The Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal will celebrate its 30th year in operation this July 12 – 29th. To celebrate such a big anniversary, they’re relying on Kermit The Frog to draw some star power.
Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang will join Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Bob Saget, John Pinette, Lewis Black, Jim Gaffigan, Patton Oswalt, Wayne Brady, Mario Cantone, Epic Meal Time, JB Smoove as Leon Black, Jeff Garlin, Jim Jefferies, Jimmy Carr, Mike Birbiglia, Tommy Tiernan and more at the 30th anniversary Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto- Québec. The line-up was announced to fans around the world at a press conference held at Place des Arts.
Chelsea Handler will return to JFL 10 years after her last appearance to accept their 2012 “Comedy Person of the Year” award. Key & Peele stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele will receive the “Breakout Comedy Star” award, while Hannibal Buress will be named recipient of this year’s “Rising Comedy Star” award.
In addition they are bringing in the heavy-hitters when it comes to podcasting, Adam Carolla and Marc Maron will bring their popular shows to the convention. Maron will also perform a solo show during the festival. Mike Birbiglia will also be on hand to present screenings of his movie Sleepwalk With Me.
Patton Oswalt will deliver the festival’s keynote speech as panels will include Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Lee Aronsohn (Two and a Half Men), Kevin Beggs (President, Lionsgate Television Group), Sam Reich (President of Original Content, CollegeHumor), Brian Hunt (Head of Creative Development, Original Video, Yahoo!), Marcus Wiley (Senior Vice President, Comedy Development, FOX Broadcasting Company), Dan Pasternack (Vice President, Development and Production, IFC), Will Reiser (Executive Producer, Writer, 50/50).