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‘France’s Got Talent’ Season Suspended After Judge Accused Of Sexual Harassment

French television station M6 is suspending La France a un incroyable talent — the country’s version of America’s Got Talent — for the remainder of its season after one of the show’s judges was accused of sexual harassment. The judge, Gilbert Rozon, is also the president of Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, and announced his resignation from that and other posts yesterday. (Watch a clip of Rozon on the talent show above). In a statement written in French, Rozon…
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Just For Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Resigns Amid Allegations

Gilbert Rozon, a giant in the Quebec entertainment industry, is stepping down from various positions amid what he calls “allegations involving him.” Rozon said on his Facebook page Wednesday he is no longer president of the Just For Laughs comedy festival, vice-president of the Montreal Chamber of Commerce or involved with the city’s 375th anniversary celebrations. Read […]
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Lilly Singh, Grace Helbig, Mamrie Hart To Feature In YouTube Vr Series ‘The Confessional’

Leading virtual reality studio Felix & Paul and the Just For Laughs comedy festival have partnered with Google to create a brand new Vr comedy series that will live on YouTube and Google’s Daydream mobile Vr platform.

Titled The Confessional, the seven-episode series -- premiering today -- will feature comedians Lilly Singh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Howie Mandel, Jim Norton, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, Grace Helbig, and Mamrie Hart. Filmed during the 2017 Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal over the summer, each episode of the 3D, 360-degree series will feature comedians in an intimate confessional booth, sharing awkward stories with viewers. Tales will run the gamut from first dates gone awry to a nightmare car ride in Las Vegas.

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‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent

‘The Daily Show’ Names Stand-Up Comedian Dulcé Sloan Newest Correspondent
The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” will add some fresh blood to its roster of correspondents, stand-up comedian Dulcé Sloan will join “The Best F#@king News Team.” Sloan was tapped by Noah, also the show’s Executive Producer, and will make her first appearance with an in studio desk piece. A fresh and unique voice in the world of stand-up comedy, Sloan has appeared on Comedy Central’s “@midnight with Chris Hardwicke,” TBS’ “Conan,” truTV’s “Comedy Knockout,” and made multiple appearances as a correspondent on E! News Daily.

As former correspondents like Stephen Colbert, Samantha Bee, and Jessica Williams continue to dominate late-night and rise in prominence, a correspondent slot on “The Daily Show” can be as significant to a young comedian’s career as joining the cast of “Saturday Night Live.” Noah’s “Daily Show” tenure has already helped former correspondent Jordan Klepper launch his own half hour on the network,
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Dave Chappelle To Present Icon Award At Canadian Screen Awards

Comedy star Dave Chappelle will be in Toronto to present the Icon Award to homegrown comedy brand Just For Laughs at the Canadian Screen Awards. He will present the award, which celebrates important achievements in Canada’s screen industry, on March 12. Founded in 1983 in Montreal, Just For Laughs has become one of the best-known […]
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How ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Bridget Everett Went From Cabaret Motorboater to Sundance Showboater

How ‘Patti Cake$’ Star Bridget Everett Went From Cabaret Motorboater to Sundance Showboater
New York theatergoers know Bridget Everett as a cabaret singer with a powerhouse belt and a penchant for motorboating audience members. Comedy fans know her as the closing act of each season of “Inside Amy Schumer,” singing songs with names like “Titties.” Instagram followers know her as Poppy’s mother, whom she calls “Pomeranian top model.”

Soon, everyone will know her as Barb, the sharp-tongued lush and embittered mother in ‘Patti Cake$,’ Geremy Jasper’s Sundance crowdpleaser that sold to Fox Searchlight for a whopping $10.5 million, the second biggest deal of the 2017 festival. She’s also a lead in the Julie Rudd and Alethea Jones comedy “Fun Mom Dinner,” opposite Toni Colette.

Read More: ‘Patti Cake$’ Review: Here’s the Best Hip-Hop Movie Since ‘Hustle & Flow’ – Sundance 2017

In a recent interview with IndieWire before leaving New York for Park City, Everett was excited but a little nervous. “I have this
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Documentary ‘Tickling Giants’ Shines A Light On Bassem Youssef, Egypt’s Jon Stewart [Review]

Montreal — The first thing one might notice about “Tickling Giants” – a rousing documentary from Sara Taksler, recently screened at Just For Laughs – is just how audacious the first ten minutes are. Images of a violent revolution sweeping through North Africa are interlaced with a cynical edge of black comedy, punctuated by a fake […]

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'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails

'Don't Think Twice': Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Birbiglia and More on Showbiz Fails
Let's say you're a six-person improv group — we'll call you "The Commune" — and you've been kicking around the New York City comedy scene for a while. You're drawing a decent crowd, playing the good nights in a Ucb-level venue downtown, and because you've been doing this together for so long, you're hitting maximum performer mind-meld onstage. Then one of your members gets recruited for an SNL-like show called Weekend Live. The rest of you are still left living gig to gig. What's a troupe to do?

