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Montreal Just for Laughs Fest: The Honorees

Andy Samberg
Comedy Person of the Year
2014 started with a bang for Andy Samberg, who took home a Golden Globe for his performance on his hit Fox laffer “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which also won best comedy. He is slated to appear as a celebrity guest on the upcoming season of “Top Chef Duels,” and will return with “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Sundays this fall.

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Comedy Directors of the Year
Rogen and Goldberg are behind such hits as “Superbad,” “This Is the End” and the upcoming “The Interview.” The comedy-duo have animated “Sausage Party” on deck as well as  AMC pilot “Preacher,” and an untitled project starring Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Anthony Mackie.

Bill Burr
Standup Comedian of the Year
Burr switches his jokes up every few weeks and uses humor to touch on socially taboo topics. Upcoming projects include the Kevin Costner drama “Black & White,” the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival and his weekly “The Monday Morning Podcast.” His fourth standup special will hit Netflix soon.

Michael Schur
Comedy Writer of the Year
As a TV scribe and producer, Schur has made a name for himself through his work on NBC’s “The Office” as well as the Peacock’s “Parks and Recreation,” which he created with Greg Daniels. In May, Schur tweeted, “We felt it was time to bring #ParksandRec to a close. NBC has been nothing but supportive. A happy network TV story.”

Nathan Fielder
Breakout Comedy Star of the Year
While trying to help businesses stay afloat on “Nathan for You,” Fielder sometimes gets off-topic, like the time he had an auto body shop owner take a polygraph test every time he gave an estimate to a customer. It ended with Fielder in a fight with one of the polygraph administrators about Internet pornography. His rogue, deadpan style has caught the attention of Judd Apatow and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Bill Plympton
‘Deep End,’ the Harold Greenberg Fund Best Comedic Short Film
“Deep End” is a commissioned piece, unlike the original works Plympton has received two Oscar nominations for. A hand-drawn music video for the rural song by Joe Cartoon’s Joe Shields, it follows a boy who watches teenage girls from the bottom of a swimming pool, jumping in and losing their tops. “It got me a chance to draw a lot of naked women, which I always like.” Plympton has recently made a deal to distribute his entire catalog with ShortsHD.
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