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‘France’s Got Talent’ Season Suspended After Judge Accused Of Sexual Harassment

French television station M6 is suspending La France a un incroyable talent — the country’s version of America’s Got Talent — for the remainder of its season after one of the show’s judges was accused of sexual harassment. The judge, Gilbert Rozon, is also the president of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, and announced his resignation from that and other posts yesterday. (Watch a clip of Rozon on the talent show above). In a statement written in French, Rozon…
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Just For Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Resigns Amid Allegations

Gilbert Rozon, a giant in the Quebec entertainment industry, is stepping down from various positions amid what he calls “allegations involving him.” Rozon said on his Facebook page Wednesday he is no longer president of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce or involved with the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Read […]
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Lilly Singh, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart To Feature In YouTube Vr Series ‘The Confessional’

Leading virtual reality studio Felix & Paul and the Just For Laughs comedy festival have partnered with Google to create a brand new Vr comedy series that will live on YouTube and Google’s Daydream mobile Vr platform.

Titled The Confessional, the seven-episode series -- premiering today -- will feature comedians Lilly Singh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart. Filmed during the 2017 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal over the summer, each episode of the 3D, 360-degree series will feature comedians in an intimate confessional booth, sharing awkward stories with viewers. Tales will run the gamut from first dates gone awry to a nightmare car ride in Las Vegas.

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‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent

‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will add some fresh blood to its roster of correspondents, stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan will join “The Best F#@king News Team.” Sloan was tapped by Noah, also the show’s Executive Producer, and will make her first appearance with an in studio desk piece. A fresh and unique voice in the world of stand-up comedy, Sloan has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwicke,” TBS’ “Conan,” truTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” and made multiple appearances as a correspondent on E! News Daily.

As former correspondents like Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Jessica Williams continue to dominate late-night and rise in prominence, a correspondent slot on “The Daily Show” can be as significant to a young comedian’s career as joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Noah’s “Daily Show” tenure has already helped former correspondent Jordan Klepper launch his own half hour on the network,
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‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent

‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will add some fresh blood to its roster of correspondents, stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan will join “The Best F#@king News Team.” Sloan was tapped by Noah, also the show’s Executive Producer, and will make her first appearance with an in studio desk piece. A fresh and unique voice in the world of stand-up comedy, Sloan has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwicke,” TBS’ “Conan,” truTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” and made multiple appearances as a correspondent on E! News Daily.

As former correspondents like Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Jessica Williams continue to dominate late-night and rise in prominence, a correspondent slot on “The Daily Show” can be as significant to a young comedian’s career as joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Noah’s “Daily Show” tenure has already helped former correspondent Jordan Klepper launch his own half hour on the network,
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‘Daily Show’ Adds Dulcé Sloan as Newest Correspondent

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” has added Dulcé Sloan as the newest member of the “Best F#@king News Team,” Comedy Central announced Tuesday.

She is set to make her first appearance on the show this week with an in-studio desk piece. Sloan was recently named by Rolling Stone as one of the 10 Comedians You Need to Know and was hailed by Time Out Los Angeles as a 2017 Comedian to Watch. She has also been honored as the 2016 NBC Stand Up Showcase Winner, a Montreal Just For Laughs New Face and as a Comedian to Watch on “The Steve Harvey Show.” Sloan has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwick,” TBS’ “Conan,” truTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” and has made multiple appearances as a correspondent on “E! News Daily.” Most recently, she was cast in the Fox pilot “Type-a” opposite Eva Longoria and in the Amy Poehler project “Dumb Prince” for NBC.

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Dave Chappelle To Present Icon Award At Canadian Screen Awards

Comedy star Dave Chappelle will be in Toronto to present the Icon Award to homegrown comedy brand Just For Laughs at the Canadian Screen Awards. He will present the award, which celebrates important achievements in Canada’s screen industry, on March 12. Founded in 1983 in Montreal, Just For Laughs has become one of the best-known […]
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How ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Bridget Everett Went From Cabaret Motorboater to Sundance Showboater

How ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Bridget Everett Went From Cabaret Motorboater to Sundance Showboater
New York theatergoers know Bridget Everett as a cabaret singer with a powerhouse belt and a penchant for motorboating audience members. Comedy fans know her as the closing act of each season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” singing songs with names like “Titties.” Instagram followers know her as Poppy’s mother, whom she calls “Pomeranian top model.”

