− The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala highlights long list of new
blockbuster galas hosted by Bill Hader, Joel McHale, Jack McBrayer,
Jeremy Hotz, Jason Jones, and John Pinette −
− 13 hours of all-star comedy series to be taped this July −
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TORONTO, June 28, 2012 /CNW/ - For the first time ever, The Comedy
Network will broadcast the star-studded comedy galas from the 30th anniversary season of Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival, it was
announced today. Produced in association with Just For Laughs
Television, 13 hours of all-new comedy content will be shot at the
festival this July to air on Comedy this fall, including the highly
anticipated The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala. Additional hosts of the
new JUST FOR LAUGHS gala series include Bill Hader, Joel McHale, Jack McBrayer, Jeremy
Hotz, Jason Jones, and John Pinette.
Today's announcement of Comedy's multi-year deal with Just For Laughs
comes as the channel also orders 60 episodes of MATCH GAME, the new English-language revival of the classic game show. CTV also
confirmed pilot orders for new half-hour scripted comedies SATISFACTION and SPUN OUT.
"We're delighted that our longstanding relationship with Just For Laughs
has brought The Comedy Network exclusive programming with some of the
biggest names in comedy today," said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President,
Independent Production, Bell Media. "This new series will deliver the
full festival experience to our viewers like never before - both galas
and club performances."
"We are thrilled to collaborate with The Comedy Network this summer on
what will be the most ambitious television production in our Festival's
history," said Bruce Hills, Chief Operating Officer of Just For Laughs.
"The enormous wealth of comedians at this year's Festival requires us
to shoot in not one, but two, iconic venues in the heart of downtown
Montreal, during what will be our biggest and best Just For Laughs
The star-studded JUST FOR LAUGHS gala series will feature Comedy stars Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan
Peele (KEY & PEELE), as well as Canadian favourites Debra DiGiovanni
(VIDEO ON TRIAL) and Caroline Rhea (HOLLYWOOD SQUARES). Additional
stars include Chris D'Elia (CTV's WHITNEY), Mario Cantone (SEX AND THE
CITY), Jay Pharoah (SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE), Jim Breuer (Half Baked), and international stars Danny Bhoy (from Scotland) and Tommy Tiernan
Fresh from their triumphant return to the big screen in their
self-titled feature film, The Muppets take Montreal in celebration of
Just For Laughs 30th anniversary festival when they go back to their variety show roots in
The Muppets All-Star Comedy Gala.
"Sharing the stage with the greatest comics in the world in front of the
greatest comedy fans in the world is an incredible honour for The
Muppets, and the highlight of Fozzie Bear's life," said Kermit the
Frog. "In fact, Fozzie is so overwhelmed, he may not be able to stand
up to do his stand-up."
Additional hosts of The Comedy Network's JUST FOR LAUGHS galas include:
Those viewers who actually do call in sick to work can find plenty of
inspiration for voices and characters by SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE star Bill
Hader. A master of characters, accents and comedic versatility, see why
this Not Ready for Prime Time funnyman has both feet planted firmly in the big time!
With razorsharp wit and easy charm Joel McHale can be seen weekly on
E!'s THE SOUP, where his smart, sardonic humour is on full display. One
of Hollywood's most sought-after talents, McHale is also known for
starring role as Jeff Winger in COMMUNITY.
From appearances on LATE NIGHT WITH CONAN O'BRIEN and SATURDAY NIGHT
LIVE, to his starring role on 30 ROCK, and performances at Second City
and ImprovOlympic in Chicago, the Upright Citizens Brigade in New York,
and the UCB and IO outposts in Los Angeles, Jack McBrayer is no
stranger to the stage or screen. Most recently heard as one of the
voices in Despicable Me, McBrayer has also appeared in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
One of Canada's most respected comedians, Jeremy Hotz is a true original. The former NEWSROOM star, who continues to electrify
fans on both sides of the border with his distinct, improvisational
comic style, infectious glee, and shrewd observations of daily life,
returns to The Comedy Network.
Born in Hamilton, ON, Jason Jones has appeared on THE DAILY SHOW, QUEER
AS FOLK, HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER and LAW & ORDER, and is part of the
Canadian sketch comedy troupe The Bobroom. Joes hosted CRAFT CORNER DEATHMATCH and co-wrote, starred, and
co-produced the film Ham & Cheese, with fellow Bobroom alumnus Mike Beaver.
Fresh off his newly-released fifth album, Still Hungry, the long-time festival favourite returns to his second home with a
stellar line-up of deeply hilarious comics, including special guest
JUST FOR LAUGHS gala series is produced by Just For Laughs Television in association
with The Comedy Network. Executive Producers are Bruce Hills, Andy
Nulman, and Gilbert Rozon. Sarah Fowlie is Director, Independent
Production, Comedy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent
Production, Bell Media. Catherine McLeod is Vice-President, Specialty
Channels, Bell Media. Phil King is President, CTV Programming and
About the Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group's growth is concentrated on
four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago);
television production (most notably Gags seen in 135 countries and on
95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld,
Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs
Comedy Tour, North American dates for Family Guy Live!); and talent
management. Its inaugural Montreal Festival 30 years ago is now the
world's largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 2 million
people each summer. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los
Angeles, Toronto, London and a small apartment on the Internet.
About The Comedy Network
Canada's first and favourite specialty comedy service, The Comedy
Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple
platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, The Comedy Network broadcasts, uncut and
uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and
animated comedy - as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and
classic situation comedies. The Comedy Network is a division of Bell
Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest
communications company, and is available in nearly six million
households across the country.
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For further information:
Christy Sullivan, The Comedy Network, 416.384.3624 or firstname.lastname@example.org