Our year of festival coverage continues! Beginning with the Academy Awards at the end of February, we've been bringing you on-the-ground coverage of some of the biggest and coolest events and festivals in North America. Now it's time to head east for the biggest comedy festival on the planet: Just for Laughs. After interviewing several comedians and talking about some of the great shows taking place in Montréal last year while remaining in our home bases of Winnipeg and Vancouver, for 2012 we're heading to la belle province to see some shows and interview some of the world's top comics in person.
This year's incarnation, the festival's 30th anniversary, promises to be one of the best yet, with some of the biggest names and brightest up-and-coming stars in comedy making appearances. We dare you to look at this year's line-up and not book your flight to Montréal immediately. There are galas hosted by Community's Joel McHale, Saturday Night Live's Bill Hader, and the Muppets (yes, THOSE MUPPETS). There are other multi-act shows featuring the likes of Paul F. Tompkins, Maz Jobrani, Bob Saget, Jeremy Hotz, Todd Glass, Rory Scovel, Brendon Walsh, Mark Little, Jimmy Carr, Tommy Johnagin, Pete Holmes, and Fraser Young. There are feature shows from Parks & Recreation's Aziz Ansari, Anthony Jeselnik, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, DeAnne Smith, Hannibal Buress, and Wayne Brady. And there are dozens and dozens of other shows and performers worth your attention.
Keep checking back here for tweets from the festival (we're in town from July 23-29), interviews, photo galleries, and more. If you're in Montréal, we'll be your resource for what to see and do. And if you're not... well, we're sorry, but hopefully we'll be able to give you a taste of what the festival experience is like and you can try to make it next year for JFL XXXI.
For information on tickets, showtimes, and more for this year's Just for Laughs, visit hahaha.com.
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