Participants

JUDAH FRIEDLANDER

COMEDIAN, ACTOR, AUTHOR

Fresh from his critically acclaimed & Webby Award nominated feature length stand-up performance film America Is the Greatest Country In the United States (Netflix), Judah makes a welcome return to the Montreal Just for Laughs festival from New York City as part of his 2018 world tour.
Featuring all new material and crowd work, America… Still Number One takes on American exceptionalism U.S. domestic & foreign policy with hilarious and profound comment on racism, sexism, gun control, climate change, and health care.

Judah has been performing stand-up comedy since 1989, his on-stage persona of The World Champion has taken on different shades and layers over the years. Initially a satire on narcissism, the persona grew into that of a real-life superhero, who is humble, subliminally getting audiences to question why as a society we feel the need to want heroes. The World Champion is a champion of the world – a human who stands up for the rights of earth and everything in and on it including humans, other animals, and plants. If America does the right thing, Judah will one day be the President of the United States.

‘One of the great comedic minds of this generation and one of the most original voices performing comedy today, or ever.’ The Interrobang

As an actor, Judah has been in over 30 films. In 2004, he was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the Independent Spirit Awards for his role as the genuine nerd Toby Radloff in American Splendor. Judah was a series regular for all 7 seasons on the multiple Emmy award-winning 30 Rock, winning a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble Cast in a Comedy Series in 2009.

As an author, Judah has released two books, the satirical instructional karate book How To Beat Up Anybody (2010), and If the Raindrops United (2015) – a book of drawings & cartoons – many of which are political and address serious issues of racism, gentrification, mass incarceration, climate change, classism, and the corporatization of NYC & America.