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The 11 best FREE shows at this year's Just for Laughs Festival

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Tyler Jadah Jul 09, 2018 10:38 am 589

The Quartier des Spectacles is trading in last week’s Jazz Fest instruments for this weekend’s comedians as the city gears up to host Just for Laughs, the largest international comedy festival in the world.

Besides boasting an impressive lineup with the likes of Dave Chappelle, Jimmy Carr, Kevin Hart, Howie Mandel, Tiffany Haddish, Trevor Noah, Russell Peters, and Nikki Glaser, the 16-day festival also offers free outdoor shows.

The majority of the free shows will be in French and are anchored at the Quartier des Spectacles.

The venue will also feature a food truck village, terraces, interactive art and street-side performances.

Here are the 12 best free shows that will have you chuckling all over the city’s entertainment district.

Alexandre Barrette – Imparfait

Alexandre Barrette loves to laugh at himself and he brings the audience with him. He approaches his show ‘Imparfait’ with perfectly timed self-deprecating humour and goes into detail about the flaws of his life. The radio and television host’s newest special has sold over 100,000 tickets throughout the province. You can see it for free on July 18.

When: Wednesday, July 18
Time: 9:15 pm
Where: Scene Principale – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French

Vincent C

Vincent C is a comedian based illusionist. Or is he an illusionist based comedian?

Regardless, the Quebec magician is a Just for Laughs veteran and he puts a hilarious twist on classic magic routines and douses it all in humour.

When: Sunday, July 22
Time: 9:15 pm
Where: Scene Principale – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French

Mighty Mike

Dressed in his 1920s swimsuit, Mighty Mike is an ode to old-school wrestlers and weightlifters. His comedic strength-based routine has him lifting dumbbells as if they were feathers, tearing up (4-page) phonebooks with his bare hands and of course, dancing.

It’s tough to tell what’s more impressive with Mighty Mike, his brute strength or his perfectly curled moustache.

When: July 21, 22 and 23
Time: 7 pm
Where: Loto-Quebec Scene – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French and Egnlish

The Twin Parade

Just for Laughs

Get a double-dose of hilarity during the Just for Laughs Twin Parade. This year’s parade focuses on the theme of space and everyone in the parade is either a twin, triplet, or quadruplet. Maybe even quintuplets!

Multiple births participants are welcome to register for the parade online.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 4 pm
Where: Places des Festivals

Julien Dionne

Julien Dionne made a name for himself as an English comedian and is now venturing towards the French side. The New Brunswick-native will be testing his Acadian French in front of a big crowd at this year’s festival.

When: Monday, July 16
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Loto Quebec Scene – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French and English

Le Super Quiz Show

Hosted by the hilarious Anaïs Favron, this quiz show will gather more than 30 competitors on stage for a live competition.

Unusual challenges, odd trivia questions and surprise of all kinds are on the agenda as well as fantastic prizes.

Participants can still register online to brave the crowd and test your knowledge and skills.

When: Tuesday, July 24
Time: 9:15 pm
Where: Scene Principale – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French

Derrick Frenette – Tu me Niaises?

Derrick Frenette is a charismatic rapid-fire comedian.  His facial expressions and hair-do alone will make you laugh, but he approaches his set with a laid-back vibe and witty punchlines.

When: Sunday, July 15
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Loto Quebec Scene – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: French

Disco Fever Experience

Travel back to the groovy 70s and catch the disco fever with a fusion of funk, dance, soul and comedy.

Check out a live multi-sensory experience in the company of a dozen artists who are bringing their renditions of Gloria Gaynor, Kool and the Gang, the Bee Gees, Donna Summer and The Sunshine Band with a dash of humour.

When: Monday, July 23
Time: 7:15 pm
Where: Scene Principale – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: English

Jérémie Larouche

Jérémie Larouche’s new special describes his romantic encounters as a young adult and he uses a variety of media to demonstrate it. Besides stand-up, he uses puppets, music and dance in describing the absurd situations he’s been in.

M & M: Morgan & Métivier, Half & Half

Comedians Dave Morgan and Marko Métivier invite you to a unique party of two “Ms” for the price of none. Morgan and Métivier hit the stage in the form of ‘good cop, bad cop’ but for comedians. Morgan’s good-natured, charismatic side compliment Métivier’s darker anecdotes of his everyday life.

When: Saturday, July 14
Time: 7 pm
Where: Loto Quebec Scene – Quartier des Spectacles
Language: English and French

Greg Tudeski – Pop Machine

Greg Tudeski is a musical imitator who’s fusing 50 different pop songs and artists into one show. From Lady Gaga to Adele, and Jennifer Lopez to Ginette Reno, Tudeski will hop from generation to generation with a variety of pop music and comedy for all ages.

When: July 18, 19 and 27
Time: 7 pm, 8:30 pm and 7:15 pm respectively
Where: Loto Quebec Scene on July 18 and 19 and Scene Principale on July 27
Language: English and French

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