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What makes Judd Apatow, Ali Wong, Kevin Hart and other comedians laugh?

What makes the funniest people in the world laugh? We asked a host of comedians from the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and got some great answers. From the accidental physical comedy of Shaq’s infamous TNT fall, to the dry British humor of HBO’s Extras, comedians like Kevin Hart, Judd Apatow, and Ali Wong offer…

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Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2017

Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2017
Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2017.

The honorees will be recognized in the July 19 issue of Variety and at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal at a cocktail party on July 27, followed by a panel and showcase on July 28.

The comics are chosen by a group of Variety editors, reporters, and critics after extensive discussions with the comedy community, including those that scout, book, represent, produce, and cast comics on a daily basis.

The list began in 2000 with such now-recognizable names as Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Patton Oswalt. Along the years, other honorees have included Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, and Rebel Wilson.

“Since Variety started entertainment industry’s original ’10 to Watch’ ‎series almost 20 years ago, we’ve become the most important showcase for new names in writing, directing, acting, comedy, and more,” said Steven Gaydos, Variety’s vice president and executive editor. “This year’s ‘Comics to Watch’ is a great example
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Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2017

Variety Announces 10 Comics to Watch for 2017
Variety has chosen its 10 Comics to Watch for 2017.

The honorees will be recognized in the July 19 issue of Variety and at the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal at a cocktail party on July 27, followed by a panel and showcase on July 28.

The comics are chosen by a group of Variety editors, reporters, and critics after extensive discussions with the comedy community, including those that scout, book, represent, produce, and cast comics on a daily basis.

The list began in 2000 with such now-recognizable names as Louis C.K., Zach Galifianakis, and Patton Oswalt. Along the years, other honorees have included Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani, and Rebel Wilson.

“Since Variety started entertainment industry’s original ’10 to Watch’ ‎series almost 20 years ago, we’ve become the most important showcase for new names in writing, directing, acting, comedy, and more,” said Steven Gaydos, Variety’s vice president and executive editor. “This year’s
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Duopoly's New Dark Comedy Series Sos: Save Our Skins on FEARnet

Produced as a feature – 4 TV half-hours – and as a 13 episode web series, Sos: Save Our Skins is the tale of two hapless British geeks who wake up in New York City to discover that the entire human race has vanished. But as they explore the seemingly empty world before them, Ben (Nat Saunders) and Stephen (Chris Hayward) soon realize they’re not alone after all. This new comedy sci-fi adventure launched on FEARnet in the U.S. in April on its new “Twisted Comedy” block and on Blue Ant Media’s Bite TV in Canada. This U.K.-Canada coproduction was produced by Steve Coogan and Henry Normal’s Baby Cow Productions in the U.K. and by Duopoly in Canada.

“We discovered Sos: Save Our Skins in a pitch session at the Just For Laughs Conference and were determined to find a way to finance it,” said Catherine Tait , Executive Producer. “Co-productions are challenging but in the case of Sos, the talent and final results were entirely worth the effort!”

Sos: Save Our Skins was created, written by and stars two of Britain’s in-demand comedy writing teams, Nat Saunders and Chris Hayward. Together they have contributed to hit U.K. shows such as Big Train (BBC), Smack the Pony (Channel 4), Trollied (Sky) and Fit (Cbbc), and created the popular web series Misey Bear(BBC). Sos also stars Hannah Spear (Versus Valerie, Sexy Nerd Girl) as Kill the cannibal and Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Guardians of the Galaxy) as the voice of Andrew the Alien.

A sci-fi, comedy and horror homage, Sos: Save Our Skins sends Ben and Stephen on a desperate journey to find their loved ones, escape the jaws of death and work out why they’re two of the few remaining people on Earth. But the answer to the mystery is bigger, crazier and more apocalyptic than they could ever have imagined, and it puts the fate of the planet into their very stupid hands.

Sos: Save Our Skins is part road movie, part sci-fi fantasy, part buddy movie, and even has a twisted love story at its heart, even if one of the lovers is a mass-murderer,” said Director and Producer, Kent Sobey.

The film version of Sos: Save Our Skins premiered at the 39th Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival in February, where Sorespot Movies observed, “[it] does not hold back with the comedy or the wildness of the plot”. The film also screened at the International Horror and Sci-fi Film Festival in Phoenix and the Sci-Fi London Film Festival (April 24 – May 4, 2014). It will screen at the St. Tropez International Film Festival (May 12 – 16, 2014).

The film was produced in association with the Independent Production Fund and with the participation of BBC Worldwide in the UK, FEARnet in the U.S. and Blue Ant Media in Canada.

About Fearnet

As America’s leading television and digital programming service devoted to genre entertainment, Fearnet delivers a diverse array of original and acquired horror, thriller and suspense content as a cable TV movie network, a video-on-demand outlet and award-winning web portal. The year-round horror network features box-office hits and popular movies from major film studios, independents, and foreign producers, as the channel programs over 350-plus titles a year; many of which are world television and broadcast premieres. The Channel has been the number-one free VOD movie service for six straight months – Sept. 13 to Feb. ’14- (available in more than 28 million homes) and the website, Fearnet.com, currently ranks as the top site in the genre category for its original content, TV reviews, web shorts and exclusives. Fearnet is a partnership between Sony Pictures Television, Lionsgate Entertainment and Comcast Corporation and is widely distributed to U.S. cable subscribers across various systems. For more information about the company, visit www.Fearnet.com and stay connected on Facebook and Twitter (@Fearnet).

