Author: Sean L. McCarthy

Jeff Ross brings the Roastmasters Invitational to Montreal

For the past year and more, comedians have squared off in head-to-head competitions to match wits and trade insults at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, Calif., in what have become hugely popular Roast Battles. Jeffrey Ross, aka “The Roastmaster General,” has overseen the Roast Battles in Los Angeles, and brought them to comedy festivals last November in New York City and this March in Austin at SXSW. Now Ross has brought the concept to Montreal’s Just For Laughs with a name change and a slightly more polished finish. The Roastmasters Invitational kicked off preliminary-round action Tuesday night at...

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Hype yourself up for Season 9 of Last Comic Standing on NBC with these videos

Last Comic Standing returns for the start of season 9 tonight on NBC, and The Comic’s Comic already has told you who to keep your eyes peeled for among the Top 100 stand-up comedians invited to perform and compete this summer. So now’s the time to get excited. Excite yourself with this healthy helping of promotional teaser videos! Executive producer Wanda Sykes with new host Anthony Jeselnik. Jeselnik says no more outside challenges. This time, the judges pair up comedians for head-to-head competition to narrow the field to the Final 5. “It’s a much more tense, nightmarish experience to...

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Review: Dave Chappelle at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2015

DJ Trauma is urging the audience to stand and wave their arms in the air, as if they don’t care that they’ve waited in line, then sat through a half-hour of pumped-up jams, racially sensitive jokes from “Ashy Larry” and more remixed dance anthems from the 1970s and 1980s. He could be hyping up the crowd. Or he could be killing time. Probably both. After all, as the DJ shouts to the sold-out crowd assembled at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Montreal’s Place des Arts: “This isn’t a regular comedy show. This is a Dave Chappelle comedy show!” Chappelle set a Montreal Just For...

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Just For Laughs to pop up on multiple TV, streaming networks for 2015

Just For Laughs, currently in the homestretch of its 33rd annual congregration of comedians and comedy bigwigs, has announced broadcast plans to share the laughs from this year’s live shows to TV audiences in the United States, Canada, Australia and wherever you can stream comedy showcases online. Here are the details for this upcoming 2015/2016 TV season: CW Network The CW will broadcast an exclusive two-hour U.S. TV special, hosted by Howie Mandel and featuring top comedians and new stars, as well as behind-the-scenes exclusives. Just For Laughs will also produce an original online series for CW Seed, the...

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R.I.P. George Coe (1929-2015)

George Coe appeared in multiple episodes with the original cast of Saturday Night Live, but only credited as a ‘Not Ready for Prime Time Player” in the very first episode in 1975. Which still counts for a lot. Coe, who also earned an Academy Award nomination for his 1968 short film De Duva (The Dove) — which served as Madeline Kahn’s movie debut! — died July 18 in a convalescent facility in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86. A Queens native born George Julian Cohen on May 10, 1929, he served in the Navy during the Korean War, where...

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