#FIRSTLOOK: JUST FOR LAUGHS 40 BACK IN-PERSON THIS YEAR!
Running July 13-31, 2022, JUST FOR LAUGHS MONTREAL is back again this year and they’re doing it BIG! This is the 40th edition of the Festival.
Complete programming line-up for the World’s premiere Comedy Festival has just been announced. Artists like Kevin Hart, John Mulaney, Hasan Minhaj, Chelsea Handler, Ronny Chieng, Patton Oswalt, Marc Maron, Amy Schumer, Jimmy O. Yang, and several more will take the stage as the Festival welcomes back it’s traditional in-person format!
The 40th Anniversary Gala- Saturday, July 30 2022 | Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts | 9:45 PM
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Just For Laughs MONTRÉAL, a brand-new gala is coming to the festival this year. Expect special surprise guests that will include festival favourites for a night of guaranteed laughs not to be missed!
Amy Schumer: Whore Tour – Saturday, July 30 2022 | Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts | 7:00 PM
Amy Schumer is an Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated standup comedian, actress, writer, producer and director. Schumer is the creator, star, writer and executive producer of the wildly popular “Inside Amy Schumer,” the multi award-winning TV series that ran for four seasons on Comedy Central. Schumer’s successful film career was propelled with Universal Pictures film Trainwreck (2015), which dominated the worldwide box office as the hit summer comedy. She went on to win the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Comedy; and was nominated for a Writers’ Guild Award in the category of Original Screenplay. That same year, the BAFTAs honoured Schumer with The Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. Schumer’s one-hour Netflix Comedy special titled “The Leather Special” earned her a nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Variety Special. Her one-hour HBO comedy special, “Amy Schumer: Live at the Apollo” directed by Chris Rock, premiered on October 17, 2015, and was HBO’s most watched Saturday night comedy special debut since December 2009. Schumer’s first book, The New York Times bestseller “The Girl with The Lower Back Tattoo” earned her a 2017 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album, and was released in paperback in August 2017. In July 2020, Schumer’s three-part documentary series, “Expecting Amy” premiered on HBO Max. Most recently, Schumer co-hosted the 94th Academy Awards alongside Wanda Sykes and Regina Hall. She also wrote, executive produced, directed and starred in her critically-acclaimed 10-episode comedy series “LIFE & BETH”, now streaming on Hulu and Disney+. Often touring theatres and arenas all over the world, Schumer returns to Montreal this summer!
Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny 2.0 – Wednesday, July 27 2022 | Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place Des Arts | 8:00 PM
Award-winning comedian, writer and television host, Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest-selling comedy acts in the world. His last tour, Best Of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits, sold over 480,000 tickets globally with current show, Terribly Funny, set to exceed that figure by the end of 2022. Jimmy is a household name in UK television, well known for hosting Channel 4’s 8 Out Of 10 Cats, in addition to presenting Comedy Central’s Roast Battle UK and Your Face Or Mine. He is a regular on all the top panel shows, has performed as part of The Royal Variety Performance three times, is a judge on hit BBC1 entertainment series I Can See Your Voice and the host of brand-new Channel 4 gameshow I Literally Just Told You. As the first UK comedian to sign a stand-up deal with Netflix in 2015, Carr has released two specials on the platform, and has presented and exec-produced an original panel show format The Fix. Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny 2.0 is Jimmy’s brand-new show that contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things. Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re just jokes – they are not terrible things. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having health and safety at a rodeo. Now you’ve been warned, buy a ticket.
Jimmy O. Yang – Wednesday, July 27 2022 | L’Olympia | 7:00 PM
Jimmy O. Yang is an actor, stand-up comedian, and writer best known for his role on HBO’s Emmy-nominated series Silicon Valley. In 2017, he made a dramatic turn in his theatrical debut starring opposite Mark Wahlberg in the highly acclaimed Patriots Day. Shortly after, he joined the ensemble of the international phenomenon in Warner Bros. hit film, Crazy Rich Asians. Yang wrote a memoir, How To American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, and his hour-long comedy special Good Deal, pulls stories from his life as mentioned in his book. Yang stars and writes Netflix’s Space Force and stars in the holiday romcom Love Hard on Netflix. Yang makes up one-third of the production company Crab Club Inc., which wrapped their first feature film Easter Sunday starring comedian Jo Koy.
