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Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2014 New Faces

Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs comedy festival chooses a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to highlight in their "New Faces" showcase, and this year's list has been released. Last year's list featured a bunch of comedians who enjoyed a breakthrough year including SNL's John Milhiser and Brooks Wheelan, standups Mark Normand and Aparna Nancherla, Late Night's Conner O'Malley, and more. Just For Laughs splits their choices up by categories New Faces (non-Canadian standups with managers), New Faces: Characters (sketch performers), Homegrown Talent (Canadian comedians), and New Faces: Unrepped (comedians without managers). Click through for the full list of this year's New Faces:

Keeping Moontower Weird: Inside Austin's Youngest Comedy Festival

I started my weekend by watching a grown man fit a fake vagina over a microphone. Let me explain.

The Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival in Austin, Texas was in full swing this April 23-26 for its third year in a row. This festival is the place to be; not just because I do comedy and live in Austin, but because Moontower celebrates comedy as a whole, it lifts up the local Austin comedy scene, it recognizes the unique oddities that exist in the brains of comedians, and best of all — they gave every performer a Fleshlight in their welcome bag. Unfamiliar with the Fleshlight? We’ll return to that [...]

'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Is Doing a Week of Shows in Austin for SXSW

Jimmy Kimmel is getting ready to host another week of his late night talk show from Austin, Texas. From March 10th to March 14th, Jimmy Kimmel Live will be broadcasting new episodes in conjunction with the annual music and film festival South by Southwest.

South by Southwest is set to begin announcing the lineup for the comedy portion of the festival next week, with shows, live podcasts, and panels planned. This is Jimmy Kimmel Live's first week-long residency in Austin. The show did a week of episodes from Brooklyn in the fall of 2012 and a week in Detroit in 2006 leading up to the Super Bowl.

The Coolest Comedy Scene You've Never Heard of Forms Temporarily Every Summer – in Canada

Every summer, the major cities across Canada play host to a series of Fringe theater festivals. As an American sketch comedian working in obscure black box venues across the Pacific Northwest, I had never heard of the Canadian Fringe Circuit until a fellow sketch comedian, Andrew Connor of the Cody Rivers Show, extolled the fests’ virtues during a panel discussion at the 2008 Seattle Sketchfest. The Fringe, Andrew explained, is a whole other world: a place for comedians to hone their craft, to network with likeminded folk, to get some (hopefully) usable pull-quotes from honest-to-God newspaper reviews, to be inspired by the inventiveness and creativity of other performers, and to [...]

The Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival Announces Its Lineup

Eugene Mirman's comedy festival, aptly titled Eugene Mirman Comedy Festival, just announced its 2013 lineup, and it's full of great comedians as usual. The Brooklyn- based festival is set to include comedians like Kristen Schaal, Jim Gaffigan, Wyatt Cenac, Jon Benjamin, Kurt Braunohler, Michael Che, and Leo Allen, along with the return of long-running show Invite Them Up and the New York return of Hot Tub, which Schaal and Braunohler brought to LA last year. In addition to that, there are delightfully titled shows like "Comics We Hope Don't Move to LA (Though We Understand There Is Much More Work There)" and "Comics Marc Maron Will Probably Resent in [...]

Denver's High Plains Comedy Festival Unveils Its Huge Lineup

The High Plains Comedy Festival is returning to Denver for its second year this August 22-23, and they've put together a pretty stellar lineup. Pete Holmes, TJ Miller, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Gordon, Cameron Esposito, Amber Tozer, Jonah Ray, Jared Logan, and many, many more will be performing. Passes for the whole weekend are $80 and on sale now, so get them while they're hot. Here's the full lineup:

Here's Bonnaroo's 2014 Comedy Lineup

The Bonnaroo Music Festival announced its 2014 comedy lineup today. Craig Robinson & The Nasty Delicious, Taran Killam, Hannibal Buress, Neal Brennan, TJ Miller, Rory Scovel, Bridget Everett & The Tender Moments, Sasheer Zamata, Seth Herzog, Emily Heller, and Brad Williams will all be performing at Bonnaroo's comedy theater.

The festival runs from June 12 to the 15th this year. Started in 2002, the Bonnaroo Music Festival has featured a comedy stage annually since 2005, with acts like Chris Rock, Louis C.K., Jimmy Fallon, Janeane Garofalo, Zach Galifianakis, Tig Notaro, and more having performed there in past years.

