Montreal’s Just For Laughs festival has booked Louie Anderson to deliver its keynote address for the 2019 comedy confab next month.
Anderson’s address, “Never Give Up,” will touch on his 40 years of ups and downs in show business. His career has made a big splash of a comeback since diving in the ABC celebrity competition series, Splash, in 2013, going on to deliver an Emmy-winning performance as Christine Baskets on FX’s Baskets. Season four of Baskets premiered last week.
For the record, no woman has yet to deliver the official JFL Keynote since the festival began asking comedians in 2010. Lewis Black, Marc Maron, Patton Oswalt, Jim Norton, Colin Quinn, Dana Gould and Kenya Barris have done so this decade. (Note: JFL did add a secondary Canadian State of the Comedy Industry to the conference last year to pair with Andy Kindler’s annual roast of the comedy biz, and has asked Courtney Gilmour and Mark Forward to do those honors this year)