Day: July 22, 2019

JAX + Generate = new Imagine Artist Management

It wouldn’t be Just For Laughs week without some major news involving the industry. For 2019, those honors go to Imagine Artist Management, a newly formed talent firm announced Monday via The Hollywood Reporter. IAM is an independent extension of Imagine, the TV/movie studio run by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Imagine founders Brian Grazer and Ron Howard said: “Imagine Artist Management will offer artists with unique voices — directors, producers, actors, writers and comedians — access to a wealth of knowledge, relationships and experience, while maintaining its independence. We are confident in Tony, Kara and their team, and...

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New lease on life for San Francisco’s Punch Line comedy club

Today provided a double-dose of comforting news for comedians and comedy fans in San Francisco, as its venerable comedy club, the Punch Line, received historic Legacy Business Status from the city as well as a new lease from Google. The club’s lease had been set to expire in August. But comedians, from longtime locals such as Will Durst and Nato Green, to the most famous of stand-ups including Dave Chappelle, immediately rallied to save the Punch Line back in May. And Google, rumored to be taking over the Embarcadero space held by the Punch Line since 1978, wasn’t about...

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Manjunath Naidu died onstage during stand-up performance in Dubai

Manjunath Naidu, an Indian stand-up comedian born in Abu Dhabi, collapsed and died onstage during a performance over the weekend in Dubai. Naidu was only 36. Known by friends as Mango (he jokingly signed a Facebook post in March with “MANGO 🍍🍍 (ps where the hell is the mango emoji 🤬🤬)”), Naidu was the final act on the lineup at a show Friday night in Dubai. According to Dubai’s Khaleej Times, Naidu died from a heart attack, reporting that he was joking about his anxiety when he collapsed, confusing the audience. Miqdaad Dohadwala, friend and fellow comedian, told the...

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Here are your 2019 New Faces of Comedy at Just For Laughs Montreal

Congrats, everybody! NEW FACES OF COMEDY Anna Drezen is a writing supervisor for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and the co-author of the books How To Win At Feminism and How Many We Hate You. The latter, which was based on Anna’s experiences working as a concierge at a hotel in Times Square, was optioned by ABC and turned into a pilot, starring Kat Dennings and directed by Will Gluck. She recently wrote for Simon Rich’s TBS series Miracle Workers starring Daniel Radcliffe and Steve Buscemi, contributed to Kate McKinnon’s Audible fantasy-comedy series Heads Will Roll and consulted on Jena Friedman’s Adult Swim special Soft Focus. Anna was the editor-at-large of REDUCTRESS and...

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Episode #269: Marina Franklin

Marina Franklin is a Chicago native who has called Harlem home long enough to see her New York City neighborhood gentrify around her. She also has traveled the world as a comedian, performing in festivals from Melbourne to Montreal, from Kilkenny to Bonnaroo. Franklin’s onscreen credits include appearances on Chappelle’s Show, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Crashing, Louie, and The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, as well as performances on stand-up specials The Awkward Comedy Show and Showtime’s Women Who Kill. Her podcast, Friends Like Us, features female comedians of color talking about the topics of the day. And she has a...

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