As we all know, laughter is the best medicine, and even if you’re not sick, Montreal’s iconic Just for Laughs Festival is where it all happens, in both official languages.
The biggest names in comedy will be there, and the biggest, Jerry Seinfeld and Gad Elmaleh, are on the same stage with back-to-back performances in English July 26 at the Bell Centre, 8 pm. Call 514-845-2322, hahaha.com to book online. Tickets cost $65 to $242.
Tickets for this highest profile show can be part of a three or five show festival pass – one free ticket every day for three days at $140 plus taxes, or 5 shows over 5 days for $215 plus taxes.
Of course there is much more to the festival than superstars, including galas, concert shows, club series, Off Just for Laughs, and an outdoor street festival. Much of the information is at hahaha.com
Highlights of ticketed shows
July 12-27 – Alonzo Bodden hosts The Ethnic Show, one of the most popular formats, with Steve Byrne, Jessica Kirson, The Doo Woops, Mike Rita, and Vlad Caamaño, at Club Soda, 7 and 9:30 pm, $45-$60.50.
July 20 – The Montreal Show is a must for local content, hosted by Steve Patrick Adams, and starring Emma Wilkie, Jacob Greco, Rodney Ramsey, Mike Carrozza, D.J. Mausner, Paul Baluyot, and others, Mainline Theatre, 9 pm, $21.
July 19-29 – The Nasty Show, with host Ari Shaffir, pushes the envelope with outspoken, candid and daring standup comics who leave self-censorship at the door. Metropolis, July 19 and 20, 8:30 pm, July 21, 22, 7 pm and 9:30 pm, July 25-29 9:30 pm., $50-$60.50.
July 20-28 – Ali Siddiq who started his comedy career in jail, is on for an 8-show solo run at Théâtre Ste. Catherine, July 20-23, 10:30 pm, and Montreal Improv Theatre July 24-26, and July 28, $21-$23.50, 7:30 pm.
July 26 – Saturday Night Live alumnus David Spade hosts an early gala, Salle Wilfrid Palletier, Place des Arts, 7 pm, with an undisclosed lineup, $34-$102.
July 26 – Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live host their first gala, Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, 9:45 pm, with an undisclosed lineup, $34-$102.
July 28 – Jane Krakowski of 30 Rock hosts a gala at Salle Wilfrid Pelletier, Place des Arts, at 7 pm, with an undisclosed lineup, $34-$102.
July 29 – Laverne Cox of Orange is the New Black hosts a multi-comic gala at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier, Place des Arts, 9:45 pm, $34-$102.
Have a blast!