Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Just for Laughs 30th anniversary: A history of hilarity - TV special features Bill Hicks, Louis C.K., Jon Stewart

MONTREAL - The joy of having a comedy festival that has run 30 years, and has featured hundreds of wits delivering thousands of hours of shtick, is that the organizers of Just for Laughs have built up a library that can supply network television with an array of specials until the end of this millennium, and then some.

But unlike the majority of its specials that run on the tube — essentially highlights packages from its last edition — Just for Laughs 30th Anniversary: 30/30 Hindsight has a specific theme and must have required intensive research and editing. Not surprisingly, therefore, this two-hour special, airing Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. on CBC-TV, is probably the best and funniest TV show the JFL gang has produced.


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