Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Just for Laughs Festival Augments Its Program

Before it begins in Montreal, the Just for Laughs Festival has decided to spice up its menu for us. In fact, expect to see more in the line-up of the Insider Series and

First of all, the festival's organizers announced that The Second City will celebrate its 50th anniversary and will be given the Just for Laughs Lifetime Achievement Award. Those who will be on stage to accept the award are Colin Mochrie, Fred Willard, Andrew Alexander and other names to be announced. Moreover, members of The Second City will take part in a live discussion at the Cinquième salle of the Place des arts on July 15 at 9:30 PM.

A second award will also be presented. In fact, Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, the producers of the TV series Glee, will give to Ian Brennan

Two new awards

Aziz Ansari, who is currently starring in NBC's Parks and Recreation will be the first recepient ever of the Just for Laughs Breakout Comedy Star of the Year. As for Donald Glover (30 Rock), an actor, a writer and comedian, he'll be the first recipient ever of the Rising Comedy Star of the Year.

Obviously, note that all awards will be presented during the Comedy Conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Friday, July 16 at 12 PM.

Screenings

As for previews and screenings, Just for Laughs also announced that we'll see the docu-comedy Exporting Raymond. It follows Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, in his attempt to translate Everybody Loves Raymond into a Russian sitcom. Besides, add to that the cultural clash between the American and Russian culture as experienced by Phil Rosenthal in Moscow. This sneak peek screening will be followed by a Q&A session with writer/director Phil Rosenthal and Exporting Raymond's producer John Woldenberg. The film will be screened Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 PM at the Cinquième Salle of the Place des arts.

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