Every year Just For Laughs holds an awards ceremony to honor their brothers and sisters in comedy. Bestowing accolades on those killing it categories such as writing, stand-up, rising stars, and those ready to break out. They hold an awards during the ComedyPro week with a nice dinner in front of the industry. This year, things will be no different as they’ll bestow some awards on the likes of Kevin Hart Jim Jefferies and Nick Kroll. Alonzo Bodden will host the ceremonies.
Here’s the rundown…
The Generation Award: Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart shot to fame after his first appearance at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival, making a name for himself as one of the foremost comedians, entertainers, authors, and businessmen in the industry today. With an extensive list of film credits to his name, he has not only lent his voice to The Secret Life of Pets 2 and Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, but has also appeared in The Upside, Central Intelligence, Ride Along 2, Get Hard, to name but a few. In 2019 Hart wrapped up his highly successful, global live stand-up comedy tour, The Irresponsible Tour, which is now available to stream on Netflix. Kevin is currently in production working on his new film Fatherhood, based on the best-selling book “Two Kisses for Maddy,” which he both produced and stars in. You can also catch Kevin in the upcoming film Jumanji: The Next Level. The Generation Award is reserved for recognizing unparalleled contributions to the world of comedy by artists whose work paves the way for a new generation of comedians. Kevin’s impact on the comedy industry, as a stand-up comedian, actor, producer continues to demonstrate why he is one of the most relevant and influential artists of our generation.
Stand-up Comedian of the Year: Jim Jefferies (presented by Jimmy Carr)
Australian stand-up comedian, political commentator, actor and writer, Jim Jefferies is most widely recognized as the creator and star of FX’s Legit, and host of Comedy Central’s hit late-night comedy series, The Jim Jefferies Show. Named one of the top 5 touring comedians in the world, Jefferies has three critically-acclaimed Netflix specials under his belt, including his most recent hour This is Me Now.
Breakout Comedy Star of the Year: Hasan Minhaj (presented by Trevor Noah)
Comedian, writer, producer, actor, political commentator and television host, Hasan Minhaj rose to fame after starring on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. He was selected as a New Face in 2014 by JFL, then went on to make his mark on the comedy industry after he delivered a smash speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents Dinner. This past year, Minhaj has absolutely exploded on the comedy scene, hosting his own talk show, Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj.
Rising Comedy Star of the Year: Amanda Seales (presented by Chris Redd)
Comedian, actress, writer and producer, Amanda Seales is a former MTV VJ with a master’s in African American studies from Columbia University. She is a series regular on HBO’s Insecure, has guest starred on ABC’s black-ish, and has performed stand up on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has written, produced and starred in two seasons of her scripted comedy, Get Your Life, that went viral after articulately and passionately confronting Caitlyn Jenner on issues of race and equality in America, during a live-streamed dinner, hosted by Katy Perry, on YouTube. Catch her this summer as the host of NBC’s new recording-breaking competition show, Bring The Funny.
Comedy Writers of the Year: Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin, & Jennifer Flackett for Big Mouth (presented by Jason Mantzoukas)
Netflix’ Big Mouth is the edgy adult animated comedy series that is based off creators Nick Kroll and Andrew Goldberg’s real-life friendship, and the glorious nightmare that is teenage puberty. Heading into its third season, Big Mouth features the voices of comedy superstars including Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jenny Slate, and Fred Armisen, written by Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett.