14 Just for Laughs events you have to check out this month

Jul 12 2018, 9:33 pm

Don’t worry about working out your abs for the next few weeks, Just for Laughs will have you laughing until it hurts.

The biggest international comedy festival in the world returned to Montreal this week for its 35th edition and boasts an impressive schedule of stand-up comedians, improv, sketch comedy, musical acts and parades.

Some of the bigger names and headliners can cost a pretty penny but there’s a bunch of lesser-known shows that are very moderately priced.

Regardless of how much you’re paying, here are 9 events at this year’s JFL that will have you cracking up.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is arguably the most popular comedian in the stand-up game right now and he’ll be performing his The Irresponsible Tour at an electrified Bell Centre at the end of the month.

Hart last went on tour in 2015 with his The WHAT NOW? TOUR. Hart sold out large venues all over the world and became the first comedian to ever sell out an entire NFL stadium.

Cough up the bills to go see the wise-cracking Hart, it’s going to be wild.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $68.75 – $166.25

Judah Friedlander

Judah Friedlander may be best known for playing Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock but he burst onto the comedic scene with his hilarious Netflix special, America Is The Greatest Country In The US. 

Friedlander will be performing his new routine, America… Still Number One which will feature plenty of deadpan sarcasm towards his native country and lots of improv-based crowd work.

Get a chance to check out Friedlander for cheap at a lesser known venue before he makes it big.

When: July 26, 27 and 28
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cafe Cleopatra
Price: $21.96 – $24.57

Maria Bamford

Stand-up comedian, actress, voice actress and writer, Maria Bamford, is joining the Just For Laughs festival this summer for a solo show. Bamford’s streaming series Lady Dynamite just premiered on Netflix and has appeared in Arrested Development, Louie and Fresh Off The Boat. She brings her quirky sense of humour to the MTELUS theatre on July 27.

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 7 pm
Where: MTELUS Theatre
Price: $39.99

The Nasty Show

The rawest, most shocking, foul, and filthy comedy show of the festival returns as Robert Kelly hosts The Nasty Show where no topic is off limits. The gala includes Brad Williams, Nikki Glaser, Mike Britt, Ms. Pat and Montreal-native Derek Seguin who will push all the comedic boundaries.

When: July 18 – 28
Time: 7 pm, 8 pm and 9:30 pm (times vary per date)
Where: MTELUS Theatre
Price: $45.92 – $62.52

K. Trevor Wilson

K. Trevor Wilson, the self-proclaimed “Man Mountain of Comedy,” may be known for performances on Jimmy Kimmel Live and hilariously roasting other comedians on Jeff Ross’ Roast Battles. Wilson is slated to appear in his 6th consecutive Just for Laughs festival.

The Letterkenny star and Toronto-native will appear on the same show as Nick Swardson and Chris D’Elia, root for the home team as Netflix films his set for their upcoming comedy special.

Get seats close enough to the stage and you could be seen on Netflix in 2019 as well!

When: Friday, July 27
Time: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Club Soda – 1225 Boulevard Saint Laurent
Price: $99.99

The Tiffany Haddish Gala

Tiffany Haddish has exploded on the path to stardom. While filming movies and TV shows, she’s somehow found time to host a JFL gala. She’ll be taking the audience on a journey of life experiences growing up in L.A. and is bringing an impressive lineup of All-Star caliber comedians with her including Fortune Feimster, Tony Rock, Lil Rel Howery, Gina Yashere, Mae Martin, Derek Seguin (he’s all over the fest this year) and Nath Valvo.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 11 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $37.35 – $105.67

The Twin Parade

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
Price: Free

Jimmy Carr

The 12-time Just for Laughs veteran is back with his subtly-titled new show, The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits World Tour.

Carr is gathering a selection of his best jokes along with brand new material for what he is calling “the ultimate comedy show.” His new tour will fuse everything we love to laugh at and be shocked by into one unparalleled night of entertainment.

Plus, his laugh is so funny it’s worth the price of admission alone.

When: July 21 – 28
Time: 9:30 pm (8:30 pm on July 22)
Where: Le Gesù
Price: $54.25

Dave Chappelle and John Mayer

Stick with us on this one comedy fans, it may seem like an odd duo but it’s totally worth it.

Remember that classic Chappelle’s Show episode where Dave and John team up to explore different culture’s dance moves? It’ll be like that, but live.

After playing several intimate pop-up shows across the US, Chappelle and Mayer’s Controlled Danger tour uses Montreal as their first-ever Canadian performance.

The show features a solo musical set by John Mayer, and a solo comedy set by Dave Chappelle. Truly the best of both worlds. The event kicks into high gear for the second half of the show when both performers join together for songs, stories, improvised dancing, and more.

When: Saturday, July 28
Time: 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Price: $75 – $229

Melissa Villaseñor

Melissa Villaseñor is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and impressionist. She was cast as member of Saturday Night Live in 2016 and is rocking a solo show at OFF-JFL at the quaint Montreal Improv.

Her impressions are so perfect you might think there’s 100 different people on stage.

When: July 25, 27 and 28
Time: 9 pm
Where: Montreal Improv
Price: $24.57

Joey Elias and Jacy Lafontaine

The Montreal-born radio host returns to JFL with his new special 60 Minutes with Joey Elias and he’s bringing local comedienne Jacy Lafontaine with him as an opener. Lafontaine has gained popularity around Montreal and her Quebecois accent plays beautifully into her racy jokes.

Elias on the other hand, is one of the most impressive comedians at the entire festival when it comes to material. He doesn’t have any.

He works exclusviely with the crowd and somehow, at the end, he hilariously ties everything together. It’s almost like magic.

When: Thursday, July 19
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Cafe Cleopatra
Price: $21.96

Walter J. Lyng and Reese Turner

Two hilarious veterans from the Montreal comedy circuit have netted their own special with Rad Dads! The new dads have traded in their old lives of degeneracy for father-of-the-year mugs. Join the two pops as they discuss what life in the dad lane is like.

When: Thursday, July 19
Time: 9 pm
Where: Cafe Cleopatra
Price: $21.96

The Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala

In his first year as co-owner of the entire festival, Howie Mandel returns for the fourth time to host his gala with a lineup of top comedic superstars.

The lineup joining Mandel is quite impressive: Gary Gulman, Maz Jobrani, Amanda Seales, Melissa Villaseñor, Roy Wood Jr., Neal Brennan, Lil Rel Howery, and Laurie Kilmartin.

When: Thursday, July 26
Time: 6:30 pm
Where: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier
Price: $40.11 – $112.26

Scott Rogowsky

Go from seeing Scott Rogowsky on HQ Trivia every night on your phone to seeing him live.

Drawing from the late-night tradition of Carson to Conan, Scott Rogowsky hosts Running Late With Scott Rogowsky. He’s joined by his sidekick/dad, Marty Rogowsky as they welcome a mix of comedians, musicians, authors, actors, and otherwise interesting people to the couch for a unique live talk show experience that needs to be experienced to be experienced.

When: July 25 and 26
Time: 11:59 pm
Where: Mainline Theatre
Price: $21.96

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