Comedy Night in Canada – Friday, July 29 2022 | L’Olympia | 7:00 PM
Just For Laughs is excited to announce Comedy Night in Canada hosted by the one and only, Rick Mercer will be coming to Montreal! Following a very successful coast-to-coast sold-out tour across Canada this past Spring, the festival brings Canadian comedy legend Rick Mercer back to Montreal as he returns to lead a stellar line-up of the country’s most hilarious and diverse comedians. Stay tuned for the full lineup of artists who will join Mercer for this one night only Canadian celebration.
Dara Ó Briain – Friday, July 29 2022 | Maison Théâtre | 9:30 PM
Stand-up comedian and television presenter Dara Ó Briain is best known in the UK for hosting BBC’s Mock the Week, BlockBusters, Robot Wars, Stargazing Live, Dara and Ed’s Great Big Adventure and Dara O Briain’s Go 8Bit and most recently Channel 4 quiz One and Six Zero’s.
Dara’s latest show Voice of Reason has been performed across the globe, touring in UK and Ireland, Scandinavia, mainland Europe, Australia and the Middle East. It was filmed and released as a BBC special in 2019. In September 2017, Dara released his first children’s book Beyond the Stars (Scholastic), a hilarious journey through the solar system and our galaxy; it has been nominated for the Blue Peter Book Award for Best Non-Fiction. In 2018 the follow up Secret Science – The Amazing World Beyond your Eyes was released to great critical acclaim. His third children’s book Is There Anybody Out There was released in 2020. Dara has also released five best-selling DVDs with Universal Pictures. He will be on a world tour in 2022 and 2023 with his new show, So Where Were We?
James Acaster: Hecklers Welcome – Thursday, July 28 & Saturday, July 30 2022 | Maison Théâtre | 9:30 PM
James Acaster is a whimsical master, and has received acclaim from around the world, including a record breaking five consecutive nominations for ‘Best Comedy Show’ at the 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016 Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. In 2017, he toured the country with a staggering three show Trelogy, performing Recognise, Represent and Reset consecutively over three nights in each venue. These three shows and Recap form his Netflix four-part series, Repertoire. It was the first of its kind, a standup mini-series with an overarching narrative, and James is the first UK comic to shoot more than one Netflix Original special. In 2017 James released his debut book Classic Scrapes which made the Sunday Times bestseller list. James’ second book Perfect Sound Whatever also made the Sunday Times bestseller list in 2019. This summer will see the publication of James’ latest book, James Acaster’s Guide to Quitting Social Media. In 2019 James completed a mammoth long tour of his hugely successful show Cold Lasagne Hate Myself 1999 around the UK, Australia and America, the show is now available to watch on Vimeo. James also has two hit podcasts Off Menu which he hosts with Ed Gamble, and Perfect Sounds both of which are regulars on the iTunes top 10 List.
Debra DiGiovanni – Wednesday, July 27 2022 | Maison Théâtre | 9:30 PM
Debra DiGiovanni is a multiple award-winning comedian originally from Toronto, who is now dominating the Los Angeles comedy scene. She tours the world constantly and can be seen on Comedy Central in her digital web series Steph & Deb as well as a part of their Stand-Up Series. Debra performed on Conan, was a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, and has specials on Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Crave. Her album Lady Jazz earned her Top Ten Comedy Albums of the Year in 2019, and a Juno nomination. In 2020, she taped a special for Unprotected Sets on the Epix network.
Jacqueline Novak: Get On Your Knees – Wednesday, July 27 & Thursday, July 28 2022 | Maison Théâtre | 7:00 PM
A New York Times “Critics’ Pick,” and Drama Desk-nominated performance, Get On Your Knees is a high-brow show about the blow job, unexpectedly philosophical and joke-packed, part feminist outcry, part coming-of-age tale of triumph. The show extended six times in New York City in 2019 and 2020 and then reopened in 2021 for another sold-out, extended run. Since 2021, Jacqueline Novak has been touring “GOYK” across the US, Canada, and the UK, and found a regular home for the show in LA, where it sold the most total tickets of any show at Largo at the Coronet in 2021. Her sold-out five-night run at London’s SOHO Theatre this April GOYK garnered glittering reviews, prompting her to return to the UK for limited runs at Leicester Square Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe. She co-hosts POOG, a Time Magazine Top Ten Podcast of the Year 2021, with Kate Berlant. Jacqueline’s memoir How to Weep in Public: Feeble Offerings on Depression from One Who Knows was published by Crown in 2016.
