Veep gathers Just For Laughs in so-so session

MONTREAL — How could “An Evening with the Cast of Veep” possibly go wrong? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, showrunner David Mandel and producer Frank Rich took the stage at Montreal’s Maison Symphonique Thursday night as part of the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival. Before them a packed house. The HBO series and Louis-Dreyfus were… Read on



Silicon Valley pair back for more laughs

Sunday marks the 3rd season premiere of one of TV’s funniest comedies–Silicon Valley (10 p.m. ET, HBO and HBO Canada). Some other show comes back right before that, Game of Something or other. Veep is also returning, but as Hugh Hefner used to say, let’s stick with Silicon. I had fun interviewing leads Thomas Middleditch… Read on


Trevor Noah takes on his Daily challenge

Tonight’s the night Trevor Noah makes his long-awaited debut as host of The Daily Show (11 p.m. ET on Comedy). Following Jon Stewart can’t be easy. Stewart redefined late night after a 16-year stint in the Daily chair. Noah is a very different comedian as he demonstrated this past summer at the Just for Laughs… Read on


Retweet this: Norm Macdonald is the Mark Twain of Twitter

A few weeks ago when I was in Montreal for Just for Laughs I caught up with Norm Macdonald. The 51-year-old comedian has long been a favourite of mine, dating back to his days as Saturday Night Live‘s most fearless Weekend Update anchor. Twenty years ago, Macdonald knew the next shot he took at O.J. Simpson… Read on



Trevor Noah the big winner at JFL 2015

The pressure was on Trevor Noah to live up to the advance hype this summer at North America’s ultimate comedy summit, Just for Laughs. Noah, as everybody knows by now, takes over from Jon Stewart as host of The Daily Show (Monday, Sept. 28, Comedy Central/CTV). Those are big shoes to fill and the 31-year-old… Read on


JFL comics swear by Kindler’s State of the Industry

In recent years, one of the highlights of the Just for Laughs comedy festival has been Andy Kindler’s “State of the Industry” address. I got a preview of this year’s laffer waiting for the elevator with Kindler. The comedian was already standing before the four closed elevator doors on the 10th floor when I hit… Read on


Neil Patrick Harris hopes to have Best Night Ever at JFL

MONTREAL–Neil Patrick Harris had no idea Just for Laughs was such a wild friggin’ party. He arrived Saturday and quickly got swept up into the after-party fast lane. That pushed our interview back an hour Sunday but when Harris did emerge he could not have been more gracious or accommodating. We chatted for nearly an… Read on


Reitman’s star-packed “Big Lebowski” JFL’s hottest ticket

MONTREAL–Over 1700 patrons packed the Olympia Theatre Friday night to see what for many was the big draw at this 33rd annual Just For Laughs comedy festival–a live cast reading of “The Big Lebowski.” Director Jason Reitman created the Live Read Series and conducts readings once a month in Los Angeles. For this Montreal reading,… Read on