Just For Laughs Montreal adds new galas, shows, Zoofest 2012 acts

The dance card is almost full for July’s 30th annual Just For Laughs Montreal comedy festival, as the fest rolled out lineups for its one-person shows at Zoofest, as well as adding multiple Galas and shows. You can see what shows already were announced at put up for sale for the 30th annual Just For Laughs Montreal here.

Added to that existing lineup…


  • Joel McHale (Community, The Soup) hosts on July 28.
  • Howie Mandel, July 28.
  • John Pinette added a second gala on July 25, with special guest Tommy Tiernan.


  • Jeremy Hotz, a Montreal festival favorite, hosts a TV showcase at Club Soda on July 23.


  • Bob’s Burgers LIVE!, July 27, with creator Loren Bouchard and cast members H. Jon Benjamin, Dan Mintz, Eugene Mirman, John Roberts and Kristen Schaal for a special live table read of their hit Fox animated series, followed by a Q&A session with audience members.


Launched a couple of years ago, JFL created ZOOFEST as a way to split off the one-person shows and more alternative showcases in more affordable packages for comedy consumers.

By venue…

Café Cleopatre

  • Greg Behrendt, “Clown from the Neck Down,” July 23-28
  • Glenn Wool, “No Land’s Man,” July 23-28
  • “An Evening with Rob Delaney,” July 25-28


  • Paul Foot, “Still Life,” July 23-28


  • Amy Schumer’s Slaughterhouse, July 23-28
  • Alternative Comedy Show, hosted by Andy Kindler, July 25-28
  • Hot Tub with Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal, July 27
  • Triple Threat (Brendon WalshSean Patton and Ali Wong), July 23-28
  • Mike Ward, “Pedophile Jokes and Death Threats,” July 20-28


  • Adam Hills, “Mess Around,” July 23-28
  • “Bring Me the Head of Adam Riches,” July 23-28
  • “Paul F. Tompkins and the Hilarious Trinity (Plus One),” July 23-28
  •  The Green Room’sPaul Provenza teams up with Troy Conrad to bring audiences Set List: Stand-Up Without a Net, the completely improvised stand-up comedy show.

Place des Arts Studio

  • Sebastian Maniscalco, “What’s Wrong with People?,” July 23-28
  • Andrew Maxwell, “That’s the Spirit,” July 24-28

Theatre Ste. Catherine

  • Jeff Garlin’s Anniversary Hootenany, July 24-28
  • Jim Breuer, “Mass Appeal,” July 24-28
  • Dave Gorman, “Powerpoint Presentation,” July 19-27


  • Anthony Jeselnik, “Caligula,” July 23-28
  • Deanne Smith, “Livin the Sweet Life,” July 24-28
  • Sam Simmons, “About the Weather,” July 19-28
  • Brendon Burns and Mick Foley, “Good God Almighty!”, July 25-28


JFL will announce additional podcasts — currently scheduled are live tapings with WTF with Marc Maron, Adam Carolla, and Pete Holmes.

There will be a new tentAcool, located on the Esplanade at Place des Arts, which will host Big Top Comedy, a new show featuring as many comedians as could be crammed into a single tent.

And ZOOFEST is boasting encore presentations of the Just For Laughs New Faces series, presented by CollegeHumor.com and XM Sirius.

Sean L. McCarthy

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