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Montrealer Jay Baruchel plays himself at Just For Laughs

Montreal actor Jay Baruchel has found all kinds of success in Hollywood, scoring major roles in Clint Eastwood’s Million Dollar Baby, Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up, the upcoming This Is the End, and the recently-wrapped Robocop reboot, but he resolutely calls Montreal home – and Montreal loves his right back, giving him his own Just For Laughs gala show this summer…

All kinds of funny at Just For Laughs 2013

July is a loose, silly time in Montreal, not only because it’s the height of summer holidays, but because long-running comedy festival Just for Laughs, July 10-28, lets some of the biggest names in comedy reign the city’s downtown core…

Laugh for Less at Zoofest and Off-JFL

July in Montreal could be renamed Comedy Month, such is the abundance of stand-up, humour-driven theatre and comical circus in the city. Between the Just For Laughs and Zoofest festivals alone, hundreds of shows add more laughter to the city soundscape. But while it’s a sure bet to splurge on Just For Laughs tickets to see your favourite famous comedians, both festivals also make it possible to see comedy every night and still not break the bank… Along with its many galas and big-name solo shows, Just For Laughs showcases an array of lesser-known – yet still recognizable – funny people at Off-JFL, a series of shows where two tickets run for $30. Many of the comedians at Off-JFL have come up through the ranks via television shows and online fame, and all have spent years honing their laugh-making skills. Among them: Marie Bamford, Tig Notaro, Judah Friedlander, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Scott Adsit, John Lutz, Andy Kindler, Pete Holmes, Kyle Kinane, Brian Posehn, Todd Barry, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Debra Digiovanni, Sam Simmons, Zabruso, The Midnight Beast, Deanne Smith, Robert Kelly, Ronna & Beverly, Godfrey, and Gavin Crawford. While much of the quirkier side of English-language stand-up has moved over… / Read More →

WEIRD AL YANKOVIC AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

“I knew nobody would want to see me in a meat dress,” said Weird Al Yankovic from his home in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and daughter. The frock of meat is one of the many costumes (from bees to cheese) his weirdness dons in the kooky music video for Perform This Way, his popular parody of Lady Gaga’s Born This Way. “So it’s a female body with my face surgically imposed,” explains Yankovic, who also directed the video that generated two million Youtube hits in two days.

PINKARNAVAL: A JEAN PAUL GAULTIER-INSPIRED PARADE

Montreal’s love affair with designer Jean Paul Gaultier poured out onto the streets when Pinkarnaval, a Gaultier-inspired parade and party, took over downtown. As he did for the premiere of his internationally-acclaimed exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Gaultier himself showed up to join in on the fun…

JOEY ELIAS AT JUST FOR LAUGHS

Montreal comedian Joey Elias has performed at over a dozen Just For Laughs festivals. With two very different shows on the go this year, we figured he was the perfect person to ask about the JFL 2011 lineup and answer the question of what, exactly, makes Montreal so great in the summer…

WHAT TO SEE AT THE JUST FOR LAUGHS FILM FEST

The Just for Laughs Film Festival, an offshoot of Just for Laughs, the world’s biggest comedy festival, has become an attraction in its own right, by featuring films about funny, like Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film!, as well as much-lauded releases, like A Beginner’s Guide to Endings, starring Harvey Keitel and Scott Caan…

QUARTIER DES SPECTACLES: WHERE TO EAT

Montreal becomes Festival Central every summer, its streets permanently animated by crowds and performances. At the heart of it all is the always-lively Quartier des Spectacles, or Show District, which is anchored by a public esplanade where many of Montreal’s free shows are held. The Jazz Fest may be wrapping up, but the party keeps going when the Just for Laughs festival takes over downtown…

FRANCOFOLIES 2011, MONTREAL

The 2011 edition of FrancoFolies has just wrapped up. If you made it to the fest this year, you saw an amazing celebration of French music and culture. If you didn’t, watch this video and make sure you come back in 2012…

EVERY FESTIVAL HAS A LITTLE GAY IN IT

Montreal is a huge draw for LGBT tourists because of our eclectic Gay Village and our world-renowned Gay festivals, Divers/Cité and Pride. However, as Montreal is one of the most diverse and accepting cities in the world, every festival around Montreal this summer has a little gay in it…