Katherine Ryan – Friday, July 29 & Saturday, July 30 2022 | Maison Théâtre | 7:00 PM
Creator, Writer, Star & EP of Netflix Original hit series The Duchess (along with two global Netflix comedy specials: In Trouble and Glitter Room) comedian and TV’s Katherine Ryanmakes a hugely welcome return to the stage with her brand-new live show, Missus. Having previously denounced partnership, Katherine has since married her first love, accidentally. A lot has changed for everyone and we can look forward to hearing Katherine Ryan’s hilarious new perspectives on life, love, and what it means to be Missus.
Maria Bamford – Wednesday, July 27 2022 | Club Soda | 7:00 PM
Maria Bamford is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness. She starred in the surreal, semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite, about a comedian who suffers a nervous breakdown, and is the star of three unconventional hour-long stand-up specials: Weakness is the Brand, Old Baby and Maria Bamford, the special, special, special! Maria was the first female comic to have two half-hour Comedy Central Presents specials. She also created and starred in the cult hit web series The Maria Bamford Show. Maria is often recognized for her prolific voiceover work, including characters on Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, Summer Camp Island, Adventure Time, Talking Tom and Friends, Bob’s Burgers, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots, CatDog and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. She also stars as Tilly Mulch in Team Coco’s scripted podcast Frontier Tween.
Fortune Feimster – Saturday, July 30 2022 | Club Soda | 7:00 PM
You can catch stand-up comedian, writer, and actor, Fortune Feimster, on the radio, on screens both big and small, and touring her stand-up across the nation. Fortune Feimster’s first one-hour special, Sweet & Salty, is currently streaming on Netflix and was nominated for Best Comedy Special for the Critics’ Choice Awards. Prior to her one-hour special, Netflix released Feimster’s half-hour special in 2018 as part of The Standups, which received rave reviews. Fortune Feimster first became known nationally as a writer and panelist on E’s hit show Chelsea Lately before starring as a series regular on Hulu’s The Mindy Project NBC’s Champions. Fortune can currently be heard every morning with Tom Papa on Sirius XM’s channel 93 on their show, What a Joke with Papa and Fortune. She also hosts a weekly podcast with her partner, Jax, called Sincerely Fortune. Fortune is currently starring opposite David Spade on the new Netflix series, The Netflix Afterparty. Along with co-writing and selling two comedy pilots to ABC, the latter of which is produced by Tina Fey, Fortune co-wrote and is attached to star in two features, Bad Cop Bad Cop and Field Trip, both of which were acquired by Spielberg’s Amblin Pictures.
The Nasty Show- Wednesday, July 20 through Sunday, July 24 and Tuesday, July 26 through Thursday, July 28 2022 | MTELUS
The Nasty Show is back! Promising to be the filthiest and most shocking show at the festival, this raw comedy series constantly pushes the boundaries, encouraging audiences to check their political correctness at the door… let go, and laugh! Hosted by the one and only Big Jay Oakerson, this year’s lineup will also feature Liza Treyger, Robert Kelly, Sophie Buddle, Josh Adam Meyers, and Yamaneika Saunders.
Brit(ish)- Wednesday, July 27 through Saturday, July 30 2022 | Le Studio TD
We’re absolutely chuffed to reveal the full lineup for the 2022 Brit(ish) show, hosted by Tom Allen! This year’s series will feature special guest Dara Ó Briain and a wickedly funny lineup including Fern Brady, Nish Kumar, Phil Wang and Sindhu Vee.
Girls Gotta Eat – Thursday, July 28 2022 | Club Soda | 7:00 PM
Why do guys just want to f*ck you once then watch your Instagram stories until the end of time? How do you get over a breakup when you feel like you’re gonna die? When should you give it up? My boyfriend takes morning baths: IS THIS WEIRD? These are all questions answered on Girls Gotta Eat — a hilarious and uncensored podcast from comedic duo Ashley Hesseltine and Rayna Greenberg. GGE is a top comedy podcast on iTunes, has been reviewed as “life-changing” by thousands of listeners, and the live shows have had record-breaking sellouts in cities all across the US. At this show, Ashley, Rayna, and special guests will answer all those burning questions about sex, dating, and relationships in a one-of-a-kind, interactive experience. No one leaves without a fresh outlook on dating and at least one new ab from laughing.
