This summer Just for Laughs will mark its 33rd year, making it Montreal’s second longest-running festival (the Jazz fest has been around for 36 years). To mark the occasion, they’ve invited a performer whose career has spanned about the same amount of time and recently is experiencing a bit of resurgence: none other than Weird Al Yankovic.
The Weird One Outdoors For Free!
Parody songsmith Yankovic has been touring to promote his latest, and final, album, Mandatory Fun. Final doesn’t mean he’s done with music, only that he’s found a new way to get it out there. His release a day for ten consecutive days through ten different online partner platforms is a good idea of where he’s headed in the long run.
Where he’s headed this summer, though, is Montreal. He’ll be playing a free outdoor show as part of the Just for Laughs Festival. No announcement about the venue, but Place des Festivals is a good bet.
Trevor Noah will take over the Daily Show reigns from Jon Stewart later this year. Before he does, though, he will head to Montreal and host a Just for Laughs Gala. Also on gala duty will be everyone’s favourite non-Tina and Amy awards show host Neil Patrick Harris. It’s like the Tonys, but with less awards.
Speaking of awards, JFL will be presenting its own lifetime achievement award to Mike Meyers, who will also be performing a solo show. For the first time, the festival will present a Generational Award. The recipient will be none other than Dave Chapelle, whom you can also catch performing for two nights.
There’s more to the star-studded lineup as well as quite a few up-and-coming comedians. Not to mention OFF-JFL and Zoofest.
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