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Just For Laughs Unveils Its New Faces of 2018

Just For Laughs Unveils Its New Faces of 2018

Montreal, QC [July 23, 2018] – Just For Laughs, in partnership with Amazon’s Prime Video, is thrilled to reveal the 2018 line-up of Just For Laughs New Faces, a series conceived to launch the careers of tomorrow’s top comedic talent.

Fuelled by fresh-faced comics, the pinnacle series has been a Just For Laughs Festival highlight since 1996. With four distinct showcases – New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Creators and New Faces: Unrepped, this series promises to introduce the world to the next group of comedic brilliance.

“The New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has catapulted the careers of so many of today’s most celebrated comedians,” says Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs. “For more than 20 years, we have offered the brightest comedy stars of tomorrow an unparalleled opportunity to showcase their talents in front of industry tastemakers and the most influential people in the comedy business.”

Just For Laughs New Faces is responsible for propelling the careers of many world-renowned artists, including: Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013) and Michelle Wolf (2014).

 

New Faces of Comedy

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* Rosebud Baker
* Emmy Blotnick
* Joel Boyd
* JC Currais
* Rocky Dale Davis
* Robert Dean
* Kenny DeForest
* Kellen Erskine
* Jourdain Fisher
* Simon Gibson
* Mekki Leeper
* Zach Noe Towers
* Erica Rhodes
* Paris Sashay
* Usama Siddiquee
* Daphnique Springs
* Nina Tarr
* Ron Taylor
* Jordan Temple
* Jeremiah Watkins

The New Faces of Comedy showcases will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 25, 2018 at 7:00 and 9:30 pm. Hosted by Alonzo Bodden. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Characters

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* Sheila Carrasco
* Chloe Fineman
* Katie Hartman
* Michael Hartney
* Andrew Leeds
* Matt Richards
* Becky Robinson
* Sarah Shook
* Sarah Smallwood Parsons
* James III

New Faces: Characters will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 7:00 pm. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Creators

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* Abby Feldman
* Anwar Jibawi
* Sydney Marquez
* Manon Mathews
* Frankie Quiñones
* Josh Ruben
* Molly Schreiber
* Alan Wagner

New Faces: Creators will take place in the Grand Salon Opera at the Hyatt Regency Montreal on July 26, 2018 at 12:30 pm. Hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

New Faces: Unrepped

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* LeClerc Andre
* Vincent Bryant
* Katie Hannigan
* Joe McMahon
* Avery Moore
* Dan Perlman
* David Rodriguez
* Amy Silverberg
* Dusty Slay
* Caitlin Weierhauser
* Ashton Womack

New Faces: Unrepped will take place at Salle Ludger-Duvernay at the Monument National on July 26, 2018 at 9:30 pm. Hosted by Alonzo Bodden. Follow the link for bios and headshots.

Just For Laughs and Main Event Media recently announced that Amazon has greenlit a six-episode untitled docuseries, exclusively for Prime Video, that will follow up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they go through the annual process of being selected for the New Faces showcase, beginning with the auditions and callbacks, through selection, and into the preparation of their comedy sets.

Viewers will receive unprecedented behind-the-scenes access as the cameras will be with the comics every step of the way as they write and hone the jokes that they hope will impress the talent scouts, producers, and managers who attend Just For Laughs in Montreal each July.

The series was developed by Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (United Shades of America) who will executive produce under his Main Event Media banner in conjunction with All3Media America. Neil Berkeley (Gilbert, Harmontown), Star Price (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Active Shooter: America Under Fire), Bruce Hills (Funny As Hell, Hilarity for Charity, Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight), Just For Laughs Media and Main Event Media will also executive produce.

About Just For Laughs
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 36th edition in July 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

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Top 10 Reasons To Attend Just For Laughs ComedyPRO

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Americans, are you experiencing anxiety, chronic pain or fits of rage while on Twitter? Does your fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome or glaucoma flare up at the very mention of Trump? Is ‘resistance fatigue’ ruining your career and/or your love life? Here in Canada, we feel your pain too. The good news is these conditions are treatable and we have the perfectly legal, all-natural solution for you.

Introducing Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the wellness retreat you never knew you needed.

In just a few short weeks, the 36th edition of the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal will kick off and with it comes the annual conference and global gathering of the biggest players in the industry. ​W​e feel this is the perfect opportunity for you to take a load off and be amongst your peers. Look, you’ve been fighting a war of attrition with stupidity and absurdity all year, so there’s no shame in admitting that it’s taken a toll. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that you take the time to regroup and refuel…so you can continue to resist.

Need more convincing?

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KEYNOTES
The 2017 Just For Laughs “Comedy Writer of the Year” award-winner, Kenya Barris, is back to discuss​ Black-ish, Grown-ish, Girls Trip​, his ​Shaft reboot and hopefully the Coming 2 America ​sequel he’s been entrusted with. We have soooo many plot specific questions there, but first…. WIPERS!!! And speaking of comedy nostalgia, The Sultan of Schadenfreude himself, Andy Kindler, is back to give his annual State of the Industry Address. His always delightful tirade has become a long running festival tradition that you really don’t want to miss.

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ANTHONY ATAMANUIK’S MAKE CANADA AMERICA AGAIN! THE TRUMP RALLY
So much for our peaceful retreat. Turns out, the Cheeto Benito himself has decided to grace us with his presence. You’d think a comedy conference would be hostile territory for the guy, but you know what? He doesn’t give a shit! He’s coming in orange-hot after his huge win in Singapore and is itching to give Trudeau another brow beating. As for the actual star of the show, Comedy Central’s Anthony Atamanuilk, he’s so confident he’s got the best Trump game in town, he’s personally guaranteeing that this event will draw the biggest crowd in the history of the festival. In the history of crowds. Be a part of history and ​join the rally!

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THROWBACK HOSTED BY WANDA SYKES
Hmmm​, ​if we throwback to figure out just when we first fell in love with Wanda, we need to go past ​Black-ish, past ​Curb Your Enthusiasm, past ​Wanda at Large… Ah yes, there it is…2001… Pootie Tang! This summer come take a trip with Wanda as she brings her concept series, Throwback, to Just For Laughs ComedyPRO. She’s cracking open the comedy yearbook of some of her peers, who will share stories and insights about first gigs, outdated jokes, and memorable wardrobe and hair choices.

