The Comedy Network Returns to Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival for 13 Hours of Stand-Up, Featuring 87 of the Hottest Canadian and International Comics

— July 25, 2018

– Comedy to exclusively deliver Trevor Noah and Jeff Dunham galas, as well as The Stand-Up Show with Katherine Ryan –
– Shooting at Place des Arts and l’Astral in downtown Montréal, Comedy’s blistering stand-up lineup features the most talked-about names in the business including Courtney Gilmour, Nick Nemeroff, Aisha Alfa, Anthony Atamanuik, Brent Butt, and Sabrina Jalees –
– Showcasing some of the best up-and-coming Canadian stand-up comics and hosted by LETTERKENNY’s K. Trevor Wilson, new HOMEGROWN COMICS special to air Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy –

MONTRÉAL (July 25, 2018) – Cameras roll this week at Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival as The Comedy Network is on the ground to nab 13 hours of high-profile and homegrown hilarity, featuring a whopping 87 of the industry’s highest-profile and rising-star comics. From July 25 - 28, the network shoots its refreshed roster of all-new stand-up specials, including four exclusive one-hour galas hosted by superstar comics Jeff Dunham and THE DAILY SHOW’s Trevor Noah, and an all-new, cutting-edge, eight-episode, one-hour club series hosted by Canadian stand-up sensation Katherine Ryan. As well, filmed for the first time ever for broadcast, Comedy captures the HOMEGROWN COMICS showcase, shining a spotlight on handpicked Canadian comics with the one-hour special premieres Monday, September 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT exclusively on Comedy. “Thanks to our enduring and newly reinforced relationship with Just For Laughs, The Comedy Network has access to exclusive programming with some of the funniest names from home and across the globe,” said Pat DiVittorio, Vice-President, Programming, CTV and Specialty. “These all-new and evolved stand-up series will deliver the full festival experience to our viewers as well as proudly shining a spotlight on some of our best and brightest Canadian comics.” “We are thrilled to work with The Comedy Network again this summer to bring some of the Festival’s best names – from Canada and from abroad - to viewers at home,” said Bruce Hills, President, Just For Laughs. “For many years, HOMEGROWN COMICS has featured incredible up-and-coming talent from across and country and we’re delighted that this special Festival showcase can now be seen from coast-to-coast-to-coast.” HOMEGROWN COMICS (Monday, Sept. 3 at 9 p.m. ET/PT) The star of the hit CraveTV series Letterkenny and winner of the 2012 Irwin Barker Homegrown Award at Just For Laughs, K. Trevor Wilson hosts a celebration of Canadian stand-up comedy in this year’s 20th edition of Homegrown Comics. Produced for television for the first time ever, the one-hour special features stand-up sets from a select group of the funniest up-and-coming talent in the country. HOMEGROWN COMICS shoots this Saturday, July 28 at 9 p.m. ET at l’Astral in Montréal and features  Adrienne Fish, Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Cara Connors, Hoodo Hersi, Jacob Samuel, Jarrett Campbell, Kyle Brownrigg, Nick Nemeroff, Pat Burtscher, and Paul Rabliauskas. The Trevor Noah Galas (working title, 2019, 2 x :60) International stand-up sensation, political commentator, and star of Comedy’s The Daily Show, Trevor Noah hosts two, one-hour gala specials shot live-to-tape at Place des Arts in Montréal. The stand-up specials features sets by comics from all over the globe including: Jim Norton, Anthony Atamanuik, Baron Vaughn, Aisha Alfa, Gina Brillon, Moshe Kasher, Dulcé Sloan, Alonzo Bodden, DeAnne Smith, Sabrina Jalees, and David Angelo (lineup subject to change). The Jeff Dunham Galas (working title, Fall, 2 x :60) Returning to the Festival after 22 years, superstar comedian Jeff Dunham holds the Guinness World Record for “most tickets sold for a stand-up comedy tour” and boasts some of the most top-rated comedy specials to ever air The Comedy Network. With YouTube videos surpassing one billion views, Dunham hosts two one-hour gala specials, filmed at Montréal’s legendary Place des Arts with back-to-back tapings on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. ET. The provocative puppeteer’s lineup includes: Pat McGann, Brad Williams, Mamrie Hart, Brent Butt, Robert Kelly, Joel Creasey, Sterling Scott, Loni Love, Tom Papa, Godfrey, Matt Braunger, Dave Hughes, and DJ Demers (lineup subject to change). The Stand-Up Show with Katherine Ryan (working title, Fall, 8 x :60) In a brand-new premium comedy series, provocative and stylish Canadian comic Katherine Ryan hosts eight, one-hour episodes featuring a lineup of cutting-edge talent. With a small-club feel and an edgy vibe, audiences catch sets from a healthy mix of comedy legends and up-and-comers. Filmed at Montréal’s L’Astral, The Stand-Up Show with Katherine Ryan shoots Wednesday, July 25, Thursday, July 26 and Friday, July 27 with back-to-back tapings each night at 7 p.m. ET and 10 p.m. ET. The list includes: Nick Thune, Andy Kindler, Steph Tolev, Dave Merheje, Colin Quinn, Aisha Brown, Sara Schaefer, Janelle James, Graham Chittenden, Chris Redd, Jo Firestone, Mark Forward, Alex Edelman, Rhys Nicholson, Chad Daniels, Rose Matafeo, Ed Gamble, Joel Kim Booster, Ivan Decker, Nish Kumar, Zainab Johnson, Lauren Pattison, Todd Glass, Courtney Gilmour, Graham Clark, Chris Gethard, Tony Hinchcliffe, Mark Little, Julio Torres, Sara Hennessey, Scott Thompson, and more (lineup subject to change).

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.

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