Get ready to laugh. Just For Laughs is leaning into its pandemic comedy game. The organization has just revealed the first slate of comedians for its first-ever online festival, which takes place between October 9 and 10 and there are some heavy hitters.\nThey include Howie Mandel, RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars winner Trixie Mattel, Emmy award nominee Amber Ruffin, Tasmania's own Hannah Gadsby, the hilarious Jo Koy, Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, funny person Tituss Burgess, Canadian comedy stalwart DeAnne Smith, and others.\nEditor's Choice: Desjardins Montreal Is Hiring & All You Need Is A High School Diploma To Get Full Benefits\nThe two-day comedy event will feature over 100 artists and admission is completely free.\n"We are very proud to offer this special edition in an optimized free edition format, enabling us to do what we do best, curating and creating the best of comedy, while making it more accessible than ever, to all fans across the globe," reads a statement from Charles Décarie, president and CEO of the Just for Laughs Group.\n"We are truly able to deliver a festival that lives up to Just For Laughs standards."\nDécarie stated he's hopeful the festival will "be back in a big way in 2021 with exciting plans for the comedy fans and industry who travel to join us every summer."\nAfter the pandemic dropped, Just For Laughs worked hard to reorganize the festival for a digital audience and, needless to say, it will look very different this year.\nThe 2020 edition will more resemble a giant Zoom meeting with breakout groups, panels and live discussions "designed specifically for online audiences," than a traditional comedy festival, reads the statement.\nView this post on Instagram We are so excited to announce our first round of programming for the 100% free and 100% digital 2020 Just for Laughs Festival taking place Oct 9-10, 2020. Check out who's coming and be sure to join the Facebook Event so you don't miss a beat! A post shared by Just For Laughs (@justforlaughs) on Sep 9, 2020 at 7:58am PDT\nFor example, on October 10 you'll be able to join a live conversation with the top four finalists from Canada's Drag Race: JIMBO, Rita Baga, Scarlett Bobo, and Canada's first drag superstar, Priyanka.\nBut don't worry because they'll also be plenty of straight up standup as well.\nThis year, the festival is partnering with well-known comedian Kevin Hart's global comedy brand, Laugh Out Loud (LOL).\nView this post on Instagram Lil Swagging 🕺🏾🕺🏾🕺🏾 A post shared by Kevin Hart (@kevinhart4real) on Aug 15, 2020 at 2:19pm PDT\nLOL's experiential division, which is called LOL X, will serve as the official programming partner for the festival and will host its very own comedy room, which will celebrate comedians of colour.\nThe room will feature a mix of live standup performances, virtual panel discussions, and other fun stuff.\n"Our goal with the Just For Laughs Festival is to really engage with the global comedy community, and have some important discussions regarding big societal issues in a way that's still entertaining, with comedic relief provided by some of today's brightest comedy stars," said Bruce Hills, president of Just For Laughs in the statement.\n"I could not be more honoured that Kevin Hart's LOL is our official programming partner."