Vlad Caamaño to Appear at This Year’s Just For Laughs Festival

Vlad Caamaño is hitting the Great White North this summer…

The Dominican American comedian is set to appear at this year’s Just For Laughs Festival, which runs July 12-31 in Montreal, Canada featuring a plethora of stand-up performances by Judd ApatowTrevor Noah, Ali Wong, John Mulaney, Chris D’Elia, and Tom Segura.

Vlad Caamaño

The signature marquee highlight this year to celebrate the fest’s milestone: Jerry Seinfeld will share the stage with France’s biggest comedic star Gad Elmaleh for a one night performance on July 26.

Caamaño will appear as part of The Ethnic Show, hosted by Iranian-American stand-up Maz Jobrani. Joining Maz and Caamaño, are Jessica KirsonSteve Byrne, The Doo Wops (John Catucci and David Mesiano) and Mike Rita.

Comedy Central Greenlights Torres’ Original Series “Messages from the Future”

Julio Torres is heading back to Future

Comedy Central has greenlit an original series featuring the El Salvadoran comedian.

Julio Torres

Entitled Messages from the Future, the original series stars Torres, who lives in the future and is sending us urgent messages to help save us from our dark, apocalyptic fate — but also he’s hoping that you can find the umbrella that he lost and bring it to him in the future.

“I’ve never been good or too interested in making jokes about or having material about being Latino or being gay or any of those things. They’re very much part of who and what I am, but I feel like the one sort of label that I do feel a strong creative connection with — because I do feel a connection with the other two in other ways — but creatively what I do feel connected to is the idea of being from elsewhere. This idea of foreignness or otherness, which is why space as a trope is very exciting to me,” said Torres in an interview with Brokelyn.com.

Torres’, the self-described as the Space Prince for reasons above, has been named one of Comedy Central’s Comics to Watch, one of Just For LaughsNew Faces and a finalist for the Andy Kaufman Award.

He also made a brief appearance along with his friend and collaborator Lena Einbinder on Louis C.K.’s new show, Horace and Pete.

O’Dogherty to Perform at the Comedy Central International Showcase

Alex O’Dogherty is taking his show across the Atlantic…

Viacom’s South European and African Comedy Central channels will hold their first-ever joint Comedy Central International Showcase, with the 42-year-old Spanish comedian/actor forming part of the lineup.

Alex O’Dogherty

The Comedy Central International Showcase, which aims to increase the international exposure of its local standup comics, will be held during the upcoming Just for Laughs festival in Montreal.

O’Dogherty, who performs on stage, television, radio and has appeared in 32 films, is best known for his role of Arturo in Camera café.

He’ll be joined by South African comedians Jason Goliath and Conrad Koch, and Italian comedian Francesco de Carlo.

The live show will be held in Montreal’s Yuk Yuk’s comedy club on July 25, with the show airing in Italy, Spain and Africa this autumn.

“Developing the stand-up industry is definitely a part of our DNA at Comedy Central and in the past few years we have been doing that successfully in Spain, Italy and Africa,” said Amalia Martinez De Velasco, VP of Comedy Brands for Viacom International Media Networks, in a statement.

“This event is a great chance for our comics to get new exposure while at the same time demonstrating to other up-and-coming talents in our regions that Comedy Central supports local comics and can create opportunities for them,” she added.

Brillon Signs with William Morris Endeavor

Gina Brillon is one step closer to getting laughs on a bigger stage…

The Bronx-born Puerto Rican comedienne has officially signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Gina Brillon

Brillon has been performing stand-up since she was 17, serving as a headlining act at clubs throughout the country, including Caroline’s, The Comedy Store and both Los Angeles and New York City outposts of The Laugh Factory.

Montreal’s prestigious Just For Laughs international comedy festival selected her to be part of its New Faces Class of 2013, and the year before she became the first Latina to receive top honors at Stand-Up NBC, an annual showcase for diverse comedians whose alumni include Hannibal Buress, W. Kamau Bell and Brandon T. Jackson.

Her television appearances include The View, Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham, E!’s Chelsea Lately, AXSGotham Comedy Live and NuvoTV’s Stand Up and Deliver.

Earlier this month she generated laughs with a special set at the upfront presentation for the Jennifer Lopez network.

Brillon, who also has published poetry in The New York Post and the Daily Newsand as a singer served as the opening act for artists including Ne-Yo, will appear in comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias’ upcoming documentary The Fluffy Movie, and is preparing to shoot her first one-hour special later this year.