It’s almost summer and it’s sad to think I won’t be around for JFL part 2. I thought I would post my work from last year. So we beat on, boats against the current, drawn back ceaselessly into the past. Or something like that..
The gatefold was my proudest moment. And it was also probably the most exercise I had at work. There are a lot of stairs and JFL and a lot of edits to be approved.
But mostly I will miss the sweet, sweet puns. Like this golden opportunity for a radio spot:
“Just for Laughs Festival isn’t just a funny face; it has the wits to match. Made in Montreal, the festival promises a several weeks of stellar shows and comics. Use your head, and you will be chuckling, nay, guffawing your nights away. Whether you get the jokes, or the jokes get you, there’s no smarter option than getting in on laugh, aside from, of course, staying at the Holiday Inn Express.”
They let me use the word “nay”.
Or these professional fat jokes from my John Pinette press release:
“Montreal, Wednesday, August 14, 2013 – Just for Laughs is proud to announce comedy-sensation John Pinette’s first Atlantic Canada tour. From March 17th to 29th, 2014 John Pinette will serve his signature dish of witty anecdotes, spot-on impressions, and extra helpings of laughs to lucky, maritime audiences.
The food-obsessed, storytelling Pinette will deliver his smart, original, Bill Cosby-influenced observations on everyday life with bite-sized punch lines that will leave you hungry for more. Audiences can expect sidesplitting excerpts from his recent Comedy Central Special Still Hungry, among a set of hilarious bits. His sardonic wit, energetic style, and charming sensibility will offer food for thought and plenty of laughs.”
I worked freelance for JFL a bit after the festival but I couldn’t pun it up as much as I wanted to. Which was too much. There’s no such thing as tasteful punning.
“Montreal, September 2nd, 2013– From October 30th to November 24th, audiences across Canada will be treated to five of the biggest names in comedy as part of the 2013 Capital One™ Just For Laughs Comedy Tour presented by Holiday Inn Express Hotels. There is no room for rookies in this lineup; our “Comedy Rat Pack” boasts nothing but hot headliners. The stellar lineup for the 13th edition of our Tour includes The Marriage Ref’s, Tom Papa;winner ofLast Comic Standing,Alonzo Bodden;Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedian co-star, Orny Adams;Comedy’s The Match Game star, Darrin Rose, as host of the evening; and introducing Ben Seidman, thestar of Travel Channel’s Magic Outlaws. Get out your suit and tie; from Ocean to Ocean, our Rat Pack is about to pull off the comedic heist of all time.
Super-suave leader of the pack, Darrin Rose, whoplays Bill the bartender on the hit CBC sitcom Mr. D, will host our stellar cast of headliners for this Comedy Tour. Thefour-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee is a regular cast member on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial. Darrin won a 2012 Canadian Screenwriting Award for comedy, while his one-man show “What’s Potpourri?” was selected Best of the Fest at the Just For Laughs Festival and received four stars at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival in 2010. In 2011, Darrin’s half-hour stand up special debuted on CTV/Comedy Network to rave reviews. Darrin Rose has appeared on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, the Comedy Network, CTV, XM Satellite Radio, and MTV Live.
Sides will be splitting when Tom Papa brings his sharp, observational humour to stages across Canada. Tom recently premiered his new stand-up special, Tom Papa: Freaked Out, (EPIX) to rave reviews. His previous special, Tom Papa Live in New York City, premiered in 2012. Tom Papa’s film roles include: The Informant, Analyze That, and The Haunted World of El Superbeasto. He also wrote for the DreamWorks animated feature Bee Movie. His television appearances include: Behind the Candelabra, The New Adventures of Old Christine, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, The Late Show with David Letterman, Inside Amy Schumer, and a starring role in his own series, Come to Papa (NBC). Tom hosts the hit SiriusXM show, Come to Papa, on channel 99.
Just for Laughs is proud to present the hysterical Alonzo Bodden as part of this killer lineup. An international headliner, Alonzo has performed worldwide including Just For Laughs in Montreal; Kilkenny Ireland Comedy fest; Sydney, Australia; Brighton Beach in the UK; and he’s entertained the troops everywhere from Iraq to Greenland. His brand, new one-hour comedy special, “Who’s Paying Attention?” premiered on Showtime and he can be seen as a host of the new ITV show “Inside the Vault.”
The brains of the operation,Orny Adams,can usually be found hunched over his trusty pen writingjokes for Jay Leno, Garry Shandling, and the annual Emmy broadcast; for our Comedy Tour, he will bring his wit to the mic. Orny has toured internationally and, as of October, will have released two specials, “Path Of Most Resistance,” and “Orny Adams Takes The Third”. Hehas developed pilots for CBS, TBS, and Endemol. He has appeared on Jiminy Glick, Tough Crowd on Comedy Central, The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, Last Call With Carson Daly, Entertainment Tonight, MTV’s Teen Wolf, and in his own Discovery Channel series Modern Chaos with Orny Adams.
There has to be a trickster in a bunch like this, so keep your eyes peeled for Ben Seidman’s slapstick slight-of-hand. This magician and comedianwas the only person in history to be named the Resident Magician at Mandalay Bay, Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. He designed illusions performed by Criss Angel during a three-season contract as creative consultant for Mindfreak on A&E. In addition to his hundreds of international performances, Ben is a favorite at the world famous Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach, CA, a headliner at Catch a Rising Star comedy club, and a frequent performer at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.”