The 33rd edition of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival will continue to cement its position as the world’s biggest congregation and celebration of comedy this July, with awards and performances heralding Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Ellie Kemper and Armando Iannucci.
The festival announced today they’ll be honoring each of those performers at its annual awards on July 24 in Montreal, with Myers receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, Chappelle a new “Generation Award,” Hart the “Comedy Person of the Year,” Oswalt the “Stand-Up Comedian of the Year,” Iannucci the “Comedy Writer of the Year” for HBO’s Veep, and Ellie Kemper the “Breakout Comedy Star of the Year” for Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Of course, they’re also going to be seen and heard in performances throughout mid-July in Montreal’s festivities, along with (take a deep breath!): Neil Patrick Harris, Trevor Noah, Jane Lynch, “Weird Al”, Chris Hardwick, Jason Reitman, T.J. Miller, Chris D’Elia, Jerrod Carmichael, Sebastian Maniscalco, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Danny Bhoy, Margaret Cho, J.B. Smoove, Pete Holmes, Rob Schneider, Mike Ward, Rachid Badouri, Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Tom Papa, Omid Djalili, Janeane Garofalo, Harland Williams, Colin Jost, Wyatt Cenac, Eric Andre, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Ari Shaffir, Brent Morin, Andy Kindler, Hasan Minhaj, Rhys Darby, Jen Kirkman, Alonzo Bodden, Orny Adams, Duncan Trussell, Dana Gould, Moshe Kasher, Tom Segura, Jake and Amir, and Sabrina Jalees. OK, exhale.
You’ll need your breath come to July to laugh some more.
More details, via JFL:
Just For Laughs Galas will be hosted by:
- Neil Patrick Harris
- Trevor Noah
- Jane Lynch
More Galas will be announced between now and July.
- An Evening with Mike Myers, July 24
- Dave Chappelle at Theatre Maisonneuve for six performances (in 2013 he set a record at JFL for sell-outs which extended his run then)
- Kevin Hart at the Bell Centre on July 24
- A free outdoor show starring Weird Al Yankovic on July 21
- Bill Burr on July 22-23 at Olympia Theatre
- Patton Oswalt on July 23
- Sebastian Maniscalco at Le Gesù with an 11-show run starting July 20
- Reggie Watts for two midnight shows at Le Gesù on July 24-25
- Margaret Cho one night only at Olympia Theatre on July 24
- Danny Bhoy at Maison Symphonique on July 25
- Chris Hardwick at Olympia Theatre on July 25
- Rob Schneider on July 24-25; so, too, Omid Djalili, both at Maison Theatre
- Natasha Leggero on July 22-23 at L’Astral
- Sarah Millican on July 24 at L’Astral
- Pete Holmes on July 25 at L’Astral
During ComedyPRO, Jason Reitman will assemble comedians for “Live Read” of a special screenplay, Andy Kindler will deliver his annual State of the Industry Address.
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO includes the Podcast Series, which lets fans sit in on a live taping of their favourite comedy podcasts including: Your Mom’s House Podcast, I Seem Fun; The Diary of Jen Kirkman Podcast, The Duncan Trussell Family Hour, You Made It Weird With Pete Holmes, Pep Talks with the Bitter Buddha, The Dana Gould Hour, The Comedian’s Comedian Podcast with Stuart Goldsmith, Hound Tall with Moshe Kasher, and The Artie Quitter Podcast.
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 22 – 25, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.
An Off-JFL series with discount tickets includes shows with: Wyatt Cenac (The Daily Show), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show), Colin Jost (Saturday Night Live), Janeane Garofalo (Reality Bites), Ari Shaffir (Comedy Central’s This Is Not Happening), Harland Williams (Half Baked), Tom Segura (Your Mom’s House podcast), Jen Kirkman (Chelsea Lately), Duncan Trussell (The Joe Rogan Experience), Chris Gethard (Broad City), Eric Andre (Man Seeking Woman), Andy Kindler (Everybody Loves Raymond), Brian Posehn (The Sarah Silverman Program), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords) Eddie Pepitone (Last Comic Standing), Jake and Amir (CollegeHumor), Sabrina Jalees (The Nightly Show), Kurt Braunohler (Drunk History), Moshe Kasher (John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show), Joel Creasey (It’s a Date) and Kyle Kinane (Drunk History).
Off-JFL also presents a ton of new concept, multi-comic shows including The Goddamn Comedy Jam with Josh Adam Meyers, and Ari Shaffir is back again hosting his festival favourite This Is Not Happening storytelling show at Café Cléopâtre.
Alonzo Bodden hosts The Ethnic Show from July 8 to 19 at Club Soda, where comics of all ethnicities, including Gina Yashere, Ahmed Ahmed, Frank Spadone, Ronny Chieng, Dan Naturman and Montreal’s own Rachid Badouri, will leave the audience in stitches.
The Nasty Show, hosted for the first time by “the Celine Dion of dick jokes,” Mike Ward, will be nastier than ever from July 16-18 and 23-25 at Metropolis, with special guests Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, Mike Wilmot and Tiffany Haddish. We’re also announcing a new guest: Artie Lange!
Curb Your Enthusiasm’s J.B. Smoove is reconnecting with his Def Jam roots to host Uptown Comics at Olympia Theatre July 25, featuring Ian Edwards and Rod Man.
Brit(ish), with special guest Russell Howard, returns with the best of the Commonwealth’s comedians and for three shows hosted by Omid Djalili at L’Astral, July 21-23.
The Marriage Ref host Tom Papa joins forces with The Undateable’s Brent Morin, Teen Wolf’s Orny Adams and Debra DiGiovanni for Date Night at Metropolis July 21 and 22.