New stars added to Just For Laughs digital festival line-up

Judd-Apatow-Chelsea-Handler-and-Kevin-Hart-min

With Just For Laughs’ inaugural digital festival a mere couple of weeks away (October 9 and 10, to be exact), a whole new slate of talent and shows have just been added to the line-up, which will give comedy fans an unprecedented digital comedy experience.

Organizers have put together a format that will give spectators an easy way to hop from one show or presentation to another through whatever digital device they have, and in the comfort of their own home. There will be a number of virtual comedy rooms that will run festival programming simultaneously starting on October 9 at 5:15 p.m. EDT and October 10 starting at 6 p.m. EDT. As well, each JFL show will remain on its website through video on demand through October 11 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. And best of all, the festival is 100% free of charge.

It all begins on October 9 with a special one-on-one conversation with two giants of today’s comedy world: Judd Apatow and Kevin Hart. Both of them will discuss anything and everything comedy, especially the creative process that has become part of their respective comedy empires. This will take place in every virtual comedy room of the festival.

Comedian, best selling author and talk show host Chelsea Handler will share with viewers stories about her life, career, family and personal therapy sessions on October 10 in a live, unscripted and no-holds-barred hour as part of the “Conversations with Funny People” series, which will be presented by HBO Max. Other programs that will be part of this series are to feature Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, Ronny Chieng, Hannah Gadsby, DeAnne Smith, Jo Koy, Kenya Barris, Sarah Cooper, Amber Ruffin & Jeremy Hagel, Titus Burgess, Trixie Mattel and Nicole Byer.

Just For Laughs veteran Gina Yashere will deliver the festival’s moderated keynote address on October 9. This event will be have another JFL veteran, comedian Wanda Sykes, to serve as its moderator.

Just For Laughs digital festival – Howie Mandel at Just For Laughs Press Conference Montreal May 2018

Howie Mandel, who has been a festival favourite since 1998, will now add “armchair psychologist” to his impressive career resume. On October 10, he will bring his comedy couch for a special virtual show called “Comedy Sessions”. Mandel will chat with a number of popular American comics, who will relate to him how they used comedy as a means of confronting past and present life circumstances, tragedies and adversity.

Writer/director Steve Byrne discusses his upcoming movie “The Opening Act” on October 10 with some of its cast, as well as comics Cedric the Entertainer, Jimmy O. Yang, Anjelah Johnson and Roy Wood, Jr., who will share their past experiences of breaking in to the stand-up comedy scene.
As well, Kevin Hart’s worldwide comedy brands Laugh Out Loud (LOL) and LOL X, is a co-presenter at the Just For Laughs festival for the first time with a specially curated line-up of comedy programming that will celebrate “Comedy in Colour”. This will include two showcase of stand-up comedy with established and up-and-coming comedians hosted by Godfrey and Affion Crockett; a panel discussion on the current state and future of the live comedy business that is being hosted by LOL President Jeff Clanagan; a special screening of Owen Smith’s popular comedy talk series “Notebooks”; a live taping of comedian Earthquake’s SiriusXM Laugh Out Loud show “Quake’s House”; and the presentation of a filmed version of another SiriusXM Laugh Out Loud radio show hosted by Kevin Hart and the Plastic Cup Boyz called “Straight from the Hart”.

Finally, three longtime Just For Laughs stalwarts are going the virtual route for the very first time this year. The Eat My Shorts film competition will feature 13 original comedy film shorts, in which the top three films judged by Alonzo Bodden Jeremey Garelick and Nisha Ganatra will receive awards for their efforts. New Faces: Creators will showcase a selection of up-and-coming digital comedy creators chosen from hundreds of applicants. And last, but certainly not least, comedian Andy Kindler will deliver his always eagerly anticipated “State of the Industry Address”. For the 25th anniversary edition of the address, it will be open to the public for the first time and Kindler will present it live from his own home. 

To join in the Just For Laughs digital festival virtual fun and laughter on October 9 and 10, just tune into www.hahaha.com/en/2020festival.

The 2020 Just For Laughs Festival is presented by La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services, in collaboration with Loto-Quebec.

Feature image: Judd Apatow, Chelsea Handler and Kevin Hart

By: Stuart Nulman – [email protected]

Other articles from mtltimes.ca and totimes.ca

Skydiving around Montreal with Rebecca Perez

Red alert - Bars restaurants forced to close

COVID-19: Quebec places 3 regions on Red alert – Bars restaurants forced to close

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Is it possible to get an A for a 5-paragraph essay assignment in 1 hour? We can safely say yes, a student can get an A+ mark if he turns to EduJungles


staycation

The ultimate guide to planning a long family staycation in Canada

To guarantee that everyone has an amazing time, careful planning is necessary when organizing a lengthy staycation. Here’s the ultimate guide to planning your family staycation in Canada. Canada, with its vast landscapes, diverse cities, and rich cultural heritage, offers endless possibilities for a memorable family staycation. Whether you’re exploring the stunning natural beauty of

Meal kits

Cost vs. Convenience: Analyzing meal kits and traditional cooking

In this modern world and modern times, convenience often takes priority over cost, especially when it comes to food. Meal kits and traditional cooking represent two different approaches to home dining, and each of them has advantages and disadvantages. Analyzing these methods through the lens of cost and convenience provides insight into why individuals might

Condo renovations

Condo renovations Dos and Don’ts: Expert Tips for a Successful Project

Embarking on a condo renovations journey can be both exhilarating and daunting. Imagine transforming your living space into a stylish haven that reflects your personality and meets your needs. While exciting, the process can be full of challenges and unforeseen hiccups. That’s why we’ve gathered some condo renovation dos and don’ts from the experts to

Terrific Hair

Terrific Hair Means Tamanu – Earth to Body

Curly, straight, thick, thin, kinky or silky, tamanu loves and makes terrific Hair.  And scalps. Nutritionally dense yet gentle, tamanu is an effective and versatile nut oil. It stimulates, helps promote growth. prevents hair loss, reduces scalp itch and irritations and adds a natural sheen! Make tamanu a part of your hair and scalp care

Understanding the 4 legal process after a DUI Crash

A single mistake can have serious consequences, especially when driving under the influence. The aftermath of a DUI crash extends beyond physical harm and property damage. It involves a complex legal process that may feel overwhelming. As a responsible citizen, it’s vital to grasp the legal system and your rights in such situations. This blog

personal injury lawyer

Pedestrian accident: How a personal injury lawyer can help you

Accidents involving pedestrians can be life-altering. You could be walking down the street or crossing a street. A vehicle’s sudden impact can change everything right away. If you’ve found yourself in such a situation, you might be wondering how to move forward. This is where a personal injury lawyer steps in, offering crucial help and

Mtltimes Subscription

The latest on what’s moving Montreal and the world – delivered straight to your inbox