach Mike Ditka, George Wendt, Joe Mantegna, Bob Odenkirk and the Sun-Times' Richard Roeper. They'll be performing a live reading of Da Bears Movie Dat Wasn't, a never-produced screenplay, as well as show Super Fan sketches, welcome surprise guests, and do a Q&A with Ditka. It's all happening June 19 to benefit Have Dreams: Helping Autistic Voices Emerge and the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund. Wow. Here's part of my chat with Smigel to refresh your memories. But that's not all. Just For Laughs Chicago also unveiled a big ol' slate of additional shows for next month's festival, as well as adding shows for Aziz Ansari, putting John Mulaney and Kyle Kinane on the "ALT" show that already boasted Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford and Chris Hardwick, and put Jim Belushi along with the planned Second City class of 1979 reunion show. Allow me to cut-and-paste-and-edit the new shows for your enjoyment…I'll see you there? My Boys ‚Äì Thursday, June 17, at 7 p.m. at Mayne Stage: My Boys cast members Reid Scott, Mike Bunin and Jamie Kaler perform live to usher in the fourth season of their TBS sitcom....

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