Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones, Eddie Izzard and Mae Martin have joined the Just for Laughs comedy festival lineup this summer as gala hosts for its 41st edition.
The Montreal party that discovered top comics like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle and Jimmy Fallon has twice-nightly stand-up showcases at the Théâtre Maisonneuve as the centerpiece of its programming.
This year, Jones will host a gala show on July 29, as will Netflix’s Canadian breakout star Martin Feel good comedy.
And on July 28 Izzard, whose film credits include Six minutes to midnightStephen Frears’ Victoria and Abdul And Ocean’s Thirteen, will present her own major comedy showcase in Montreal. In other lineup news, Just For Laughs said comics Ronny Chieng, Neal Brennan, Ramy Youssef, Darcy & Jer, and Brad Williams will bring their solo shows for one-night performances.
The organizers of Just For Laughs previously announced that Russell Peters will host four shows this year and that Jack Whitehall, star of the Netflix show Travels with my father, will host its own gala show during the last weekend of this year’s festival, which runs from July 14 to 29.
Just for Laughs’ flagship comedy club series also returns, with The Nasty Show featuring performances by Donnell Rawlings, Steph Tolev and Adrienne Iapalucci, while the Just for the Culture show at Club Soda will feature performances by Alonzo Bodden, Gianmarco Soresi, Nicole Johnson and Malik Elassal.
Just for Laughs 2023 will be making additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks.