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CBC AND JFL CLEAN UP COMEDY WITH THE ALL-NEW SPECIAL HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS, AIRING APRIL 9

Howie Mandel hosts a hand-picked line-up of comedy's finest, including comedians Gerry Dee, Modi, Joe Machi , Hal Cruttenden and musical guest J. Chris Newberg

Ladies and gentlemen, please put your sanitized hands together for Canadian comedy icon, international TV superstar, and celebrity germaphobe Howie Mandel.  Returning to his home and native land, Howie hosts an unforgettable night of unpredictable comedy in his brand new special, HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS airing Tuesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

Click here to view a sneak peek of HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS

In his latest special, HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS, Howie returns to the stage, hosting a hand-picked lineup featuring some of today's top comics, including star of CBC's popular comedy series Mr.D, Gerry Dee, veteran comedian Modi, rising star Joe Machi, British crowd-favourite Hal Cruttenden and musical act J. Chris Newberg (America's Got Talent). Plus, count on the legendarily unpredictable Howie to bring more than a few surprises of his own!  Disinfected for your safety, HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS is teeming with laughter that even its host can't scrub away.
While achieving immense global fame by starring in, creating, and executive producing countless unforgettable television programs, hosting iconic game shows, and performing more than 200 live concerts a year, Howie's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD remained secret prior to the release of his 2009 New York Times best-selling memoir, Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me. His frank, funny, no-holds barred account of how living with these disorders has shaped both his life and career resonates with readers and fans around the world. 

Catch HOWIE MANDEL & GERM-FREE FRIENDS on Tuesday, April 9 at 8 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

Want more laughs? Tune-in for the encore presentation of The American Dream? airing Sunday, April 16 at 9 p.m. (8:30 NT) on CBC-TV.  Take the political pulse of America as host Lewis Black (The Daily Show), and a collection of stand-ups, lend their wise-cracking wit and compelling commentary on the state of The States.


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Just For Laughs Television has produced stand-up and variety shows that have been seen around the world on ABC, FOX, MTV, TBS, Showtime, HBO, Versus, CBC, HBO Canada, The Comedy Network, BBC1, BBC America, TF1, and RTL.  The company launched its expansion into scripted and non-variety programming with the critically acclaimed series The Tournament which was seen on the CBC and Versus and later adapted for the BBC in the U.K.  It has continued to produce top-quality scripted and non-variety programming with the acclaimed shows Deal With It (W Network), and Bullet in the Face (IFC). 

Just For Laughs Television is part of the Just For Laughs Group, which is active in many areas of entertainment production including festivals, television, theatre, and touring. For the past 30 years the company has produced the world's largest comedy festival in Montreal and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney (Australia), Toronto, and Nantes (France), and has partnered with TBS to present a Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs in Chicago. The company also successfully tours across the globe bringing some of the Festivals' best talent to Canada, the U.S., Bermuda, and Asia.  It has personal management offices in Los Angeles, Paris, London, and Montreal. To learn more about Just For Laughs Television, visit http://www.hahaha.com.

About CBC/Radio-Canada 
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. 


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