If you love to laugh and want to see a variety of comedians this is the ultimate place to be, you will love and enjoy the shows in Just for Laughs, Montreal comedy festival, as well as the great hostels Montreal offers for that occasion.
Just for Laughs is a comedy festival founded in 1983 by producer Gilbert Rozon and it was originally Juste Pour Rire, a French only comedy happening, but in 1985 he added some English acts to the programme and Juste Pour Rire/Just for Laughs was created staring Jay Leno and Jerry Seinfeld. Over two decades later Just for Laughs has its own permanent museum and sister festivals in Toronto, Chicago and Nantes in France.
Even though Just for Laughs is visited by many people from all over the world, most of those are agents, scouts, producers and managers so you can try your luck and, who knows – maybe you’ll be spotted and join many other legends who got their big break right here – Jon Stewart, Dave Chappelle, Denis Leary and Tim Allen. However, in some cases, even acts itself can become legends, such as Mr. Bean which was first showed in 1989 to the Montreal’s public and the rest is, well, history.
The main attribute of Just for Laughs Festival is stand-up comedy, which attracts all the best, present and future, up and coming comedians in the world – Jim Carrey, Tina Fay, Whoopi Goldberg, Bill Cosby, Mike Ward and John Cleese are just some of them.
If you think the tickets price is way over your budget, no need to worry, just check with the hosts in hostel in Montreal on how you can get 50% and more discount. Just for Laughs is an annual July event that lasts for about a month, which gives you plenty of time to have a laugh and have a tour around Montreal, starting with Mile End. It’s a multicultural district that is, even today, a synonym for great music and bands, such as Arcade Fire, who started their carrier here. After a fire, the all-time favourite, Green Room was closed but you can still listen to many demo bands in Divan Orange and Il Motore, with bigger stage and better sound.
On a sunny day join the bare foot and pierced locals on Piknic Electronic outdoor rave, which is organised every summer on Ile Sainte-Helene. Have a bike ride to the Parc Jean-Drapeau and follow the uniformed music rhythm to the giant sculpture called Man – L’Homme, made by Alexander Calder for the 1967 Expo, which looks like it’s floating above the dance podium as some sort of a space cathedral and visit another Expo legacy, Le Phare du Cosmos, the famous geodesic dome that evokes a utopian vision of technology.
French or English? One of the best things in Montreal is the fact that you never know in what language will someone speak to you, so if you want to find out, look around some hostels in Montreal when visiting Just for Laughs.