Soon, everyone will know her as Barb, the sharp-tongued lush and embittered mother in ‘Patti Cake$,’ Geremy Jasper’s Sundance crowdpleaser that sold to Fox Searchlight for a whopping $10.5 million, the second biggest deal of the 2017 festival. She’s also a lead in the Julie Rudd and Alethea Jones comedy “Fun Mom Dinner,” opposite Toni Colette.

Read More: ‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

In a recent interview with IndieWire before leaving New York for Park City, Everett was excited but a little nervous. “I have this
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Documentary ‘Tickling Giants’ Shines A Light On Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s Jon Stewart [Review]

Montreal — The first thing one might notice about “Tickling Giants” – a rousing documentary from Sara Taksler, recently screened at Just For Laughs – is just how audacious the first ten minutes are. Images of a violent revolution sweeping through North Africa are interlaced with a cynical edge of black comedy, punctuated by a fake […]

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'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails

'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails
Let's say you're a six-person improv group — we'll call you "The Commune" — and you've been kicking around the New York City comedy scene for a while. You're drawing a decent crowd, playing the good nights in a Ucb-level venue downtown, and because you've been doing this together for so long, you're hitting maximum performer mind-meld onstage. Then one of your members gets recruited for an SNL-like show called Weekend Live. The rest of you are still left living gig to gig. What's a troupe to do?

That's the central premise of Don't Think Twice,
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TV News: Taye Diggs Joins ‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham’ Casts Mad Hatter

TV News: Taye Diggs Joins ‘Empire,’ ‘Gotham’ Casts Mad Hatter
Fox has cast “Walking Dead” alum Benedict Samuel for Season 3 of “Gotham,” Taye Diggs joins the third season of “Empire” and more in Monday’s TV News Roundup.

Casting

The Walking Dead’s” Benedict Samuel will join DC Comics-inspired series “Gotham” as Mad Hatter, aka Jervis Tetch, a brilliant hypnotist on the verge of insanity. According to the character description, Tetch arrives in Gotham with an unwavering desire to find his sister, Alice, a young woman who went missing in the city years ago. It is anyone’s guess just how far down the rabbit hole he’s willing to go in order to find her. “Gotham” Season 3 will premiere Monday, Sept. 19 at 8 p.m. on Fox.

Taye Diggs has been signed for a recurring role on the Fox’s “Empire.” His character, Harvard Law graduate Angelo Dubois, comes from a wealthy background, but is more concerned with local politics and community issues than making a
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Ratings: NBC’s Solid ‘Superstore’ Rises in Third Week; CBS Dramas Win Night

Ratings: NBC’s Solid ‘Superstore’ Rises in Third Week; CBS Dramas Win Night
Monday’s ratings results brought good news for each of the Big Four networks, with CBS winning in key demos behind its “Scorpion”-led drama lineup while ABC had the most popular show among young adults with “The Bachelor.” NBC’s “Superstore” continued to look solid in its third outing, up a tick from last week, while Fox had its best Monday of the season with a celebrity-themed “MasterChef” special.

CBS had solid showings across the board with “Supergirl” (1.8/6 in 18-49, 8.8 million viewers overall), “Scorpion” (2.0/6 in 18-49, 11.4 million viewers overall) and “NCIS: Los Angeles” (1.6/5 in 18-49, 10.5 million viewers overall). “Supergirl” was down a tick from two weeks ago but otherwise at its highest level since week two, while “Scorpion” was 0.2 below its Jan. 4 rating (which matched its season high) but was a tenth behind “The Bachelor” as the top show in 18-49 while ruling as the night’s top show
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Inbetweeners' James Buckley Starring In The Comedian's Guide To Survival

Inbetweeners' James Buckley Starring In The Comedian's Guide To Survival
Usually found (wrongly) bragging about his status with the opposite sex as Jay in The Inbetweeners on big and small screens, James Buckley is striking out away from the gang for a starring role in The Comedian’s Guide To Survival. With Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring and Neil Stuke in the cast, the film finds Buckley as failed comic James Mullinger, who travels the world interviewing more successful funny types to find the secret to comedy. And because he has to talk to funny types, the film, which is in production right now, features a host of cameos from people who make their trade cracking gags at a variety of levels including Jimmy Carr, Omid Dalilli, Gilbert Gottfried and more. Mark Murphy wrote the script for this one and is directing, including a stint at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in July. Expect the film to hit festivals and
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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime

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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday.
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CBC Announces 2014-2015 Pickups And Renewals

With the season coming to a close on CBC darling, Murdoch Mysteries, and new hitting recently that Cracked and Arctic Air will not be returning, CBC has announced several renewals, and a few new shows.

