Montreal Comedy Festival

Eliza Coupe

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Three years ago, Coupe, a recent graduate from the theater program at CalArts, was touring the country playing a soldier in an all-female version of "King Lear." Shakespeare had worn her down: "I…

Rebecca Drysdale

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While some young comedians were honing their act at the 2005 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Drysdale, 27, was blowing auds away with her fierce vulnerability and bravado. In 20 minutes, Drysdale…

Marketplace

John Hodgman

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Last November, this Yale-educated New York Times contributor was on a book-promo tour plugging his Dutton-published literary parody "The Areas of My Expertise" when he made an appearance on "The…

Human Giant

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The Gotham-based sketch quartet includes Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel, Paul Scheer and Jason Woliner. A veteran improv performer, Scheer teamed with fellow thesp Huebel and Aspen award-winning standup…

Lonely Island

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Sharing an affinity for beer, skateboarding and movie-making, multihyphenates Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer first bonded during their junior high days in Berkeley, Calif. After…

Morgan Murphy

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Murphy, 24, started doing standup during her freshman year at Loyola Marymount -- and things started moving quickly for her. She braved open mics. She got laughs easily. She ventured to New York to…

Russell Peters

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Canadian native Peters doesn't see eye to eye with the MPAA on this whole piracy issue. For 17 long years he's been toiling as a standup, slowly building a fan base in his native country. But it…

Daniel Tosh

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Observational comedians tend to obsess about distinguishing themselves onstage. Tosh prefers to lie. His rapid-fire, cocky cadence covers a random smattering of self-deprecating tall tales -- i.e…

The Whitest Kids U Know

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The sketch group met in a spillover dormitory in Brooklyn in 2000. Made up of Trevor Moore, Darren Trumeter Jr., Sam Brown, Zach Cregger and Timmy Williams, The Whitest Kids come from all over…

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