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PANELS
Sure you’re here to unwind and eat smoked meat poutine, (a key part of this wellness program) but don’t forget there’s also work to be done. We have a lineup of insightful, topical daytime panels scheduled, featuring industry leaders from across the board. Also, programming starts a day early this year, so arrive Wednesday!!

* Bell Media: The Multi-Channel Approach to Comedy
* Comedy Club Bookers: The Gatekeepers of Comedy
* Creators of Primetime Animation
* Global Laughter: Perspectives on International Comedy
* In Short Supply? Comedy and Diversity on the Web
* Laughing your Way to Success: A Focus on Comedy Programming for TV
* Political Comedy in the Pre-Apocalyptic World

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PITCH PROGRAMS
It’s been a gruelling few months of sifting through a record breaking amount of entries, but the finalists have been chosen and are set to take the stage to pitch their wares. Stand Up & Pitch and the CBC Comedy Originals Pitch Program are all back this year and ready to change lives. It’s our Dragon’s Den for entertainment projects… Wait, that would make for a killer pitch!

Also returning this year is 15 Minutes With A Powerbroker. Yes, the Hyatt Regency Montreal is crawling with executives whose sole job it is to find the next big hit. But, they don’t need you cold pitching them at the bar or the urinals. Save it for your private one-on-one’s. Here’s your chance to sit down with development heads from Amazon Studios, Bell Media, FOX, HBO and more. A priceless opportunity for the price of an Industry or Express Pass.

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JUST FOR LAUGHS NEW FACES
Just For Laughs New Faces is a big deal every year. But this year it’s the subject of a six-part docu-series for Amazon so it’s extra bigly. Past alumni include Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Michelle Wolf, Pete Davidson, Chris D’Elia and Kumail Nanjiani… Basically everyone gets discovered here. It’s just how the universe works.

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HOMEGROWN COMIC COMPETITION
Look, two years ago you threatened to move to Canada if “he” became President. Now you’re googling Quebec immigration policies, to see if they’ll hold your children in cages if you seek asylum. The good news is, they won’t. The bad news is well there’s no bad news. We got awesome comedy and legal weed yo! Come on up!

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PODCASTS
Chances are all the podcasts you listen to at home are setting up shop in Montreal for the weekend. Or if you’re new to the format and just want to get a taste, come explore! We promise, it’s not just for Hipsters anymore. All are welcome… with a pass of course.

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THE JUST FOR LAUGHS AWARDS SHOW
No cameras — no rules — it’s just you and the biggest stars in comedy enjoying an unfiltered appreciation of the people who shone brightest this year from the people who know them best — their friends, colleagues and fellow comics. It’s all the glamour of the Oscars… in shorts and tees. Stay tuned for this year’s inductees announcement.

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THE REST OF THE FEST
It’s a brave new world this year with Bruce Hills being appointed President of Just For Laughs, and Howie Mandel, ICM Partners, Bell Media and Groupe CH coming onboard as investors. But rest assured the festival hasn’t missed a beat when it comes to programming. Seriously, does the idea of scores of crazy fans, Deadheads and comedy nuts all in one place excite you? If so look no further than John Mayer and Dave Chappelle’s Controlled Danger show! Or maybe you’re just a huge MacGruber fan, in which case the Will Forte Gala is for you. Tiffany Haddish, Kevin Hart, Trevor Noah, Ken Jeong, Maria Bamford, Russell Peters… not too mention all the intimate shows on OFFJFL and ZOOFEST. It’s all here for you. For us. For our collective wellness. No need to micro-dose this stuff either. For best results, take in as much as you can.

A big thanks to our resident comedy commentator, Ricky Letovsky of Nacho Night Studios, for this dynamite Top 10 list!

Amazon Greenlights Untitled Just for Laughs Festival Docuseries Exclusively for Prime Video

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Amazon Greenlights Untitled Just for Laughs Festival Docuseries Exclusively for Prime Video

The Prime Original will follow up-and-coming comedians as they pursue their dream of being discovered at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival

Seattle [June 13, 2018] — Amazon today announced it has greenlit an untitled docuseries in collaboration with the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, exclusively for Prime Video.

The six-episode series will follow up-and-coming comedians in New York and Los Angeles as they compete to be selected for the New Faces showcase.

New Faces is a launch pad for major comedic talent: former New Faces comedians include Kevin Hart, Amy Schumer, Kumail Nanjiani and Jimmy Fallon.

The series will go inside the comedy clubs and into their lives, providing unprecedented access to the highs, lows, frustrations and successes that these aspiring comedians face as they juggle day jobs, relationships and hecklers in the quest for their biggest break.

The series follows the select group of talented comics as they go through the annual process to get into the New Faces showcase, beginning with the auditions and callbacks, through selection, and into the preparation of their comedy sets. The cameras will be with them every step of the way as they write and hone the jokes that they hope will impress the talent scouts, producers, and managers who attend Just For Laughs in Montreal each July to sign the next generation of comedy stars.

“The Montreal Just for Laughs Festival New Faces showcase is well known for introducing the next generation of comedy talent to the world,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “We are excited to collaborate with the Festival to bring Prime members an exclusive behind- the-scenes look at the burgeoning careers of some future stars, which will be both very funny and very poignant.”

The series was developed by Emmy-winning producer Jimmy Fox (United Shades of America) who will executive produce under his Main Event Media banner in conjunction with All3Media America. Neil Berkeley (Gilbert, Harmontown), Star Price (Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Active Shooter: America Under Fire), Bruce Hills (Funny As Hell, Hilarity for Charity, Craig Ferguson: Tickle Fight), Just For Laughs Media and Main Event Media will also executive produce.

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on three major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production and stand-up specials (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 100 airlines); and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Carr, North American dates for John Cleese & Eric Idle and Family Guy Live! to name a few). The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, which will celebrate its 36th edition in July 2018, is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event, welcoming more than 2 million people each summer.

“The Montreal Just For Laughs Festival is synonymous with discovering the brightest rising comedians. For a comedian to get invited to showcase in can be life changing” adds Howie Mandel, comedian, producer and Just For Laughs partner.

Prime members will be able to stream the series exclusively via the Amazon Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership. The series will be a global release and available on PrimeVideo.com for Prime Video members in more than 200 countries and territories.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

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WHAT A JOKE WITH PAPA & FORTUNE (PRESENTED BY SIRIUSXM)

It’s a hilarious new show, with hilarious people.Tom Papa and Fortune Feimster chat about everything from their personal lives to working in the world of comedy. Expect interviews with fellow comedians and celebrities, and the unravelling of the day’s trending topics. Check out the first original show on SiriusXM’s NETFLIX IS A JOKE RADIO comedy channel.

