Monday, July 9, 2012
Tonight is the opening night for the 30th Anniversary Festival Juste pour rire de Montréal (Just For Laughs Festival). Tonight's offerings are only in French, and include Les Papas, Les Nanas Coustiques, Isabelle Gauthier "Prête, pas prête, j'y vais!", Kheiron - Libre éducation, Cardio Thai Russ, Chantons sous la pluie, 60 minutes avec... Neev, Autant s'emportent les gens, Les Souverains du Désir "La première tournée d'adieu", Olivier Martineau "Du coq à l'âne", and Péckel et Roffel "une histoire d'amour all dresss".
English offerings begin tomorrow with The Nasty Show, Scottish Sperm and Phone Whore. Phone Whore actually began last Thursday but is connected to the festival, as are some shows that have already begun such Forever Crazy - Crazy Horse.
This year's Gala presentations are The Muppets All Star Comedy Gala; John Pinette Gala; Bill Hader Gala; The American Dream? Gala hosted by Lewis Black; JFL XXX, hosted by Bob Saget; Howie Mandel Gala and the Joel McHale Gala.
Other major shows include Hannibal Buress, Jim Jefferies, Talk of the Fest hosted by Jeremy Hotz, Wayne Brady, Mario Cantone, JFL Late Night with Leon Black, New Faces of Comedy, New Faces Characters, The Ethnic Show, Homegrown Comic Competition, Marc Maron, Key and Peele, WTF with Marc Maron, and Arturo Brachetti fait son cinéma (bilingual).
In addition to the festival, Zoofest will run alongside JFL throughout the month. The Just For Laughs Film Festival runs from July 23-28, while the Just For Laughs Comedy Conference takes place from July 26-28.