Just For Laughs: Anthony Jeselnik and an evening with Leon Black
Get Up and Go! Just For Laughs Montreal is in full swing as the city is filled with everybody comedy related. We had the opportunity to catch some funny shows and wanted to share with you, our beloved TLB audience.
Down at the Underworld venue for Caligula (if you don’t know it, look it up) where Ben Roy, fresh off a stint at The Nasty Show, warmed up the crowed before Anthony Jeselnik blew people’s mind with one liners about domestic violence, murder, and rape (because “I can still tell rape jokes)… just to name a few. His consistent style of direct, monotone delivery only intensifies his comedic timing as he had crowds roaring for more.
Sitting in the back, we had a bird’s eye view of the full house as he brought out a secret (which we promised will remain a secret) of trying new material for the upcoming Comedy Central roast of Roseanne Barr. Again, Boy Scout honor, we promised not to let the cat out of the bag. All we can say is hold on to your butts, this roast is going to kick your ass!
Just For Laughs late night included an interesting show with Leon Black aka J.B. Smoove aka Danny Duberstein. Typical late night style, Leon sat behind a wooden desk with microphone front and center. Not typical of late night style was the fun addition of Leon in a white wife beater t-shirt and red due rag wrapped around his head.
With a DJ on the side of the stage mixing sound bites of Leon Black from the hit show Curb Your Enthusiasm, the show was anything but scripted. Leon had an energetic group of comedians to back up his show as Maz Jobrani, Gina Yashere, and George Willborn injected doses of liveliness to the tired crowd.