Day: May 3, 2017

And now there is a fourth New Faces category, for Creators

Just when you thought you’d never get called to Montreal’s New Faces at Just For Laughs because all of your comedy is on Snapchat and Instagram, and sometimes on YouTube, well, do I have news for you…(and my apologies to “Vine Stars”) Introducing New Faces: Creators. Deep in today’s announcement from Just For Laughs about the big comedians coming to Montreal this July, an announcement of the creation of a fourth category of New Faces, new for 2017. JFL is defining this fourth group of New Faces (to be announced shortly before their coming-out showcase on July 27) as...

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Iliza Shlesinger debuts “Truth & Iliza” on Freeform

Iliza Shlesinger made no secret of wanting her own late-night talk show, and Tuesday night, she premiered Truth & Iliza on Freeform. It’s a weekly half-hour, each week built around a theme of Shlesinger’s choosing. For her debut, she chose “Well, What Can We Say.” The episode included an opening monologue, a desk “song” as crew set up the desk in front of her, segments on societal rules about what we can or cannot say, and what we should or shouldn’t post on social media, a filmed fake ad for a restaurant called “Tiny Bites” that caters to women...

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Seinfeld, Elmaleh, Noah, Wong, Mulaney, Apatow among first headliners booked for 2017 Just For Laughs Montreal

Just For Laughs has begun gearing up for the 35th anniversary of its biggest comedy confab in the world by announcing the initial slate of headliners, Gala hosts and other performers heading to Montreal this July. The biggest ticket? Jerry Seinfeld, in his first JFL Montreal since 1989, co-headlining with his French counterpart, Gad Elmaleh. Other headliners include Trevor Noah, Ali Wong, John Mulaney and Judd Apatow. Galas will be hosted by David Spade, Laverne Cox, Rick Mercer, Sugar Sammy and Howie Mandel. Other Galas will be announced in the coming weeks. Here’s the full press release! Montréal, May...

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Trump era has satirist Will Durst planning for “Durst Case Scenario”

Will Durst wants me to publish this interview before the world ends. “There’s the possibility it could all end tomorrow,” Durst told me over the phone. “I mean it! Every morning we don’t wake up with a mushroom cloud is a victory.” Well, Durst told me this last week, so…so far, so good? Durst has made his bones as a political satirist for more than three and a half decades, since moving to San Francisco from Milwaukee as comedy boomed in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He’s currently working on his newest one-man show, “Durst Case Scenario,” with...

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Review: Maria Bamford, “Old Baby” on Netflix

I called Maria Bamford a superhero and busted some rhymes to explain how efficiently she adapted her newest hour of stand-up material to audiences of varying sizes and locations in her new Netflix special, Old Baby. The special gradually increases her audience from just herself, to her husband and their pugs, to a dozen friends in a living room, to a cramped bookstore, to an eatery’s back patio, to a bowling alley, to a cinema house, to a downtown theater. Most of the venues in Bamford’s own neighborhood. She shines no matter the situation. As I wrote in my...

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