That's the central premise of Don't Think Twice,
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Inbetweeners' James Buckley Starring In The Comedian's Guide To Survival

Inbetweeners' James Buckley Starring In The Comedian's Guide To Survival
Usually found (wrongly) bragging about his status with the opposite sex as Jay in The Inbetweeners on big and small screens, James Buckley is striking out away from the gang for a starring role in The Comedian’s Guide To Survival. With Paul Kaye, MyAnna Buring and Neil Stuke in the cast, the film finds Buckley as failed comic James Mullinger, who travels the world interviewing more successful funny types to find the secret to comedy. And because he has to talk to funny types, the film, which is in production right now, features a host of cameos from people who make their trade cracking gags at a variety of levels including Jimmy Carr, Omid Dalilli, Gilbert Gottfried and more. Mark Murphy wrote the script for this one and is directing, including a stint at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in July. Expect the film to hit festivals and
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Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming and Jane Lynch Join 33rd Just For Laughs Festival This July

The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Quebec, returns this summer for its 33rd edition with more laughs and more stars. This year, Broadway stars Neil Patrick Harris, Alan Cumming and Jane Lynch will appear alongside a comedian line-up that includes Mike Myers, Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, Wanda Sykes, Trevor Noah, Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Weird Al Yankovic, Jason Reitman, Omid Djalili and Ellie Kemper.
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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime

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Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime
Aubrey Plaza to voice Grumpy Cat for Lifetime In a match made in heaven, the deadpan “Parks and Rec” star has been tapped for "Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” after Jane Lynch reportedly backed out after winning an Emmy. Les Moonves: There’s a “very strong possibility” Showtime will be offered to non-cable subscribers “And possibly with CBS as well,” the CBS chief, who oversees Showtime, told investors today. “Friday Night Lights” alum Zach Gilford to play Jennifer Carpenter’s love interest on USA’s “Stanistan” He’ll play an infrastructure manager for Usaid in the drama about an American compound in the Middle Eastern country of Stanistan. Click Read Full Post For More TBS will celebrate Monday’s 20th anniversary of “Friends” with a 20-episode marathon The 20 episodes will consist of fan favorites. Bill Clinton to return to “The Daily Show” The former president will make his 9th appearance on Thursday.
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CBC Announces 2014-2015 Pickups And Renewals

With the season coming to a close on CBC darling, Murdoch Mysteries, and new hitting recently that Cracked and Arctic Air will not be returning, CBC has announced several renewals, and a few new shows.

Murdoch Mysteries and Dragon’s Den are the clear no-brainers of the situation, but we’ve got a full list, plus some pretty hot new efforts.

Schitt’s Creek will be coming your way, a show co-created by Eugene Levy and Dan Levy, who star with Catherine O’Hara, and that ought to be all you need to know about this one. Also added to the schedule is new show Strange Empire. Reportedly a very dark show, it takes place in western frontier town and follows the women who find themselves stranded when all the men suddenly disappear.

Get all the info below, and make sure your favorites are on the list.

CBC today confirmed
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Colin Jost To Replace Seth Meyers On ‘SNL’: Why He’s The Perfect Choice

Longtime ‘Weekend Update’ anchor Seth Meyers will say his final goodbye on Feb. 1, and on Jan. 23 it was announced that an unknown by the name of Colin Jost would replace him. Rest assured, nervous ‘SNL’ fans — he’s the perfect man for the job.

When Cecily Strong sits down in Saturday Night Live‘s iconic “Weekend Update” desk on March 1, she’ll have a brand new co-anchor by her side. Head writer Colin Jost has been tapped to replace longtime anchor Seth Meyers when he leaves to host Late Night on Feb. 24, and we couldn’t be more excited for the new SNL blood.

Colin Jost Replacing Seth Meyers On ‘Weekend Update’: Why It’s A Good Move

Remember back in 2006, when former head writer Tina Fey left SNL for greener pastures, and was replaced by the then-unknown head writer Seth Meyers? It was terrifying! Tina and Amy Poehler
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'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor

'SNL' taps Colin Jost to succeed Seth Meyers as 'Weekend Update' co-anchor
Cecily Strong has a new desk mate.

EW has confirmed SNL head writer Colin Jost will join Strong as co-anchor of “Weekend Update” following the departure of longtime anchor Seth Meyers, who will leave to host Late Night starting Feb. 24. Meyers’ final “Update” will be Feb. 1.

After joining the staff at age 22 in 2005, Jost — a former president of the Harvard Lampoon — was named SNL’s head writer in 2012. He’s been nominated for seven Emmy Awards, taken home three WGA awards, and won the 2009 Peabody Award for his work on SNL.

