Homegrown Comedy Lives on HBO Canada This February With New Special JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS' BLEEP SHOW and the Return of FUNNY AS HELL

- Just For Laughs presents comedy special from comic sensation Whitney Cummings -
- Canadian comic star Jon Dore returns to host Season 4 of FUNNY AS HELL -

"Unlike most of the made-for-Canadian-TV comedy content currently available, FUNNY AS HELL is standup in its pure, unfiltered form." - Brad Oswald, Winnipeg Free Press

TORONTO, Jan. 31, 2014 /CNW/ - HBO Canada brings the laughs this February with the comedy special JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS' BLEEP SHOW from comedian Whitney Cummings, and the premiere of the fourth season of the uncensored and riotous original series FUNNY AS HELL. Premiering on Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS' BLEEP SHOW lets Whitney Cummings (WHITNEY) loose at Montreal's famed Just For Laughs Festival as she hosts seven of the world's best stand-up comics, including king of cringe Jim Norton, nouveau cabaret's leading diva Bridget Everett, and hometown hero Derek Seguin. In partnership with Just For Laughs Television and hosted by comedian Jon Dore (THE JON DORE TELEVISION SHOW), the Canadian Screen Award nominated original comedy series FUNNY AS HELL premieres its fourth season Friday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT. HBO Canada is a multiplex channel of Bell Media's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).

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JUST FOR LAUGHS PRESENTS: WHITNEY CUMMINGS' BLEEP SHOW - premieres Saturday, Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/MT
The 75-minute comedy special had too much funny to fit into one hour. Filmed live at Montreal's famed Just For Laughs Festival, Whitney Cummings presents the comedy style that has made her a household name. In this unique HBO Canada event, the TV starlet brings the best in filthy, raunchy, and outrageous comedy as she hosts seven comics, including Derek Seguin, Bridgett Everett, Jim Norton, Tom Papa, Katherine Ryan, Damien Lemon, and Neal Brennan.

"BLEEP SHOW was every comedian's dream. All my favourite comics, doing all the material I never thought anyone would let us put on TV. I still can't believe they're airing what we did that night. My goal was to capture what comedians are like in comedy clubs so it didn't feel like a censored, buttoned-up TV special and I think we did that. If I learned anything that night it's that Canadians know how to get down," said Whitney Cummings.

Whitney Cummings rose to fame with star making appearances on Comedy Central's COMEDY CENTRAL ROASTS, E!'s CHELSEA LATELY, and as title star and executive producer of the NBC multi-camera comedy WHITNEY. In addition, Cummings co-created and co-wrote TWO BROKE GIRLS, starring Kat Dennings and Beth Behrs. Last year, Cummings' hour-long Comedy Central stand-up special, MONEY SHOT, was nominated for an American Comedy Award.

FUNNY AS HELL, Season 4 - premieres Friday, Feb. 14 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT
Hosted by Canadian comic Jon Dore, the new eight-episode season of FUNNY AS HELL brings audiences more of the edgy, politically-incorrect comedy, music and digital shorts that have made FUNNY AS HELL an incubator of new great comedy stars.

"This season's FUNNY AS HELL features a student from my stand-up comedy class and other more talented performers. One of our sketches even features a bag of poo - fact," said Jon Dore.

In Season 4, each half-hour episode features stand-up performances from some of today's most fastest-rising stars including: Mark Forward (MATCH GAME), Adsit & Lutz (30 ROCK), Deon Cole (DEON COLE'S BLACK BOX), Moshe Kasher (DRUNK HISTORY), Kumail Nanjiani (HBO's upcoming series SILICON VALLEY), Brian Posehn (HBO's MR. SHOW), Aidy Bryant (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE).

In Eastern Canada, episodes are available on TMN GO, HBOCanada.com, and HBO Canada OnDemand.

In Western Canada, episodes will be available in High Definition on HBO Canada HD, HBOCanada.com and on the go with the Shaw Go Movie Central app, Telus Optik TV and Bell TV Online and HBO Canada On Demand.

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About HBO Canada:
HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO's current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO's extensive library - all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is offered in high definition on HBO Canada HD and programming is accessible on TMN GO and HBO Canada OnDemand. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. In Eastern Canada, HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. In Western Canada, HBO Canada is offered by Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada).

About Movie Central:
Movie Central is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc. (CJR.B), a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children's book publishing and children's animation. Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About Just For Laughs Television:
Just For Laughs Television has produced stand-up and variety shows that have been seen around the world on FOX, ABC, MTV, TBS, CBC, IFC, HBO, W, BBC1, TF1, RTL, Showtime, Versus, BBC America, TEN Australia, HBO Canada, and The Comedy Network.  The company has recently expanded into scripted and non-variety programming with the acclaimed shows The Tournament (CBC), Deal with It (W Network), andBullet in the Face (IFC).  Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group, which is active in many areas of entertainment production including festivals, television, theatre, and touring. Founded in 1983, the company produces the world's largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 1.25 million people to its annual festival in Montreal. In recent years, it has also launched festivals in Toronto, Chicago, Sydney (Australia), and Nantes (France). The TV franchise Just For Laughs Gags has also become a household name worldwide, being seen in 135 countries, on 95 airlines, and on its own Youtube channel which has been visited over 2 billion times.  Just For Laughs also successfully tours across the globe bringing some of the world's best comedic talents to Canada, the U.S., Bermuda, Europe, and Asia.  It has personal management offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London, and Montreal. To learn more about Just For Laughs Television, visit www.hahaha.com.

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For further information:

For The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)
Jessica Charbonneau, 416.956.8638 or jessica.charbonneau@bellmedia.ca

For Movie Central (Western Canada):
Owen McCorquodale, 416.479.6068 or owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com 

Interview requests for Jon Dore can be submitted to:
Jackie Koffman, jkoffman@holmespr.com