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Review: ‘Ted 2’ hasn’t grown up as much as it thinks, which isn’t all bad Special

‘Ted 2’ isn’t entirely successful in integrating a more serious plot into its inherently silly storyline, but it doesn’t let that compromise its ability to deliver an expected style of comedy.

Lisa Lampanelli talks new television show and comedic career Special

World renowned comedienne Lisa Lampanelli chatted with Digital Journal about her television premiere of "Lisa Lampanelli: Back to the Drawing Board."

Review: Nothing secret about ‘Spy’s witty humour Special

‘Spy’ exceeds expectations and delivers a hilarious comedy that transcends baser humour for a witty, entertaining experience.

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is a little off-key

‘Pitch Perfect 2’ is perfectly enjoyable in spite of boasting an inferior soundtrack and being somewhat less fun than the original.

Review: ‘The 100-Year-Old Man’ has more fun than his younger counterparts Special

‘The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared’ is darkly humoured Swedish picture about a man for whom life always seems to work out.

Review: Strindberg’s marital drama comes alive in new Toronto revival Special

Toronto - How often does independent theatre get as good as this? Coal Mine Theatre’s new production of “Creditors,” one of August Strindberg’s lesser-performed plays, is so alive with tension and piercing wit that it rarely feels like an antique.

Review: Comedy legends Kids in the Hall bring the funny in reunion tour Special

Toronto - When comedians embark on a reunion tour, nostalgia mainly fuels audience intrigue and ticket sales. But Canadian sketch legends The Kids in the Hall not only brought back beloved characters but also proved their comedy writing is as sharp as ever.

Review: ‘Danny Collins’ is a charmer until the end Special

In ‘Danny Collins,’ Al Pacino once again steps into the shoes of an aging performer, but this time with more humour and compassion.

Review: ‘Daisy Theatre’ brings its irreverent puppetry back to T.O. Special

Toronto - Puppetry ain’t kids’ stuff these days, and nobody in Canada knows this more than Ronnie Burkett. If you thought “Avenue Q” was edgy, just wait until you experience the dark hilarity of “The Daisy Theatre”, which returned to Toronto this week.

Op-Ed: Why Dave Chappelle should be the next host of The Daily Show

If there's any comedian who could fill Jon Stewart's enormous shoes at The Daily Show on Comedy Central, it's a legendary comedian who's earned the respect of TV fans worldwide: Dave Chappelle.

Review: ‘The Cobbler’ isn’t the only one having an identity crisis Special

‘The Cobbler’ is an uncomfortable mix of family drama and silly comedy as a man confronts his roots while exploring his newfound ability to change his physical appearance at will.

Review: ʻFawlty Towers’ tribute debuts in Toronto; don’t mention the food Special

Toronto - Nearly forty years after the show’s debut, it’s unlikely we’ll ever get a third series of “Fawlty Towers”. But if you’re desperate for a substitute, along with a meal, you could do worse than “Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience”.

Review: ‘Big News from Grand Rock’ has funny consequences Special

‘Big News from Grand Rock’ is a low-key comedy about a newspaper reporter who tries to save his paper with fake stories only to discover one of them may have been closer to the truth than he thought.

Review: Toronto production of ‘Cannibal! The Musical’ is great silly fun Special

Toronto - When “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker made a three-minute joke trailer for “Alferd Packer: The Musical” for film school in 1992, he probably didn’t imagine that it would evolve into a sellout stage show in another country two decades later.

Interview with Australian comedy legend, Kevin Bloody Wilson Special

The Lovable Larrikin talks to Digital Journal about his upcoming national tour, the amusingly-titled 'First of the Final Farewell Tours – Perhaps.'

'The Daily Show' host Jon Stewart says he's quitting

New York City - Comedy Central's Jon Stewart, the former standup comedian who turned a spoof news show on basic cable into a cultural oracle that spoke truth to the country's most-powerful political figures, announced his resignation Tuesday.

Review: ‘The Humbling’ is a quirky comedy that embraces its insanity Special

Al Pacino stars in Barry Levinson’s ‘The Humbling,’ a film about an aging stage actor who’s lost his mojo and is simultaneously losing touch with reality. A plot that sounds familiar, but not quite.

CBC raising the bar with Schitt's Creek Special

Toronto - Second City/SCTV alumni Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara have teamed up once again for the CBC television series, Schitt’s Creek.

Review: Frank Caliendo hysterical at The Paramount in New York Special

Huntington - On January 3, acclaimed comedian Frank Caliendo played a show at The Paramount in Huntington, New York, for an excellent turnout.

Review: 'Harry Potter' stage parody makes glorious return to Toronto Special

Toronto - I've missed several chances to see “Potted Potter”; besides its previous Toronto run in 2012, the world-touring revue has been in London and New York at times when I happened to be in those cities. Despite the new cast, it was worth the wait.

'Birdman' soars to 13 Critics' Choice nods; 'Budapest' surprises

While "Birdman" leads the way for the Critics' Choice Movie Awards with 13 nominations, it is "The Grand Budapest Hotel" that surprises with 11 nods.

Jimmy Carter, Joan Rivers and 'Frozen' music get Grammy nods

Sure, the Grammys honor the best in music, but there are other categories that may not get the same attention. Those major awards get the headlines, but a few other categories are worthy, too.

Review: Second City/Toronto Symphony show mixes music, comedy into gold Special

Toronto - Classical music and madcap comedy may sound like a strange mix, but they do have a longstanding relationship with each other. Remember those great Bugs Bunny cartoons that introduced you to Rossini, Wagner and Strauss? Remember Victor Borge?

Op-Ed: Mike Nichols' best-known movie really shows its age in 2014

Ten days ago, we lost iconic comedian, writer and director Mike Nichols. His was a career rife with triumphs in theatre, film and TV, and he was one of only twelve people who'd made it into the esteemed EGOT club (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

Review: Comedian Lee Evans entertains London Special

London - Funny man Lee Evans played a farewell gig at London's Wembley Arena this month. After entertaining a capacity crowd of 12,500 people, Evans announced that he was retiring from stand-up comedy.

Second City joins forces with Toronto Symphony in upcoming show Special

Toronto - Two of Toronto's most iconic, enduring cultural institutions are teaming up in a new musical comedy show at the end of the month, and audience members at the Second City Mainstage received a preview of several of its sketches last night.

Interview with singer and comedienne Jenny Talia Special

The multi-talented Australian, a U.S. resident since 1999, speaks to Digital Journal about her last album, her new album and her upcoming Australasian tour.

Interview with Arabella Weir Special

The talented English actress, presenter, author and comedienne, who charmed her way into the nation's heart in the 1990s by asking "Does my bum look big in this?" kindly took time out of her busy schedule to talk to Digital Journal.

Comedy club charges 'per laugh'

Barcelona - A comedy club in Barcelona has decided to charge customers per laugh. This is achieved through an experiment that uses facial-recognition technology. The technology tracks how much clients enjoyed the show by counting their laughter rate.

Review: Kevin Smith combines humour and body horror in ‘Tusk’ Special

With his latest post-retirement project, ‘Tusk,’ writer/director Kevin Smith tests the value of ideas conceived when one is high with mixed results.
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