Canadian comics say livelihood at risk as Just For Laughs takes over radio channel

MONTREAL — Canadian comics are sounding the alarm over an abrupt shift in content on a satellite radio comedy station that many count on as a significant source of income.

While there has been no formal announcement, it appears the Canada Laughs channel on Sirius XM Canada will now be curated by Montreal’s Just For Laughs.

The channel has provided 100 per cent Canadian content since its 2005 creation, giving homegrown comedians access to royalties and a place to showcase their work.

Canadian comedy legend Howie Mandel, who is part of the partnership that owns Just For Laughs, explained on his Facebook page late Sunday that some of the station’s content will now be drawn from the Just For Laughs archives, which include performers from around the world.

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