Recorded in front of a live audience.

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: CHARACTERS

Catch the best new solo sketch comics before your only option is to see them “Live, from New York…”

Allison Dunbar
George Aivaliotis
Haley Hepworth
Michael Churven
Michael Van Schoick
Rachel Pegram
Shukri R. Abdi
Taylor Ortega
Thomas Whittington
Tristan Griffin

For images for New Faces: Characters, click here
For tickets, click here

Just For Laughs Announces Its New Faces of 2017

Montreal, QC [July 24, 2017] – Just For Laughs is proud to unveil the line-up for the 2017 Just For Laughs New Faces, a highlight of the Just For Laughs experience since 1996. This year the prestigious series welcomes the next wave of comedy talent with FOUR showcases — New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Unrepped — and NEW this year, New Faces: Creators.

“For more than 20 years, the New Faces showcase at Just For Laughs has served as the launch pad for many of the biggest and most recognizable names in comedy,” says Bruce Hills, COO of the Just For Laughs Group. “We couldn’t be more proud to offer comedians this phenomenal showcase opportunity in front of some of the most important and influential people in the comedy business.”

A short list of talent who have launched their careers via New Faces includes a who’s who of the business: Jimmy Fallon (1996), Gabriel Iglesias (1999), Kevin Hart (2001), Hannibal Buress (2006), Amy Schumer (2007), Chris D’Elia (2009), Jerrod Carmichael (2011), Ali Wong (2011), The Lucas Brothers (2012), Pete Davidson (2013) and Hasan Minhaj (2014) to name a few.

For short bios of each of our 2017 New Faces participants, click here.

New Faces: Creators, a salute to up-and-coming digital content creators and influencers, takes place Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm in the Grand Salon Opera, Hyatt Regency Montreal. It is hosted by Shira Lazar, Co-Founder/CEO and host of the Emmy-nominated live interactive daily show and Millenial media brand, What’s Trending.

 

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NEW FACES OF COMEDY:
(L to R): Blair Socci, Calvin Evans, Charles Gould, Christi Chiello, Danny Jolles, Dave Thomason, Jake Nordwind, James Austin Johnson, Jared Freid, Jonathan Morvay, JR De Guzman, Martin Urbano, Michael Lenoci, Norm Nixon Jr., Preacher Lawson, Rae Sanni, Ramy Youssef, Sam Jay, Solomon Georgio, Taylor Tomlinson and Yedoye Travis.

SHOWTIMES & VENUES: 
* July 26, 7 pm: New Faces Group 1 — MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY
* July 26, 9:30 pm: New Faces Group 2 hosted by Dan Soder — MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY

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NEW FACES: CHARACTERS
(L to R): Ana Fabrega, Avery Monsen, Bill Posley, Geoff Dow, Heidi Gardner, John Trowbridge, Kat Palardy, Matt Gehring, Matt Rogers and Yoni Lotan

SHOWTIME & VENUES: 
* Thursday, July 27, 7 pm: MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY

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NEW FACES: CREATORS
(L to R): Brandon Rogers, Glenn Boozan, Good Cop Great Cop (Matt Porter & Charlie Hankin), Handsome Dancer (Matt Pavich and James Manzello), Juhahn Jones, Quinta Brunson, and The Cooties (Ethan Edenburg, Jacob Jeffries, Eric Jackowitz and Raul B. Fernandez)

SHOWTIME & VENUES: 
* Thursday, July 27, 1:45 pm: GRAND SALON OPERA, HYATT REGENCY MONTREAL. Moderated by Shira Lazar of What’s Trending.

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NEW FACES: UNREPPED
(L to R):
Andrew Dismukes, George Civeris, Jackson McQueen, Jeremy McLellan, Jiayong Li, Jordan Doll, Marie Faustin, Mia Jackson, Steven Castillo, Turner Barrowman and Vanessa Gonzalez

SHOWTIME & VENUES: 
* Thursday, July 27, 9:30 pm hosted by Keith Robinson: MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY.

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 to July 31, 2017 in Montreal, Canada. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO, the leading industry event of the comedy business, runs from July 26-29, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal.

THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRON
IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBEC
Tickets on sale by phone, online or in person
The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, or hahaha.com.

The Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Destination Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support.

About the Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group’s growth is concentrated on four major focal points: festivals (in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney); television production (most notably Gags, seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines); stand-up specials and live shows (Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, North American dates for Family Guy Live!); Its inaugural Montreal festival is over 30 years old and is now the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event in the world, welcoming on average 1.7 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, and London.

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Just For Laughs Marks Its Milestone 35th Edition With A Comedy Cavalcade of Stars

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From comedy legends to the hottest stars of today including Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Hart, Gad Elmaleh, Trevor Noah, Judd Apatow, Ali Wong, Laverne Cox, Sugar Sammy, Rick Mercer, David Spade, Howie Mandel, Danny McBride and the cast of Vice Principals, John Mulaney and many more!

Montréal, PQ [May 3, 2017] – The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Vidéotron in association with Loto-Québec, is excited to announce the first slate of this year’s extraordinary line-up of comedians who will descend upon Montreal, turning the city into the epicenter of comedy for its annual celebration. The diversity and quality of performers is unsurpassable, deserving the title of the best-curated festival in the world.

From stand up Galas and concert shows to intimate club series, live TV tapings, cast panels and live podcast recordings, Just For Laughs gives comedy enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal with the comedic titans of today.

ONE NIGHT, ONE STAGE
TWO OF COMEDY’S BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC TITANS

Just For Laughs and JS Touring are thrilled to announce that America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld and France’s biggest and most loved comedic star Gad Elmaleh will share the stage for the first time as co-headliners with an exclusive one-night-only event to commemorate Just For Laughs’ 35th anniversary. This exceptional concert will mark Seinfeld’s return to Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival since first performing back in 1989. This is Gad’s second English appearance at the festival, following sold-out performances and rave reviews for his first English language one-person show which ran at last year’s festival. These two international icons and friends will come together Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 PM at the Bell Centre for one night of guaranteed laughter from beginning to end.

KEVIN HART’S LAUGH OUT LOUD PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTS

Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network (LOL) and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival. From submissions received, 20 films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer. Fans will then have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films selected and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at the Imperial Cinema, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post Q&A.

