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Just For Laughs 2009 TV Season
CBC Television
Fridays 9:00 P.M.

Any stand-up comedy fan has seen the Just For Laughs on TV. The shows are almost as universal as the Just For Laughs Gag shows. The 2009 series features the best of the 2008 gala performances at the Montreal International Comedy Festival. This is clean but adult oriented stand-up.

The caveat at the beginning of the show says it all: The following program contains immature and adult subject matter. Viewer discretion is advised. In Canada, Just For Laughs airs Fridays at 9:00 P.M. on the CBC.

Each show features 6 stand-up comics. Usually, you get a Canadian, a big name, a couple of well-known comics, and a new act or two. For example, episode 2 opens with Craig Ferguson in excellent form with a great bit on Sean Connery. Sebastian Maniscalco has a solid bit about the first date, Mike Birbiglia does okay, and so does up and comer John Mullaney.

Also on episode 2 of the 2009 series are the great Bowser and Blue with “Speedo Man”, and Elon Gold,

Episode 3 of  this stand-up comedy TV show features Canadian comic Derek Edwards who manages to do an original ingratiate-yourself-to-the-locals bit before moving on to one of very few original grocery store bits I have heard.

The show also features Joan Rivers, Paula Poundstone, and Greg Behrendt. Ryan Belleville has an extremely original routine on people in the high school band and his search for the female orgasm is going to be a classic. Rivers’ dry.

Less stellar is New Yorker J.B. Smooth, nothing really new there. Episode 3 closes with Tripod performing a couple of funny tunes.

The Just For Laughs show are always a good hour’s worth of television. There’s usually  a stand-up comic you love, a comedian you’ll discover, and others you will enjoy. The one comedy bit in these shows that never seems to work year in year out is the staged segment with a young comic doing stuff in the streets and around town.

The complete list of the 2009 series is here below.

Friday January 9 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show ONE

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival by Jimmy Fallon, Gabriel Iglesias, Shaun Majumder and more!

Friday January 16 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show TWO

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival by Craig Ferguson, Mike Birbiglia, Bowser and Blue, Elon Gold and more!

Friday January 30 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show THREE  

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival by Joan Rivers, Greg Behrendt, Ryan Belleville and more!

Friday February 6 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show FOUR

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival by Ron James, Greg Giraldo, Arj Barker and more!

Friday February 13 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show FIVE

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival Danny Bhoy,  Laurie Elliot, Maz Jobrani and more!

Friday February 20 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show SIX

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival Kathy Griffin, Jeremy Hotz, Stewart Francis and more!

Friday February 27 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show SEVEN

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival Tom Papa, Glen Foster, Craig Robinson and more!

Friday March 6 at 9:00 PM – Just for Laughs Series Show EIGHT

Featuring performances from the 26th edition of the Montreal Festival George Wallace,  Steve Byrne, Ron White and more!

Friday March 13 at 9:00 PM – Just For Laughs Toronto – The Colour of Funny REPEAT

Join  George Stroumboulopoulos, host of CBC’s The Hour, for an all-ethnic evening featuring The Doo-Wops, Jo Koy; Sugar Sammy, KT Tatara, Al Madrigal and Gina Yashere.




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