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Face à faces

ISBN (digital edition) 978-2-9817143-5-0

Released : Oct 17, 2018
190 pages
15,24 cm x 22,86 cm

Face à faces

By Girard, Jean-Yves
Available in French only
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Face à faces

ISBN (digital edition) 978-2-9817143-5-0

Released : Oct 17, 2018
190 pages
15,24 cm x 22,86 cm

Summary

In July 1997, Michel Courtemanche was 32-years-old and at the top of his game. The first Quebec comedian to be celebrated abroad, he conquered much of Europe. France adopted him and dubbed him “the comic who cartoons”. Everywhere, the Lavallois-promoted star filled prestigious halls, where his drummer and weightlifter bits seduce all audiences. Recordings of his shows sold in the hundreds of thousands, and advertisers offered him fortunes. The Musée Grévin in Paris had to move over Michael Jackson’s statue to make room for his. Dargaud, the publishing house of the Asterix series, launched a comic book in his liking. While waiting to make a move on the American market, he shot his first film – written for him – in a castle on the outskirts of Paris.

And then, that summer… the crash: The fall of a uniquely styled artist on the stage at the Just for Laughs Festival, the live death of a phenomenal career whose international influence has still not been matched.

With a rare frankness and humour, Michel tells everything: The reasons for his debacle, his years of drugs, alcohol and escorts, his twisted ties with the empire of laughter, his troubling childhood, his Californian stay with George Lucas, his psychosis, both funny and terrifying, his aborted suicide, his bipolarity. He’s an endearing man who’s come a long way, a survivor who, if he can put his past behind him, has not yet said his last word.

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Author bio

A journalist for more than 25 years for several magazines (VÉRO, Châtelaine, ELLE QUÉBEC, L’actualité…), Jean-Yves Girard was also a columnist at Le Devoir, responsible for communications at the Théâtre de Quat’Sous, editor for the Jazz Festival, Francofolies and… Just for Laughs. His investigation of World Vision in Nicaragua won him a gold medal at The Magazine Grand Prix in Toronto. Already specialized in the portraiture of personalities, he has written two biographies including bestseller, France Castel : ici et maintenant.

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