Star-Studded Line-Up Announced for 2014 Just For Laughs and ComedyPRO
May 7, 2014
Montreal, May 7th, 2014 – The 32nd edition of the Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, promises to be the most star-studded lineup ever with a living legend, TV and cinema’s biggest comedy names, top touring comedians, cult-favourites and up-and-comers all converging on Montreal this summer. Don Rickles, Seth Rogen, Andy Samberg, Aziz Ansari, Russell Peters, the cast and creators of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Bill Burr, Lewis Black, Nick Offerman, Kate McKinnon, Broad City, Ron White, Jim Jefferies, Marc Maron, Mike Birbiglia, Tommy Tiernan, Doug Benson, Jim Norton, Chelsea Peretti, Noel Fielding, TJ Miller, Chris D’Elia, Jimmy Carr, Kathleen Madigan, Kumail Nanjiani, Paul F. Tompkins, Miranda Sings, Pete Holmes, Nick Thune, Thomas Middleditch, Jerrod Carmichael, Brody Stevens, Colin Jost, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Al Madrigal, Ron Funches, James Adomian, Greg Proops, Ben Roy and Michael Che highlight the opening lineup announcement with still hundreds of more acts to add before the Festival goes into full swing this July. You might say this year’s Just For Laughs is the Coachella of Comedy, but we promise fewer glow sticks, neon tank-tops and parents with questionable judgement.
For comedy nerds and casual fans alike, attendance is mandatory! Thankfully, JFL’s new and improved pass system makes it easier than ever to attend a wide variety of “can’t miss” Galas, solo shows, club shows, Off-JFL shows and more!
Videotron Just For Laughs Galas, presented by Air Canada
This year’s Galas have the biggest names in comedy converging on the Place des Arts stage. Comedy royalty, and one of the entertainment industry’s most beloved legends, Don Rickles comes back to Montreal to headline two incredible evenings with special guests on July 23rd and 25th. Supported by four amazing comedians, and displaying his trademark “warmth,” this will go down as two of the most epic and important nights in JFL’s 32-year history.
Just For Laughs presents Seth Rogen’s Hilarity For Charity. We’re teaming up with Hollywood superstar Seth Rogen for a night of debauchery and hilarious comedy for a great cause. Seth is hosting his very own gala on July 26th featuring some of his funniest friends and special guests with part of the proceeds going towards the “Hilarity For Charity” fund. Seth and his wife, Lauren Miller, started the charity as part of the National Alzheimer’s Association’s efforts to raise money for families struggling with Alzheimer’s care, and for support groups nationwide and cutting edge research. Don’t miss your chance to “buy your way into heaven”! Disclaimer: If you don’t buy a ticket to this Gala you’ll get a complimentary ticket to hell. Just kidding! Totally joking… probably.
Fresh off winning a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Comedy, Brooklyn Nine-Nine star and SNL alum Andy Samberg has proven time and time again that he is one of Hollywood’s brightest comedy stars. Join Andy at Place Des Arts on July 24th as he hosts a slew of the world’s best stand-up comedians.
And finally, what better way to close out the Festival on July 26th and 27th than with Canada’s very own stand-up superstar Russell Peters as he hosts a Gala that’s sure to push the boundaries of political correctness with the ethnically charged comedy that’s made him an international sensation.
That’s already a lot of star power, but with five more Gala hosts to be announced, we’re only getting started…
Special Performances and Solo Shows
Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari brings his Modern Romance tour, one of the biggest comedy tours ever with sold-out shows across North America, to Theatre Maisonneuve for two special, swagged-out evenings on July 16th and 17th. His skewed views on modern dating are guaranteed to assure audiences that the only one true love is their love for the adorable and always hilarious Aziz Ansari.
Thinking of life and politics can make anyone have a meltdown, that’s why we recommend joining Lewis Black at Place des Arts on July 23rd and 24th. The Daily Show pundit’s shrewd, unfiltered sarcasm will leave audiences with uproarious laughter… yet confused as to how the world continues to function. Then, from Blue Collar Comedy Tour fame, Ron White takes over Place des Arts for a special Scotch-soaked evening of crass comedy on July 26th. And speaking of crass comedy on July 26th, Maison Symphonique will house star of FXX’s Legit and one of Australia’s most popular comedic exports Jim Jefferies for a show that’s not for the easily offended or the faint of heart.
