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Carrie Fisher, Sarah Silverman, and More Announced 
For the 34th Edition of the Just For Laughs Festival

June 1, 2016

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Montreal, June 1, 2016 – The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec, continues to roll out the biggest names in comedy as they add even more star power to the 80-plus shows already announced for Montreal this summer.

Just For Laughs is thrilled to announce that the legendary Carrie Fisher will be hosting a multi-comic televised Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada this summer in Montreal. An award-winning actress and bestselling author, Carrie is a true cultural icon. She is best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, a role which she most recently reprised in the record-breaking box office hit Star Wars: The Force Awakens in December 2015. Her autobiographical one-woman Broadway show, Wishful Drinking, was filmed for HBO and received an Emmy Award nomination, while her award-winning bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, was made into an Oscar-nominated film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Her appearance on 30 Rock was nominated for an Emmy Award and she can also be seen in the critically acclaimed Amazon series Catastrophe. The Carrie Fisher Comedy Gala will take place July 31, 7:00 pm, at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in Place Des Arts.

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman joined Saturday Night Live in 1993 as a writer and feature performer and has not stopped working since. She continues to lend her voice to the Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers and has a recurring role on the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Masters of Sex, which will return for its fourth season this year. She was most recently seen as the star of I Smile Back, for which she received much praise and a 2016 Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.” She debuted her hour-long, critically acclaimed HBO stand-up special in 2013, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, and can be seen next in The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping. Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand-up comedy, and you can catch her live in Montreal for one night only on July 30, 9:30 pm, at Maison Symphonique in Place Des Arts.

Founded in 2011, Harmontown is a near weekly live podcast by Dan Harmon, Emmy Award-winning creator/executive producer of the comedy series Community as well as the co-creator/executive producer of Adult Swim’s Rick & Morty, and co-host “Comptroller” Jeff Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?). In 2014, Harmon starred in the documentary Harmontown which chronicled his 20-city stand-up/podcast tour of the same name. The film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically in October of 2014. Catch Harmontown Live with Dan Harmon on July 30, 2:00 pm, in the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera.

George Wallace, veteran radio personality, beloved stand-up comedian and best-selling author hosts New Faces: Unrepped presented by PYPO. Dubbed “The New Mr. Vegas,” Wallace headlined his own show at Las Vegas’ The Flamingo Hotel for 10 years straight before touring North America in 2014. Catch him hosting this showcase introducing the best up-and-coming stand-ups from across the USA as they are presented to industry and fans alike on the big festival stage. Commission-free comedy at its best! On July 28, 11:00 pm, at 5e Salle in Place des Arts.

Barry Katz hosts the Industry Standard podcast, a one-of-a-kind insider look at Hollywood through the eyes of a comedy manager/producer. The live taping of the podcast takes place July 29, 12:00 pm, at the Hyatt Regency Ovation Room.

OFF-JFL IN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBON ADDS NEW SHOWS

Finesse Mitchell hosts The Masters, a show featuring seasoned pros and stand-up legends doing what they do best. These comedians are at the top of their games; you won’t see more solid stand-up than this! Performances at OFF-JFL from July 27-30, 10:30 pm, at Katacombes.

After receiving four standing ovations at the Neil Patrick Harris: Circus Awesomeus galas last summer in Montreal, Brad Williams brings his new show, Daddy Issues, to OFF-JFL. It’s an extraordinary show that riotously tackles political correctness, dwarfism and race, as well as how his father raised him to deal with adversity, July 28-30, 7:00 pm, at Theatre La Chapelle. Brad also stars in The Nasty Show from July 20-30 at Metropolis.

Iliza Shlesinger is a triple threat at Just For Laughs this summer with two solo show performances, a live podcast and her just-announced OFF-JFL show, Girls’ Night in with Iliza. The evening is meant to give girls a fun place to come and bond over the insanity that is being a woman. This show is going to get personal, ugly and beautiful all at the same time and it’s ONLY for girls. Don’t miss her show at Theatre La Chapelle, July 29, at 11:30 pm.