JFL ComedyPRO returns this year, promising to unite today’s industry trailblazers and die-hard comedy fans for an unforgettable four-day event. While more programming will be released in the coming weeks, the festival is elated to reveal that the coveted discovery showcase, New Faces, has expanded its reach this year… and is going global!
Entering its 26th year, this internationally recognized series has launched the careers of so many of today’s A-list stars. Now, for the first time ever, joining the previously established New Faces, New Faces: Characters, New Faces: Unrepped, and New Faces: Canada, is New Faces: International! We cannot wait to welcome some of comedy’s freshest names from across the world, offering them an international stage to perform some of their best material for comedy’s most influential trendsetters.
New Faces will be taking place on Wednesday, July 27 2022 at 7:00 PM & 9:30 PM at Monument National: Ludger-Duvernay.
New Faces: Characters will be taking place on Thursday, July 28 2022 at 7:00 PM at Monument National: Ludger-Duvernay.
New Faces: Unrepped will be taking place on Thursday, July 28 2022 at 9:30 PM at Monument National: Ludger-Duvernay.
New Faces: Canada will be taking place on Friday, July 29 2022 at 9:30 PM at Monument National: Ludger-Duvernay.
New Faces: International will be taking place on Friday, July 29 2022 at 7:00 PM at Monument National: Ludger-Duvernay.
Stay tuned for more details regarding this year’s cohort for all 2022 showcases, as they will be revealed in the coming months!
Variety 10 Comics To Watch Showcase – Saturday, July 30 2022 | Monument National – Ludger-Duvernay | 9:30 PM
One of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is Variety’s unveiling of their annual “10 Comics To Watch” feature. Catch the best and brightest from “10 Comics To Watch” and let them show you why they made the 2022 list.
OFF-JFL has been described as the festival’s edgy sibling, and that couldn’t be truer! Each year, festival goers flock to the unique programming only OFF-JFL has to offer, hoping to discover their new favorite artist, show formats, and material that spans comedy, theatre and music. With over 100 shows, OFF-JFL delivers some of the most memorable comedy content of the fest, combining improv, sketch and stand up from a perfect blend of rising stars and established names.
Rhys Nicholson RHYS! RHYS! RHYS! – Thursday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 27 & Friday, July 29 2022 | Theatre St- Catherine | 10:00 PM & 10:30 PM
Rhys Nicholson is a multi-award-winning Australian stand-up, writer, actor and collager. With an enormous passion for live performing, his work continues to receive awards and accolades around the world. As well as numerous televised stand-up performances in Australia, the UK and Canada, in early 2019 he was hand-picked to open for comedy legend Conan O’Brien as he toured Australia. A few months later, Nicholson’ made his USA television debut as a stand-up guest on TBS’ Conan. In 2019, he recorded his third stand up special, this one for Netflix, making him one of only three Australians with a solo show on the streaming giant. Rhys is a series regular in the Netflix Sci-Fi comedy The Imperfects to be released this year.
Randy Feltface: Alien of Extraordinary Ability – Thursday, July 21 through Thursday, July 28 2022 | Theatre St-Catherine | 8:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Randy Feltface has spent over fifteen years carving out a unique niche on the international comedy circuit. He was nominated for best comedy at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, sold out in London and New York, and featured several times at the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. He has released five comedy specials and made his US television debut as a crowd favourite on NBC’s Bring The Funny. His live show is a high energy existential crisis full of the kind of amusing anecdotes and biting observations that have earned him the title of World’s Most Entertaining Non-Human Comedian.
Matteo Lane – Thursday, July 28 & Friday, July 29 2022 | Cafe Cleopatra | 10:30 PM
Matteo Lane is a New York-based comedian whose stand-up special can be seen on Netflix’s The Comedy Lineup. He’s also appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Late Night with Seth Meyers, HBO’s Crashing and Will & Grace. Matteo is currently developing an animated series Kickass Drag Queen, together with Bob the Drag Queen, Gary Sanchez and Unicorn Island Productions, and co-hosts the podcast “Inside the Closet” together with Emma Willmann. Not limited to just stand up, Matteo also performs a live cabaret, Streisand at the Bon Soir, to great critical acclaim.
