Just For Laughs Announcing a new collaboration with dead A group of new top comedians will be seen performing together in virtual reality for the first time. The shows were filmed at the 2022 Just For Laughs MONTREAL Festival.
First, the original Surrounded features popular cartoons such as Nicole Baer, Nikki Glaser, Pete Holmes, Fortune Fimster, Moshe Kasher, Natasha Leggero, and Moses Storm, in a wholly innovative and innovative format where comedians present their performances holistically, interacting with the audience to create a comedic experience. Unique. Surrounded will premiere on September 9 at 6pm PT, offering viewers using a Meta Quest 2 VR headset a premium immersive comedy viewing experience in Horizon Worlds. Fans can also enjoy stand-up specials Just For Laughsand comedians’ Facebook and Instagram accounts as well as Messenger’s Watch Together. Meta Quest 2 users can do just that RSVP To mingle with friends and fellow comics fans when it airs or viewers can replay it on Oculus TV and Horizon Worlds.
Spencer Griffin, Head of TV Development at Just For Laughs commented: “At Just For Laughs, we are constantly exploring new formats that will resonate with audiences. We knew Surrounded offered huge potential to adapt to the 2D and VR viewing experience for fans of comedy. We are excited to be partnering with Meta and this amazing comedy to bring the live Mike Falzone concept to life for Meta Quest 2 users around the world.”
Marina Di Pancrazio, Chief Content Revenue at Just For Laughs, added, “We are excited to offer high quality comedy productions written and unwritten in any format that allows all of our broad audience base to interact. We are excited to embark on this new collaboration with Meta.”
Filmed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Surrounded is produced by Just For Laughs, executive produced by Marina de Pancrazio, Bruce Hills and Spencer Griffin, produced by Mike Falzone, and directed by Eric Abrams.
Then, as part of the partnership with Meta, there are five special parts of the world-famous exploratory Just For Laughs, New Faces. Regarded as one of the top comedy platforms for great artists around the world, the show has over the years been responsible for bringing a host of world-class comedy stars into the spotlight – from Kevin Hart to Nicky Glaser, Jo Coy, Amy Schumer and Camille Nanjiani. The collaboration with Meta marks the first time that the series has been captured in VR.
Just For Laughs president, Bruce Hills, commented on the news, “Just For Laughs’ New Faces comedy shows have launched the careers of many international comedians over the years. They offer aspiring comedians a unique platform to unleash their talents. For fans, it’s an exciting opportunity to see an artist Innovative before he became famous. We are pleased that such an establishment within the comedy industry is now available to a new audience of comedy lovers.”
Filmed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal last July, each show highlights a curated lineup of today’s brightest rising stars. Just For Laughs New Faces Comedy Showcase will air weekly in Horizon Worlds from October 4 onwards and present nearly 50 of the latest comedy talents to users of Meta Quest 2.
A global leader in comedy and home to the world’s #1 comedy festival, Just for Laughs launches and champions the best comedy talent – from Kevin Hart and Nikki Glaser to Ali Wong, Hasan Minhaj and Jo Koy – since Nearly 40 years old. Founded in 1983 and jointly owned by ICM Partners, Groupe CH, and Bell Media, the company is a vertically integrated international force in multi-platform comedy content creation. Each year, millions of spectators are entertained at its global festivals, from Montreal – the world’s largest comedy event – to Toronto and Vancouver, Canada; Austin, USA; London, United Kingdom; and Sydney, Australia; Featuring thousands of Canadian and international comedians – from established artists to aspiring up-and-comers. With the focused growth in television development and production, the group’s digital and television content is shown in more than 150 countries and followed by an online audience of over 14 million. In addition, the group produces touring shows, shows its own musicals, provides talent management services to Quebec artists, and is the creator of industry conferences ComedyPRO and JPR Pro along with the fan-focused daytime event and ComedyCON. For more information visit hahaha.com.
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