THE BIGGEST COMEDIANS PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERT

Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah released his 9th new comedy special Afraid of The Dark in February on Netflix, and in November 2016 he released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. His Born a Crime audiobook is Audible’s highest rated since its release in 2016. He brings his stand-up show live to Montreal for one night only on Friday, July 28 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts.

In addition to his concerts, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO will host In Conversation with Trevor Noah. Join Trevor for a conversation touching on his life and experiences — and whatever else comes to the mind of this brilliant comedian — on Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 Noon at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.

Judd Apatow returns to his stand-up comedy roots. The prolific writer/director of such films as Knocked Up and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, the director of Trainwreck, as well as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and Crashing and Netflix’s Love, is one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see the one-and-only Judd Apatow perform his new stand-up show being recorded live for Netflix with four performances this summer on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at 5ieme Salle at Place des Arts.

Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was seven months pregnant and according to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Catch Ali Wong live on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Act fast, her headlining live shows are now known to sell out within two minutes!

John Mulaney, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, adds a second performance to his previously announced return to the festival due to popular demand. Mulaney recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, he released his Netflix Original special entitled The Comeback Kid preceding a very successful stint at Saturday Night Live where he wrote and appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He brings his new standup comedy tour, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous to Montreal for one night only, Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.

Chris D’Elia continues to cement his status as a comedic force of nature. From his role as Danny on NBC’s Undateable, to the countless sold-out shows he absolutely muuuurders, and his hilarious YouTube videos, Chris D’Elia is without a doubt one of the funniest men in the world. Performing this special concert show live Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.

You know Tom Segura from his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, or from one of his many appearances on the biggest podcasts in comedy, including The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. We’re thrilled to announce Tom will be coming to Montreal with his No Teeth, No Entry Tour on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at L’Olympia.

HOMETOWN BOY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO JUST FOR LAUGHS
SUGAR SAMMY’S INTERNATIONAL GALA

On one of the most electric nights of last year’s festival, Sugar Sammy capped off his 420 show tour with one last performance of his hit show, You’re Gonna Rire, in front of a crowd of 115,000.

After performing 1,500 shows in 29 countries and in four different languages, Sugar Sammy has teamed up with Just For Laughs to select the best stand-up acts from around the world for his Gala, each performer a star in their own country. Sugar Sammy’s International Gala promises to be one of the most original nights you’ll experience at the festival. Comedic perspectives from around the world will converge on Montreal for a night of cultural exchange you won’t want to miss!

“In hosting a Just For Laughs Gala, Sugar Sammy joins legends and comedy stars such as Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Bill Burr. We couldn’t be happier to add to the fold, a homegrown star who is making a name for himself around the world,” said Bruce Hills, Just For Laugh’s Chief Operating Officer.

Sugar Sammy’s International Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada will feature some of the best international stand-ups on the planet on Friday, July 28 at 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

VIDEOTRON GALAS PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA SOAR WITH STAR-STUDDED TALENT

Vidéotron Galas presented by Air Canada return with this high-distinguished series of special Galas taking place over six evenings at the prestigious Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts. This year’s superlative lineup kicks off with Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, comedian/actor David Spade. One of the funniest men to burst onto the comedy scene with a five year run on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, Spade went on to star in some of the top tent pole comedies as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and most recently Grown Ups. Spade is sure to bring his signature sarcastic style as host of The David Spade Gala, featuring a line up of hilarious comedians and special guests on Wednesday July 26 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Emmy Award nominee, Laverne Cox didn’t have any problem standing out in the cast of Netlfix’s Orange is the New Black. That’s not the last time she’ll shine as part of an ensemble of super talented performers as we welcome Laverne to Montreal as the host of her own gala! She will channel her years of hosting reality television on VH1 when she hosts The Laverne Cox Gala, a multi-comic line-up of some of the best stand-up comedians in the world on Saturday, July 29, 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Canadian television personality and political satirist, Rick Mercer will once again take his rightful place in the spotlight of Canadian comedy to host a night of top class stand-up comedy featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians. One of the creators, performers, and writers of CBC’s seminal This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mercer keeps the flame of healthy skepticism alive with his hugely popular show The Rick Mercer Report. The Rick Mercer Gala will take place Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

Canadian celebrity, television personality and host, Howie Mandel, returns this summer for the third instalment of his highly-rated, multi-comic Gala, which features a lineup of some of the best comedians and unbelievable special guests for an exclusive 90-minute special being filmed for The CW Network. Mandel thrives in the spotlight. From TV hits Deal or No Deal to America’s Got Talent, he’s been an unstoppable force in show business for over 30 years. The Howie Mandel Gala will channel that magnetic energy into this one-of-a-kind evening on Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.

More than just traditional stand-up shows, the Just For Laughs Galas are hilariously inclusive evenings of comedy and theatrics packed with uproarious surprises from start to finish. Additional Galas will be announced in the coming weeks.

JACK ASTOR’S SERVES UP THE COOLEST SOLO AND CLUB SERIES OF THE SUMMER

Looking for great comedy, up close? Join the club! Just For Laughs is delighted to bring back the ever-so-popular solo and club series presented by Jack Astor’s, sure to bring any room to raucous laughter with this unprecedented lineup of audience favourites and impulsive drop-by sets by some of the best in the industry.

One of the industry more unrestrained, bold comedians, Jim Norton returns to Montreal bringing a brand-new hour of his refreshingly unapologetic stand-up with him. Following up on Mouthful of Shame (now streaming on Netflix), Norton’s new show Far from Delightful is sure to be an audience hit with his sharp transgressive wit he’s loved for. Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 pm at Gesù.

A must-see All Access Live is back and brings a killer line-up of hosts this year, taking over Club Soda for four consecutive nights. Audiences are guaranteed laughter with comedic juggernaut hosts and lineups of stacked comedians guaranteed to delight.

Selling out tours across North America, the charismatic comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia is sure to mix it up when he hosts All Acccess Live on Wednesday, July 26. Moshe Kasher, comedian, actor and host of the popular Comedy Central show Problematic, will oversee hosting duties Thursday, July 27. And, Natasha Leggero, writer, actor and comedian, and a regular on the Comedy Central Roast series, will take the stage as host to charm and spar with the room on Friday, July 28. The host changes each night. The lineup changes each show. The nightly show times of 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm at Club Soda stay the same.

