Every July Montreal becomes the laughs capital of the world. If you are feeling blue or just want a laugh then there is not just one option but a hilarious duo. Just for Laughs and Zoofest. One feeds off the other and gives fans of comedy plenty of option. Sketch, stand up, improv. Anything your little comedy heart desires can be found at one or the other.
To begin, Zoofest and Off-JFL give fans of smaller intimate shows plenty of affordable options. Smaller shows does not mean that there are not names you won’t recognize. This year Joey Elias, Colin Quinn, Jaz Jobrani, Michael Ian Black, and Mike Ward will all be there. Choice does not stop with the amount of comedians performing, but also in the type of shows offered. There are new faces of comedy, video sketch shows, comedic live readings, traditional stand-up, and a one man show. All tickets are reasonably price and laughs are limitless. Shows are in English or French.
As for the biggie, Just for Laughs has become one of the most important comedy festivals in North America. Big names come here and up and coming acts are discovered. This year the big names include Kevin Hart, Dave Chapelle, Chris D’Elia, Tiffany Haddish, William H. Macy, Jeff Dunham, John Mayer, Will Forte, Howie Mandel, Ken Jeong, Jimmy Carr, Russell Peters, David Cross, Tig Notaro, Jo Koy, Maria Bamford, Tom Green, Cameron Esposito, Trevor Noah, Jim Norton, Brent Butt, and Wanda Sykes. There are also people who you might not heard of but really should make time to see like Eliot Glazer, Brad Williams, Scott Rogowsky, Ari Shaffir, Gina Yashere, Mike O’Brien, Crystal Palace, Jim Breuer, Chris Distefano, Deanne Smith, and Katherine Ryan. Again the variety is incredible where you can see headline shows, galas, podcasts, and much more.
-Dates: Zoofest – July 5-28
Just for Laughs – July 11-29