For Immediate Release: July 13, 2018
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Rapp Battlez, Popular Toronto Comedy Scene Mainstay,
Makes
Just For Laughs Debut, July 24, 25 & 27

– Don Ferguson Productions signs Rapp Battlez co-hosts
and co-creators Miguel and Freddie Rivas

MONTREAL (July 13, 2018) - Canadian Comedy Award-winning Rapp Battlez makes its OFF-JFL premiere at the Katacombes on Tuesday, July 24 at 11:59 p.m., and then joins Just For Laughs outdoor programming with two performances on the Loto-Québec Stage on Wednesday July 25 at 10 p.m. and Friday, July 27 at 8:30 p.m. Co-hosted and co-created by brothers Miguel Rivas (The Beaverton) and Freddie Rivas (Confederacy of Dunks), the wildly popular sketch comedy smackdown gives some of Canada’s most talented sketch comedians a platform to square off against each other for comedic, tête-à-tête rap battle supremacy. 

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Freddie (left) and Miguel Rivas (right), co-hosts and co-creators of Rapp Battlez.  

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Don Ferguson Productions (DFP) recently closed an exclusive television development deal with Rapp Battlez co-hosts and co-creators Miguel and Freddie Rivas.

Rapp Battlez is a high-energy, off-the-wall mix of rapping, comedy and spectacle, with strobe-lighting and confetti tossed in for good measure; think 8 Mile parody meets the WWE, only more outrageous. The latenight show launched in Toronto at Comedy Bar's first annual Festival of New Formats in 2010 and has become one of the venue's most popular monthly shows. It recently celebrated its 100th live show in March. Rapp Battlez has featured at festivals such as TOSketchfest, Montreal Sketchfest, NXNE and Field Trip, with spinoff Rapp Battlez Wezt Coazt in Vancouver. The show features some of the best sketch comedians in the country as campy characters, slinging hilarious rhymes and insults at each other. Past comedians have included: Scott Thompson (The Kids in the Hall); Tom Green (Tom Green Show); Bob Kerr, Jeremy Woodcock and John Blair (This Hour Has 22 Minutes); Craig Lauzon (Air Farce); Mark Little, Dave Merheje and Kurt Smeaton (Mr. D); Daniel Beirne (Fargo); Dan Jeannotte (Reign); Nelu Handa (Working Moms); Pat Thornton and Alice Moran (Sunnyside); D.J. Demers (Conan); and special guest Bret ‘the Hitman’ Hart.

On July 24, Rapp Battlez will feature:

·         Marito Antonio Lopez vs Aisha Brown
·         Kirsten Rasmussen & Brandon Ash-Mohammed vs Becky Johnson & Gillian Bartolucci
·         Alex Tindal vs mystery guest
·         Jon Blair vs Chris Robinson
·         Daniel Beirne vs Roger Bainbridge, and
·         Mystery guests

July 25 and 27 programming to be announced.

Miguel Rivas is a Toronto actor and comedian best known as the co-anchor of the satirical news program The Beaverton, which was recently nominated for five Canadian Screen Awards. The Beaverton premiered on The Comedy Network in 2016 and is moving to CTV for its upcoming third season. Miguel is also the co-creator and co-host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Rapp Battlez and founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch troupe Get Some, as well as Canada's dark comedy darlings, Tony Ho. He has starred in and directed multiple award-winning short films and music videos with his sketch group Tony HoTV appearances include Meet the Family, Odd Squad, The Next Step, Baroness Von Sketch Show, and Space Riders: Division Earth.

Freddie Rivas is a Toronto actor, comedian, and puppeteer who has performed in festivals across Canada and the United States including Spur, Puppets UP!, JFL42, Field Trip, and NXNE, among others. He is the co-creator and co-host of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning Rapp Battlez. He is also the co-host of the basketball podcast Confederacy of Dunks and has made TV appearances in The Beaverton's Very Very Early Morning Coffee and According to Kids. 

Tickets for the July 24 performance at the Katacombes may be purchased at hahaha.com. The July 25 and 27 performances on the outdoor Loto-Québec Stage are free.

SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:

Twitter:
@RappBattlez
@JustForLaughs
@DonFergusonProd
@migrivas
@FreddieRivas
@comedybar

Facebook:
@RappBattlez
@JustForLaughs
@DonFergusonProductions
@Miguel.Rivas.184
@Freddie.Rivas.14
@comedybarTO

Instagram:
@rappbattlez
@JustForLaughs
@donfergusonprod
@migrivas
@freddienoelrivas
@comedybarto

About Don Ferguson Productions

Established by award-winning comedy creator Don Ferguson, Don Ferguson Productions (DFP) specializes in producing the highest-quality Canadian comedy content for television and web. Co-creator of the popular, long-running franchise Air Farce, Don Ferguson is chief executive of the Toronto-based production company, whose in-house team of creative producers and business personnel oversees all aspects of content development, production and distribution. DFP’s portfolio includes Air Farce New Year’s Eve, Air Farce Canada 150, Royal Canadian Air Farce, Second Jen, My Kitchen Can Be Anything, Newborn Moms, Comedy Bar, CBC All-Star Comedy Homecoming, SketchCom and Why Horror? For more info, go to comedy.ca.

About Comedy Bar

Comedy Bar is dedicated to the development of new and established comedic talent, and aims to provide the best sketch, improv, alternative and stand-up comedy in Toronto. Their 2 stages host over 150 shows monthly, providing laughs 7 nights a week, approximately 363 days a year. Founded in 2008 by Gary Rideout Jr. and James Elksnitis, the bar's party vibe quickly attracted the community’s attention and became Toronto's official comedy hub. The landmark venue has fostered the talents of a number of Canadian comedians, comedy writers and performers and hosted high profile comedians such as Marc Maron, Tim Meadows and Janeane Garofalo. For more info, go to comedybar.ca.

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For more information, please contact:

Margaret Sirotich, Rapp Battlez, 647-466-1746 or msirotich@sympatico.ca
Emile Khoury, OFF-JFL, ekhoury@hahaha.com  
Charlene Coy, Just For Laughs, CCoy@hahaha.com