We knew you’d want more! Tickets have been in demand since the announcement that Montreal would be treated to the hilarious, clever wit and skillful observational humour of Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo show, The New One. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss The New One. It may be the best one. Shows runs Monday, July 24, Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27 through to Saturday, July 29. Nightly show times at 7:00 pm at Le Gesù Theatre.

Brexit may have some people up in arms, but we’re unifying audiences with Brit(ish) hosted by Gina Yashere, starring Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and featuring special guest Sarah Millican. You’ll laugh so hard, the Queen on your money will silently judge you for being so improper. Catch this club series Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, at L’Astral.

Elon Gold will be making his 11th appearance at Just For Laughs this summer, performing his new solo show Elon Gold: Pro-Semite. A favoured son in the proud tradition of Jewish-American comedy, Gold has never stopped being one of the funniest, most charming guys in the room. Audiences can see for themselves starting Monday, July 24 through to Thursday, July 27, one performance each night at 7:00 pm at Maison Theatre.

I wouldn’t mention that it’s a live performance of the podcast, since it’s not being recorded – it’s just a live show. Maybe something like this: Make sure you catch The Fighter & the Kid: LIVE, starring former UFC heavyweight Brendan Schaub and actor/comedian Bryan Callen. Brendan and Bryan’s unbelievable chemistry and rich conversational style busts out of the speakers on their hit podcast, making this a show that was born to be seen LIVE! Just don’t let Brendan invite you out for a steak. Join us on Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.

Don’t miss this recording of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s hit podcast If I Were You, performed LIVE just for you! If I Were You offers up advice to its listeners in areas Jake and Amir are qualified to talk about… and quite a few areas they’re not at all. If you’re really lucky they might even have some advice for you when you can catch them LIVE on Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre. It doesn’t stop there! Jake and Amir founded the podcast network HeadGum to produce and promote the best podcasting talent in the world. Join the pair as they host a night featuring live recordings of three of their favourite HeadGum podcasts: High and Mighty with Jon Gabrus, Twinnovation with Jeff Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg and Mike Karnell, and Black Men Can’t Jump with Jerah Milligan, Jon Braylock, and James III on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.

WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO FUNNY BUSINESS

The Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is back, bringing the best of the industry together for a four-day event, attracting everyone from leaders to groundbreakers and exploring all facets of humour at the foreground of entertainment. In addition to Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah, this year’s Just For Laughs ComedyPRO will include some of the hottest cast panels, podcasts and showcases of the best up-and-coming comedians.

HBO PRESENTS VICE PRINCIPALS LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

HBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel features Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King and Edi Patterson. Friday, July 28 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.

CNN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COMEDY LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

Join us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy. “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating minds of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner and comedian W. Kamau Bell on Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 pm at Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.

The stand-up megastars that have been born at Just For Laughs’ New Faces of Comedy include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. Not a bad list, if we say so. Come see the genuinely thrilling moment a young comic steps up and becomes a star with our New Faces of ComedyNew Faces: Characters, and New Faces: Unrepped showcases taking place on Wednesday, July 26; and Thursday July 27 at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National. The best of the next generation of comedians and solo sketch acts will give you a serious dose of comedic street cred. Catch them now before they are household names!

Speaking of new, this year Just For Laughs is adding New Faces: Creators, a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers and creators who are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape through digital content creation. Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm at the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera, Level 4.

Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson. Presented by Sirius XM, and taking place on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.

Save the date: One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is the unveiling of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch”, which recognizes stand-up, sketch artists and web content creators making the most impact in the industry. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list, on Friday, July 28, 9:30 pm, at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.

BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES AND BOUNDARIES IS WHAT WE DO BEST

Just For Laughs tradition continues with The Ethnic Show, returning for its ninth edition and presented as part of the Jack Astor’s Club Series. This cultural melting pot of comedy features today’s buzz worthy comics, hosted by outspoken comedian Iranian-American Maz Jobrani. Maz is best known for numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit and his many movie and television appearances. Joining Maz, sharing the humorous side of their diverse backgrounds: Jewish-American Jessica Kirson returns after highly praised performances in 2016; international comedian and one of the most sought-after performers, Korean Irish-American Steve Byrne; the return to the festival, audience favourite Italian-Canadians The Doo Wops, comprised of John Catucci and David Mesiano; rising star Portuguese-Canadian Mike Rita; and staple of the New York comedy scene Dominican-American Vlad Caamaño. We’re tearing down barriers to speak forthright while laughing at our differences and similarities, starting Wednesday, July 12 through to Thursday, July 27 with 19 performances at Club Soda and Metropolis.

One of the most talked about series in the fest, The Nasty Show returns with a masterful line-up of outspoken, candid and daring standup comics guaranteed to push the boundaries of what is taboo. The series features heavy hitters such as Jimmy Carr with his mastery of amusing deadpan, edgy-one liner deliveries; unfiltered comedian Godfrey with his high-energy range of voices and personas and hilarious expletive-studded tirades. Big Jay Oakerson dubbed recently by The New York Times as a “Master of the Dirty Joke”, most notable with fans as the co-host of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder; along with his keen eye for the life’s absurdities, Robert Kelly‘s honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable take on life has been winning over audiences for years. Audiences will need to relinquish judgment at the door to enjoy this uncensored night of indulgent laughs starting Wednesday, July 19 through to Friday, July 28 with 10 performances at Métropolis.

VIDEOTRON PRESENTS OFF-JFL and ZOOFEST IN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBON

Sometimes your alternative, edgy sibling can be a great influence. At least that’s the case with OFF-JFL and Zoofest this year. This series features 60 + distinctive shows spanning intimate venues around Montreal, appealing to a young, vibrant demographic thanks to its risqué nature and affordability. Some of the biggest names in comedy made surprise appearances in the past from Louis C.K. and Bill Burr to Judd Apatow and Dave Chappelle. This year will be no exception with some of the hippest acts planning to take the stage.

Notables from their recent TV appearances include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker; FXX famed-animated hit Lucas Bros Moving Co., comedians The Lucas Bros; NBC’s Powerless comedian/actor Ron Funches; to Canada’s own Sabrina Jalees who recently guest-starred on Amazon’s Transparent; and comedian, writer, actor and TV host on the BBC Katherine Ryan. Comedian, screenwriter, actor, seen on Netflix and E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman joins; as well, socio-political comedian and TV host of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell. Comedian and actor, most recently seen as everyone’s favourite brash coach on ABC’s The Goldbergs, podcast legend Bryan Callen shares his no-holds-barred approach to stand-up.

