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Just For Laughs Virtual Comedy Festival to Broadcast Exclusively on SiriusXM
[July 16, 2020]

Just For Laughs Virtual Comedy Festival to Broadcast Exclusively on SiriusXM


NEW YORK, July 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- SiriusXM announced today the Just For Laughs Virtual Comedy Festival. The special programming will air across numerous SiriusXM comedy channels from July 20-25, the dates during which the world-renowned annual festival was originally scheduled to take place in Montreal. As previously announced, the postponed dates for the in-person festival will now take place this Fall.

Throughout each day, the excitement of attending the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival will be re-created virtually, delivered directly to SiriusXM subscribers in their cars, at home, on-the-go, or wherever they choose to listen with their connected devices. Two one-hour specials will air every day on five SiriusXM comedy channels, hosted with fresh commentary from stars including Kevin Hart, Howie Mandel, Ronny Chieng, Caroline Rhea, Jim Norton, Alonzo Bodden, and many more.

In addition, the best stand up tracks from previous Just For Laughs shows throughout its 37 year history will highlight some of the most iconic comedy sets, including segment's from Andy Kindler's biting "State Of The Industry" speeches as part of ComedyPRO. Pandora will also feature a suite of Just For Laughs comedy playlists reflecting the festival's diverse and hilarious programming.

More special coverage includes SiriusXM's Just For Laughs Canada (channel 168) airing a 24/7 curated themed series that will highlight the festival's revered Homegrown, New Faces, LGBTQ Gala, All Female Gala shows and more, using original recordings from the Canadian artists and record labels.

"We were thrilled when SiriusXM approached us with this idea. Now, on what would have been this year's festival dates, we will carry on the tradition by sharing some of the greatest performances from our 37 years of festivals which includes some amazing homegrown Canadian content" says Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs.

"Just For Laughs is the world's premier comedy festival that we look forward to being a part of every year," said Jack Vaughn, SiriusXM's Senior Vice President of Comedy Programming. "So while we can't be in Montreal this summer, going to shows, eating poutine way too late, and dodging giant political street puppets, SiriusXM is thrilled to team up with the festival to create the next best thing."

From July 20-25, the two one-hour shows will air each day on SiriusXM's comedy channels:
Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Radio Channel 96: 2pm & 6pm ET
Raw Dog Comedy Channel 99: 12pm & 9pm ET
Laugh USA Channel 98: 1pm & 7pm ET
Jeff & Larry's Comedy Roundup Channel 97: 3pm & 8pm ET
Comedy Greats Channel 94: 4pm & 5pm ET
Just For Laughs Canada Channel 168: 24 hours a day

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About SiriusXM

Sirius XM Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: SIRI) is the leading audio entertainment company in the U.S., and the premier programmer and platform for subscription and digital advertising-supported audio products. Pandora, a subsidiary of SiriusXM, is the largest ad-supported audio entertainment streaming service in the U.S. SiriusXM and Pandora together reach more than 100 million people each month with their audio products. SiriusXM, through Sirius XM Canada Holdings, Inc., also offers satellite radio and audio entertainment in Canada. In addition to its audio entertainment businesses, SiriusXM offers connected vehicle services to automakers and directly to consumers through aftermarket devices. For more about SiriusXM, please go to: www.siriusxm.com.

About Just For Laughs Group
Founded in 1983, Just For Laughs Group is the world's largest player in the comedy industry. Under the management of the CH Group, Bell Media and ICM Partners, the company is positioning itself as an international power for multi-platform comedy content creation. Each year, it entertains millions of spectators with festivals on Canadian and international stages, from Montreal — the world's largest comedy event — to Toronto, Vancouver, Sydney and Bermuda. The Group programs thousands of comedians from Canada and abroad, including established and up-and-coming artists; sets up its own comedy shows and musicals; produces touring show; broadcasts digital and television content (including Gags, programmed in 150 countries and followed by 10 million users on YouTube); manages talented designers and is behind the ComedyPRO and JPR Pro professional gatherings. hahaha.com



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Source: SiriusXM

Media contact for SiriusXM:
Danielle Lynn
Danielle.lynn@siriusxm.com 

Media contact for Just For Laughs:
Charlene Coy
charlene@c2ccommunications.com 

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