Every year, Just For Laughs has served as a destination for comedians all over the world. Since its inception in 1983, the Montreal-based comedy festival has served as a launching pad for some of the biggest names in comedy. Unfortunately, that’s not something that can happen this year, leaving a pretty big void for comedians and comedy fans alike.
To help fill that void, SiriusXM has announced the Just For Laughs Virtual Comedy Festival. Spanning multiple comedy channels on July 20-25th (when the original festival was supposed to happen this year). And while the atmosphere of live comedy obviously can’t be recreated, there will be lots of comedy all day. Two comedy specials will air each day, mixed in with new commentary from Kevin Hart, Howie Mandel, Ronny Chieng, Caroline Rhea, Jim Norton, Alonzo Bodden, and many more. Plus, highlights from previous Just For Laughs festivals will be featured, including Andy Kindler’s annual “State of the Industry” speeches.
“We were thrilled when SiriusXM approached us with this idea. Now, on what would have been this year’s festival dates, we will carry on the tradition by sharing some of the greatest performances from our 37 years of festivals which includes some amazing homegrown Canadian content” says Bruce Hills, President of Just For Laughs.
“Just For Laughs is the world’s premier comedy festival that we look forward to being a part of every year,” added Jack Vaughn, SiriusXM’s Senior Vice President of Comedy Programming. “So while we can’t be in Montreal this summer, going to shows, eating poutine way too late, and dodging giant political street puppets, SiriusXM is thrilled to team up with the festival to create the next best thing.”
The two one-hour comedy specials will be airing on the following stations.
Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio Channel 96: 2pm & 6pm ET
Raw Dog Comedy Channel 99: 12pm & 9pm ET
Laugh USA Channel 98: 1pm & 7pm ET
Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup Channel 97: 3pm & 8pm ET
Comedy Greats Channel 94: 4pm & 5pm ET
Just For Laughs Canada Channel 168: 24 hours a day
And for those who can’t wait to get back to Montreal for a proper festival, not to worry. They are currently scheduling it for sometime later this fall.