Stand-up legend Marc Maron takes some time off from his hit IFC sitcom Maron and his hit podcast WTF with Marc Maron to return to Just For Laughs to partake in the CollegeHumor Comicpro Series with an all-new solo show in the 5e Salle at Place des Arts on July 26th.
L’Astral has the honour of hosting six of the most consistently brilliant stand-up comedians working today. Jimmy Carr opens the festivities at L’Astral on July 22nd and 23rd for two hilarious nights of deadpan and dark one-liners. Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Chelsea Peretti’s sardonic and silly style gets a chance to shine on the 23rd. Afterwards, on July 24th, Kathleen Madigan takes over to show audiences why she’s better known as one of the funniest women in America.
On July 25th and 26th, Whitney star Chris D’Elia’s high-octane act seizes the spotlight to keep L’Astral crowds laughing from start to finish. Then, the star of HBO’s new hit comedy Silicon Valley, T.J. Miller, takes over on July 25th for a night of his eclectic comedy. And finally, Doug Benson ends a phenomenal week at L’Astral with The Benson Interruption, where Doug invites other comics to perform their material while he sits onstage and tries his best to humiliate his friends on July 26th.
The Gesù theatre has the pleasure of hosting two supreme storytelling comics as well as one loveable sidekick going solo. Irish comedy hero Tommy Tiernan goes to work with an all-new show that features his uncanny ability to weave gut-busting yarns for six nights starting July 21st. Afterwards, Sleepwalk With Me writer and star Mike Birbiglia invites audiences to experience a new appreciation for jokes with his new one-man show Thank God for Jokes from July 22nd-26th. And finally, The Opie & Anthony Show’s Jim Norton takes his crude comedy to center stage for a set that’s sure to delight the most-likely-drunk midnight crowd on July 26th.
International YouTube sensation Miranda Sings takes the Metropolis stage on July 26th with hit songs, magic tricks, dramatic hate-mail readings, and exclusive never-before-seen videos. Plus, self-proclaimed Mirfanas can get tickets now for a special meet-and-greet to get up close and personal with their quirky internet-crush after the show!
Talk of the Fest
Word is out that Talk of the Fest is the best way to see Gala-calibre performers and star hosts at club show prices at Club Soda. This year, Parks and Recreation’s Nick Offerman will be doling out unsolicited advice on woodworking, proper alcohol consumption and the manliest ways to be manly in between hosting duties on July 25th.
But before Mr. Offerman makes you a man, join Millennial slacker-duo Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson, better known as Comedy Central’s break-out hit show Broad City, on July 22nd as they host a show that puts their unique mix of weird, sweet, and completely hilarious comedy live on stage! Plus, Saturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon comes to Talk of the Fest on July 24th with wildly funny characters and eerily accurate impressions as she emcees an evening packed with special guests.
Off-JFL, In collaboration with Yahoo
The Off-JFL series, co-sponsored by Yahoo, is so jammed packed with comedic gold, it’s almost wrong that tickets are as low as $20 per show.
Off-JFL brings some of comedy’s coolest, edgiest and alternative-iest acts to Montreal’s most iconic and intimate venues. This year Katacombes, Theatre Ste. Catherine, Cabaret Underworld, MainLine Theatre, Salle Claude-Léveillée (Place des Arts), Café Cleopatra, the Montreal Improv Theatre and The Wiggle Room will open their doors to host an amazing lineup of comedians.
So who can you expect to see at these awesome venues? We’ve got: Silicon Valley star and self-confessed beta-male Kumail Nanjiani, the best-dressed man in comedy Paul F. Tompkins, Chelsea Lately’s foul-mouthed funny woman Fortune Feimster, Workaholics’ ethnically ambiguous Erik Griffin, the wildly unpredictable Alternative Show hosted by consummate comic’s comic Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes’ triumphant return with friends, the beautiful and bawdy Nikki Glaser, the spontaneous hilarity of Daily Show correspondent Al Madrigal, the naturally gifted Michael Che, the uplifting honesty of Brody Stevens, the gynecological comedy of Kurt Metzger, the flawless timing of Jerrod Carmichael (who, by the way, is about to shoot his first hour-long HBO special directed by Spike Lee), the Canadian comedy stylings of Mark Forward, the dazzling magic and comedy of Justin Willman, the teddy bear-like adorableness of Ron Funches, the smartest man in the world Greg Proops, and much more!
