The Comedy Network is Home to New Big Ticket, Exclusive Original Stand-Up Specials and Series with Hosts TREVOR NOAH and KATHERINE RYAN, Beginning January 8

— December 20, 2018

– New two-part, one-hour gala special TREVOR NOAH @ JFL, premieres Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET –
– New original stand-up series hosted by Canadian superstar Katherine Ryan premieres Tuesday Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy –

 TORONTO (December 20, 2018) – Commanding the stage this January, The Comedy Network delivers marquee access to the hottest stand-up stars in two, new and exclusive original stand-up shows, hosted by two of the biggest names in the business, Trevor Noah and Katherine Ryan. Canadian-born provocative comedian Katherine Ryan hosts the all-new Comedy original series, THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH KATHERINE RYAN, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET. Shot during the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal last summer, the eight-episode, one-hour stand-up series showcases a jam-packed lineup of the buzziest names in Comedy – from seasoned stand-ups to edgy up-and-comers. But first, Comedy presents the exclusive premiere of the two-part, one-hour gala special, TREVOR NOAH @ JFL, premiering Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 10 p.m. ET. Shot last summer at Montréal’s Place des Arts theatre, the host of the iconic Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning series THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH delivers a winning mix of observational comedy and biting political satire in his role as gala host, before introducing an impressive lineup of comedians, including: In THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH KATHERINE RYAN (premiering Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET), host Ryan proves that while she may be a household name in her adoptive England, she’s never forgotten her Canadian roots. Equal parts classy, raw, elegant, and crude, she brings her unique brand of self-aware humour to Montréal’s L’Astral Theatre while showcasing some of the coolest comedians from last summer’s Just For Laughs Festival. With an edgy, small-club vibe, THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH KATHERINE RYAN delivers social commentary, laughter, and a stern warning to anyone thinking of visiting Sarnia, Ontario. Full episodes of TREVOR NOAH @ JFL and THE STAND-UP SHOW WITH KATHERINE RYAN are available on demand on following each premiere and will be available on Crave after their broadcast run. Off-stage catch Noah in his regular gig on THE DAILY SHOW WITH TREVOR NOAH Monday - Thursday at 11 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network.

About Bell Media Original Programming

Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include the hit drama CARDINAL, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA and MASTERCHEF CANADA, original series THE DISAPPEARANCE, THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, and the international TV format THE LAUNCH. Among the original series on Bell Media specialty and streaming platforms are Space’s KILLJOYS and WYNONNA EARP; CraveTV hit comedy LETTERKENNY; Bravo’s mystery drama CARTER; Discovery’s first-ever drama FRONTIER; CTV’s satirical news series THE BEAVERTON as well as Comedy’s CORNER GAS ANIMATED; and multiple series and specials for food and lifestyle channel Gusto, including ONE WORLD KITCHEN. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual franchise HIGHWAY THRU HELL, HEAVY RESCUE: 401, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new original scripted series in 4K.

About The Comedy Network

Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, Comedy 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. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy 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.

Just For Laughs Television is one of the leading producers of stand-up and variety programming and has produced television programs that have been seen around the world on FOX, ABC, HBO, MTV, TBS, CBC, BBC1, Showtime, TEN Australia and The Comedy Network. The company has also expanded into scripted and non-variety programming. Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs’ growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Carol Burnett, Bill Burr, Jimmy Carr, Kathy Griffin, Trevor Noah and Steve Martin & Martin Short). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 37th edition in July 2019, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.


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