HBO CANADA GOES FOR THE LAUGHS WITH FUNNY AS HELL, A NEW SIX-PART ORIGINAL COMEDY SERIES

  • Hosted by comedian Jon Dore, series debuts Friday, March 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT
  • Featuring stand-up, musical comedy performances and digital sketches

TORONTO, Feb. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - Check your inhibitions at the door. HBO Canada, a multiplex channel of Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada), Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada) and Just For Laughs Television, are bringing on the laughs with Funny As Hell, a six-part original comedy series taped in front of a live audience at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, featuring bold, uncensored comedy from some of today's fastest rising comedy stars.

Debuting Friday, March 11 at 9:30 p.m. ET/MT, Funny As Hell joins HBO Canada's Friday- night comedy line-up alongside The Ricky Gervais Show, Real Time With Bill Maher and Funny or Die Presents.

Hosted by homegrown comic Jon Dore as part of the 28th edition of the Just For Laughs Festival, Funny as Hell introduces audiences to some of the funniest and most fearless comics working today. Each show features an impressive line-up of edgy, politically incorrect, alternative and musical comedy acts including: Hannibal Buress (Writer, 30 Rock); TJ Miller (Cloverfield, She's Out Of My League); Garfunkel & Oates; Jim Jefferies (Jim Jeffries: I Swear To God); Chelsea Peretti (Writer, Parks & Recreation); Deon Cole (Writer, Conan); Eric Andre (Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Invention of Lying); Hard N' Phirm (featuring The Nerdist's Chris Hardwick); Louis Katz and Brendon Walsh; Natasha Leggero (Judge, Last Comic Standing); Reggie Watts (Conan's Live Tour); Anthony Jeselnik (Writer, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon); Amy Schumer; Bo Burnham (You Tube sensation); Donald Glover (Community); Kyle Kinane; The Doo Wops; Sean Patton; Mike O'Connell (Funny People); Graham Clark; JB Smoove (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Tim Minchin.

INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Jon Dore is available for a limited number of media interviews in Toronto on Monday, March 7 & Tuesday, March 8. Please contact Nicolle Balen (The Movie Network) or Owen McCorquodale (Movie Central) for more information.

Funny As Hell is produced by Just For Laughs Television, in participation with The Movie Network and Movie Central.  All six episodes of the series will be broadcast in High Definition, and will be available on demand and through The Movie Network OnLine with Bell TV, Rogers and Videotron and Movie Central Online with Shaw Video On Demand and Bell TV Online following their network premieres.

HBO Canada is a multiplex channel offered by Astral's The Movie Network (Eastern Canada) and Corus Entertainment's Movie Central (Western Canada). HBO Canada brings Canadians the current slate of signature dramatic programs for which HBO is known, 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 demand where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com.

The Movie Network is a member of the Astral family. Astral (TSX: ACM.A/ACM.B) is one of Canada's largest media companies. It operates several of the country's most popular pay and specialty television, radio, out-of-home advertising and digital media properties. Astral plays a central role in community life across the country by offering diverse, rich and vibrant programming that meets the tastes and needs of consumers and advertisers. To learn more about Astral, visit astral.com.

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.

Just For Laughs Television has produced shows that have been seen around the world on ABC, FOX, MTV, Showtime, HBO, Versus, BBC America, CBC, The Comedy Network, BBC1, TF1, RTL and most recently on TBS with Cedric The Entertainer's Urban Circus and Martin Short's Let Freedom Hum. The company launched its expansion into scripted and non-variety programming with the critically acclaimed series The Tournament which was seen on the CBC and Versus and later adapted for the BBC in the UK. 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. For the past 28 years the company has produced the world's largest comedy festival in Montreal and in recent years has launched festivals in Toronto, Nantes (France) and has partnered with TBS to present a Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs in Chicago. The company also successfully tours across the globe bringing some of the Festivals' best talent to Canada, the U.S., Bermuda and Asia and has personal management offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London and Montreal. To learn more about Just For Laughs Television, visit www.hahaha.com

For access to The Movie Network's media room or Movie Central's press site, please visit http://tv.astral.com or http://mediacentre.corusent.com.

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For further information:

Media contacts:  
The Movie Network (Eastern Canada)    
Nicolle Balen
(416) 956-8638
nbalen@astral.com
Movie Central (Western Canada)
Owen McCorquodale
(416) 479-6068
Owen.McCorquodale@corusent.com 

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