Comedians delayed en route to JFL

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NEW YORK -- The Just for Laughs comedy festival is kicking into high gear Wednesday, and it already feels like an eventful day midday.

Thunderstorms on the East Coast delayed some comics who were set to fly to Montreal on Wednesday morning for appearances at the festival, according to sources.

Among the delayed comics apparently were Mike DeStefano and Joey Kola, who are both scheduled for JFL's popular "Wiseguys" show of Italian comics.

It was not clear how long they were delayed and whether the festival would have to change any show lineups as a result.

Rain and lightning led to a slew of flight cancellations at New York's La Guardia airport, among others.

JFL announced a Thursday news conference at the Hyatt Regency hotel with festival gurus Gilbert Rozon and Bruce Hills, as well as Robert Montgomery of Achilles Media. They were set to unveil plans for the inaugural World Comedy Conference. No details about the event were available.

Achilles Media is a management organization and a producer for the Banff World Television Festival. On its Web site, the company says it wants to organize "prime international events as well as training and development opportunities for content creators and other professionals in the television and new-media industries."
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