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Bring Your Own Juice is an oasis in McGill’s comedy desert

“McGill is pretty dry when it comes to comedy,” said Bring Your Own Juice’s (BYOJ) producer Abbey Hipkin, after the final performance of their three-night live show on March 17 at the Mainline Theatre. BYOJ, a self-proclaimed “ground-up” sketch comedy troupe, and McGill’s only sketch comedy troupe, shattered that assumption with witty, topical, and sometimes… Keep Reading

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Chris Fleming plays Chris Fleming in his Just For Laughs Show

YouTube comic Chris Fleming catapulted to virality in 2012 with the release of Gayle, a series in which he plays the eponymous Gayle Waters-Waters, helicopter mother and suburban housewife extraordinaire. But while Fleming has been tied to Gayle for most of his career, he has recently been touring the continent as himself. Fleming brought his… Keep Reading

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Peeking into the ‘New Faces of Comedy’

Having helped launch the careers of Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and Hannibal Buress, the Just For Laughs (JFL) comedy festival’s New Faces of Comedy showcase has become a coveted career milestone for young comedians internationally. Each year, comics selected are given six minutes to showcase their best material for audiences in Montreal and prove themselves to… Keep Reading

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In a Post-Joke Era, DeAnne Smith cheers up audiences at JFL

In mid-July, comedian DeAnne Smith skyrocketed to virality with a bit she performed for CBC Comedy in which she encouraged heterosexual men to treat their girlfriends better. Shortly after gaining recognition on Facebook newsfeeds in Canada and beyond, Smith reached Montreal’s annual Just For Laughs comedy festival—an event that she has made part of her… Keep Reading

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Q&A: YouTube’s Lilly Singh on confidence and life post-grad

A scroll through Lilly Singh’s YouTube channel, called "llSuperwomanll," includes shots of the star wearing wigs and colourful costumes, impersonating her parents, and collaborating with fellow YouTubers to produce outlandish sketch scenes—sometimes all within the same video. Her 12 million subscribers eat her eccentric humour right up, and on July 30, so will the audience… Keep Reading

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Comedian Yamaneika Saunders opens up at Just For Laughs 2017

It’s festival season in Montreal, and some of the greatest comedians from across the globe are pouring into the city for the annual Just for Laughs (JFL) festival. Among them is Yamaneika Saunders, a New York-based stand-up comic who has been pleasing crowds with her bold, dynamic nature for over a decade. This year–her second… Keep Reading

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From the viewpoint: Montreal Sketchfest

Being funny is not easy. Being funny when people expect you to make them laugh is even harder. Fortunately for us, Montreal attracts humble masters of the art of comedy: Performers who know how to perfectly create humor through the juxtaposition of injury and cheer, but who do not pretend to be superior in their… Keep Reading

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