On top of that, Off-JFL also brings you a taste of the best international alternative comedy with The Boy with Tape on His Face, David O’Doherty, Luisa Omielan’s award-winning show What Would Beyoncé Do?, and Stand Up Down Under hosted by Wil Anderson.
What would Just For Laughs be without its beloved club shows at Club Soda, Metropolis and L’Astral? The Mighty Boosh’s psychedelic darling Noel Fielding unites the Commonwealth’s funniest people at L’Astral for The Brit-ish Show for five shows of delightfully deadpan humour from July 22nd to the 26th.
The Nasty Show is back at Club Soda from July 9th to 13th for nine shows of kill-or-be-killed comedy with Bobby Slayton, Ari Shaffir, Kurt Metzger, Montreal’s own Derek Seguin (who received a standing ovation at last year’s Whitney Cummings gala) and a slew of off-colour comics. Then at Metropolis, join Maz Jabroni, Workaholics’s Erik Griffin, Angelo Tsarouchas, Paul Varghese and more for The Ethnic Show as they bring hope for world peace by uniting comics of all races from July 17th to the 20th.
Due to the popularity of these two shows, we’ve gone ahead and scheduled encore performances! So if you can’t catch The Ethnic Show in its first run, it’ll be back at Metropolis July 22nd and 23rd. Then for three shows in a row on July 26th, The Nasty Show moves to the Metropolis for your last chance to get nasty all summer.
Back at Club Soda, Godfrey, Lynne Koplitz, Joe Matarese, John Heffron and friends make their lovelorn return to Just For Laughs from July 16th-19th on the Date Night show. Then, the charismatic Dom Irrera hosts a brand new show at Club Soda, The All-Star Show from July 16th to the 19th, featuring a selection of the best acts that have ever performed at the Festival including Alonzo Bodden, Judy Gold, Ryan Hamilton and Adam Hills.
Just For Laughs’ ComedyPRO is a unique, annual, global gathering of industry bigwigs at the Hyatt Regency. ComedyPRO explores all angles of comedy, returning for its 7th year with one of the most comprehensive lineups ever. Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, three-day conference will gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy.
Although we can’t announce the full list of Just For Laughs Award winners yet, we’re thrilled to announce Bill Burr as the recipient of the Stand-Up Performer of the Year award.
“What’s it like to be on a hit TV show?” is a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one point in our lives. Well, now’s your chance to have that question answered since we’ll be welcoming the cast, creators and producers of FOX and Universal Television’s smash hit Brooklyn Nine-Nine for a special candid conversation on July 24th.
Don’t miss these and other special events such as: Jim Norton’s keynote address on July 24th, the Just For Laughs Award Ceremony, presented by Fonds de solidarité FTQ and hosted by Pete Holmes, Andy Kindler’s annual State of the Industry Address, industry luncheons and cocktail parties.
ComedyPRO runs from July 24th-26th, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal. But early registration starts now, with Early Bird prices in effect for industry members (you know who you are) until June 13th, 2014 at comedypro.hahaha.com. COMEDYPRO registration is powered by EVENTBRITE.
CollegeHumor Comicpro Series
Comedy fans looking to put their fingers on the pulse of the industry will get a chance to get a firsthand look at this year’s CollegeHumor Comicpro series.
Fans get a chance to attend several special live recordings of their favourite comedy podcasts at the Hyatt Regency including Doug Loves Movies, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, The Smartest Man in the World Proopcast, Ari Shaffir’s Skeptic Tank and The Seánpod: with Seán Cullen.
And don’t forget that Marc Maron will be performing a brand new solo show in the 5e Salle at Place des Arts on July 26th presented by the CollegeHumor Comicpro Series.
Get a first look at the new generations of comedy superstars on July 23rd and 24th at The New Faces of Comedy and The New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped. And then the best new talents performing sketch and improv comedy get a chance to impress audiences at The New Faces of Comedy: Characters on July 24th with host Silicon Valley star Thomas Middleditch. Plus, fans eager to see the best new comedy will get another opportunity to catch the most exciting new acts with Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch 2014 on July 25th.
Just For Laughs could not have done any of this without its public partners; the Gouvernement du Québec, the Government of Canada, the City of Montreal, and Tourisme Montréal. We are a proud member of Montreal Festimania.
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THE 2014 EDITION OF THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRON IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBEC
For tickets by phone, online or in person: The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.com presented by Videotron