Just For Laughs 2021 Montreal unveils festival line-up

Just For Laughs 2021

The Just For Laughs Montreal Festival returns for its 39th edition, and for the first time, as a hybrid festival of virtual and live shows featuring the biggest names in comedy.

And two more firsts will also be featured for festival #39. First of all, there will not only be in-person and online shows originating from Montreal, but also from major comedy hubs New York and Los Angeles. Second, the annual Just For Laughs Awards Show, which was in the past opened to only industry and artists, will be offered to the public as a streamed online event, and free of charge.

Organizers recently unveiled its line-up of performers who will grace the stage and electronic devices from July 26-31. It’s filled with a combination of some of the top comics from around the world, made up of both festival veterans and newcomers.

The Just For Laughs Live in Montreal show, which will be performed in front of a live audience and offered online and free of charge starting July 30, will be hosted by comedian Jon Dore, who was recently seen on his CBC sitcom “Humour Resources”. He will be joined by a line-up of Montreal comics such as Jen Grant, Nigel Grinstead, Cassie Cao, Marito Lopez, Rodney Ramsey, and many more.

Sabrina Jalees

Just For Laughs will go live in L.A. with Canadian comic Sabrina Jalees as host, and the live on tape show is scheduled for airing online as of July 29. The west coast line-up includes Maz Jobrani, Alonzo Bodden, Jeremy Hotz, Liza Treyger, Rachel Feinstein and Gina Yashere. 

The live in New York show has comedian and Daily Show correspondent Dulce Sloan as its host, and will air its pre-recorded live show as of July 28. The line-up will include a number of festival alumni, such as Todd Barry, Michael Kosta, Marina Franklin and many more.

The Nasty Show, Just For Laughs Montreal’s most popular Club Series show, returns, but this time live from the mean streets of New York City. Nasty Show veteran Big Jay Oakerson will take the hosting reins for a night of eye opening, politically incorrect comedy, as he is joined by Donnell Rawlings, Rosebud Baker, Robert Kelly, Yamaneika Saunders, Paris Sashay and many more. This recorded in front of a live audience show will air online starting July 28.

Andy Kindler, festival veteran and comedy’s enfant terrible, brings back his Alternative Show, but this time live from L.A., as he presents some of the more edgier, non-mainstream comics to the stage such as Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford, Brian Posehn, Laurie Kilmartin and many more. It is scheduled to air online beginning July 29.

Canadian comic Ali Hassan will be your host for Comedy Night in Canada, which will be performed in front of a live audience in Montreal and air online as of July 30. Join Ali and some of the best comedians north of the 49th Parallel, which includes Arthur Simeon, Kyle Brownrigg, Brittany Lyseng, Derek Seguin, Courtney Gilmour and many more to be announced later.

Crave and CTV Comedy Channel will team up to tape a number of brand new, original comedy programs from Montreal (in front of a live audience, of course), and will air on both channels at a date that’s yet to be announced. On the line-up will include some of Canada’s best comics today, such as Dave Merheje, DeAnne Smith, Chris Robinson, Sophie Buddle, Paul Rabliauskas, Kyle Brownrigg and Chris Locke.

Once again, Kevin Hart’s international comedy brand and multi-platform entertainment company Laugh Out Loud (LOL!) will join up with Just For Laughs Montreal with four shows that will air for free on the festival’s website . On the schedule will be Comedy Gold Minds with Kevin Hart, an interview show that explores the minds of some of the world’s best comics and rising stars; Date Night with Chris & Vanessa is a dating show with a difference, in which couples go on date nights to not only have a good time, but also chat about the issues and concerns that people deal with in relationships and family life; Quake’s House with Earthquake is a show filled with recurring segments (such as mancave revelations), celebrity guests and comedy from some of the best up-and-coming stand-ups; The Ladies Room with Jazzy features online celebrity Jasmin “Jazzy” Brown and her four friends (Natalie Friedman, Briana Lawrence, Renita Woodland and Kiya Roberts), as they go on an uncensored, no-holds-barred conversation that gives an interesting female perspective to a number of current issues.

And the annual Just For Laughs Awards Show, which will be accessible to the general public for the first time on June 28, will honour the following people for their outstanding lifetime contribution to comedy: Dave Chappelle – Comedy Person of the Year Award; Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo – Comedy Writers of the Year Award; Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis from the Apple TV + comedy series Ted Lasso – Comedy Series of the Year Award; Saturday Night Live cast member Bowen Yang – Breakout Comedy Star of the Year Award.

There will be further announcements regarding this year’s programming schedule, as well as the full 2021 festival schedule, next month. Tickets for the live audience Montreal shows will go on sale as of mid-July. For more information, go to www.hahaha.com.

Just For Laughs Escapes Cancun Mexico

And if you like getting your laughs in a warm, tropical setting, then Just For Laughs has the thing for you. From November 3 – 7, Just For Laughs, along with Pollen Presents, a leading company that deals with topnotch travel experiences, offers Just For Laughs Escapes at the Barcelo Maya Grand Resorts in Cancun, Mexico.

Through a series of shows and programs involving stand-up comedy, interactive events, bespoke activities, pool parties, club amenities and so much more, Just For Laughs Escapes – Cancun offers comedy fans from around the world to enjoy five days of the best in stand-up comedy live from one of the top resort destinations. There will also be solo/headlining shows, multi-comic shows, podcast tapings, Q&As, and VIP events.

Scheduled to appear during those five fun-filled days in Cancun include Jim Jeffries, Tom Segura, Nikki Glaser, Steve-O, Nicole Byer, Jay Pharoah, Girls Gotta Eat, Donnell Rawlings, Ron Funches, Debra DiGiovanni, the Goddam Comedy Jam, to name a few.

Travel packages costs start with an $859 (US) early bird package. All packages include five-star luxury accommodations, gourmet food and drink, access to stand-up comedy sets, live podcast recordings and late night events … all in a full Just For Laughs hotel takeover atmosphere.

For more information regarding other travel packages and prices for Just For Laughs Escapes — Cancun, go to www.pollen.co.

Stuart Nulman
By: Stuart Nulman – [email protected]

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