With a career spanning over 30 years, iconic comedian Louie Anderson is a two-time Emmy Award winner, star of his own stand-up specials and sitcoms, best-selling author, and was named one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time” by Comedy Central. Don’t miss your chance to see a true comedy legend as he adds a third performance on July 24, 9:00 pm, at Theatre Sainte-Catherine along with his already announced OFF-JFL shows on July 25 and 26 at Salle Claude-Léveillée in Place Des Arts.

Stars of The Ethnic Show, Jessica Kirson, Gina Brillon and Yannis Pappas are set to take over OFF-JFL and Theatre Sainte-Catherine on July 25 with solo performances. Jessica, named “Best Female Comic” by the MAC association and recent recipient of the Nightlife Award for “Best Stand-up Comedian” in New York City, will perform her solo show Talking to Myself with Jessica Kirson at 7:30 pm. A delightfully hilarious Just For Laughs New Faces alumnus, Gina will perform at 9:00 pm, and Yannis, host of AOL’s Original Series 2 Point Lead, will perform his solo show Let Me Be Yannis at 10:30 pm. The Ethnic Show runs from July 13-28 at Club Soda and Metropolis.

Pre-sale for each show begins today at 10 am at hahaha.com
Public on-sale starts June 3, at 10 am at hahaha.com

SO MANY WAYS TO SAVE!

With all new benefits, including free tickets and exclusive pass holder zones onsite, the best offer of the Festival returns with the Just For Laughs Festival Passes. Grab the 2-Show Pass for only $99.99, the 3-Show Pass for $139.99, the 5-Show Pass for $215 or the new VIP festival pass for $300.

Just For Laughs’ edgier sibling, OFF-JFL has combined this year with Zoofest creating the inaugural Zoofest & OFF-JFL festival! Choose any 3 shows of OFF-JFL or Zoofest as part of your ZOØFF pass for only $49.99!

Early Bird prices are now in effect for JFL ComedyPRO industry members (you know who you are) until June 17, 2016:

OVER 80+ ARTISTS HAVE ALREADY BEEN ANNOUNCED AND
ARE READY TO TAKE OVER MONTREAL THIS JULY

The 34th edition of the Just For Laughs Festival will also include: Julia Louis-Dreyfus, P.K. Subban, Sebastian Maniscalco, David Cross, Lewis Black, Jeff Ross presents Roast Battle, Howie Mandel, Russell Peters, Oh, Hello starring Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Hannibal Buress, Jeremy Hotz, Brian Regan, Maria Bamford, Gad Elmaleh, Jimmy Carr, Russell Howard, Iliza Shlesinger, Kathleen Madigan, Nikki Glaser, Jay Pharoah, Scott Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, Mark Watson, Russell Kane, Tiff Stevenson, Rachid Badouri, Dom Irrera, Godfrey, Jessica Kirson, Gina Brillon, Yannis Pappas, Mike Ward, Bobby Slayton, Brad Williams, Ralphie May, Tiffany Haddish, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, David Mandel, Alan Carr, Tom Green, Janeane Garofalo, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Adam Hills, Tommy Johnagin, Nick Thune, Steve Rannazzisi, Scott Thompson, Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, Barry Crimmins, Louie Anderson, Emo Philips, Piff The Magic Dragon, Beth Stelling, Michelle Wolf, Todd Barry, Aparna Nancherla, Jermaine Fowler, Mark Normand, Matt Braunger, Ari Shaffir, Andy Kindler, Anthony Atamanuik, Cameron Esposito, Daniel Sloss, Derek Seguin, Jackie Kashian, James Adomian, Josh Adam Meyers, Katherine Ryan, Corrine Fisher, Krystyna Hutchinson, Stuart Goldsmith, and more!

The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 13- 31, 2016 in Montreal, Canada.

OFF-JFL runs from July 21-30, 2016 in Montreal, Canada and is presented in collaboration with Pabst Blue Ribbon.

JFL 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 its public partners: Government of 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 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:
The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.com 
presented by Videotron

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