Howie Mandel on owning Just For Laughs: “I was chasing this”

Howie Mandel recently opened a comedy club bearing his name in Atlantic City, and he’s long been a mainstay judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. But Mandel’s heart has remained in his native Canada, so when Just For Laughs suddenly became a real-life Deal or No Deal for him, the comedian jumped at the opportunity. […]

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Presenting the JFL Montreal New Faces Class of 2018, soon to be seen on Amazon Prime Video!

Some comedians and industry folk joked that Just For Laughs could no longer really do New Faces in Montreal now that the ICM agency had purchased a large stake in the comedy festival. ICM certainly is getting the last laughs. They’ve packaged New Faces 2018 into a streaming TV series docu-drama with Amazon Prime. So […]

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Presenting the JFL Montreal New Faces Class of 2018, soon to be seen on Amazon Prime Video!

Some comedians and industry folk joked that Just For Laughs could no longer really do New Faces in Montreal now that the ICM agency had purchased a large stake in the comedy festival. ICM certainly is getting the last laughs. They’ve packaged New Faces 2018 into a streaming TV series docu-drama with Amazon Prime. So […]

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Howie Mandel’s Just For Laughs with ICM announces full 2018 lineup

Howie Mandel showed up to join Just For Laughs COO Bruce Hills and the new team running the show at JFL (which includes Mandel and powerhouse agency ICM) to announce the full details for Montreal’s Just For Laughs fest this coming July. Among the new notable items: The Keynote Address returns after a year’s absence. […]

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Just For Laughs and Kevin Hart team up for short film competition

Laugh Out Loud Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts!, a competition in search of the funniest short films, is back for another year. Submissions are accepted from today through May 31, 2018. Check out the submission guidelines posted on the Just For Laughs ComedyPRO site, then follow the instructions. Here’s Kevin Hart, the founding star of […]

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Just For Laughs Gets Some New Owners, Including Howie Mandel

Just For Laughs Group, the company behind the annual Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal as well as international comedy tours, festivals, and television specials, just got new owners. The company announced today that Canada native Howie Mandel and US-based talent agency ICM Partners are leading an investor group that has acquired the company. […]

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Howie Mandel and ICM Partners acquire Just For Laughs

Sacre bleu! Just For Laughs Group (Groupe Juste Pour Rire), responsible for throwing the biggest comedy festival in the world each July in Montreal, as well as fests in Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney, television specials, series and tours, has new owners. Howie Mandel and ICM Partners top an investor group that has acquired JFL founder […]

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Episode #183: Orny Adams

Orny Adams played Coach Bobby Finstock for six seasons of MTV’s Teen Wolf. But to comedy fans, Orny is famously and infamously known as the co-star of Jerry Seinfeld’s documentary, Comedian. While Seinfeld developed a new hour of stand-up from scratch, Comedian followed Orny’s obsessive path as an aspiring comedian making his debut as a […]

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Gilbert Rozon resigns as president of Just For Laughs, judge on French TV show, after renewed allegations of sexual harassment, assault

Yesterday morning, Just For Laughs president Gilbert Rozon woke up and promoted his upcoming appearance as a judge on French television’s version of America’s Got Talent: La France a un incroyable talent. 12 hours later, Rozon surrendered it all, amid widespread and renewed allegations of sexual harassment and assault. His official statement last night in both […]

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Just For Laughs Founder Gilbert Rozon Steps Down After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Thanks to the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the women who decided to go public with sexual harassment, assault, and rape allegations against him, there’s been a snowball effect, thanks in part to the #MeToo hashtag, of more and more women – both famous and non-famous – coming forward with sexual misconduct experiences of their own. It’s […]

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