The Comedy Network Honours Carrie Fisher with the Exclusive Premiere of her JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS Gala This Saturday, Jan. 21

— January 19, 2017

– Filmed last summer at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montréal, the gala starring the late Carrie Fisher premieres this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on The Comedy Network –
– The one-hour special also features comedians Cristela Alonzo, Joel Creasey, Brian Posehn, and Canadian comics Ivan Decker and Nathan Macintosh –
– Season 5 of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS to premiere later this year on Comedy –

“In a lot of ways, I am Montréal. Our exteriors are beginning to show their age, we’ve both made some questionable financial decisions, and people keep saying we peaked in the 70s…and the response to those people is a resounding, F@ck You.” On her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens: “The role was very progressive. I read the scenes and saw that my character was now a respected general, who wore practical clothing. I mean for a minute there I thought they made my character a man.” – The late Carrie Fisher in JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS TORONTO (January 19, 2017) – The Comedy Network pays tribute to the legacy of the late iconic actor, author, and humourist Carrie Fisher by premiering her one-hour JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS gala special in advance of its originally scheduled broadcast date later this year. A long-time advocate for ending the stigma against mental health, the Carrie Fisher JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS special premieres this Saturday, Jan. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy, in advance of Bell Let’s Talk Day on January 25. For a look at the special, click here. Filmed on location at the Just For Laughs Festival in downtown Montréal in July, 2016, the special episode of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS is hosted by Fisher and also features performances by comedians Cristela Alonzo, Joel Creasey, Brian Posehn, and Canadian comics Ivan Decker and Nathan Macintosh. Full episodes of JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS are available on demand on TheComedyNetwork.ca after their broadcast premiere. Returning with its fifth season later this year, JUST FOR LAUGHS: ALL ACCESS is an exclusive stand-up series that featuring the biggest names in comedy from around the world. From the stages of Montréal’s grand Place des Arts and gritty Club Soda, Just For Laughs brings the very best in stand-up today.

About Just For Laughs Group
Just For Laughs Television is one of the leading producers of stand-up and variety programming and has produced television programs that have been seen around the world on FOX, ABC, MTV, TBS, CBC, HBO, BBC1, Showtime, TEN Australia, HBO Canada, and The Comedy Network. The company has also expanded into scripted and non-variety programming with the acclaimed shows The Tournament (CBC), Deal with It (W Network), and Bullet in the Face (IFC). Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on four major focal points: Festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and Kevin Hart); Its inaugural Montreal Festival is over 30 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming 1.7 million people each summer.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, the upcoming original series RUSSELL PETERS IS THE INDIAN DETECTIVE, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.

About The Comedy Network
Canada’s first specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at thecomedynetwork.ca. Launched in October 1997, Comedy broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy – as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. Offering an unrivalled slate of original Canadian programming, Comedy reinvests nearly 50 per cent of its revenues into home-grown productions. Comedy is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.

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