The First Big ‘Just for Laughs’ Lineup Announcement!

l_just-for-laughs@2x-festivalThere are a few big days on our calendar each year. There are birthdays, Christmas, Canada Day, and maybe best of all, theentire Just for Laughs festival. When big lineup announcements are made for the festival, we get really excited. We wade through the lineup to see who we want to see and after we realize that there are more shows than time, we think about how lucky we are that we live so close to Montreal. The end of July may seem like a long ways off, but it’ll be here before we know it.

Just for Laughs has so many comedians performing that there is bound to be someone at the festival that will be appeal to almost any sensibility. Whether you’re a hipster, conservative, vegan, into punk music, like trapeze artists, want to laugh at hillbillies, support Donald Trump’s quest to take over the world, hate flying, love flying, are a little too into ABBA, love dusting the house, or just enjoy a couple drinks and lots of laughs, you’ll find a show that is just for you.

Here’s the full list of announcements made today:

  •  Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tony Hale, Timothy Simons, and David Hale will sit down to talk about one of the best (and funniest) shows on TV, Veep
  • The Roastmaster General, Jeff Ross will be hosting a series of Roast Battles that will air live on Comedy Central in the USA and on Comedy Network in Canada
  • The CW has joined up with Howie Mandel again for a comedy showcase
  • From Bob and David, David Cross will be hosting one of the galas
  • Lewis Black will bring his political humor to center stage
  • Hannibal Buress is bringing his unique perspective to Montreal
  • After a Canada-wide tour, Jeremy Hotz will be featured in his own show
  • Brian Regan should be on everyone’s comedy bucket list and now you can see him at JFL
  • Maria Bamford doesn’t just have a new Netflix show coming out soon, she’s also performing at this year’s festival
  • Coming from across the pond is Russell Howard
  • Iliza Shlesinger and Blanche will be crossing the border to come to Montreal
  • Kathleen Madigan is set to appear
  • Coming off of her hit Comedy Central series, Not Safe, Nikki Glaser returns to JFL
  • The Brit(ish) show will feature Mark Watson, Russell Kane, Joe Lycett, and Sarah Millican
  • Scott Aukerman is bringing one of our favorite podcasts, Comedy Bang! Bang! To the festival; who will show up as guests
  • Off-JFL will feature shows by Alan Carr, Tom Green, Janeane Garofalo, Mary-Lynn Rajskub, Cameron Esposito, Tommy Johnagin, Nick Thune, Adam Hills, Steve Rannazzisi, Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, Barry Crimmins, Louie Anderson, Emogees Philips, Piff the Magic Dragon, Beth Stelling, Michlle Wolf, Todd Barry, Aparna Nancherla, Jermaine Fowler, Mark Normand, and Matt Braunger

Previously announced and posted shows include:

  • Ari Shaffir’s This is Not Happening
  • The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler
  • Gad Elmaleh
  • Jimmy Carr
  • Best of the Fest
  • Midnight Surprise
  • The Ethnic Show hosted by Rachid Badouri with Dom Irrera, Godfrey, Gina Brillom, Yannis Pappas, and Jessica Kirson
  • The Nasty Show hosted by Mike Ward with Bobby Slayton, Brad Williams, Ralphie May, and Tiffany Haddish

Immediately there are a few shows that leap off the page at us. We can’t wait to seethe Veep cast, Maria Bamford, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Cameron Esposito, Brian Regan, Kurt Metzger, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Hannibal Buress, and Todd Barry. You know what? We actually want to see all of these shows and probably all of the ones that are yet to be announced. Who are you most excited to check out at this year’s festival?


To purchase tickets and passes, visit The presale begins at 10am et. Just use the promo code: JFLMTL

The Just for Laughs comedy festival runs from July 13-31 in Montreal, Quebec.


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