With Spring wrapping unofficially this weekend, details about countless summer festivals are popping up with one of the biggest being Just for Laughs Montreal. Professional comedians, businessmen, armatures, and industry icons are always in attendance at the premier festival. While passes for the festival range in price and access, one of the coolest is the Conference Pass. It gives access to young professionals, comedy enthusiasts, and students who are trying to learn more or trying to enter the industry of comedy. With the pass one can attend discussion panels, keynote speakers, award presentations, and Comic Pro series. I have to admit, it’s a cliché thing to say but this pass certainly does give the ultimate experience.
The idea of Just For Laughs can be a doozy if you aren’t ready for it. The nearly month-long festival offers up the best in the arts and comedy nightly with the culmination of the industry festival at the festival’s end.
What comedians are performing at this thing you as? Well you, here’s your answer.
Sarah Silverman, Seth Meyers, Joan Rivers, Eddie Izzard, Taran Killam & Bobby Moynihan, Nick Kroll, Amy Schumer, Colin Quinn, Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood, Kristen Schaal, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Danny Bhoy, Marc Maron, Pete Holmes, Tig Notaro, Maria Bamford, and Judah Friedlander highlight the opening lineup announcements for the festival. We’re not bullshittin’ ya when we say it’s the biggest comedy festival in North America. Well established and emerging talent all in one place. Boom!
The Linup So Far…
July 10-13th – The Ethnick show hosted by Shuan Majumder at Club Soda
July 16-28th – Spank! A 50 Shades Parody
July 17-20th – Godfrey hosts Date Night: The Relationship Show at Club Soda (7pm)
July 18-24th – Maria Bamford at Theatre Ste-Catherine
July 18-27th – Trevor Noah at Theatre Ste-Catherine
July 19-20th – The Nasty Show hosted by Bobby Slayton and special guest Jimmy Carr at Club Soda (9:30)
July 22-27th – Judah Friedlander at MainLine
July 23-26th – Talk Of The Fest: Taran Killam, Bobby Moynihan, and Kristen Schaal host breakout stars Club Soda.
July 23rd – The Bilingual Show hosted by Mike Ward
July 23-27th – Tig Notaro at Theatre Ste-Catheerine
July 25-27th – Pete Holmes at Theatre Ste-Catherine
July 24-27th – Bonus Nasty Shows
July 24-27th – British Comedy Showcase hosted by Rich Hall
July 24th – Eddie Izzard kicks off the Galas with the hosting of a night of the finest International acts from around the world, including French comedian Gad Elmaleh
July 24th – Amy Schumer At Metropolis
July 24th – Hannibal Buress live
July 24-27th – Scott Adsit & John Lutz at MainLine
July 24-27th – Brian Poeshn at Katacombes
July 25th – Hannibal Buress hosts Hip-Hop Karaoke
July 25th – Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers will host a Gala showing off some of his brand of humor that we’re going to see more in late night.
July 25th – The Bar Mitzvah Show hosted by Elon Gold
July 25-27th – Colin Quinn will be performing his latest one-man show Unconstitutional.
July 25-26th – Bo Burnham
July 26th – Nick Kroll’s one man show
July 26-28th – Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will drop their Whose Line Is It Anyway? Improv on us
July 26-27th – Danny Bhoy’s one man show Dear Epson
July 27th – Sarah Silverman will host two all-star Galas, each featuring a completely different lineup
July 27th – Reigning Queen of Comedy Joan Rivers will take the stage.
July 27th – Marc Maron at Place de Arts
There will also be a film screening
July 27th – Coffee Town 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.
The Comedy Pro package will get you deeper into the action with the chance to catch the The New Faces Of Comedy, The Homegrown Comedy Competition sponsored by Sirius XM, and Variety’s Ten Comics To Watch 2013, New Faces Of Comedy: Unrepped, and The New Faces Of Comedy: Characters. Colin Quinn’s Keynote Address; the Just For Laughs Awards Ceremony; industry luncheons and cocktail parties; and exclusive live performances of comedy’s buzziest podcasts, including The Todd Barry Podcast, Professor Blastoff, Mike Ward Is Full Of Shit, Fitzdog Radio, You Know What Dude with Robert Kelly, Ronna & Beverly, You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes, and of course WTF with Marc Maron.