Montreal's Just for Laughs Festival is Just Around the Corner and We've Got You Covered
Montreal is, very proudly, home to the largest comedy festival IN THE WORLD. Just For Laughs has been around since 1983 and it features acts from all over the globe with one simple mission: Making people happy. This year brings forth a ridiculously exciting selection of galas hosted by Seth Rogen, Bill Burr and Russell Peters to name a few, with various themed shows that touch up on ethnicity, relationships, being a woman and Beyonce. No, I’m not making that last one up. Having never been to Just for Laughs, I decided to make it a thing, and jumped (no seriously, like I attacked the computer) at the chance to help cover the festival this year.
What’s so great about Just for Laughs is that you really feel the change in the air when the festival is just around the corner. Citizens are excited, St-Denis street looks all polished up and everyone is talking about who’s in town. Humor helps unite people! It doesn’t matter where you come from in this world, if something is funny, you’re gonna laugh. The comedians of The Ethnic Show can certainly vouch for that. The show is hosted by Maz Jobrani and starring Elon Gold, Eric Griffin, Angelo Tsarouchas, Paul Varghese and Mike Marino, who all come from different backgrounds and use that asset in their stand up to deliver unique performances that highlight the hilarious struggles of first world assimilation. I’ve just finished conducting interviews with these guys, so look out for that soon! Two other amazingly talented comedians I had the pleasure of interviewing were Pete Holmes who will be providing laughs on his show “Pete Holmes & His Favourite Weirdos” as well as Alonzo Bodden who delivers top news headlines with a deliciously funny twist on his show “News is not News”.
Another awesome point for comedy is the fact that it is no longer a man’s’ world. Women are now freely coming up to the mic and showing the world they can be funny too. A show I’m very excited to see is Talk of the Fest: with Broad City, which is hosted by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, the stars of the Amy Poehler produced sitcom by the same name. Their live shows always have a different theme and I’m curious to see them hold their own at this year’s festival. If you’re still wondering what the heck Beyonce and JFL had in common, I was referring to comedian Luisa Omielan’s show titled “What Would Beyonce Do?” that is sure to be an amazing time if her wildly successful and continually sold out shows in Edinburgh are any indication. Lastly, if you are a fan of Andy Samberg and his sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine then I highly suggest checking out Chelsea Peretti’s solo show “American Treasure” if you weren’t already planning to. Seriously, I cannot get enough of her character on BNN, I’m pretty sure she’s one of my many spirit animals.
All in all, this year’s Just for Laughs looks terribly exciting, ESPECIALLY with the recent news that there will be an OUTSIDE CLUB set up around Place-des-Arts for all us party people to enjoy during the festival. Seriously can it get any better?! Probably not, so go get your tickets and join in on the action!