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Canada Takes the Political Pulse of America! Lewis Black Hosts Just For Laughs' U.S. Presidential Election Debate Special: The American Dream?

Sunday, November 4 at 9 P.M. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV

With the US Presidential election mere days away, the comedy experts at Just For Laughs take the political pulse of America with the all-new comedy special, The American Dream? airing Sunday, November 4 at 9:00 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC Television. Hosted by the brilliantly funny Lewis Black (The Daily Show), The American Dream? features a collection of stand-ups, each with their own unique take on the state of The States. After all, who knows more about an American election than a bunch of performers at a Canadian comedy festival?

With the 2012 US election looming, critically-acclaimed Lewis Black joins the electoral conversation, delivering insights and opinions in this sharply-funny political special. Best known for his hilarious segment Back in Black on The Daily Show, Black is a highly successful stand-up comedian, actor, and author. Starring in multiple TV and film projects, Black has garnered widespread critical acclaim and received an Emmy® Award for his HBO special Red, White and Screwed. He is also a two-time Grammy® Award-winner for "Best Comedy Album" and landed on the New York Times best-sellers list for his books Nothing's Sacred and Me of Little Faith.

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Joining Lewis to lend wise-cracking wit and compelling commentary is a hilarious line-up of astute comedians including: international headliner and season 3 winner of Last Comic Standing Alonzo Bodden, veteran comic John Wing, American Comedy Award winner for "Best Female Comedian" Kathleen Madigan, Irish stand-up comedian Andrew Maxwell and home-grown Canadian talent, Winnipeg Comedy Festival co-founder Al Rae.

THE AMERICAN DREAM? airs Sunday, November 4 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC-TV.

For more information, including high-resolution images, please visit the CBC Media Centre at https://mediacentre.cbc.ca.

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 UK. 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.

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Cathleen Saville, CBC
cathleen.saville@cbc.ca
416-205-7976/416-986-9355

Sue Baldaro, Just For Laughs
sue.baldaro@sympatico.ca
647-802-0739

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