Pop Goes The NewsAmerica’s Got Talent judge Howie Mandel revealed Friday why he believes the Canadian version of the show was a failure.

Canada’s Got Talent aired for only one season on City stations across the country in the spring of 2012. Though 1.5 million viewers tuned in to the premiere, the finale attracted only 460,000.

Pop Goes The News — Comedian and movie star Kevin Hart paid it forward Thursday in Montreal — in a big way.

Hart agreed to pick up all 10 projects he was pitched for his upcoming Laugh Out Loud video-on-demand network.

Pop Goes The News — As comedians from all over the world descend on Montreal for the Just For Laughs festival, the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal has ordered stand-up comic Mike Ward to pay $42,000 for jokes he made about a disabled boy.

The ruling is sending a chill through the comedy community and outraging advocates of freedom of expression.

Pop Goes The News — Ralphie May is a survivor — both in the world of stand-up comedy, where he’s been performing for more than 25 years, and in life.

Five years ago, the corpulent comedian was struck with double pneumonia and a pulmonary embolism. The near-death experience came a little more than two decades after a car accident that put him in a coma with 42 broken bones.

Pop Goes The News — A sense of humour goes a long way in Montreal, where people live with crumbling infrastructure, a struggling economy, and a landscape dominated by orange construction signs and barricades.

Once a year, things get a lot funnier in the city thanks to Just For Laughs (JFL). Founded in 1983, the comedy festival attracts top-tier talent from around the world. It’s more than live performances at venues throughout the city — it’s a street party that takes over the city’s Quartier des Spectacles.