The hottest comedians and shows emerging on the circuit will be featured in this series, including Cristela Alonzo, Kate Berlant, Vir Das, Mark Forward, Erik Griffin, Dan Soder, Barry Rothbart, Emily Heller, James Adomian, K. Trevor Wilson, Orny Adams, Debra DiGiovanni, Sasheer Zamata, Krystyna Hutchinson, Corinne Fisher, Wil Anderson, Ian Karmel, Big Jay Oakerson‘s What’s Your F*cking Deal?, Best of the Fest, Hosts with the Most and the insanely popular Midnight Surprise.

Oh, one more thing. We can’t forget the quintessential comic’s comic Andy Kindler returns to OFF-JFL to host the beloved Alternative Show for five nights.

Just For Laughs continues to draw the biggest talent in the industry, putting the audience in the middle of the action. Many comedians got their “big break” in Montreal over the last 35 years. In a span of 20 days, audiences will have the opportunity to see everyone from their stand-up idols, while also having the ability to discover the industry’s next breakout star.

Be prepared for more announcements to the premium lineups in the coming weeks.

Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Wednesday May 3, 2017 as of 12:00 Noon (ET), and to the general public Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am (ET) at hahaha.com

Looking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 25-29 (some restrictions apply).

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 – 31, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.

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The Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support.

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THE 2017 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 Vidéotron.

Just For Laughs Announces Its New Faces of 2016

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Just For Laughs Unveils The Next Generation of Comedy Superstars with the 2016 New Faces of Comedy Series Presented by PYPO

Montreal, QC [July 25, 2016] – Just For Laughs is proud to unveil the line-up for the 2016 Just For Laughs New Faces Series presented by PYPO. Comprised of three shows: New Faces of ComedyNew Faces: Characters and New Faces: Unrepped, New Faces is your chance to see the best new talent before they’re playing sold-out theatres across the continent.

Every year, Just For Laughs chooses the most promising up-and-comers to feature in the New Faces series. Stand-up superstars are born at New Faces! So, come and find out who everyone’s going to be talking about this time next year! Former alumni include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin and Kevin Hart (to name just a few).

Drumroll please for this year’s New Faces…

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NEW FACES OF COMEDY:
(L to R) Ahamed Weinberg, Casey James Salengo, Chris Garcia, Dave Ross, David Gborie, Dino Archie, Evan Williams, Jacqueline Novak, Jenny Zigrino, Jesus Trejo, Joel Kim Booster, Jo Firestone, Jordan Rock, Josh Johnson, Matt Donaher, Matt Ingebretson, Naomi Ekperigin, Randy Syphax, Robert Powell, Sarah Tollemache and Tim Dillon.

SHOWTIMES & VENUES: 
* July 27, 7 pm: New Faces Group 1 hosted by Matt Braunger — MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY
* July 27, 9:30 pm: New Faces Group 2 hosted by Tone Bell —MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY

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NEW FACES: CHARACTERS
The next generation of sketch comedy superstars will be on full display at New Faces: Characters. Catch all the sketchy goings-on Thursday, July 28th, 7 pm MONUMENT NATIONAL: LA SALLE LUDGER-DUVERNAY.

This year’s lineup includes (L to R): Alan Starzinski, Lily Sullivan, Ego Nwodim, Christine Bullen, Joanna Bradley, Colin O’Brien, Frank Garcia-Hejl, Natalie Palamides, Richie Moriarty and Nicole Sun.

NEW FACES: UNREPPED
Eleven of the funniest comedians currently working without representation are set to hit the stage in New Faces: Unrepped. By the time they leave, that distinction will only be half-true. Guess which half! Showtimes: Thursday, July 28th, 11 pm PLACE DES ARTS: CINQUIEME SALLE. Hosted by George Wallace. 

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This year’s lineup (L to R): Brendan Lynch, Casey Crawford, Danny Palumbo, Geoffrey Asmus, J.B. Ball, Ismael Loutfi, JP McDade, Janelle James, Molly Ruben-Long, Neko White and Raul Sanchez.

Tickets on sale now at hahaha.com

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 13 to August 1, 2016 in Montreal, Canada. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO runs from July 27-30, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Montreal, Canada.

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The Just For Laughs Festival presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Quebec would like to thank their partners and sponsors: Vidéotron, Loto-Québec, Tangerine, Sleeman, KIA, Tim Hortons, Sirius XM, Le Lait, SAQ, Air Canada, V8, Appleton Estate, Eska, Lolita, Pepito Sangria, Gouvernement du Québec, Government of Canada, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal.

About the Just For Laughs Group:

Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: Make People Happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and they are all connected to each other via the Internet.

THE 2016 EDITION OF
THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRON 
IN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBEC
For tickets by phone, online or in person:
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New Faces of Comedy 2015

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See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!
Just For Laughs Unveils The Next Generation of Comedy Superstars
with the New Faces of Comedy Series

Montreal, PQ [July 20, 2015] – Just For Laughs is proud to unveil the line-up for the New Faces Series. Comprised of three shows — New Faces of ComedyNew Faces of Comedy: Characters, and New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped—the New Faces of Comedy series is your chance to see the best new talent before they’re playing sold-out theatres across the continent. Check below for showtimes and venues.

Every year, Just For Laughs chooses the most promising up-and-comers to feature in the New Faces of Comedy series. Stand-up superstars are born at New Faces, so come and find out who everyone’s going to be talking about this time next year! Drumroll please for this year’s New Faces…

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NEW FACES OF COMEDY:
(L to R) Dulce Sloan, Alex Edelman, Jak Knight, John Early, Moses Storm, Ester Steinberg, Jon Rudnitsky, Rob Gleeson, Emma Willmann, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Abramson, Chris Redd, Nate Fernald, Julio Torres, Clayton English, Ashley Barnhill, Langston Kerman, Matthew Broussard, Pat Regan, Leonard Ouzts and Claire Mulaney.

