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Published on June 4th, 2013 | by Sharilyn Johnson

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Lineups: Match Game tapings and Just For Laughs Montreal

Readers in the Toronto area can check out tapings of the upcoming season of the Comedy Network’s Match Game reboot (is it still fair to call it a “reboot” after the first season?). Tapings feature a mix of established names and up-and-comers, and are happing down at Lake Shore and Leslie.

Debra DiGiovanni and Sean Cullen are back for all episodes. Here’s a partial lineup of who will join them for the remainder of the tapings:

Tuesday June 4: John Hodgman, Emma Hunter, Andrew Johnston (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Monday June 10: Melissa Grelo, Al Mukkaddam (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Thursday June 13: Lauren Ash, Laura Cilevitz (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Friday June 14: TBA (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Sunday June 16: Dave Foley, Paul Campbell, Darcy Michael (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Friday June 21: Jason Jones, Greg Bryk (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Saturday June 22: JP Manoux, Holly Deveaux (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Tuesday June 25: Kristen Schaal, Dave Merheje (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Wednesday June 26: Norm MacDonald, Teddy Wilson, Norm Sousa (2:30 PM or 6:45 PM)

Lineups subject to change, naturally.

Book tickets by emailing matchgame@hotrows.com with your name/email/phone, number of tickets and preferred taping date/time, and the ages of all attendees in your party.

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The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre has revealed its lineup – all seven venues worth – for the 15th Annual Del Close Marathon, happening in New York June 28-30. Most notable: Assscat moving back to its traditional spot at the UCB Theatre, with three performances on the closing night.

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Just For Laughs Montreal is rolling out their lineup for 2013, and they’re off to a good start. While there seems to be an overwhelming number of repeat names from the last two years, the gala hosts (Seth Myers, Sarah Silverman, Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard) will be great draws. Another highlight is Talk of the Fest at Club Soda, with hosting duties split between Kristen Schaal on July 24, and SNL’s Tarran Killam and Bobby Moynihan July 25. Moynihan last performed at JFL as part of the sketch troupe Buffoons in 2007, in a showcase hosted by David Cross at Kola Note. The then-unknown Moynihan, with longer hair and stubble, was frequently mistaken for “Toby” around the Hyatt due to his resemblance to Canadian comic Toby Hargrave. No danger of that these days.

The oddly-named “Zoofest” portion of the festival has finally been nixed, replaced with “Off-JFL”, still an umbrella for the smaller alternative shows. Drawing a line down the middle of the festival for branding purposes has always felt unnecessary, especially since so many artists in Off-JFL will appear in the televised galas. This seems to be simply a divide based on venue size. But hey, if it sells tickets….

Colin Quinn will deliver this year’s keynote speech, following in the impressive footsteps of Marc Maron and Patton Oswalt. That Comedy Conference portion has been renamed to ComedyPro, which in a PR piece a festival PR piece will steer it towards an industry-only focus as opposed to the partially fan-focused mandate of the past. It’s difficult to see that based on the existing lineup, though. As it stands currently, the days are full of podcast recordings and full-length performances, with only a few moderated discussions in the mix.

The website design, in true JFL tradition, is again brand-new and again difficult to navigate if you’re trying to plot out multiple shows in one night. No true grid-style calendar yet, so start working on your DIY Excel spreadsheets. Wouldn’t be summer without ’em.

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Possibly coming to a film festival near you: Delivery the Documentary. I had a chance to see an early screening of this comedy doc, part of a genre that’s admittedly starting to feel saturated (I swear, if I see another Kickstarter campaign to fund a montage of white men defending rape jokes…). But this one has a few great twists to its premise. Filmmaker Mark Myers follows the progress of four would-be open-micers – including himself – intertwined with his stress of pending fatherhood, and the death of another’s father. Interviews with the likes of Marc Maron and Andy Kindler are sprinkled throughout, but wisely don’t dominate (this isn’t a theory-of-comedy piece). I felt the film is more about the theme of fear than the next-to-final cut addresses, but with another round of editing, a leaner version should give more potency to Myers’s vision. The standout portion: the foursome stressing out over their open mic task, just before showtime. Anyone who’s done it knows the feeling of heading to their first open mic with a pit in their stomach and a diminished confidence in their set memorization abilities. This film illustrates the nail-biting beautifully, and hopefully this aspect will survive intact. Myers plans to shop Delivery around to festivals for fall 2013 and beyond.

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About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.



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