After being forced to hold a digital-only edition in 2020, the popular Just For Laughs festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year with a hybrid edition that will combine online and live performances. In addition to Montreal, the festival will also run in New York and Los Angeles from 26-31 July, in order to cater to audiences that are restricted from travelling due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival has announced a star-studded lineup that includes Kevin Hart, Patton Oswalt, Maria Bamford and Bert Kreischer. In addition to these names, comedy bigwigs such as Dave Chappelle, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig are set to appear on this year’s edition of the prestigious comedy festival. Chappelle will be bagging the Comedy Person of the Year award, while Sudeikis and Wiig will take home the Comedy Series of the Year (Ted Lasso) and Comedy Writers of the Year (Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar) awards respectively. SNL’s Bowen Yang will be named the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year. Fans can catch the award ceremony stream for free on 28 July at hahaha.com.
Apart from the scheduled standup performances and awards show, the festival will also incorporate some popular shows such as The Nasty Show in NYC, Comedy Night In Canada, The Alternative Show and some special showcases organised by Kevin Hart’s company, Laugh Out Loud, which is the festival’s programming partner.
The festival will be hosted by Jon Dore in Montreal, featuring live performances by Jen Grant, Nigel Grinstead and Rodney Ramsey among others. The New York leg will be hosted by The Daily Show‘s Dulcé Sloan on 28 July while Sabrina Jalees will act as MC in L.A. on 29 July. Fans can catch performances from the Big Apple and the City of Dreams for free from the comfort of their homes.
“We’re so proud of this year’s award show as we’re starting to come out of what was a really hard time for our comedy community,” Bruce Hills, Just For Laughs president told Deadline. “We’re honouring comedy storytellers who entertained and inspired us through this challenging past year.”