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Just For Laughs Comedy Festival Unveils Its New Faces Of 2018

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Just For Laughs, in partnership with Amazon’s Prime Video, is thrilled to reveal the 2018 lineup of Just For Laughs New Faces, a series conceived to launch the careers of tomorrow’s top comedic talent. The pinnacle series, fueled by fresh-faced comics set to break the future of comedy’s glass ceiling, has been a Just For Laughs Festival highlight since 1996. With four distinct showcases – New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Unrepped, and New Faces: Creators, this series promises to introduce the world to the next group of comedic brilliance.

“The New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has catapulted the careers of so many of today’s most celebrated comedians,” shares Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs. “For more than twenty years, we have offered the brightest comedy stars of tomorrow an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry tastemakers and the most influential people in the comedy business.”

Just For Laughs New Faces is responsible for propelling the careers of many world-renowned artists, including: Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013) and Michelle Wolf (2014).

New Faces of Comedy

Rosebud Baker

Emmy Blotnick

Joel Boyd

JC Currais

Rocky Dale Davis

Robert Dean

Kenny DeForest

Kellen Erskine

Jourdain Fisher

Simon Gibson

Mekki Leeper

Zach Noe Towers

Erica Rhodes

Paris Sashay

Usama Siddiquee

Daphnique Springs

Nina Tarr

Ron Taylor

Jordan Temple

Jeremiah Watkins

 The New Faces of Comedy showcases will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2018 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm.

New Faces: Characters

Sheila Carrasco

Chloe Fineman

Katie Hartman

Michael Hartney

Andrew Leeds

Matt Richards

Becky Robinson

Sarah Shook

Sarah Smallwood Parsons

James III

New Faces: Characters will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm.

New Faces: Unrepped

LeClerc Andre

Vincent Bryant

Katie Hannigan

Joe McMahon

Avery Moore

Dan Perlman

David Rodriguez

Amy Silverberg

Dusty Slay

Caitlin Weierhauser

Ashton Womack 

New Faces: Unrepped will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm.

New Faces: Creators

Abby Feldman

Anwar Jibawi

Sydney Marquez and Alan Wagner

Manon Mathews

Frankie Quiñones

Josh Ruben

Molly Schreiber

New Faces: Creators will take place in the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on July 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm. 

Just For Laughs and Main Event Media recently announced that Amazon has greenlit a six-episode untitled docuseries, exclusively for Prime Video, that will follow up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they go through the annual process of being selected for the New Faces showcase, beginning with the auditions and callbacks, through selection, and into the preparation of their comedy sets. Viewers will receive unprecedented behind-the-scenes access as the cameras will be with the comics every step of the way as they write and hone the jokes that they hope will impress the talent scouts, producers, and managers who attend Just For Laughs in Montreal each July.

The series was developed by Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (United Shades of America) who will executive produce under his Main Event Media banner in conjunction with All3Media America. Neil Berkeley (GilbertHarmontown), Star Price (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Active ShooterAmerica Under Fire), Bruce Hills (Funny As Hell, Hilarity for Charity, Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight), Just For Laughs Media and Main Event Media will also executive produce.

Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 11-29, 2018 in Montréal, Canada.

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