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TORONTO (September 19, 2013) – After heating things up at Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival this summer, The Comedy Network gears up to touch down on Toronto’s 10-day interactive comedy festival, JFL42. With unprecedented access to world-class comedic talents including Sarah Silverman, Marc Maron, Seán Cullen, John Mulaney, and Maria Bamford, Comedy delivers premium entertainment with its first-ever, week-long variety show series, Comedy @ JFL42, premiering Monday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT.
Produced by Bell Media In-House Productions and hosted by stand-up comic and JFL42 performer, Graham Chittenden, this all-new comedy series features a mix of interviews with the hottest acts from the fest, soon-to-be-viral skits, and digital shorts. Comedy @ JFL42 airs Monday Sept. 23 – Friday Sept. 27 at 7:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on Comedy.
Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 25, Comedy presents the second annual MATCH GAME LIVE, at The Second City in Toronto. Lead by series’ host Darrin Rose, this raw and uncensored, live version of the popular Comedy game show features a mix of series regulars, including Seán Cullen and Emma Hunter, as well as hot-as-heck JFL42 acts.
Festival pass holders are eligible to attend the star-studded interview tapings for COMEDY @JFL42 at Comedy HQ at 299 Queen St. W, and/or MATCH GAME LIVE at The Second City. Details are available at www.jfl42.com.
About Graham Chittenden
Graham Chittenden is one of Canada’s most sought-after comedians and comic writers. Graham has appeared in numerous comedy specials, including his own, WHAT A GUY, which aired on Comedy, and was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award. After performing at the 2012 JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL, Graham was part of the premiere episode of MATCH GAME and has made several appearances on CBC's THE DEBATERS. Graham was the feature act on John Pinette’s sold-out "Still Hungry" cross country tour, has written for THE DEBATERS, THE GENIE AWARDS, JUST FOR LAUGHS, and worked as a creative consultant for Wipeout Canada.
In his stand up career, Graham has shared the stage with Jay Baruchel, Hannibal Buress, Amy Schumer, Gerry Dee, Brent Butt, Andrea Martin, and many more. This past summer, Graham was once again a gala performer at the Just For Laughs Festival, and will be featured as part of the upcoming second season of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS on Comedy.
Kristine Luciw is Executive Producer for COMEDY @JFL42. Mike MacKinnon and Garrett Wintrip are Supervising Producers. Nanci Maclean is Executive Director, Bell Media Production. Catherine MacLeod is Senior Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and Bell Media Production.
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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 thecomedynetwork.ca. 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.
Established in 2012 and now in its second year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42’s unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world’s most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 30 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney (Australia), Nantes (France), and has partnered with TBS to present a festival in Chicago, which just completed its 5th year.
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