Just For Laughs festival to produce 40 hours of TV programming

The Comedy Network, Corus, City and the CBC have ordered one-hour and half-hour stand-up comedy specials from the Montreal-based chuckles factory.

Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival’s TV division is to produce over 40 hours of programming after this year’s event wrapped last weekend.

The comedy festival has broadcast deal with Bell Media’s The Comedy Network, Corus, City and the CBC domestically.

The Comedy Network is taking 13 new one-hour specials and 26 half-hours featuring stand-up comedy acts.

The comedy specialty channel also ordered solo specials featuring Jeremy Hotz, Danny Bhoy and Tommy Tiernan, and a one hour special from the 2013 Just For Laughs Comedy Tour stop in Calgary.

The festival will also produce four one-hour multi-performer comedy specials, each hosted by Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, Kristen Chenoweth and Kathy Griffin.

For Citytv, it will produce 60-minute special The Montreal Experience, hosted by Seed‘s Vanessa Matsui, which will highlight local places and events that local comedians Mike Ward, Jimmy Carr, Godfrey, Bob Marley, DeAnne Smith and Jessica Kirson like about the city.

And foreign deals include two Just For Laughs productions for Australia’s Seven Network, and two TV specials for Comedy Central U.K.