Atsuko Okatsuka presents The Intruder – Thursday, July 21 through Wednesday, July 27 & Friday, July 29 2022 | Theatre St-Catherine | 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM
Atsuko Okatsuka is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer based in LA. Atsuko made her late-night stand-up debut on The Late Show with James Corden. Atsuko is starring in the new Comedy Central animated series, Fairview and the Paramount+ feature film, Washingtonia, from EP Stephen Colbert. She’s written for Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show and Soft Focus with Jena Friedman. Atsuko’s on-screen credits include, season 3 of the HBO series, Room 104, The Show Nextdoor with Randall Park on ROKU+, and HULU’s latest project with ATTN: Mom & Pop. Atsuko was named a ‘Comedian To Watch’ by Vulture & ‘Top 10 Comedians to Watch’ for TimeOut LA. She is also fluent in Japanese and Mandarin.
Mark Forward: A Very Mark Forward… – Tuesday, July 26, Thursday, July 28, & Saturday, July 30 2022 | Diving Bell Social Club | 9:00 PM
Mark Forward has done stand-up on Comedy Central’s John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show, CBS’ The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, HBO’s Funny As Hell and The Comedy Network’s Just For Laughs: All Access. His TV work includes Crave’s Letterkenny and FX’s Fargo. Mark also has 2 one-hour comedy specials on Crave, titled Mark Forward presents Mark Forward and Mark Forward Wins All The Awards.
Rosebud Baker – Tuesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 30 2022 | Cafe Cleopatra |
Rosebud Baker is a New York based comedian, writer and actress, who is currently on the writing staff for the award-winning sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live in its 47th season. Her debut hour stand up special Whiskey Fists, produced by Bill Burr’s All Things Comedy, premiered on Comedy Central Digital in 2021. The special was a hit with fans and critics alike, as Vulture featured Rosebud in “Comedians You Should and Will Know in 2022.” The New Yorker included her in their annual list of “Best Jokes of 2021” and Rolling Stone gushed that her humor “ranges from merciless self-excavation to slashing social satire graced by intelligence and nuance.” She can be seen in the recurring role in the new Hulu series Life & Beth alongside Amy Schumer and Michael Cera, and she is a writer and performer on HBO Max’s WGA Award nominated sketch series That Damn Michael Che. Baker also co-hosts the popular weekly podcast Find Your Beach with her husband and fellow comic Andy Haynes.
Best of the Fest – Tuesday, July 26 & Wednesday, July 27 2022 | MainLine Theatre |
7:30 PM & 9:45 PM
Here’s what you need to know: the title really says it all.
Fest @ The Nest – Tuesday, July 26 through Saturday, July 30 2022 | Comedy Nest |
8:00 PM & 10:30 PM
The world’s most prestigious comedy festival lands in Montreal’s premiere comedy club for 10 mix-and-match, multi-stand-up, full-of-surprises shows.
Midnight Surprise – Thursday, July 21 through Sunday, July 24 & Tuesday, July 26 2022 | Theatre St-Catherine | 11:59 PM
The show is at midnight… the rest is a surprise!
The Alternative Show – Tuesday July 26 through Saturday, July 30 2022 | MainLine Theatre | 11:59 PM
The quintessential comic’s comic takes you off the beaten path of mainstream comedy and into the chaotic wilderness.
DeAnne Smith – Tuesday, July 26 through Thursday, July 28 & Saturday, July 30 2022 | Diving Bell Social Club | 7:30 PM & 10:30 PM
Canadian Comedy Award winner, DeAnne Smith is coming to Just For Laughs MONTRÉAL OFF-JFL this summer! Fresh from taping their second special at the Just for Laughs Festival in July 2021 for Crave, DeAnne Smith is back at the festival with a brand new and hilarious set.
Pre-sale tickets will be available starting tomorrow, Thursday, May 26, 2022 as of 10:00am ET at www.hahaha.com
Tickets will be available to the public on Friday, May 27, 2022 at 10:00am ET at www.hahaha.com