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The Commonwealth Conundrum: Special Just for Laughs 2012 Edition, Uncensored

By July 27, 2012

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About.com Montreal regulars already know that I'm a weekly guest on one of Montreal's best radio shows, The Commonwealth Conundrum, a two-hour source and supply of the best music to come out of the world's Commonwealth nations. But this week's installment was by far my favorite one of the season.

Co-hosts Rebecca Munroe and Danny Payne held a special Just for Laughs edition in the heart of the festival's Hyatt headquarters and I had a chance to join the intrepid duo during the second hour after they'd already interviewed some of my favorite comedians on the circuit, from dapper pottymouth Cambridge alumnus Jimmy Carr to heartwarming Aussie comic Adam Hills to up-and-comer Mike Lawrence, whom I caught pulling a solid set as part of The Nasty Show.

Appearing halfway through the The Nasty Show's "Pit Bull of Comedy" interview, I never expected one of the most feared men in comedy to be such a sweet, gentle puppy dog. As expected, Bobby Slayton ripped into Conundrum co-host Danny and didn't let go but somehow Rebecca and I ended up with a shower of compliments and a deliciously unexpected gift, courtesy of Slayton. Mark my words, you've never heard the Pit Bull express himself quite like this.

Note that some technical difficulties were encountered during the taping of the show. We apologize for the aural inconvenience.

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  • 0:03:25: Rebecca interviews Gina Yashere
  • 0:04:30: Jimmy Carr highjacks Gina Yashere interview
  • 0:06:45: Conundrum Co-host Danny Payne dishing dirt on hanging out With Bill Hader all day
  • 0:13:15: Mike Lawrence from The Nasty Show covers geekness, universal healthcare
  • 0:42:05: Daniel Sloss, One of the youngest comics on the circuit discusses weather with Rebecca, Scottish construction versus Montreal construction
  • 0:50:39: Adam Hills on getting owned by the Queen, heads to the bathroom
  • 0:52:12: Daniel Sloss on golf and old people shaming him
  • 1:05:07: Rebecca interviews the "Pit Bull of Comedy" Bobby Slayton, who roasts Danny Payne, plugs Moishes, disses smoked meat
  • 1:14:17: Bobby Slayton gets distracted
  • 1:20:50: Danny Payne returns to the fold, Evelyn Reid talks about Bobby Slayton, The Nasty Show, Godfrey
  • 1:22:22: Bobby Slayton makes cameo
  • 1:23:40: Commonwealth Conundrum producer Brian talks about Just for Laughs' passport deal
  • 1:24:06: On the virtues of Key & Peele
  • 1:25:00: Evelyn Reid talking about special events and concerts happening in Montreal Wednesday through Sunday, includes band profiles
  • 1:34:10: Evelyn Reid reviews Mario Cantone's one-man Broadway show
  • 1:37:10: Rebecca Munroe questions the math at Just for Laughs
  • 1:38:51: Bobby Slayton returns
  • 1:38:51: Rebecca Munroe describes the Scottishness of the Highland Games, segues to Danny Bhoy
  • 1:44:15: The Pitbull of Comedy returns again, turns into puppy dog, shocks The Commonwealth Conundrum
  • 1:50:35: The "shell of the corpse of Danny Payne" returns, co-hosts argue over beer, final thoughts on Just for Laughs

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