Just for Laughs Montreal is planning a hybrid in-person / online festival July 26-31
MONTREAL – Just for Laughs Montreal plans to return next month with a hybrid of online and in-person programming in various cities.
Organizers say the comedy festival will run July 26-31 with standing shows and other programs in Montreal, New York and Los Angeles.
All performances, as well as the Just for Laughs Awards show, will be available across Canada on the festival website, https://www.hahaha.com/en.
Much of the online programming will be free.
The virtual awards show will honor Dave Chappelle, Kristen Wiig, “Saturday Night Live” writer and performer Bowen Yang and the writers and cast of Apple TV + “Ted Lasso”.
For the public live in Montreal, a showcase “Just for Laughs Live” hosted by Jon Dore, “Comedy Night in Canada” hosted by Ali Hassan and “New Faces: Canada” hosted by Dave Merheje.
Canadian comic book Sabrina Jalees will host “Just for Laughs Live in LA”, where Andy Kindler will host “The Alternative Show” and Peter Holmes will host “New Faces of Comedy”.
Other programs scheduled for Los Angeles include “In Conversation with Bert Kreischer,” presented by Variety.
Dulcé Sloan will host “Just for Laughs Live in NY” to a live audience in the Big Apple, where Big Jay Oakerson will direct “The Nasty Show”.
Comedy star Kevin Hart’s comedy brand Laugh Out Loud will offer online specials including “Comedy Gold Minds with Kevin Hart” and “Date Night with Chris & Vanessa,” starring performer Chris Spencer and casting director Vanessa Spencer.
There will also be “Quake’s House with Earthquake”, featuring comedian Earthquake, and “The Ladies Room with Jazzy”, featuring online sensation Jasmin (Jazzy) Brown and her girlfriends Natalie Friedman, Briana Lawrence, Renita Woodland and Kiya Roberts.
The festival also plans to offer an industry conference called ComedyPRO in digital format.
Merheje is one of the comedians who will also record original comedy specials for CTV Comedy to live audiences in Montreal.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 29, 2021.