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July 18, 2013

Montreal comedy fest keeps the laughs coming

MONTREAL — Not just funny, but sidesplitting, knee-slapping, laugh-out-loud funny.

The 31st edition of Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival returns for some serious stand-up comedy, unique theatrical performances and free outdoor activities now through Sunday, July 28.

Here’s how to have some fun in the summertime.


The Just For Laughs Galas offer traditional stand-up comedy shows usually filmed to be broadcast on the likes of CBC in Canada or on Comedy Central. This year’s edition offers the biggest Galas lineup ever with 10 performances over five nights. Top-name hosts keep the top-notch lineups moving along.

Comedian Dane Cook kicks off the Galas with Jeremy Hotz and Harland Williams in tow at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 24. SNL alum and soon-to-be late-night talk-show host Seth Meyers takes the 10 p.m. spot on July 24 that features Hannibal Buress and Sean Cullen.

“Knocked Up” actor and Montreal native Jay Baruchel hosts at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25. Then Brit bad-boy Eddie Izzard hosts the 10 p.m. July 25 show.

Talk about good witch versus bad witch! The oh-so-“Wicked” Kristin Chenoweth hosts the 7 p.m. Friday, July 26, gala, while the caustic Kathy Griffin takes the stage later that evening at 10.

Comedian queen Joan Rivers hosts an early bird special at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 27. Then comedy princess Sarah Silverman hosts two shows July 27, at 8:15 and 11 p.m. 

The witty Whitney Cummings closes the Just For Laughs Galas at 7 p.m. Sunday, July 28. 

Performances are held at Places des Arts. Tickets range from $41 to $99.


Talk of the Fest also offers traditional stand-up comedy routines, this time in a more intimate setting at Club Soda. Chris Hardwick, dubbed the “king of the Nerdists,” hosts Tuesday, July 23.

“Bob’s Burgers” voice artist and “The Daily Show” contributor Kristen Schaal hosts Wednesday, July 24.

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