Iconic Montreal comedy festival Just For Laughs wrapped up its first-ever hybrid edition today. Due to the travel restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the festival also hosted a number of live shows in Los Angeles and New York City to showcase the top talent in the comedy circuit. All of these performances, in addition to the Montréal leg and the prestigious Just For Laughs Award Show, were live-streamed on hahaha.com. But don’t worry if you missed out because all the shows are now available to watch on the Just For Laughs YouTube channel.
The festival kicked off on 28 July with the big-ticket event—the Just For Laughs award show. For the first time in its 13-year history, fans could tune in to the industry-exclusive event. Friends, colleagues and special guests came on to shower praise on the winners. Comedy legend Dave Chappelle won the Comedy Person of the Year while Bill Lawrence and Jason Sudeikis—co-creators of Ted Lasso—bagged the Comedy Series of the Year award. Kristen Wiig & Annie Mumolo were named the Comedy Writers of the Year, while Jean Smart’s performance in Hacks earned her the Comedy Performance of the Year award. SNL’s Bowen Yang was named the Breakout Comedy Star of the Year.
The New York JLF show was hosted by The Daily Show’s Dulcé Sloan. The comedian opens the night with a powerful performance pondering over how we survived this horrific year, before calling on notable JFL alums including Todd Barry, Marina Franklin, Josh Johnson and Jessica Kirson. Check out the one-and-a-half-hour long showcase here!
Sabrina Jalees was the MC at the 29 July show in L.A. and was joined by Rachel Feinstein, Maz Jobrani and Gina Yashere.
The main event in Montréal was performed in front of a live audience as well as live-streamed. Catch the entire gig hosted by Jon Dore featuring Jen Grant, Rodney Ramsey and Dino Archie.
Apart from the scheduled standup performances and awards show, the festival also incorporated 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.