Just for Laughs Interview: Stand-up and writer Robby Hoffman

Posted by: Paul Little  //  July 18, 2019 @ 7:57am

Robby Hoffman is an original comedy voice whose writing and delivery on stage puts her at the top of the stand-up game. Her bit for The Chris Gethard Show with Queer Eye's Antoni Porowski is one of the funniest things on YouTube, and her other television writing -- which includes personal favourite Baroness Von Sketch Show -- has even won her a Daytime Emmy for Odd Squad on PBS.

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Winnipeg Comedy Fest Interview: Stand-up comic Nick Nemeroff

Posted by: Paul Little  //  May 2, 2019 @ 12:34pm

Nick Nemeroff is a Montreal comic who has been a mainstay in the Toronto comedy scene for the past few years, winning Best Newcomer and Best Breakout Comic at the 2017 and 2018 I Heart Joke Awards. He's made appearances at Montreal's Just for Laughs and Comedy Central's Clusterfest, and his comedy has been described as "aggressively deadpan".

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JFL42 Interview: Comic, improviser, podcaster, and host Chris Gethard

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 25, 2018 @ 2:37pm

Chris Gethard is comedy's favourite underdog. He is the fine wine that other comedians cannot recommend enough. His years of study as an improviser at the UCB Theatre in New York have made him a great listener and a truly empathetic storyteller. During our interview in advance of his appearances at JFL42, Chris gave me some of the most emotionally open and thoughtful answers of my career -- all while driving!

Chris is a ringmaster of chaos.

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JFL42 Interview: The President Show's Anthony Atamanuik

Posted by: Paul Little  //  September 22, 2018 @ 9:02pm

When Donald Trump decided to announce he was running for President, it seemed like a comedy goldmine. He had always been an over-the-top character, with his name in big, bold letters on everything he owned, and was already a frequent punchline before officially entering the political fray.

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JFL42 Interview: Stand-up comic, improviser, and podcaster Greg Proops

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  September 20, 2018 @ 9:04pm

If you were to ask me my biggest influences in comedy, at the top of the list would be Greg Proops. When I was young, he was there as a staple cast members of Whose Line is it Anyway?, but as I aged I discovered he's also one of the most apt social critics working in stand-up comedy today.

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Interview: Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld of College Humor and the advice podcast If I Were You

Posted by: Ian Bawa  //  February 28, 2018 @ 5:54pm

Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers, actors, and editors behind the award-winning webseries Jake & Amir, which began while the pair were writers at College Humor. Besides its immense popularity online, their series also appeared on television on MTV's The CollegeHumor Show.

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Interview: Comic Courtney Gilmour talks about her JFL Homegrown win,

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  January 21, 2018 @ 9:43pm

In the fall of 2017, Toronto comic Courtney Gilmour was coming off the biggest professional accolade of her comedy career: being named the co-winner (along with Montreal's DJ Mausner) of the Homegrown Comics competition at Just for Laughs Festival. The win included, among other things, a taped spot for JFL All Access on Canada's The Comedy Network, as well as a spot among the 42 feature comics at September's JFL42 comedy festival in her hometown.

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Interview: Rhys Darby on his unique brand of stand-up, The Rock's Presidential ambitions, cryptozoology, and almost dying on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  //  November 11, 2017 @ 3:11pm

Rhys Darby may be best-known to audiences as Murray Hewitt on the acclaimed HBO series Flight of the Conchords, but the New Zealand Army veteran is also an accomplished stand-up comic, having worked all over the globe for nearly 2 decades and put out 3 stand-up specials.

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Interview: Morocco-born francophone superstar Gad Elmaleh on the challenges and excitement of starting stand-up comedy all over in a new language

Posted by: Paul Little  //  November 9, 2017 @ 3:11pm

If you're a North American comedy fan, you may recognize Morocco-born comedian Gad Elmaleh from his various appearances over the last couple years on the talk show circuit: Jerry Seinfeld's Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, CONAN, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and Read More  •  Comments ()

Something Wiki This Way Comes Ep. 25: How to Love the Taste of Water with Ben Sellick

Posted by: Paul Little  //  October 26, 2017 @ 9:20pm

Musician Ben Sellick joins us to discuss a very serious topic: how to LOVE the taste of that plain, flavourless, dull–as–dirt clear stuff we all love to hate -- water. It's a wild ride, and the improv gets, shall we say, a little BLUE (ha ha). But don't worry, we still manage to reference M. Night Shyalaman movies and borscht–slurping grandmas.

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