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 [...]
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 [...]
Every year, Montreal's Just For Laughs festival picks a bunch of up-and-coming comedians to take part in their "New Faces" showcases, which puts them in front of a bunch of powerful industry types. This morning, they announced the 2013 New Faces, a list that includes folks like Funny or Die's Dan Klein, Totally Biased's Aparna Nancherla, Andrew Overdahl, who co-wrote/starred in the Amazon pilot Those Who Can't, and more. The New Faces are separated into categories for sketch performers (New Faces: Characters), comedians without managers (New Faces: Unrepped), Canadian comedians (Homegrown Comics), and regular New Faces, which is non-Canadian standups with managers.
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Portland's Bridgetown Comedy Festival just announced its 2013 lineup this week, and the event (which runs April 18th to 21st) will feature performances by Dana Gould, Reggie Watts, Todd Glass, Kurt Braunohler, Peter Serafinowicz, Robert Popper, festival co-founders Matt Braunger and Andy Wood, Karen Kilgariff, Moshe Kasher, Kulap Vilaysack, Howard Kremer, and a dozens of other amazing people whose names it would take too long to list here.
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Over/under 180 of the 1,500 people in attendance saying, singing, texting, Instagramming, "I'm on a boat" at Stephen Colbert's August 10th music festival. It's not just any boat; there's a space shuttle on it. Maybe The Flaming Lips will perform on the space craft. Or in it! And then the shuttle will take off from all the good vibes. And then The Flaming Lips will be in space. And then they'll land on some planet and [...]