Welcome to the Big Top! Step Right Up to the Biggest Show in Town with the Premiere of Original Comedy Special NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS, March 19 on HBO Canada

— March 14, 2016

– Hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, Bell Media Original Special features a cast of characters handpicked by Harris himself –
– Filmed in 2015 at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal –

“This was the grandest spectacle ever staged by the festival […]” – Montréal Gazette

“To describe the series as a variety show does not convey the genre-busting newness of the concept.” – The Canadian Press

   #CircusAwesomeness TORONTO (March 14, 2016) – Neil Patrick Harris has run off and joined the circus! The best seats in the house are reserved for HBO Canada viewers when NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS, an unprecedented comedy event hosted by Tony® award-winning actor, comedian, and now ringmaster, Neil Patrick Harris (HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER) premieres Saturday, Mach 19 at 9 p.m. ET/MT, exclusively on HBO Canada. From puppets to magicians to jugglers and singing clowns, the 74-minute Original Special, taped by Bell Media last July in front of a live audience at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival, brings the laughs with over-the-top humour and an array of performances that promise to amaze. “I promise you curiosities, I promise you wonders, and I promise you the few moments where you’ll turn to your husband or your wife or your significant other and you’ll say: “WHAT THE F*** WAS THAT?” – just wait,” said Harris. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS includes an extraordinary cast of characters handpicked by Harris himself. The special features gravity-defying acrobat Hugo Desmarais, the incredible beatboxing Beardyman, juggling sensation Nicolas Fortin, Australian puppet-human comedy duo Sammy J & Randy, little person comedian Brad Williams, sword-swallower Brett Loudermilk, cabaret superstar Bridget Everett (recently seen in HBO’s GIRLS), mysterious magician Ed Alonzo, and towering circus clown and singer extraordinaire Puddles Pity Party. NEIL PATRICK HARRIS: CIRCUS AWESOMEUS is produced by Just For Laughs Television in partnership with Bell Media’s The Movie Network. Executive producers are Bruce Hills and Gilbert Rozon. For Bell Media, production executives are Sarah Fowlie and Bill Lundy. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production, Bell Media. Tracey Pearce is Senior Vice-President, Specialty and Pay, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media.

About HBO Canada

HBO Canada brings Canadians HBO’s current slate of signature dramatic and comedic programs, together with new and never-before-seen programming including comedy series, live specials, sporting events, behind-the-scenes content and titles from HBO’s extensive library – all in an uncut and commercial-free environment. HBO Canada is available in high definition on HBO Canada HD, and on HBO Canada OnDemand, a Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service. Throughout Canada HBO Canada programming is accessible on TMN GO, as well as on demand and online where available by service provider. For more information, please visit www.hbocanada.com. HBO Canada is a division of Bell Media, which is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company.

About Bell Media Independent Production

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 ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, MOTIVE, the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, MASTERCHEF CANADA, and the upcoming drama CARDINAL. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, the smash-hit thriller BITTEN, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, and Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others.

About Just For Laughs

Just For Laughs Television is one of the world’s leading producers of stand-up and variety programming.  JFL’s TV and audio productions have been seen and heard on FOX, ABC, MTV, TBS, CBC, IFC, HBO, RTL, W, BBC1, TF1, Comedy Central, Showtime, BBC America, Sirius XM, BBC Radio Two, TEN Australia, HBO Canada, and The Comedy Network. JFL TV is part of the Just For Laughs Group.

The Just For Laughs Group is focused on four major products: Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the West Jet Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal last summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. For more information, please visit hahaha.com.


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