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Howie Mandel and ICM Partners acquire Just For Laughs

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Sacre bleu! Just For Laughs Group (Groupe Juste Pour Rire), responsible for throwing the biggest comedy festival in the world each July in Montreal, as well as fests in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, television specials, series and tours, has new owners. Howie Mandel and ICM Partners top an investor group that has acquired JFL founder […]

Rachel Feinstein on Conan

Rachel Feinstein feels like she must apologize for her mother, who is so aggressively liberal she attempts to bond with the immigrant cab drivers of New York City. Feinstein explains in this stand-up performance on Monday night’s Conan. You can see more of Feinstein in season 2 of The Standups, which just came out today […]

Dynasty Typewriter builds a new comfy comedy home for Adam Sandler and everyone else in Los Angeles

A month ago, the new Dynasty Typewriter venue welcomed a surprise drop-in guest for its fifth show ever. Adam Sandler performed for 90 minutes, new stand-up material interspersed amid several songs with an accompanist on piano, and a camera crew in tow — not only workshopping material for his upcoming Netflix special, but also filming […]

Ali Sultan wins Best of the Midwest comedy competition at Gilda’s LaughFest 2018

Five years after winning the Funniest Person in the Twin Cities contest, Ali Sultan has leveled up, taking home the title of Best of the Midwest in the 2018 Gilda’s LaughFest competition. Sultan beat out seven other up-and-coming stand-ups from the region for the title and the $2,500 prize Thursday during the annual festival in […]

James Corden seeks “Next James Corden” in CBS Snapchat series

Now don’t get yourself too excited. The late-night chairs aren’t spinning again just yet. Even though James Corden just launched a new Snapchat series called James Corden’s Next James Corden as a reality competition to find his replacement on CBS, that’s not actually happening. Almost like a real reality TV competition! But if you’re on […]

Episode #198: Bill Hader with Alec Berg, HBO’s “Barry”

Bill Hader was nominated for three Emmy Awards for acting during his eight seasons as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, has written for South Park, lent his voice to animated hits such as Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Inside Out, and served up memorable supporting roles in the films Superbad, Tropic […]

Review: Hannah Gadsby, “Nanette” at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City

Almost an hour into her performance of Nanette at the SoHo Playhouse in New York City, Australian comedian Hannah Gadsby pauses before she pivots. “You’re culturally unprepared for someone to be angry….and funny…in the same breath,” Gadsby informs us. Truth is, though, she can no longer tell her story without anger. And she’s uncertain whether […]

R.I.P. Mike MacDonald, the king of Canadian comedy

Mike Allan MacDonald joked onstage that he was “the King of Canadian Comedy,” but to many in Canada, he was royalty. Unlike the other great comedians to come out of Canada, MacDonald stayed. He stayed ’til the end, dying Saturday from heart complications. He was 63. 62 according to his personal Facebook profile. His first […]

Will & Grace’s second life on NBC will have at least three seasons, extend through 2020

A decade after an eight-season run on NBC, Will & Grace is proving even more popular for the network in its revival — already earning a two-season renewal into 2020. The cast and creators announced the news Saturday during a previously planned celebration of the sitcom at PaleyFest in Beverly Hills. After originally airing from […]

Jimmy O. Yang on How To American

Jimmy O. Yang has a new memoir out, How To American. It’s about how his family brought him to the States from Hong Kong when he was 13, and how he discovered comedy. It’s also a great time for Yang, as he stands to benefit from T.J. Miller’s departure from Silicon Valley. His character, Jian […]

Howie Mandel and “Deal or No Deal” returning with new episodes in late 2018 on CNBC

If you thought it was crazy enough that a suitcase model from Deal or No Deal would become British royalty in 2018, then get ready for more craziness, because the entire game show itself is coming back with new primetime episodes by the end of the year. Without Meghan Markle. Obviously. But with Howie Mandel! […]

Jacqueline Novak on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

Lest we become savages, Jacqueline Novak lays down the laws of the land when it comes to the distribution of french fried potatoes. Listen up. As performed on Friday’s Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Roll the clip!

Adult Swim will host its first comedy/music festival in Los Angeles in October 2018

Adult Swim has put on live interactive tours in summers past, but this October, it’ll go one step further by throwing its first-ever Adult Swim Festival. Happening Oct. 6-7, 2018, in downtown Los Angeles, the Adult Swim Festival will include two stages of comedy and music, along with premiere screenings, stand-up, gaming, and more. Run […]

Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart launch a YouTube talk show: This Might Get…

Grace Helbig and Mamrie Hart are best comedy friends who have become YouTube stars (Helbig has 3 million subscribers; Hart, 1.2 million), written best-selling books (Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up; You Deserve a Drink) and written and/or starred in their own TV shows (The Grace Helbig Show on E!) and […]

Michael Longfellow on Conan

The latest stand-up comedian from last November’s “Comics to Watch” showcase made his debut on Conan on Tuesday night, and Michael Longfellow regaled us with tales about living in California with an 82-year-old roommate who’s not his grandmother. Roll the clip!

Funny Or Die partners up with Vox Media

Funny or Die‘s evolution will continue this summer, jumping its main website to Vox Media’s platform. Last year, The Ringer made a similar move, leaving Medium for Vox. The new partnership between FoD and Vox means that Funny or Die will remain editorially independent with its own sales team, just using Vox’s ad, tech and […]

Seeso’s “Take My Wife” finds new home on iTunes, Starz

After several months in TV purgatory following the death of Seeso, Take My Wife has found two new takers! The first and second seasons of the comedy about married comedians Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher starring themselves and their friends became available Monday on iTunes. Come May, Take My Wife also will be available for […]

The Lonely Island wrote an all-star song for the Oscars: “Why Not Me?”

If you thought the Academy Awards telecast already was too long and overbudget, just imagine if the 90th annual Oscars had followed through with this music video pitch from The Lonely Island. The song they wrote, “Why Not Me?”, would have included several stars from 2017’s box-office smashes. But, as The Lonely Island fellas (Andy […]

Highlights from the 2018 Academy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards

The difference between independent and mainstream can sometimes be easy to see, as this weekend proved once again, with Saturday afternoon’s Independent Spirit Awards on IFC followed by Sunday evening’s Academy Awards on ABC. At the indie awards, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney returned to host for a second consecutive year, and nailed their opening […]

Episode #196: Brian Volk-Weiss

Brian Volk-Weiss is the founding president of Comedy Dynamics, which grew out of New Wave Entertainment to become the largest independent stand-up comedy production and distribution company. You see the Comedy Dynamics logo on almost every new stand-up special you see these days, no matter where you see it. Since 2016, his company also has […]

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