Jeff Goldblum. Russell Peters. Julia Louis Dreyfus. Lewis Black. Sarah Silverman. Nathan Lane. Kevin Hart. Jeff Ross. P.K. Subban. Janeane Garofalo. These a just a sampling of the comedic talent that are going to be part of this year’s Just For Laughs festival. On top of that you can also expect Jo Koy, George Wallace, Jimmy Carr, Howie Mandel, Carrie Fisher, Louie Anderson, Kathleen Madigan, and Emo Philips to be in town for shows. Not enough, you say. Well, then there is also Maria Bamford, Iliza Shlesinger, Scott Thompson, Mike Ward, Ali Hassan, and Tom Green. Phew! That is a lot of laughs going to be in Montreal from July 13 – August 1. Brace yourself for a serious ab workout.
As usual the crown jewels of the festival will be the Galas. This year they are being hosted by Jeff Goldblum, Russell Peters, Nathan Lane, Carrie Fisher, P.K. Subban, David Cross, Howie Mandel, Sebastian Maniscalco, and The Mega Stars of Comedy – Danny Bhoy, Lewis Black, Greg Proops, and JB Smoove. The Galas features short sets by 8-10 comedians each show and run from July 31 – August 1.
If longer individual sets are more you thing then Just For Laughs has that too. Big shows by Sarah Silverman, Brian Regan, Lewis Black, Hannibal Buress, Gad Elmaleh, Jo Koy, Jimmy Carr, Kathleen Madigan, and Maria Bamford are just some of those who will tickle your funny bone for a longer period of time.
If you do like a variety of acts but want to see them in a more intimate venue than Place des Arts then you can take in The Ethnic Show (Rachid Badouri, Dom Irrera, Godfrey, and more), The Nasty Show (Mike Ward, Bobby Slayton, Brad Williams, and more), Brit(ish) (Gina Yashere, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar, and more), As Seen on TV (some of the funniest comedians to appear on late night talk shows), and Homegrown Comics (Scott Thompson, Mike Rita, Keith Pedro, and more).
If you like stuff that you know from television then you are also in luck as the casts of Master of None (Aziz Anzari, Noel Wells, Kelvin Yu, Alan Yang), Veep (Julia Louis Dreyfus, Tony Hale, David Mandel, Timothy Simons), Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network Pitch Panel, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live (Scot Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, Lauren Lapkus), and Oh Hello (Nick Kroll, John Mulaney) will be there.
For those who enjoy a little bit of risk in regards to what you are going to see there is Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Jeff Ross, Brian Moses), Trump vs. Bernie Debate Tour 2016 (Anthony Atamaniuk), The Goddamn Comedy Jam (Josh Adams Meyer, Elemenopy), and Midnight Surprise (Blake Griffin, Piff the Magic Dragon) to satisfy those who like comedy without a net.
Bottom line is that no matter where your tastes run in regards to comedy Just For Laughs will fill the bill.
-Dates: July 13 – August 1, 2016
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