Just For Laughs
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.
TMN, Movie Central unveil 2013 production slate
The slate features six Canadian productions, including half-hour comedy Sensitive Skin, starring Kim Cattrall (pictured) and Don McKellar, who also directs.
Kenny Hotz performs first stand-up set in front of a live audience
The Kenny vs. Spenny star took to the stage at Cafe Cleopatra as Canadians make the running at the prestigious Just For Laughs international comedy festival.
CFC, JFL and Telefilm launch new Comedy Exchange
The new initiative, replacing the Features Comedy Lab, will put a deeper emphasis on boosting Canadian projects south of the border and developing relationships in the U.S. marketplace.
Bell Media gets Satisfaction, Spun Out pilots for CTV
The company’s Comedy Network unveiled a large multi-year deal with Just For Laughs (pictured), though the CBC confirms it maintains its usual JFL programming.
Just For Laughs unveils film festival lineup
Short films by Canadian directors Mark Slutsky (pictured, Sorry Rabbi), Adam Reider, A.J. Korkidakis, Martin Thibaudeau and Louis-Thomas Pelletier made it into this year’s July 23 to 28 Montreal showcase.
JFL42 kicks off this fall
A new interactive comedy festival from the founders of the Just for Laughs Festival will be headlined by Louis CK in Toronto this fall.
Harold Greenberg Fund backs three short films as possible features
Gebriel Deneke’s Cul-de-Sac, Kim Miller-Pryce’s Baby Half Lie and Kobi Ntiri’s Fading will now be developed as possible feature-length dramas after they were finalists in Toronto’s City Life Film Project.
Harold Greenberg Fund to launch $1,000 short film award at Just for Laughs
The fund’s English-language program president John Galway tells Playback that the prize aims to boost support and success for comedic short filmmakers in Canada.
Jason Reitman, Nia Vardalos and John Landis lined up for Telefilm Canada’s Hollywood comedy bootcamp
Participants in the Just For Laughs-backed Canadian Film Centre program are also being mentored by Zanne Devine, Anne Fletcher and Kirsten Smith.