Jost is also a stand-up comedian who’s appeared
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Fantasia International Film Festival 2013 press conference and final announcements

The Fantasia International Film Festival held its annual press conference this morning at the Cinémathèque Québécoise in downtown Montreal, hosted by many of the regular festival programmers and planners, among them general directors Marc Lamothe and Mitch Davis, who both represent the heart and backbone of the event, Isabelle Gauvreau, director of Québec short films programming, Simon Laperrière, director of the ‘Camera Lucida’ selections and King Wei-Chu and Nicolas Archambault, directors of Asian programming, just to name a few.

A few of the major announcements from the first few waves were reiterated, such as Takashi Miike’s Shield of Straw as the opening film and Edgar Wright’s The World’s End as the closing movie. One previously unmentioned bit of tantalizing information shared with the press this morning is that in addition to director Edgar Wright hosting, so will co-star Nick Frost!

More details were revealed concerning the Fantasia-Festival
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Slideshow: Bill Maher, Bob Newhart Perform at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Previous | Image 1 of 13 | NextBill Maher headlines ‘Just for Laugh Chicago’ at The Chicago Theatre.

Chicago – Two icons of comedy, one contemporary and one classic, took the stage during last month’s “Just for Laughs Chicago” festival – sponsored by the TBS Network – and brought down their respective houses. Political commentator Bill Maher and comic legend Bob Newhart both performed downtown at The Chicago Theatre.

Also performing their acts during the festival – appearing with Seth Meyers – was Al Madrigal of “The Daily Show” and Hannibal Buress, who is a notable stand-up comedian and writer for TV shows such as “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock.”

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took 13 Exclusive Portraits of these comic masters plying their trade. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

COMICS1:
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Slideshow: 24 Exclusive Portraits of Comedians at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Previous | Image 1 of 24 | NextJohn Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’

Chicago – The annual “Just for Laughs Chicago” comedy festival, sponsored by the TBS network, is one of the highlights of the summer months in the Windy City. Each June, Chicago cements its reputation as the capital of hilarity, and the participating comedians are the top of the current crop.

Photographer Joe Arce of HollywoodChicago.com took these Exclusive Portraits of 24 comic masters during the festival in June. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

LAUGHS1: John Hodgman of ‘The Daily Show’ headlined ‘Just for Laughs Chicago.’ LAUGHS2: Tim Meadows of ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ‘The Ladies Man.’ LAUGHS3: Brian Posehn was recently in Comedy Central’s ‘The Sarah Silverman Show.
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Interviews: Paul F. Tompkins, Cast of ‘Sullivan & Son’ at 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

Chicago – The hottest comic and comedy show came together at the 2013 TBS “Just for Laughs Chicago” festival in June. Paul F. Tompkins – podcaster and host of VH1’s “Best Week Ever” – had a show, and also at the event were the cast of comedians that make up the TBS sitcom, “Sullivan & Son.”

HollywoodChicago.com interviewed Tompkins and the “Sullivan & Son” cast, as they talked about the comedian’s life and sitcoms in the age of YouTube.

Paul F. Tompkins

The multi-talented Tompkins has conquered most of the comic media – he has hosted “Best Week Ever” on the VH1 network, has had two comedy albums, he’s appeared in the film “Anchorman” and oversees his own “Pod F. Tompkast” podcast. He also currently produces a weekly web series called “Speakeasy,” in which he speaks with entertainers at local Los Angeles bars.

Paul F. Tompkins at the 2013 ‘Just for Laughs Chicago’

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Interviews: Tim Meadows, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff at 2013 ‘Just for Laughs’

Chicago – A round-up of comic stars at the TBS “Just for Laughs Chicago” this year included three notable alumni from The Second City stage. Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”) and Kevin Dorff (writer/performer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) all were on The Second City main stage on Wells Street in Chicago during the beginning of their careers.

HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to sit down for interviews with all three of these Chicago comedy alumni, and they offered not only some memories, but perspectives on their journey beyond that stage.

Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows will always be associated with his long run on “Saturday Night Live” – the longest in the show’s history until Darrell Hammond broke his record in 2005 – but he also is a seasoned improvisation veteran from The Second City (he shared a stage with Chris Farley in the early 1990s) and has starred in television,
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Interviews: Tim Meadows, Scott Adsit, Kevin Dorff at 2013 ‘Just for Laughs’

Chicago – A round-up of comic stars at the TBS “Just for Laughs Chicago” this year included three notable alumni from The Second City stage. Tim Meadows (“Saturday Night Live”), Scott Adsit (“30 Rock”) and Kevin Dorff (writer/performer for “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”) all were on The Second City main stage on Wells Street in Chicago during the beginning of their careers.

HollywoodChicago.com got the opportunity to sit down for interviews with all three of these Chicago comedy alumni, and they offered not only some memories, but perspectives on their journey beyond that stage.

Tim Meadows

Tim Meadows will always be associated with his long run on “Saturday Night Live” – the longest in the show’s history until Darrell Hammond broke his record in 2005 – but he also is a seasoned improvisation veteran from The Second City (he shared a stage with Chris Farley in the early 1990s) and has starred in television,
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