ZooFest & OFF-JFL – It’s called “a festival of discoveries”, and for the past 10 years, Just For Laughs/Juste pour rire’s off-shoot ZooFest & OFF=JFL has given comedy lovers plenty of new ways to discover how they can enjoy stand-up comedy, not to mention discover comedy talent that they wouldn’t ordinarily go see throughout the rest of the year.
Last week (June 5) organizers unveiled its 10th anniversary line-up at a press conference that was held at the historic Monument National theatre. Regarding OFF-JFL, which runs from July 19-28, comedy fans will have plenty to choose from in the 67 shows that will be performed in small, intimate venues with ticket prices being sold at affordable rates., whether they be solo shows, concept shows and multi-comic shows.
For example, former SNL Weekend Update anchor Colin Quinn will offer his solo show “Colin Quinn: One in Every Crowd”; Nasty Show favorite Ari Shaffir returns to Montreal with “Ari Shaffir: Jew”; Kids in the Hall alumnus Scott Thompson brings back his legendary character Buddy Cole with “Apres Le Deluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues”; this Year’s Ethnic Show host Maz Jobrani will perform his solo show for one night only, while Nasty Show favorite Brad Williams offers three nights’ worth of his solo show.
Regarding concept and multi-comic shows, Scott Rogowsky, the man behind the wildly popular smartphone trivia game show “HQ”, will present his comedy talk show “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky”; longtime festival favorite Alonzo Bodden returns to Montreal to host the New Faces series; musical comedy duo Garfunkel and Oates (aka Kate Micucci and Ricki Lindhome) will emcee “Amp’d: The Music & Comedy Show”; and Ari Shaffir will bring back one of the hits of last year’s OFF-JFL, “Ari Shaffir’s Renamed Storyteller Show”.
And there will be no shortage of local comedians who will be part of this year’s OFF-JFL line-up. Keith Waterfield and his musical sidekick Leighland Beckman takes their Fringe Festival hit comedy talk show “Life Lessons” for the third time to OFF-JFL: Walter J. Lyng and Reese Turner pair up for “Rad Dads!”; DeAnne Smith returns to her home comedy stomping grounds with “Escape Room”; and Jess Salomon and Eman El-Husseini team up for “The El-Salomons”.
And add to the OFF-JFL mix shows by veterans comics Tom Papa, Gary Gulman, Todd Glass, Godfrey, Michael Ian Black & Nick Thune, Mike Ward and Big Jay Oakerson, as well as the return of such longtime favorite shows as “Midnight Surprise”, “Best of the Fest” and Andy Kindler’s “The Alternative Show”, then you will have plenty to discover at this year’s anniversary edition of OFF-JFL.
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