SHOWTIMES & VENUES: 
* July 22, 7 pm: New Faces Group 1 hosted by Dana Gould — 5e Salle, Place-des-Arts
* July 22, 9 pm: New Faces Group 2 host TBC — 5e Salle, Place-des-Arts
* July 24, 9:30 pm: New Faces Group 2 hosted by Dana Gould — Wiggle Room
* July 24, 11:30 pm: New Faces Group 1 hosted by Dana Gould — Wiggle Room

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: CHARACTERS
The next generation of sketch comedy superstars will be on full display at New Faces of Comedy: Characters. Catch all the sketchy goings-on Thursday, July 23rd, 7 pm in the 5e Salle at Place-des-Arts and Friday, July 24th, 9:30 pm at the Mainline Theatre.

new-faces-of-comedy-charactersThis year’s lineup includes (L to R): Alison Rich, Don Fanelli, Will Stephen, Phil Augusta Jackson, Sudi Green, Punam Patel, Matt Barats, Jon Bander, Lyric Lewis and Marques Ray.

NEW FACES OF COMEDY: UNREPPED
Eleven of the funniest comedians currently working without representation are set to hit the stage in New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped. By the time they leave, that distinction will only be half-true. Guess which half! Showtimes: Thursday, July 23rd, 9 pm in the 5e Salle at Place-des-Arts; repeats Friday, July 24th, 9:30 pm at the Mainline Theatre.

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(L to R): Megan Gailey, Steven Wilber, Tom Brady, Chris Charpentier, Luis J Gomez, Kyle Ayers, Ryan Donahue, Caleb Synan, Rob Haze, Billy Wayne Davis and Abby Rosenquist.

And Now…New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped (2014)

The list of talent keeps getting bigger and better! Just For Laughs and ComedyPRO announce the lineup for New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped, the final of three shows schedule in the New Faces of Comedy series, part of the CollegeHumor Comicpro Series.

The New Faces of Comedy series runs from July 23-25 in the 5e Salle at Place-des-Arts with repeat performances at The Wiggle Room and Mainline Theatre. Follow this link for show details for New Faces of Comedy and New Faces of Comedy: Characters (already announced).

new-faces-of-comedy-unreppedFresh talent + no manager = commission-free comedy.
When Alex Stone, Brendan Eyre, Brian Frange, Cody Hustak, Jason Saenz, Liza Treyger, Noah Gardenswartz, Richard Bain, Sam Evans, Troy Walker and Zainab Johnson take to the stage at New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped, they’ll so do as eleven of the funniest comedians currently working without representation. By the time they leave, that distinction will only be half-true. Guess which half!

 

 

Catch all three New Faces of Comedy shows and much more at this year’s 32nd festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec. Tickets on sale now at hahaha.com.

Just For Laughs Unveils The 2014 New Faces of Comedy

Just For Laughs unveils its lineup for the New Faces of Comedy series part of the CollegeHumor Comicpro Series.  Comprised of three shows—New Faces of Comedy, New Faces of Comedy: Characters, and New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped—the New Faces of Comedy series will run from July 23-25 in the 5e Salle at Place-des-Arts with repeat performances at The Wiggle Room and Mainline Theatre.

And while you’re at it don’t forget to catch Homegrown Comics, which takes place July 24 at L’Astral. A limited number of tickets are still available for this show which is hosted by Debra DiGiovanni and features: Sam Easton, Michael Harrison, Eric Andrews, Steph Tolev, DJ Demers, Amanda Brooke Perrin, Alex Pavone, Nick Carter and Morgan O’Shea.

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You’ll soon be seeing a lot more of the performers in our annual showcase of the hottest emerging stand-up talent from around the world. With industry eyes fixed upon: Alingon Mitra, Brad Wenzel, Drew Michael, Eliza Skinner, Grant Lyon, Hampton Yount, Hasan Minhaj, Jack Robichaud, Jake Weisman, Jen D’Angelo, Jesse Elias, John McKeever, Justine Marino, Kate Berlant, Matteo Lane, Michelle Wolf, Monroe Martin, Nore Davis, Randy Liedtke, Ryan O’Flanagan and Whitmer Thomas. It’s only a matter of time before they start popping up all over your TV, movie, and computer screens. Try to act surprised.

 

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The next generation of sketch comedy superstars will be on full display at New Faces of Comedy: Characters. This year’s lineup includes: Beth Hoyt, Chelsea Davison, Greg Tuculescu, Holly Laurent, John Reynolds, LaKendra Tookes, Mary Holland, Michael Antonucci and Michael Lehrer. Hot, hot, hot!

 

 

Stay tuned for further news as we have yet to announce the lineup for New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped — another in our New Faces of Comedy series part of the CollegeHumour Comicpro Series.

Catch these shows and much more at this year’s 32nd festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec. Tickets on sale now at hahaha.com.

New Faces of Comedy: Just For Laughs Unveils The Next Generation of Comedy Superstars

See Tomorrow’s Stars Today!
Just For Laughs Unveils The Next Generation of Comedy Superstars
at 31st Edition Event
Yahoo! Presents New Faces of Comedy Series

Montreal, July 22, 2013Just For Laughs unveiled its lineups for the Yahoo! presents New Faces of Comedy series and Homegrown Comic Competition presented by Yahoo! & Sirius XM showcase as part of the National Bank Comicpro Series. Catch these shows and much more at this year’s 31st Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec.

Comprised of three shows—New Faces of Comedy, New Faces of Comedy: Characters, and New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped—the Yahoo! presents New Faces of Comedy series will run from July 24-27 in the 5e Salle at Place-des-Arts with repeat performances at MainLine Theatre and Katacombes. The Homegrown Comic Competition presented by Yahoo! and Sirius XM will take place July 26 in the 5e Salle, Place des Arts. For more information on the 2013 New Faces of Comedy series and Homegrown Comic Competition performers please visit www.hahaha.com.

 

new-faces-of-comedyGet used to seeing these Faces.
You’ll soon be seeing a lot more of the performers in our annual showcase of the hottest emerging stand-up talent from around the world. With industry eyes fixed upon Byron Bowers, Gina Brillon, Kevin Christy, Pete Davidson, Chris Distefano, Sean Donnelly, Derek Gaines, Dan Gill, Rick Glassman, Ian Karmel, Damien Lemon, Josh Adam Meyers, Sam Morril, Aparna Nancherla, Adam Newman, Mark Normand, Esther Povitsky, Andrew Santino, Andrew Schulz, Dave Stone, Alice Wetterlund and Brooks Wheelan at this year’s Yahoo! presents New Faces of Comedy, it’s only a matter of time before they start popping up all over your TV, movie, and computer screens. Try to act surprised.