Tenacious D, Stella, Key & Peele, and Tons More Will Perform at Sketchfest 2014

San Francisco Sketchfest, one of the country's largest comedy festivals, kicks off next month, and the lineup was just announced yesterday. The festival includes over 200 sketch, improv, and standup performances, with highlights including special tributes to Alan Arkin, Tenacious D, and Key & Peele; reunion screenings of Napoleon Dynamite, Cabin Boy, and Super Troopers; shows from UCB and Groundlings; The Chris Gethard Show; sketch groups The Birthday Boys and BriTANick; a ton of live podcasts; Maya Rudolph's Prince cover band Princess; a performance from Stella; and a reunion of the band Slipnutz (Andy Blitz, Jon Glaser, and Brian Stack), from Conan.

Check out the full lineup on [...]

The First-Ever Woodstock Comedy Festival Is Happening Next Week

Woodstock, NY, is getting its first-ever comedy festival, with a lot of big names set to play the event. Bobcat Goldthwait, Dick Cavett, CollegeHumor's Jake & Amir, the UCB TourCo, and more are all playing Woodstock Comedy Festival, which is taking place from September 20-22. The fest will also include screenings of the Improv Everywhere documentary We Cause Scenes and Goldthwait's new movie Willow Creek. The event is being produced by Josh Ruben (CollegeHumor, UCB) and a 75 year old former child psychology professor named Chris Collins, both Woodstock natives, with all proceeds from the non-profit festival going towards two charities: one combatting human trafficking and another for domestic [...]

Tenacious D, Chris Elliott, Maria Bamford, and Tons More Are Doing 'Everything Is Festival' Next Week

Everything Is Terrible is having their fourth annual "Everything Is Festival" starting next week, and they have one heck of a lineup for it. This year's highlights include Tenacious D closing out the event with a preview of their Festival Supreme, Chris Elliott screening rare and unseen clips from his entire career, Mike Judge showing found footage from his personal archives, Patton Oswalt hosting a screening of the comedy The Phynx,  Maria Bamford hosting a video show, Dan Harmon's HarmonQuest, Doug Benson's Movie Interruption, a screening of Comedy Bang Bang's upcoming musical episode with a Q&A, and tons more. The event is taking place at Los Angeles's Cinefamily [...]

Tenacious D's 2014 Festival Supreme Will Feature a Crazy Number of Awesome Comedy Acts

The 2014 lineup of Tenacious D's comedy rock event Festival Supreme was announced today, and it includes a ton of famous funny people. Currently set to appear in the festival — which is scheduled for Saturday, October 25th in Los Angeles — are The State, Fred Armisen and Bill Hader, the Workaholics crew, Norm Macdonald, Maria Bamford, Scott Aukerman, Jenny Slate, Eric Andre, Bo Burnham, and many more. Click through to see the full-size poster with the complete lineup.

SXSW Announces Comedy Lineup: Bill Cosby, Good Neighbor, and More

Austin-based giant arts festival South by Southwest (SXSW) just announced the comedy portion of its 2014 lineup. Here's a rundown of what the festival will feature:

  • An evening with Bill Cosby, presented by Funny Or Die
  • Above Average, Lorne Michaels's company Broadway Video's YouTube channel, holding a showcase of past and present SNL performers that features performances by Fred Armisen, Good Neighbor (Kyle Mooney, Beck Bennett, Nick Rutherford, and Dave McCary), standup from Sasheer Zamata, Chris Gethard, and host Tim Robinson
  • A live installment of The Chris Gethard Show
  • James Adomian's character show Conspiracy Theory Live with Jesse Ventura
  • Showcases from local standup juggernauts The Meltdown with [...]

Inside Festival Supreme, Tenacious D's Comedy Mega-Event

If Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme was any indication, the days of the comedy tent playing second fiddle at music festivals might soon be over.

Festival Supreme was pretty fucking awesome.

More than 9,000 comedy fans took over the famous Santa Monica Pier Saturday for the first ever Festival Supreme Music and Comedy Festival, which was curated by Tenacious D’s Jack Black and Kyle Gass. The stated lineup was already a who’s who of comedy giants – Adam Sandler, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, Fred Armisen, etc. – but it was the surprise guests – Conan O’Brien, the Lonely Island, and Billy Idol, among others – that put the [...]

Aziz Ansari, Christopher Guest, Aubrey Plaza, and More to Appear at New Yorker Fest 2013

The New Yorker just announced the lineup for the 2013 New Yorker Festival, and there's plenty of stuff for comedy fans. The event, which is held from October 4th-6th in, um, New York, will feature an advance screening of Aziz Ansari's new hour special Buried Alive followed by a conversation between Ansari and New Yorker writer Andy Borowitz, a Funny or Die sketch show hosted by Billy Eichner, a panel on television and politics with Armando Iannucci, W. Kamau Bell and some non-comedy people; and a panel on improvisation with Christopher Guest, Aubrey Plaza, Horatio Sanz, and Rachel Dratch. Head on over to the official website for ticket [...]