About Baby Cow Productions

Established in 1999 by award winning comedy creators Steve Coogan and Henry Normal, Baby Cow Productions Ltd has gained an enviable reputation for nurturing new British comedy talent, whilst teaming up with the best of the U.K.’s established writers, directors and producers. Baby Cow’s productions include award winning Gavin and Stacey, The Mighty Boosh, Nighty Night, Mid Morning Matters, Hunderby, Moone Boy, Hebburn and the Alan Partridge specials resulting in an array of nominations and awards including Bafta, Rts, Rose d’Or, Southbank Awards and International Emmys.

Baby Cow’s most recent television shows and films include Uncle for BBC 3, The Trip to Italy, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa and Philomena which received four Oscar nominations including Best Picture and won a BAFTA for Best Adapted Screenplay.

About Duopoly

Duopoly is an independent content company which develops, produces and acts as a sales agent to a range of feature film properties, television series and digital series. Recent feature titles repped by Duopoly include Velcrow Ripper’s Occupy Love and Andrew Bush’s Roller Town. Duopoly operates its own channel on Hulu and has distributed over 300 episodes of content to this platform including successful comedy series Odd Job Jack and Puppets Who Kill.
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Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari Headline JFL42 Festival in Toronto

Toronto – Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari are headlining Just for Laughs’ JFL42 festival in Toronto this September. The 10-day gathering of stand-up and skit comedy will also feature Seth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Seth Green and Mila Kunis backed by an orchestra as they do a live reading and songs based on Fox’s Family Guy sitcom. Just For Laughs also booked Silverman and Ansari to bring their one-person shows to Toronto for the Sept. 19 - 28 run of JFL42, which will feature in all 42 comics performing. Silverman is also hosting a Just For Laughs gala in

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UTA Signs Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs, the producer of the Montreal International Comedy Festival, has signed with UTA. The company was at CAA. Just For Laughs is looking to ramp up its production slate with stand-up specials, scripted and unscripted television and digital content and to expand into social media and licensing. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group is behind the Montreal comedy fest, which annually attracts more than 1.5 million attendees, with additional festivals in Toronto, Chicago and Sydney. Just For Laughs is a leading producer of stand-up comedy specials that have aired on CBC, The Comedy Network and HBO in Canada as well as the BBC and Channel Four in the UK and HBO, Fox, BBC America, TBS and Showtime in the U.S. The company also has produced original series including Bullet in the Face, starring Eddie Izzard, for IFC and The Tournament for CBC in Canada and Versus in the U.
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Chicago, we're doing another super-secret comedy show, and it goes on sale tomorrow

As you may recall, during last year's Just For Laughs festival in Chicago, we presented a late-night stand-up show called [Redacted]. You bought tickets on faith, all the money went to 826 Chicago, and you were rewarded with an incredible lineup that included Aziz Ansari, Patton Oswalt, Amy Schumer, Kyle Kinane, Hannibal Buress, Janeane Garofalo, Brian Posehn, and more. Can you tell where this is going? We're doing [Redacted] again, this time on June 12, 2013. Once again, you won't know who's performing until they step on stage. Once again, the proceeds will go straight to ...
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Cracked.com Grows Up

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Over the weekend, stand-up comedy fans trekked to Montreal for the 29th annual Just For Laughs comedy fest to check out the likes of Craig Ferguson, Eddie Izzard and director Paul Feig. But the festival also featured stars from the world of online comedy, one of the web’s most popular categories of content. Representatives from the likes of The Onion, My Damn Channel and Cracked.com were on hand for Saturday’s “Online, Uncensored and F—in’ Funny” panel,
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Slideshow: 7-Portrait Comedian Gallery of 2011 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Chicago – Last week, June 14-19, Chicago felt the roar of hilarity as it hosted the 2011 “Just for Laughs” festival, sponsored by the TBS Network. For five rollicking days, the Windy City entertained audiences at venues all around town, with both name comic celebrities, local stand-up and the Chicago school of improvisation.

HollywoodChicago.com’s Joe Arce was there to photograph the big name acts, collected in the following slideshow. Highlights include “Steve Martin and Martin Short in a Very Stupid Conversation” (June 19), Seth Meyers (June 18), “Jeffrey Ross Roasts Chicago” (June 17) and Whitney Cummings (June 16).

Click “Next” and “Previous to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

Laughs1: Steve Martin begins his very stupid conversation with Martin Short. Laughs2: Martin Short makes a point in his usual understated way. Laughs3:
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Aziz Ansari & Donald Glover To Be Honored In Montreal

Aziz Ansari & Donald Glover To Be Honored In Montreal
NBC comedy stars Aziz Ansari and Donald Glover are set to be honored at a comedy festival in Montreal next month.

Aziz, who stars in "Parks and Recreation," will be awarded the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award, while Donald, from "Community" is being given the Rising Comedy Star Award at Just For Laughs, an annual comedy festival held in Montreal.

Aziz's award is meant to honor a star who has gone from talented "to super-stardom," the festival said in a release. Donald, a writer, actor and comedian, is being given his honor for being what the ...

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Spotted: Jaden Smith Assesses The Situation In Beijing

Every day a multitude of stars wander through the halls of MTV News to talk about their latest projects and goof around with our intrepid correspondents. But sometimes we catch stars elsewhere, and that's why we put together Spotted!, a daily compendium of stars in the wild.

In the hit film "The Karate Kid," Jaden Smith plays a kid who learns the secrets of karate from Mr. Han (played by Jackie Chan) in order to defend himself against a group of bullies. The training that Chan's character puts Smith through is intense, and if there was any question that Smith himself whipped his 11-year-old body into shape for the role, he put it to rest during a trip to Beijing for the Chinese premiere of the film. During a Q&A session, Smith lifted his shirt to show off his abs (not unlike the Situation from "Jersey Shore"). The premiere
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