Murdoch Mysteries and Dragon’s Den are the clear no-brainers of the situation, but we’ve got a full list, plus some pretty hot new efforts.

Schitt’s Creek will be coming your way, a show co-created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, who star with Catherine O’Hara, and that ought to be all you need to know about this one. Also added to the schedule is new show Strange Empire. Reportedly a very dark show, it takes place in western frontier town and follows the women who find themselves stranded when all the men suddenly disappear.

Get all the info below, and make sure your favorites are on the list.

CBC today confirmed
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Colin Jost To Replace Seth Meyers On ‘SNL’: Why He’s The Perfect Choice

Longtime ‘Weekend Update’ anchor Seth Meyers will say his final goodbye on Feb. 1, and on Jan. 23 it was announced that an unknown by the name of Colin Jost would replace him. Rest assured, nervous ‘SNL’ fans — he’s the perfect man for the job.

When Cecily Strong sits down in Saturday Night Live‘s iconic “Weekend Update” desk on March 1, she’ll have a brand new co-anchor by her side. Head writer Colin Jost has been tapped to replace longtime anchor Seth Meyers when he leaves to host Late Night on Feb. 24, and we couldn’t be more excited for the new SNL blood.

Colin Jost Replacing Seth Meyers On ‘Weekend Update’: Why It’s A Good Move

Remember back in 2006, when former head writer Tina Fey left SNL for greener pastures, and was replaced by the then-unknown head writer Seth Meyers? It was terrifying! Tina and Amy Poehler
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'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor

'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor
Cecily Strong has a new desk mate.

EW has confirmed SNL head writer Colin Jost will join Strong as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” following the departure of longtime anchor Seth Meyers, who will leave to host Late Night starting Feb. 24. Meyers’ final “Update” will be Feb. 1.

After joining the staff at age 22 in 2005, Jost — a former president of the Harvard Lampoon — was named SNL’s head writer in 2012. He’s been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, taken home three WGA awards, and won the 2009 Peabody Award for his work on SNL.

Jost is also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared
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Fantasia International Film Festival 2013 press conference and final announcements

The Fantasia International Film Festival held its annual press conference this morning at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in downtown Montreal, hosted by many of the regular festival programmers and planners, among them general directors Marc Lamothe and Mitch Davis, who both represent the heart and backbone of the event, Isabelle Gauvreau, director of Québec short films programming, Simon Laperrière, director of the ‘Camera Lucida’ selections and King Wei-Chu and Nicolas Archambault, directors of Asian programming, just to name a few.

A few of the major announcements from the first few waves were reiterated, such as Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw as the opening film and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End as the closing movie. One previously unmentioned bit of tantalizing information shared with the press this morning is that in addition to director Edgar Wright hosting, so will co-star Nick Frost!

More details were revealed concerning the Fantasia-Festival
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Slideshow: Bill Maher, Bob Newhart Perform at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Previous | Image 1 of 13 | NextBill Maher headlines ‘Just for Laugh Chicago’ at The Chicago Theatre.

Chicago – Two icons of comedy, one contemporary and one classic, took the stage during last month’s “Just for Laughs Chicago” festival – sponsored by the TBS Network – and brought down their respective houses. Political commentator Bill Maher and comic legend Bob Newhart both performed downtown at The Chicago Theatre.

Also performing their acts during the festival – appearing with Seth Meyers – was Al Madrigal of “The Daily Show” and Hannibal Buress, who is a notable stand-up comedian and writer for TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took 13 Exclusive Portraits of these comic masters plying their trade. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

COMICS1:
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Slideshow: 24 Exclusive Portraits of Comedians at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Previous | Image 1 of 24 | NextJohn Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’

Chicago – The annual “Just for Laughs Chicago” comedy festival, sponsored by the TBS network, is one of the highlights of the summer months in the Windy City. Each June, Chicago cements its reputation as the capital of hilarity, and the participating comedians are the top of the current crop.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took these Exclusive Portraits of 24 comic masters during the festival in June. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

LAUGHS1: John Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’ LAUGHS2: Tim Meadows of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Ladies Man.’ LAUGHS3: Brian Posehn was recently in Comedy Central’s ‘The Sarah Silverman Show.
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