Published May 05, 2015Just for Laughs has announced the lineup for its 33rd annual comedy festival in Montreal, and fans from across the world are already calculating their frequent flyer points. They should also be working out some sweet hotel deals because the 20-day festival runs from July 8 to 28.
Headliners this year include Dave Chappelle (playing six shows), Kevin Hart (whose July 24 Bell Centre show is already poised to sell out), Mike Myers (marking his first ever appearance at JFL on July 24 with a reflective "interview"-style performance called An Evening with Mike Myers), Neil Patrick Harris (who will host the closing Videotron JFL galas presented by Air Canada), Trevor Noah (hosting his own Gala on July 23), Jane Lynch (hosting a Gala on July 22), Bill Burr (headlining shows July 22 and 23), Patton Oswalt (who performs July 23 and will be honoured at the JFL Awards, as 2015's Stand-up Comedian of the Year), "Weird Al" Yankovic (playing a free outdoor concert on July 21), Chris Hardwick (performing July 25), Jason Reitman (who will helm a gathering of comedians and stars for something called Live Read, Directed by Jason Reitman), and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Ellie Kemper (who will be honoured as the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year).
They'll be joined by the likes of T.J. Miller, Chris D'Elia, Jerrod Carmichael, Sebastian Maniscalco, Reggie Watts, Natasha Leggero, Danny Bhoy, Margaret Cho, J.B. Smoove, Pete Holmes, Rob Schneider, Mike Ward, Rachid Badouri, Gilbert Gottfried, Jimmy Carr, Sarah Millican, Russell Howard, Tom Papa, Omid Djalili, Janeane Garofalo, Harland Williams, Colin Jost, Wyatt Cenac, Eric André, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Ari Shaffir, Brent Morin, Andy Kindler, Hasan Minhaj, Rhys Darby, Jen Kirkman, Alonzo Bodden, Orny Adams, Duncan Trussell, Dana Gould, Moshe Kasher, Tom Segura, Jake and Amir, and Sabrina Jalees among many, many others.
Patrons should know there are various series packages and events during JFL, including Talk of the Fest, ComedyPRO, OFF-JFL, and another tier of club shows. Prepare to have laugh sores, weakened lungs, and perhaps most disgustingly, soiled pants.
For more information about purchasing passes and tickets and more detailed schedule information, keep an eye on the JFL website.