 

new-faces-of-comedy-charactersSee them here live, before you see them Live, From New York!
The next generation of sketch comedy superstars will be on full display at Yahoo! presents New Faces of Comedy: Characters. This year’s lineup includes Russ Armstrong, Jen Bartels, Dan Klein, Jessica Lowe, Samantha Martin, John Milhiser, Sarah Nowak, Conner O’Malley and Mark Raterman. Practice pronouncing those names in SNL announcer Don Pardo’s voice, so they’ll sound that much more familiar when he starts doing it for real a couple years from now… or sooner.

 

new-faces-of-comedy-unreppedFresh talent + no manager = commission-free comedy.
When Mac Blake, Alli Breen, Brian Jian, Mike Lebovitz, Amber Nelson, Andrew Orvedahl, Mike Polk Jr, Dave Smith, Doug Smith, Shane Torres and Joe Zimmerman take to the stage at Yahoo! presents New Faces of Comedy: Unrepped, they’ll so do as eleven of the funniest comedians currently working without representation. By the time they leave, that distinction will only be half-true. Guess which half.

 

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It’s no secret that comedy is Canada’s number one cultural export. With our country sending its best and brightest comedic talents over the border and across the pond year after year, The Homegrown Comic Competition presented by Yahoo! & Sirius XM is JFL’s way of re-stocking the shelves. That said, given the incredible talent of this year’s lineup, which includes Christophe Davidson, Ivan Decker, Craig Fay, Andrew Johnston, Graham Kay, Chris Locke, Bryan O’Gorman, Keith Sarnoski and Derek Sweet it won’t be long before Hollywood comes calling once again. Good thing we do this every year, eh?

 

About ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the industry and explores all facets of comedy with a comprehensive lineup of industry experts and stars. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen, and in ComedyPRO’s relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, we’re all equals! 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, industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances of comedy’s buzziest podcasts.

About the Just For Laughs Group About the Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has four business units: Festivals, in Montreal, Toronto, Chicago and Sydney; television production, Gags seen in 135 countries and on 95 airlines and Stand-up Specials and series; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jeremy Hotz, John Pinette, Louis C.K., the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour and North American dates for Family Guy Live!; and talent management. The Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy Festival is the world’s biggest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming 1.25 million people each summer. The Festival celebrated its 30th Anniversary in 2012. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and a small apartment on the Internet.

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For additional information, contact:

Julie Giles ComedyPRO
Tel: +1 (416) 878-5328
Email: julie@greenhatdigital.com

Jamie O’Meara Just for Laughs Festival
Tel: +1 (514) 845-3155, ext 6150
Email: jomeara@hahaha.com

We’re Not Joshing. The Just For Laughs Industry Pass Has It All!

You’re the ultimate schmoozer. An industry insider who knows where comedy is going, not where it’s been. A gal (or guy) on the move. You need access to most sought after panels, shows and parties. And you need it now. With a Just For Laughs Industry Pass, you can have it all and more.

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The Just For Laughs Industry Pass automatically gives you access to the ComedyPRO conference plus many Just For Laughs Festival events and live shows*.

In addition, you have the option of choosing which New Faces’ shows you’d like to attend, before arriving at the festival. This will allow you to obtain a hard ticket to three (3) specific showings of your choice. (Please note: There is a limited quantity of tickets per show available.)

Your Just for Laughs Industry Pass includes:

* All-access to the three-day ComedyPRO Conference
* Access to many Just For Laughs Festival shows*
* All-Access to Off-JFL shows (formerly Zoofest Comedy)
* Pre-arranged tickets to three (3) New Faces shows
* Full access to industry lunches and parties, including the Friday Midnight Party
* Access to the festival rate at our partner hotels (NOTE: The Hyatt is now sold-out. However, rooms are still available at the Hôtel Le Germain Montréal and the Delta Montréal, both within walking distance of the Hyatt. Please use the link to book your room at the Delta or call 1-877-333-2050 and mention you are part of the “Just For Laughs block” to have access to the special rate).

The ComedyPRO Industry Pass can be purchased for $575 CDN. Buy it now!

Late to the game? Buy a pass on-site. On-site registration will be held at the Just for Laughs Welcome Desk (Creation Room on Level 6), Hyatt Regency Montreal (1255 Rue Jeanne-Mance) from Monday, July 22 to Friday, July 26, 2013, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Day passes will also be sold on-site.

Small print for insiders only:
*The Industry Pass gives you access to the following Just For Laughs venues (standing room only): Club Soda, Metropolis, L’Astral, 5ieme Salle (Place des Arts), Studio (Place des Arts), Gesu – Salle d’Auteuil, Mainline Theatre, Theatre St. Catherine, Katacombs, Underworld, Cleopatra, Comedyworks, and Comedy Nest. Passes do not give the bearer access to live shows at the following venues, as hard tickets are required: Salle Gesu, Wilfred Pelletier (Place des Arts), Jean-Duceppe (Place des Arts) and Maisonneuve (Place des Arts). Please note that the bearer may be turned away if a show is at full capacity. Paid ticket holders and Express Pass holders have priority admission. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you purchase tickets to shows that you really want to see.

ComicPro Series: Marc Maron Performs His All-New Solo Show

Comedy fans looking to put their fingers on the pulse of the industry will find their lifeblood at this year’s ComicPro series.

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Stand-up legend and permanent zeitgeist resident Marc Maron, star of IFC’s new hit sitcom Maron, performs his all-new solo show in the 5e Salle at Place des Arts on July 27th.

Meanwhile, a new generation of comics looking to follow in his prodigious steps will all make their Festival debuts in the same venue, performing in a quintet of shows that shed a spotlight on comedy’s future.

The world’s brightest emerging stand-ups will strut their stuff in The New Faces Of Comedy, The Homegrown Comedy Competition sponsored by Sirius XM, and Variety’s Ten Comics To Watch 2013, while their unrepresented peers will do the same in The New Faces Of Comedy: Unrepped.

And with the impending exodus of stars from Saturday Night Live, Lorne Michaels’ team would do well to keep an eye on the sketch and improv talent on full display in The New Faces Of Comedy: Characters. In fact, with so many former cast members from the NBC late night dynasty already appearing at this year’s Festival, they could even start up a mentorship program!

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Film buffs looking to beat the heat in the cool comfort of a movie theatre won’t want to miss the world premiere screening of Coffee Town on July 27th. Written and directed by Brad Copeland (Arrested Development) and starring Glenn Howerton (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia), Steve Little (Eastbound & Down), and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), the movie is the first feature produced by leading comedy brand CollegeHumor.