CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2017 NEW FACES OF COMEDY FOR JUST FOR LAUGHS MONTREAL
By Joel Pace
Here they are, they’ve auditioned multiple times, many of them for multiple years, to get here. A coveted spot in Montreal’s “New Faces” at Just For Laughs.
What used to just showcase stand-up comedians aiming for the big time from comedy club bookers, casting agents and development deals from the broadcast networks, has now expanded to include “Characters” who often show up on the short-lists for Saturday Night Live and other series, “Unrepped” to counter the trend in many New Faces already getting representation before Montreal, and new for 2017, “Creators” to recognize the funny people making videos, webseries and other projects online.
“For more than 20 years, the New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has served as the launch pad for many of the biggest and most recognizable names in comedy,” says Bruce Hills, COO of the Just For Laughs Group. “We couldn’t be more proud to offer comedians this phenomenal showcase opportunity in front of some of the most important and influential people in the comedy business.”
NEW FACES OF COMEDY: (L to R): Blair Socci, Calvin Evans, Charles Gould, Christi Chiello, Danny Jolles, Dave Thomason, Jake Nordwind, James Austin Johnson, Jared Freid, Jonathan Morvay, JR De Guzman, Martin Urbano, Michael Lenoci, Norm Nixon Jr., Preacher Lawson, Rae Sanni, Ramy Youssef, Sam Jay, Solomon Georgio, Taylor Tomlinson and Yedoye Travis.
NEW FACES: CREATORS (L to R): Brandon Rogers, Glenn Boozan, Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin), Handsome Dancer (Matt Pavich and James Manzello), Juhahn Jones, Quinta Brunson and The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz and Raul Fernandez).
NEW FACES: UNREPPED (L to R): Andrew Dismukes, George Civeris, Jackson McQueen, Jeremy McLellan, Jiayong Li, Jordan Doll, Marie Faustin, Mia Jackson, Steven Castillo, Turner Barrowman and Vanessa Gonzalez.