The 2011 Just For Laughs Montreal International Comedy Festival is around the corner. Even local stand-up comedy fans will be surprised to hear this year the English part of the fest runs over 3 weeks. Whatever you do, buy your tickets via the Just For Laughs box office 888-244-3155 instead of the A-hole fee-for-everything Ticketmaster. Personal experience is the people at the JFL box office are competent, quick, and very friendly.
Just For Laughs 2011 begins Monday July 11th with the great Eddie Izzard at the Gesu. The 9:30 show will be in French. The 7 P.M. show is in English as will be the July 12th and 13th shows. Izzard is a must see if you like smart, unusual, and well-dressed stand-up. The Gesu is a good theatre venue with a first come first served seating policy.
The staple opening for Just For Laughs has always been The Nasty Show. The Nasty Show is July 14th to 16th. There are two or three shows a night starting at 7. The venue is the Metropolis, a renovated movie theatre. Kind of a big room for this adult language and topics show if you ask me.
Danny Bhoy and a one-man show titled Wanderlust open on Tuesday July 19th. With shows at 7 until July 23rd. There is a second run from July 27th to the 30th also at 7 P.M. This show is also at the Gesu.
Jimmy Carr is a reliable stand-up comedy ticket. Laughter Therapy runs July 21st to 24th and 27th to 30th at 9:30 again at the Gesu.
Things at Just For Laughs 2011 really get crazy from July 21st to 30th where the stand-up comedy festival takes over every venue available in downtown Montreal (Let’s hear it for dumping the dreadful Kola Note on Parc!!!). There are way to many shows to mention in this article but:
Zoofest is sort of the Off-Broadway Just For Laughs. A pass is 39.99 and gives you access to all and every single one of the shows on a first come basis. Highly recommended are:
Hannibal Buress – The Hannibal Montanabal Experience. July 21st to 30th 7 P.M. at Theatre Ste-Catherine
Maria Bamford - Unwanted Thoughts Syndrome July 26th to 30th at 10 P.M. at Theatre Ste-Catherine.
Thune and Jeselnik is my bet for the show everybody is going to say they were at a few years from now.