Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival can seem like a whirlwind, whether it’s your first year or your 30th, whether you’re a fan or a Gala headliner.

But photographer Dan Dion managed to make time stop once again this July, thanks to his camera and the trust he has with the many performers who pose for him.

You can see Dion’s portraits of comedians in the halls of Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles, Sydney Comedy Store in Australia, and both Cobb’s Comedy Club and the Punch Line in his own San Francisco. Dion’s photos also formed the basis for the 2010 book, Satiristas: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians, with Paul Provenza.

Here are a dozen of Dion’s latest snapshots, captured and curated for The Comic’s Comic in Montreal at Just For Laughs 2014.

All photos ©Dan Dion courtesy of Just for Laughs

Above: The annual Funny or Die party filled up Montreal’s outdoor pedestrian plaza at Places Des Arts on Friday night.

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