Comedians Ali Wong, Jonathan Van Ness and Anthony Jeselnik have joined the lineup for the 41st edition of the Just For Laughs comedy festival this summer.
The Montreal comedy festival that revolutionized stand-up comedy by discovering top comics like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle and Jimmy Fallon has paid off its previous move into programming solo touring shows as veterans of Netflix comedy specials like Wong, Van Ness and Jeselnik dominate the initial lineup announcement for the upcoming July 14-29 run.
Comedy special veteran Wong, whose latest project, Beefjust took a bow on Netflix, will be joined by special guest Sheng Wang on July 26 for her one night stand in Just For Laughs after his own Netflix comedy special, Sweet & Juicy, premiered on the streaming giant. Wong was part of Just For Laughs’ New Faces discovery series in 2011, and the festival named her Breakout Comedy Star of the Year in 2017.
Van Ness, the breakout star of Netflix Strange eye reboot series, brings Cute and slutty, a night with Jonathan Van Nessto Just For Laughs for a performance on July 29, while Jeselnik, whose most recent stand-up special, fire in the maternity ward, which recently premiered on Netflix, will bring his one-man show to Montreal, also for a July 29 performance.
Other concerts booked at Just For Laughs include solo shows from drag queens and comedy duo Trixie Mattel and Katya Zamo, YouTube sensation Kurtis Conner, Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss, Mexican stand-up comedian Carlos Ballarta and Tom Papa, another Netflix star. comedy veteran.
Just For Laughs also announced as gala hosts comedy star Russell Peters, who will perform a total of four shows this year, and Jack Whitehall, star of the Netflix show Travels with my father.
Just For Laughs’ flagship comedy club series returns, with The Nasty Show starring Donnell Rawlings, Steph Tolev and Adrienne Iapalucci, while the Just For the Culture show at Club Soda will feature Alonzo Bodden, Gianmarco Soresi, Nicole Johnson and Malik Elassai.
Just For Laughs 2023 will be making additional lineup announcements in the coming months.