Day: July 25, 2014

Comedy Central renews “Nathan For You,” “Drunk History” for third seasons

Comedy Central President Kent Alterman heaped hyperboles of praise upon Nathan Fielder an hour ago as the “Breakout Comedy Performer of the Year” at Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival in a speech that Alterman claimed Fielder had written for him. But the most important words Fielder heard from Alterman today were these: “I’m picking up Nathan For You for a third season. Right here. Right now.” A press release issued minutes later confirmed that, plus a third-season pickup for Drunk History, which also is in the beginnings of its second season paired with Nathan For You on Tuesday nights. “Is...

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Jim Norton’s Keynote Address at Montreal’s Just For Laughs 2014: “I Insincerely Apologize”

Always outspoken but perhaps never quite as sincerely forthright without needing a hard laugh until now, Jim Norton provided the timeliest keynote address yet at Montreal’s Just For Laughs on Thursday. The festival began adding a keynote address from a stand-up comedian five years ago to jumpstart its JFL ComedyPro conference for industry, comedians and people who aspire to be either. Previous keynotes came from Lewis Black, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt and Colin Quinn. Choosing Norton this year seemed natural, at first — the stand-up comedian never has shirked before from speaking truth to power, whether onstage, in his...

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