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"I'm Dying Up Here" Panel At Just For Laughs Festival28 Jul 2017
By Eva Araújo (Web correspondent)
Last night Jim Carrey was on stage at Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada. He was joined on stage by several cast members of his new series "I'm Dying Up Here", introduced as they walked on by moderator Dave Itzkoff from the New York Times. He was part of a panel to talk about the show.
The audience gave Jim Carrey an huge applause.
He seemed happy and in a good mood. He told the audience about his early career in comedy that serve as an inspiration for the show.
He told about his first time on stage and how he bombed and how he learn that if you can't make it in one way, you can find a new path.
He explained that he came to Los Angeles "just hoping to create what we're all after, what we're still after, what these guys are after; to create an identity for yourself. To cobble together the ideas you have and all the things that you grew up with into a persona, something that makes people notice you and maybe even admire you."
Carrey told the harrowing story about his ill-fated first attempt to impress at Yuk Yuk’s comedy club in Toronto. It was his first exposure to downtown Toronto “and the tragically hip people.”
He was 15 at the time and the set was co-written by his dad. Much of his routine, he said, consisted of him imitating stars from The Carol Burnett Show. Mom picked out the polyester suit.
About five minutes into the set, the club started playing the soundtrack of Jesus Christ, Superstar, with the audience chanting “Crucify him! Crucify him! Crucify him!” Owner and frequent emcee Mark Breslin — who Carrey unfailingly credits for launching his career — grabbed a mike backstage and declared, “Totally boooring…”
“I was 15 years old,” said Carrey, “and it crushed me pretty good.”
It would be two full years before he would go up on stage at Yuk Yuk’s again, and, as Carrey softly said, “kill it.”
He said hello to some member of the audience and even pick up a kid who came to him on stage.
Here's some pictures of the panel and please check our Gallery for more:
We are so happy to see him so well.
We at JCO will keep you updated as more news come. Especially tomorrow from the Just For Laughs Awards Show where Jim will be honored. If you're a fan who met Jim during this festival, let us know how it was to meet him. We would love to add to our fan sighting page.
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