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Just For Laughs confirms production slate for Summer 2015

From a media release:

If content is king, then comedy content is the king of kings. Just For Laughs, one of the largest purveyors of stand-up comedy content in the world, is delighted to share a glimpse of its lineup for 2015.

CW Network
The CW will broadcast an exclusive two-hour U.S. TV special, taped at this summer’s festival. The show will be hosted by Howie Mandel and feature top comedians and new stars, as well as behind-the-scenes exclusives. Just For Laughs will also produce an original online series for CW Seed, the CW’s digital studio, called The Elevator Talk Show with Pete Holmes. In addition, the CW will acquire over 20 hours of Just For Laughs catalogue from our stand-up library that will be available on CW Seed.

Showtime
The Nasty Show, one of Just For Laughs’ summer franchise hits, is going to air on Showtime in the U.S. The show is set to air as a special hosted by Artie Lange with a lineup that includes Gilbert Gottfried and Jimmy Carr, amongst others. The Nasty Show will also air on Super Channel in Canada in 2016.

Bell Media
Just For Laughs All Access has been renewed for two more seasons on Canada’s The Comedy Network with thirteen one-hour [13 x 60] and twenty-six half-hour [26 x 30] episodes in both 2015 and 2016. The series will be filmed at Place des Arts and Club Soda this summer, and will feature hosts Trevor Noah, Neil Patrick Harris, Norm Macdonald, Ellie Kemper, TJ Miller, Chris D’Elia, amongst others. Viewers will be treated to extended, commercial-free versions of both the Ellie Kemper and Neil Patrick Harris Galas on The Movie Network this fall.

CBC 
CBC has announced a slate of four new hour-long specials. Shows will be filmed this summer at Place des Arts, hosted by stars Wanda Sykes, Patrick Stewart, Jane Lynch and Alan Cumming.

Lone Eagle Entertainment & Just For Laughs
At this summer’s festival, Just For Laughs and Lone Eagle will be presenting a live version of their format for a new television series, The Wake, as part of Just For Laughs ComedyPro on Thursday, July 23 at 11:30 am. In The Wake, Gilbert Gottfried gets to attend his own funeral. A co-production between Lone Eagle Entertainment and Just For Laughs, The Wake is guaranteed to be the funniest funeral you will ever attend.

International Markets
Australia’s Network Ten will once again be filming at the Just For Laughs summer festival and airing a special hosted by Joel Creasey, which is dedicated to showcasing Australian talent alongside internationals. Network Ten will also be airing two hour-long specials featuring gala footage from year’s past, also hosted by Joel Creasey. In addition, Foxtel (The Comedy Channel) will air 10 half-hour long [10 x 30] specials, which will be filmed at the Sydney Opera House this October, as part of the Just For Laughs Sydney Festival. In collaboration with Comedy Central, Just For Laughs will produce an international-themed show, including two comics from South Africa, Conrad Koch and Jason Goliath; one comic from Spain, Alex O’Dogherty; and Italy’s, Francesco de Carlo. The popularity of stand-up comedy is growing internationally, and our Comedy Central partners recognize that bringing their comics to our prestigious festival promotes their local talent, while strengthening our brand in their territory. Additionally, Just For Laughs continues to licence stand-up to networks in Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Benelux, Hungary and other international markets.

Hulu
Select TV productions, featuring the biggest international comedy stars from Just For Laughs, are now available to stream on Hulu and Hulu Plus in the U.S. (and for tech savvy viewers worldwide).

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Prior to becoming a television critic and partner at TV, Eh?, Greg David was a critic for TV Guide Canada, the country's most trusted source for TV news. He has interviewed television actors, actresses and behind-the-scenes folks from countless programs. Survivor winners, Donald Trump, Jerry Bruckheimer ... he has interviewed (literally) hundreds of TV people over the course of his career. He is a past member of the Television Critics Association.
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