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July 10, 2014

Joke's on you at Montreal comedy fest

MONTREAL — The 32nd edition of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival returns for some side-splitting, knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny business today through July 28.

Standup comedy, unique theatrical performances and free outdoor activities are on the schedule. Here’s what to expect:

OUTDOOR EVENTS

There are lots of free activities to be had at the festival with outdoor fun taking place July 12 through 26 at Place des Festivals downtown near Place des Arts.

Free cinema, circus arts, cabaret, and music and comedy shows can be enjoyed at the Loto Quebec and Videotron stages nightly from 6 to 11.

Le Boulevard des Arts offers an outdoor visual arts exhibit where some 50 artists from around the world offer their takes on performance art with a hearty sense of humor. It’s presented daily noon to 11 p.m. from July 13 through 26 along St. Catherine Street.

La Place de la Famille offers kid-sized family fun, complete with a mini village featuring comedic characters that include a town mayor, firefighter and festival mascot Victor, as well as a postcard workshop, a family photo shoot, games of skill, and amusement rides. It’s open daily from noon to 9 p.m. at the corners of Maisonneuve Boulevard and Jeanne Mance Street.

Then, the ever-popular Twins Parade takes to the streets with hundreds of twins and triplets to celebrate this year’s theme of the Psychedelic ‘60s. The parade starts at 4 p.m. July 19 at Maisonneuve Boulevard and Jeanne Mance Street.

RICKLES AMONG GALA HOSTS

The highlight every year of the ticketed performances are the Just For Laughs Galas, which offer traditional stand-up comedy shows of seven or eight comedians hosted by a big-name celebrity.

This year, a dozen galas are planned from July 23 through 28.

Comedy legend Don Rickles kicks off the series July 23 and also hosts a show July 25.

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